The impetus for McQuaid Jesuit's philosophy is the Gospel of Jesus Christ with its commands to love God and to love one's neighbor as oneself. As a Jesuit school, these commands are further specified by the vision of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus, who said: "for whom God is Creator and Lord, Supreme Goodness, and the one reality that is absolute, with all other reality coming from God and having value only insofar as it leads us to God." Our goal is to lead young men to use all of reality to achieve the greatest fulfilment of their lives within this context of a God-centered universe.

Jesus Christ is at one and the same time both the manifestation of God and the perfect human response to that love of God for humanity. Jesus shows us an "Abba" – Father – who knows and loves each man and woman personally, and who invites a response which, to be authentically human, must be an expression of radical freedom. The McQuaid Jesuit community enables young men to make this response. Moreover, such radical freedom presupposes a freedom to give of oneself, while accepting the consequence of one's actions, and a freedom to work in faith toward that true happiness which is the purpose of life and which results from laboring with others in the service of the Kingdom of God for the healing of creation.

Jesus Christ comes also as Savior. The McQuaid Jesuit community is called to engage in an ongoing struggle to recognize and work against the obstacles that block or limit freedom, while developing in young men capacities such as self-discipline and discernment, necessary for the exercise of true freedom. Such freedom requires a genuine knowledge, love, and acceptance of self, combined with a resolve to be rid of excessive attachment to wealth, fame, health, power or even life itself. It would also include freedom from distorted perceptions of reality, warped values, rigid attitudes, or surrender to narrow ideologies. Consequently, to work toward true freedom, one must learn to recognize and deal with the influences that can promote and limit freedom – both those arising from within oneself and those resulting from the dynamics of history, social structures and culture.

The loving response required in "men for others" is one that cannot remain theoretical or speculative, but must manifest itself through decisive action: "love is shown in deeds." McQuaid Jesuit, in all that it does as an institution and a community, strives to aid young men to attain the genuine freedom required for a loving response to God's loving invitation through service to God and humanity.