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On 1 December, Fr Michel Fédou sj received the Ratzinger Prize from Pope Francis, who hailed "a master of Christian theology". Fr. Fédou is a professor of classics, has a doctorate in theology and teaches patristics and dogmatic theology at the Centre Sèvres - Facultés jésuites de Paris. A worthy heir to the French theologians On 1 December 2022, the Ratzinger Prize* was awarded in the Clementine Room in the Vatican at the end of the morning, in the presence of the Supreme Pontiff, the two recipients: Fr. Michel Fédou SJ and the law professor Joseph Halevi Horowitz Weiler, Cardinal Ravasi, President Emeritus of the former Pontifical Council for Culture, and Father Federico Lombardi, President of the Joseph Ratzinger - Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation, who initiated this award, now in its twelfth year. In his speech, Pope Francis began by evoking the figure of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, whose thought was "fruitful and effective", before returning to the important work of the two laureates of this 2022 edition, saluting "two eminent personalities for the remarkable work they have accomplished in their respective fields of study and teaching". Fr Michel Fédou SJ, born in 1952 in Lyon, is "a master of Christian theology", said the Holy Father. The French Jesuit, who specialises in patristics, dogmatic theology, and Christology, "has not closed himself off to the past. His knowledge of the faith tradition has nourished in him a lively thought", also able "to address current issues in the field of ecumenism and relations with other religions". "In him, we recognise and pay tribute to a worthy heir and continuator of the great tradition of French theology, which has given the Church masters of theology and theology of the Church. In him we recognise and pay homage to a worthy heir and continuator of the great tradition of French theology, which has given the Church teachers of the stature of Father Henri De Lubac", the Pontiff complimented, mentioning also "solid and courageous cultural undertakings such as Sources Chrétiennes", a review of patristics born eighty years ago. "Without the contribution of this French theology, the richness, depth and breadth of the reflection on which the Second Vatican Council was nourished would not have been possible, the Pope said, and it is to be hoped that it will continue to bear fruit in the long term. On Thursday afternoon, 1 December, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI received at the Mater Ecclesiae monastery in the Vatican the two personalities awarded the Ratzinger Prize by Pope Francis: Fr Michel Fédou SJ and Professor of Law Joseph H. Horowitz Weiler, accompanied by the President of the Joseph Ratzinger - Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation, Fr Federico Lombardi SJ. Georg Gänswein, the Pope's private secretary, also attended the meeting. The two winners of the 2022 Prize "were able to talk to Pope Benedict XVI and illustrate their work to him," reads the Ratzinger Foundation's Facebook page. At the end of the audience, the Pope emeritus presented each of them with a volume and a medal. Jésuites EOF
The official launch of the Milltown Library, now housed in Woodlock Hall in Dublin City University’s All Hallows campus in Drumcondra, took place on Thursday 8 December 2022. Jesuits, friends, and colleagues as well as staff and students of DCU attended the event. The President of Dublin City University Professor Daire Keogh, The Irish Jesuit Provincial Father Leonard Moloney SJ, and John McDonough, DCU Librarian all paid tribute to the work that had gone into transferring and cataloging the substantial collection which was originally housed in Milltown Park, Ranelagh. The library has been restored to the highest environmental and architectural standards. It has already won one of the Architectural Association of Ireland Awards 2022 and was commended in the Royal Irish Architects Institute Awards. The front wall behind the staging area features a series of 18 portraits commemorating the 1916 leaders, by renowned artist Mick O’Dea. The block grid was created in 2016 as part of an exhibition entitled ‘The Foggy Dew’ to mark the destruction of the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) in 1916. Read more
At the turn of November and December, Father Mateusz Orłowski SJ visited Kyrgyzstan and gave a series of art workshops called „School of Realistic, Western Landscape”. Classes took place in main educational centers in the south of the country - in the cities of Osh and Jalalabad, and in the north - in Bishkek. In Osh, the participants of the workshop were students of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the State University. In Jalalabad and Bishkek, workshop was given for slightly younger students of local Arts High Schools. Father Mateusz’s classes met with great reception of students and aroused strong interest among teachers. In addition, father Mateusz had the opportunity to meet local artists and see their art. These meetings gave a chance to share the experience of creativity and learn about different approaches to the contemporary art in the West and Central Asia. Father Mateusz's stay in Kyrgyzstan lasted two weeks. It was a part the Jesuit Mission in Kyrgyzstan, who tries to  activate participants in academic, cultural and social life. The field of art was and still is an important ambassador of Christian values.
Sons of Ignatius - Irish Jesuits from Irish Jesuits on Vimeo. The Irish Jesuits have created a new vocations film called Sons of Ignatius which is now available to watch online. It is a mix of vocation stories and information on the Jesuit way of life. Fr Niall Leahy SJ is the Vocations Director of the Irish Jesuit Province who also features in the film. He says:  “Any young man who is thinking about being a Jesuit needs information about how we live and what we do. But he also needs to hear the stories of how others decided to join the Society. I think the film gives both of these. I was also amazed to hear the similarities between the stories. That wasn’t scripted at all.”    Jesuits in Ireland 
The European Leadership Programme is an Ignatian inspired residential formation for young professionals. The Fellows live and work in the heart of Europe, help marginalized communities, and follow spiritual coaching as well as professional mentoring sessions. An opportunity to meet current and former leaders from the EU ecosystem is provided, facilitating informal discussions and testimonies of their career and ethical challenges. The ELP houses harbour 20 Fellows and are located close to square Montgomery in Brussels. Fellows usually do a traineeship programme in one of the EU institutions or NGOs in Brussels in parallel with their ELP participation, as ELP is designed to offer programs in the afterwork hours and weekends  For further details, information on previous speakers, alumni testimonials and traineeship opportunities please visit the webpage.   Interested in joining the Programme? Apply before 2023 February 15 at www.jesc-elp.eu.  JESC 
The General Curia launches a free “Jesuit Pilgrimage” smartphone app. It aims to give an intimate experience of the locations that helped make Ignatius of Loyola a saint. Through maps, 360-degree photographs, audio and text meditations, users can visit each of the transformational stops on Ignatius’ journey, either virtually from home, or on-site in each of the 44 places covered. The app is available in English, Spanish, Italian and French, both for Android and iOS. More information here

UPCOMING EVENTS

3-4
Fri - Sat
Feb 2023
MADRID
Spain
Deaconal Ordinations Javier Bailén Llongo SJ (ESP), Andrea Bonavita SJ (EUM), Giuseppe La Mela SJ (EUM), Ambrozie Mengheris SJ (EUM), Nalerin Erone bin Nahfirin SJ (MAS), José Luis Olea Alarcón SJ (ESP), Luis Ortuño Gallud SJ (ESP), Jean-Baptiste Roy SJ (EOF), Francis Xavier P. Rueangswasdi SJ (TAI), David Sakda Saenbanchoedsuk SJ (TAI),  Rodrigo Sanz Ocaña SJ (ESP) and Prawin Vikas Xalxo SJ (HAZ) will be ordained a deacon by Card. Carlos Osoro Sierra, Archbishop of Madrid in the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and St. Francis Borgias at 12 am. READ MORE
13-16
Mon - Thu
Feb 2023

JUPC Meeting of the Network of Jesuit University Pastoral Care. Chaplains from all over Europe and Middle East will meet in Lublin, Poland. READ MORE
1-4
Wed - Sat
Mar 2023

Consult JCEP Consult of the president of Jesuit Conference of European Provincials with the participation of 1 provincial for each Assistancy. The consult will be in London. READ MORE
15-17
Wed - Fri
Mar 2023

Xavier Network Meeting of the Xavier Network taking place in London. READ MORE