International Workshop on Discernment in common and Apostolic Planning. From 5 to 9 February a workshop took place in Rome, organized by Fr. John Dardis, General Counsellor for Discernment and Apostolic Planning. 28 participants from the six conferences, 6 of them for the Conference of Europe, gathered to share their expertise in this field and to be sent by their Conference President in order to promote and implement common discernment and apostolic planning as requested by the Conference and the Provinces. The European participants with Fr. Franck Janin On Tuesday February 6 Fr. General Arturo Sosa participated at the meeting and delivered a very appreciated keynote on community discernment. Download Fr. General’s keynote A video interview Laura Galimberti, communication officer of the new EUM province (Mediterranean Province) made a video interview with Fr. John Dardis. He spoke about the art of discernment as precious tool for each person and society, Jesuit commitment and the testimony of Pope Francis. Look at the YouTube page of the EUM
Paris? Great! That was what I thought when I was told a year and a half ago that I was sent to Paris to study philosophy and theology. After all, I knew that city as a popular holiday destination.... Meanwhile I have been living and studying there for eighteen months. I live in a large community that consists mainly of co-scholastics (= Jesuits in training). Our house is in the 15th arrondissement, a beautiful and (for Parisian terms!) quiet neighborhood in the center. Personal conviction I study at the Jesuit faculty of Centre Sèvres and follow the 5 years program that combines philosophy and theology. The subjects are taught fascinatingly with a great deal of attention to developing a well-founded personal conviction. There are many opportunities to deepen my understanding of topics that I find interesting. A major advantage of studying here is that there are many scholastic students from all over the world. It is a great opportunity to get to know the universality of the Society. In my own community alone, there are twenty-five scholastics, half of whom come from different countries. National superiors from different parts of the world regularly visit to see how their scholastics are doing and tell and pass by about the Society in their country. I am not only learning a lot about the French Jesuits, but also about Jesuits worldwide. Prison Besides the study I have two apostolates. Twice a month I go to a prison just outside Paris to help with a biblical group. With a group of around thirty or forty prisoners we read together the texts of the coming Sunday. It is wonderful to see that people in prison are looking for God and it is possible to think about Bible texts together.  After the Bible group, the ugly gymnastics hall where we are is converted into a chapel with a beautiful altar where the Mass is celebrated the following Sunday. I also accompany a CLC group. A community of Christian life is a group of people who meet monthly to see together where God was present in their lives over the past month. As a guide, I listen to their experiences and try to help identify where God was present. It is very nice to discover that I can now use the knowledge about the Ignatian spirituality that I have acquired in recent years to help other people. Real life Both apostolates are good opportunities to learn Paris and its many inhabitants better. In the CLC group I see how French families live and in prison I learn to understand how difficult life can be in Paris. This is how I see more and more faces of the metropolis of Paris. Not only the Paris of large squares and great museums, but also the busy Paris of workers and poorer suburbs. Now, after one and a half years of living and studying in Paris, it is still a great place to live and study in Paris, which also has many problems. No more a holiday place, but a city where I come home and feel at home. Paris is and remains a great city and it is a great privilege to study here, the city where Ignatius also studied himself!
At the pace of the discernment of the group, the third meeting of the Ignatian studies cluster of HEST progressed. We wanted to be faithful to the commitment and to the lights that came up during the last meeting in Brussels last September 2017, i.e. "We have to give as much or more importance to “how” we do things than to “what” we want to do. In this way, this meeting was established as a space of common discernment that would lead us to define the action plan of the cluster. To this end, we met again in Brussels: Carlos Coupeau (Deusto), José García de Castro (Comillas), Philip Endean (Centre Sevres), Mark Rotsaert (Campion Hall), Jad Chebli (Saint Joseph Univeristy Beirut) and José Carlos Romero (JCEP). They were two and a half days of work (from Friday, February 23rd to Sunday 25th) in which little by little, we began to express interests, desires and realities. The first day was a personal day of work with some documents: the minutes and echoes of the last meeting, as well as some other inspirational documents; and concluded with a sharing. On the second day, Saturday, we focused on discussing what should be the group's primary focus. A debate that was greatly enriched by Jad's presentation to us on the situation in Lebanon and the work that the Society of Jesus is doing there especially with refugees. Finally, Sunday was the day to gather the sharing and establish the action plan. The group decided on the topic to explore. It will be the meaning of "Social Transformation" from an Ignatian perspective. To this end, the different members will develop individual contributions that they will share prior to the next face-to-face meeting where they will be discussed and enriched with the contributions of others. Gratefully we ended the meeting by sharing a lunch in the always welcoming community of the JCEP in Brussels. In October, God willing, we will meet again.
For five decades, the IET has been offering a theological formation based on the study of the Sacred Scripture in dialogue with the present. To properly celebrate 5O years of a beautiful theological adventure, the Institute organized a symposium entitled Theology, Identity and Relevance between the 12th and 14th February. Five speakers described how theology has evolved in their respective linguistic areas - Germany, Spain, Great Britain, Italy and the Netherlands - since the IET's foundation. In all, the Institute for Theological Studies has trained 1 350 regular students, including 1 200 priests. 504 students graduated with a bachelor's degree, 205 with a master's degree and 17 with a doctorate in theology. Ten former students were ordained bishops. To commemorate the event, a book was also published : L’Institut d’études théologiques (IET) de Bruxelles. Chronique d’un demi-siècle (1968-2018) by Fr. Xavier Dijon SJ et Bernard De Plaen. To get your copy, kindly visit or
Discovering and putting a face to the Jesuit presence in our schools. This was the first experiment of its kind. Testimonies, conferences, workshops, exhibitions, celebrations, games, food and much more led the educational communities (students, teachers, parents, educators, alumni) to a rich, casual and lively contact with the Jesuit community. Jesuit Weeks was also an opportunity for Jesuits to recall who they are and where they come from, and provide their collaborators with facts and faces behind their pedagogical mission. The first edition took place at the end of November 2017 in St. Etienne and St. Chamond (towns close to Lyon). Activities included a volleyball tournament, a one-day pilgrimage to Lalouvesc, a journey through the Jesuit heritage of the area, a forum on solidarity, debates and a final mass, all of which were very much appreciated by the young people taking part. The next Jesuit weeks will take place in Avignon from 19th to 23th February and contacts will be made with other schools of the Jesuit network in Belgium and France.
The Jesuits in Britain will be “going green” on April 1st 2018. Nineteen out of the twenty-two Catholic dioceses in England and Wales have got together and formed Interdiocesan Fuel Management LTD (IFM) a not-for-profit company, in which they have taken shares. The Jesuits in Britain, along with other Catholic organisations, have come to an agreement that all  their energy use should come from renewable sources. From April 1st 2018, a number of Jesuit properties will have one-hundred percent renewable electricity and there are plans being made to have one-hundred percent renewable gas by September 2019 at the very latest. Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) will be the new green energy supplier. The Jesuit properties that will be switching over include the Ignatian Spirituality Centre and Jesuit community in Glasgow, Manresa House (the novitiate) in Birmingham, the Hurtado Jesuit Centre in Wapping, the Corpus Christi Jesuit Community (retirement home) in Boscombe, Copleston House Community in Hampstead, the St Ignatius Community at Stamford Hill and Jesuit Missions in Wimbledon. Tim Edwards, Finance Director for the Jesuits in Britain commented: “A lot of our electricity contracts were coming up for renewal on the 31st of March 2018 and we have taken this opportunity to buy into IFM for their electricity. “This plan to go green was made in direct response to Pope Francis’s influential encyclical Laudato Si, which urges all people of faith to “care for our common home” by respecting the environment and the equal needs of all who rely on the planet’s fragile ecology and limited resources for their livelihood.”


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JRS-Europe Reginal Coordination Meeting READ MORE
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JRS-Europe Annual General Meeting READ MORE
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JECSE Formation for Formators READ MORE
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Charismatics Liaison Committee of Jesuits connected with the Charismatical Renewal READ MORE