In January 2012, the Jesuit European Office (OCIPE in Brussels) became the Jesuit European Social Centres (JESC). OCIPE had centres in Brussels, Budapest, Strasbourg and Warsaw. Whereas OCIPE in Strasbourg will remain, the offices in Budapest and Warsaw are now social centres of their respective provinces.

JESC is a separate apostolic and legal entity within the Conference of European Provincials. Through JESC, the Society of Jesus remains committed to a Europe where human rights, freedom and solidarity are the foundation of integration. Europe, especially the European Union, is currently undergoing the most acute political and economic crisis of its existence. While refusing alarmism, JESC continues, in line with the entire history of OCIPE, to seek a critical but constructive engagement with the EU.

Operationally, JESC will be organized in three areas of work:

- European Affairs: We retain an institutional presence in Brussels to the EU Institutions, and with ecclesial and civil society organizations that relate to them.

Social Coordination: We assume the task of social coordination previously carried out directly by the CEP, to encourage and promote the Jesuit European social sector.

Advocacy/Projects: Advocate on issues around corporate exploitation of natural resources in the Democratic Republic of Congo (RPAN); on ecology, coordinating an international network which publishes the electronic newsletter Ecojesuit; and through the ‘Migration Desk’, a service to Jesuits involved in the care of migrants. JESC wishes to embody a Jesuit European engagement which authentically expresses Christian faith, remains close to the poor and marginalised, analyses the social reality with competence, and advocates for justice in European political structures.

Fr. Luciano Larivera (EUM) has been appointed as Secretary for European Affairs at the JESC. He is succeeding Fr. Martin Maier whose election as new director of Adveniat by the German Catholic Bishop Conference has been announced last month. Fr. Larivera introduces himself: I am Italian, born in 1968 in Milan, and both my parents had emigrated from the southern region of Molise. I am a former student of both the Jesuits of Leo XIII and the Luigi Bocconi University of Milan. After the year of compulsory military service, I entered the Jesuit novitiate in 1993. During the years of formation I lived in Genoa, Padua, Reggio Calabria, Naples and finally in Rome, where I was ordained a priest in 2004 and obtained my license in Moral Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University. From 2003 to 2015 I lived and worked at La Civiltà Cattolica, where I carried out my journalistic service especially on: foreign news, issues of international politics and economics, the evolution of the European Union project, the social doctrine of the Church. In 2010 I professed my final vows, after my Tertianship in Culver City (Los Angeles). Since September 2015 I have lived and worked in the Jesuit community of Triste, in addition to various community and parish tasks, I directed the Veritas Cultural Center of the Jesuits, hosting father general, Arturo Sosa, for the 60th anniversary of the center in 2018. Among the cultural activities that I have promoted: the dissemination of Laudato si' and the UN 2030 Agenda for sustainable development; knowledge of other religions, in particular of Judaism, Islam and Tibetan Buddhism; meetings of Ignatian and biblical spirituality; training in journalistic ethics; the teaching of the Italian language for asylum seekers; reflection on the sustainable development of the port and the city of Trieste; finally, I promoted initiatives to deepen the geopolitical dynamics in the world and the implications in Europe, Italy and Trieste. The values and institutions of the EU, and its policies have always been an object of interest and a source of hope for me, and by coming to the JESC, with the position of Secretary for European Affairs. I am happy to share these passions and the engagement with the Jesuits and lay people who work there and the people with whom we will collaborate in the network.
the 5th edition of the European Leadership Programme has been opened. The long-awaited opening session of the Spring Cohort of 2021 was held at St Michael's College on March 7th. Joining the 2021 Spring Cohort are a group of 14 young professionals working across the EU ecosystem in Brussels. The ELP have prepared an exciting training and inspirational program to prepare our 14 young leaders towards a service-based leadership for the next 5 months and beyond.  JESC Annual Report is out JESC’s Annual Report 2020 has been published. Despite the challenging year, it is with great gratitude that JESC shares its main activities, publications, projects and events that kept them in the path of promoting vision and values for Europe. Read the Annual Report here. Interviews with Social Delegates In an effort to reflect on the life, policies and practices of the European Union, JESC presents a set of interviews with the Social Delegates from provinces all over Europe. We invite you to read the interview with Fernando Ribeiro SJ, Social Delegate of the Jesuit Portuguese Province and Coordinator of the Social Apostolate Commission.
Martin Maier SJ, Secretary for European Affairs at the Jesuit European Social Centre (JESC) since 2014, has been elected as new director of Adveniat by the German Catholic Bishop Conference. Adveniat is the German episcopal charity-organisation for Latin America and the Caribbean. Since 1961, Adveniat supports projects of the Catholic Church in the entire continent. Adveniat's financial support for charity projects each year provides help where it is needed most and where it has the greatest impact: at base level, as direct aid for the people, in particular for the poor. Last year 1900 projects received over 36 million euro support. Martin will finish working at JESC on 31 March and assume his new responsibility at Adveniat in the city of Essen after a time of transition and preparation on 1 September 2021. As he declared, it is not easy for him to leave Brussels, where he felt fulfilment and joy in his mission to foster vision and values for Europe.  Martin will be dearly missed by the JESC team, his Jesuit companions and many groups and friends he accompanied. We were fortunate and privileged to be able to witness and work with Martin over the last seven year and we wish him all the best in his new role as General Manager Director of Adveniat.
With the advocacy efforts of JESC Secretary for European Affairs, Martin Maier, 21 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from the main political Groups sent a letter to the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, and to the Ambassador of India to Belgium, Mr. Santosh Jha, asking the immediate liberation of Stan Swamy on humanitarian grounds. The signatures were collected by the MEP Pierre Larrouturou after the successful discussions with JESC Secretary for European Affairs and the International Solidarity support Group for Fr. Stan Swamy. Fr Stan Swamy was imprisoned in India on October 10th, and his health is quickly deteriorating under these difficult conditions. MEP’s letter: https://jesc.eu/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/1-e1609339534747.jpg and https://jesc.eu/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/2.jpg
In addition to being JESC Secretary for Leadership and the European Leadership Programme (ELP) manager, Botond Feledy was appointed as the new Deputy Director of JESC. Botond Feledy has worked in the Hungarian province of the Jesuits as director of St Ignatius College and later as director of the Institute for Social Reflection. In 2017 he was elected as member of the NewEurope100, a joint initiative of Google, Financial Times, Visegrad Fund and the Polish Res Publica Foundation to choose yearly the hundred most transformative person of the Central European region.  In his new role, Botond will lead JESC internal and daily operations, including finance, budgeting and management. Botond will play a key role supporting JESC in its growth in the coming years, reaching out to Jesuit networks and Brussels-based constituencies. His decade long experience working with Jesuits will greatly contribute to achieve the JESC goals. You can get to know Botond Feledy better by reading his interview here.
It is with great sadness that we share the news of the death of Fr. Josep Messa Buxareu SJ in Sant Cugat del Vallès, Spain, on November 22, at the age of 95. Fr. Josep Messa Buxareu SJ worked in the “The Catholic Information and Initiative Office for Europe (OCIPE)” between 2002 and 2004. Part of the OCIPE Team He dedicated 60 years to priesthood and 70 years to the Society of Jesus, always working at the service of people. As part of the OCIPE team, he seeked to connect Christian organizations with European institutions, promoting a reflection on the political, social and economic issues of the European integration process, in particular the defense of minorities. Translator of Spanish JCEP Newsletter From the JCEP Communication team we remember with great gratitude the faithful and amiable cooperation with Fr. Josep, when he already at a very advanced age translated the JCEP Newsletter monthly into Spanish. JESC will keep Josep Messa Buxareu SJ in grateful memory as an exceptional Jesuit and we ask you to keep him in mind in your prayers.