European Jesuits in Formation (EJIF) is a group that gathers together all European Jesuits who are in formation, from novices to brothers and young priests who haven't yet taken their final vows.

Every year, the young Jesuits are invited to participate in an EJIF meeting that is held in one of the European Jesuit provinces. Usually this meeting includes an group experiment or meeting (pilgrimage, social work, conferences around formation topics), then an individual guided retreat of eight days and finally a formation session.

Many young Jesuits live in international formation houses. Still these meetings aim to foster broader knowledge of the Society of Jesus, by giving the Jesuits the opportunity to get to know others in formation and to learn more about our Jesuit life and spirituality.

The central idea of EJIF 2016 was to be present during the World Youth Day in Krakow and accompanying MAGIS working as a group of young Jesuits in formation from all Europe. Previous
 EJIF meetings show that the best way of getting to know each other comes from common experiences like pilgrimages, sharing tasks and praying together. This year EJIF’s delegates took part actively in many different jobs during MAGIS and WYD in areas like spirituality, arts, social work, pilgrimage, etc. This year the encounter was longer than usual: the meeting point was Warsaw at mid July. Then they travel to Łódź for the start of MAGIS and the group was spread through different youth experiments in different countries, they gathered again in Krakow for WYD, traveling afterwards to Zakopane for 8 days retreat in the Tatra Mountains. During the MAGIS they gave logistical assistance for the kickoff meeting in Łódź . They guided the experiments taking care and serving small groups of 25 young participants. And they gave logistical assistance during Festival of Nations in Częstochowa. Once in Krakow the EJIF group helped the Vocation Promoters team getting involved in the meeting points for Ignatian spirituality and participating on the events of the WYD.  
 After all the work they deserved to pray and rest in the retreat house of Zakopane. Fr Dermot O’Connor from Ireland led the eight days retreat assisted for a team that accompanied the EJIF delegates in different languages. 
MAGIS and WYD gave delegates possibility to contact with people from all around the world and to discover the joy of the Gospel by serving others in many ways.  
The Arrupe Experience is a time of training in which Jesuit scholastics prepare ourselves for the sacrament of orders. Recently in Barcelona, five young men studying in Madrid completed this year-long experience with a final course on affectivity led by Vicente Marcuello and personalized spiritual exercises directed by Jaume Cerdà, who has accompanied us throughout the year.  Our appreciation and understanding of the various themes addressed - especially the way in which the Society of Jesus understands the priesthood and human affectivity - has deepened throughout the year in our prayer, our study and our shared daily life. It has been a time where the "simmering" of our Jesuit formation has integrated the experience of priesthood in a more intense and explicit way.  The exercises that concluded this period of formation were a privileged moment to re-read our vocation, to revive our passion, to update our desire to serve the Church, and do it all in the way of Jesus. Now the process of preparing our ordination, something we live with sincere joy while being ever aware of our weaknesses and frailties, begins. Image: From left to right:  Samuel Fernández Beirao (POR, Jaume Cerdà (ESP), Sergio Gadea (ESP), Brendan Busse (CFN), Salvo Collura (ITA), Miguel Pedro Melo (POR)