The new academic year has begun at the Jesuit faculty in Warsaw and it is also the beginning of a new transformation. The Pontifical Faculty of Theology in Warsaw Collegium Bobolanum (bobolanum.edu.pl), run by the Jesuits in Poland (PMA Province) is transformed into the “Catholic Academy in Warsaw - Collegium Bobolanum”. It is the result of many years of efforts by the present Rector Fr. Piotr Aszyk, SJ and the previous one Fr. Zbigniew Kubacki, SJ, with the support of Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz and Father General Arturo Sosa Abascal SJ. After obtaining the consent of the Holy See, the Grand Chancellor, Card. Kazimierz Nycz, Metropolitan Archbishop of Warsaw, by a decree on the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (August 15, 2020) raised a single-faculty university to the rank of an academy with three faculties. In addition to the existing Faculty of Theology, the Institute of Social Sciences will be transformed into the Faculty of Social Sciences, and a third Faculty of Arts and Culture will be created. The Catholic Academy in Warsaw is a joint work of the Jesuits and the Archdiocese of Warsaw. Seven clergy and religious seminaries and seven secular institutes from all over Poland are affiliated with the Academy, and it is also a place of study for many students from Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, and other post-communist bloc countries. Diplomas and certificates of the Catholic Academy in Warsaw are guaranteed by the Polish state. They are recognized by states all over the world, including the European Union. Master degrees in theology, STL, and STD are also recognized by the Roman Catholic Church. At present, the Academy offers bachelor studies in political science (3 years), master studies in theology (5 years), canonical licentiate in theology (STL), doctoral (STD), and postdoctoral studies in theology (habilitation). The Collegium Bobolanum has a very long tradition, dating back to a small primary school founded by Jesuit father Piotr Skarga SJ in Połock (currently in Belarus) in the year 1580. This school gradually transformed to theological faculty in 1737, and the Połock Academy in 1812. The College originally educated young Jesuits only. After transformations, it finally moved to Warsaw and continuously expanded its educational offer. This Jesuit educational institution, despite the historical turmoil, continues to grow and develop its activities.
Young People Being the Change in Their Communities “Be the Change” was the motto of this year’s project “72 Hours without Compromise” (72 sata bez kompromisa), an international volunteer project that animates young people and promotes solidarity, community, creativity, and volunteering.  The project took place from October 16 to 18 in 15 Croatian cities and municipalities.  In Zagreb, the project began on October 15, 2020, with the evening Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Tomislav Špiranec SJ (SKAC Palma) in the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Jordanovac. In his homily, he encouraged young people by saying that they will not only be meeting the current needs of many people, but they will also do many things that will not be seen: bring joy to the lonely, dignity to those who feel worthless, peace to those who are restless, and conversation to those who are lonely.  “That is, in a word, love,” concluded Fr. Špiranec. After receiving their assignments, more than 2000 young people all over Croatia uncompromisingly offered their talents, forces, and skills in the following two days to bring a change to their local communities through more than 300 voluntary activities, which is especially significant in this time of epidemiological crisis.  The goal of the project is to gather young people, making them aware of the importance of volunteering, listening to the needs of others, and participating in concrete changes.  The participants accomplished this through tidying up schoolyards, building wheelchair ramps, painting houses and benches, cleaning up the environment, and through many other deeds.  Through their solidarity, love, commitment, and compassion the young volunteers truly made a difference in their local communities. “72 Hours without Compromise” was devised and launched in Germany in 1995 when a group of young people decided to find a way to encourage their peers to volunteer and give themselves to others uncompromisingly and unconditionally, especially to those on the margins of society.  Since then, the project has gathered and continues to gather thousands of young people all over Europe who are working together to transform their local communities through volunteering.  The project is being implemented in ten European countries – Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, and Croatia.
A new Cohort of ELP Fellows. We officially open the 4th Edition of the European Leadership Programme. The long-awaited opening session of the Fall Cohort of 2020 was held at Josefa Foundation on October 4th. The event, hosted by Gilber Granjon and Annabelle Roig, Fouders of Josefa Foundation, was followed by a cycle of presentations from speakers such as Peter Rožič SJ, director of JESC, Botond Feledy, ELP Manager and Secretary for Leadership at JESC and Mahmoud Qeshred, International volunteer HQ Coordinator at Serve the City. "Dear ELP Fellows: Today you join a distinct and growing Programme. Let the ELP principles guide your future growth". Peter Rožič SJ welcomed the 14 ELP Fellows and encouraged them to learn how the Jesuit Education can be transformative. Showing kindness, serve people in need and become part of the change we want to see in the world. Mahmoud Qeshreh, International volunteer and Serve the City Coordinator shared the importance of serving others. Our ELP Fellows will have the opportunity to partner with Serve the City to serve homeless shelters, refugee centers, orphanages, and other associations. The session featured a round of presentation of the Fellows, facilitated by Eleonora Vitale,  External Relation and Development Officer at JESC. The session ended with an Ignatian moment with Peter Rožič SJ.
To interiorize and grow spiritually in the Universal Apostolic Preference (UAP) "Care of the Common House" and to outline together the elements of a provincial plan that will help to make this preference more effective and real in personal, community and institutional life. These two objectives were sought at the online Meeting of the Province of Spain on the theme of ecology on October 8th and 9th. The 65 participants from different sectors, areas and platforms of the province collaborated intensely to make them happen.   In his words of welcome the provincial, Antonio España SJ acknowledged with gratitude the journey undertaken as a province with different ecological initiatives and as a global Society he reviewed the milestones with which the last General Congregations and the publication of important documents have made us reflect until 2019 when Fr. General approved the UAP. The meeting included a prayer of contemplation in an ecological key, two talks (Talk Jaime Tatay SJ: The believers facing the environmental challenges; Talk of Jose Ignacio Garcia SJ: The care of the Common House from the Ignatian Spirituality) and work in groups. In the sharing of the work various ideas were repeated such as the theological-spiritual integration in our ecological activities; the perception that there is still a need for ecological conversion at the personal, community and institutional levels. Also the fact that ecology should be mainstreamed in the province, the need for greater networking not only with internal actors; the promotion of experiential activities - some already existing such as the EE in ecological key, but which must be strengthened - the need to increase training in this area. From this first meeting, the way begins to define a provincial plan in this area. A plan on which the provincial, in his final words of thanks, insisted: "It is not like adding a new area, but trying to make a common awareness of what environmental justice inspired by the Gospel means in a transversal way".  Other materials: Booklets Ecological Conversion (in Spanish)
Fribourg (Switzerland) - Nulla die sine linea, no day without drawing a line This is the title of the winning project for the new monument in Fribourg Cathedral with the relics of Nicholas of Myra, Nicholas of Flüe and the Jesuit Petrus Canisius. The relics of the first two are in the cathedral, while the mortal remains of Canisius will be transferred from the church of the College of St. Michael at the end of April 2021. An important date for the Jesuits: On the commemoration day and in the 500th year of Canisius' birth, the new Central European Jesuit Province will be founded, to which Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Lithuania belong. Fribourg has a saint who had a decisive influence on the city: Petrus Canisius (1521-1597), Jesuit from the pioneering period of the Society of Jesus. He came to Fribourg in 1580, at the time of the Counter-Reformation. Born in Nijmegen in today's Netherlands, he had worked as preacher of the faith in half of Europe, lived in Rome, Ingolstadt, Vienna and Prague and founded another Jesuit College in Friburg - at the end of his life there were 18 - the St Michael College, which exists until today. He is buried there, and now the Cathedral Chapter of the Freiburg Cathedral of St. Nicholas wants to create a new resting place for the Canisius relics in the Holy Sepulchre Chapel of the Cathedral. This will bring together the relics of Nicholas of Myra, patron saint of the cathedral and the city, of Nicholas of Flüe, patron saint of the country, and of Petrus Canisius. Canisius is the patron saint of the future Central European Jesuit province, to which Switzerland also belongs. It will be founded on 27 April 2021, the day of commemoration and the 500th anniversary of Canisius' birth. Today, the relics of Nicholas of Myra and Nicholas of Flüe are kept in the cathedral's treasury. They are only occasionally accessible to the faithful, as are the mortal remains of Petrus Canisius in the church of the College of St Michael. Hence the desire to bring them together in one place for veneration. The Cathedral Chapter has launched a competition for the creation of a new religious monument to the three saints. Fifteen projects from Switzerland and abroad were submitted. The jury selected three for a second phase. The winners are Marc-Laurent Naef and Frédéric Aeby from Fribourg. Nulla die sine linea - no day without drawing a line is the title of the winning project.  "Besides the blessing hand of Nicholas of Myra and the praying hand of Nicholas of Flüe, we will have the writing hand of Petrus Canisius," explains Frédéric Aeby, painter and sculptor. Together with the architect Marc-Laurent Naef, he wants to create three niches in the wall of the Chapel of the Holy Sepulchre. "In this ceremonial room, dominated by the impressive tomb from 1430 and illuminated by the blue-violet stained glass windows of Alfred Manessier, our intervention must be discreet," says Marc-Laurent Naef. The relics of St. Peter Canisius SJ will be transferred on Monday, 26 April 2021, the day before the new Central European Jesuit Province is founded.
At the beginning of the year the Jesuits created the so-called Future Lab in the Jesuit College Innsbruck, a place where young adults find time to put their own lives in order, are allowed to ask important questions about the future, are invited to spiritual exercises and times of silence and find space in the company of us Jesuits to learn to read their own lives. The Future Lab has been open and running for a few months now. The first residents have moved in and we started the programme with a mountain weekend, spiritual exercises and vacation stays. The rooms and halls are brought to life! On 19 September 2020, Innsbruck’s bishop Hermann Glettler celebrated mass with us to inaugurate the Future Lab and provincial Fr. Bernhard Bürgler SJ blessed the premises. Afterwards, there was opportunity to visit the rooms. „To me, the Future Lab is above all a place and space for listening: listening to myself, listening to my longing and listening to the needs of our time and to the Word of God. This threefold listening, this triad slowly enables me to hear God’s calling to me, lets me recognize my life‘s trace and gives me courage and strength to live my life,“ said Fr. Bürgler SJ. "We look back gratefully on these first experiences. Despite the exceptional circumstances of the Corona pandemic, many young people have been happy to participate in the programme of the Future Lab from the very beginning. Some came to us with specific questions about life and found room for important questions, thoughts and conversations in the beautiful new rooms and the hospitality of the community in the Jesuit College. There was great interest in the introduction to Ignatian Spirituality and the sense of community, good spirits and openness in our house were especially appreciated. We don’t convey a finished image of God. Everyone is invited to come as they are, we offer an atmosphere for personal searching and thinking, all questions allowed", says Fr. Helmut Schumacher SJ, director of the Future Lab.  Young people from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, South Tyrol and even Poland found great value in their time at the Future Lab and many are planning to come back soon. You can find the programme of the Future Lab via www.zukunftswerkstatt-innsbruck.org

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Fri
Oct 2020
WARSAW
Poland
Final Vows Br. Remigiusz Rutecki (PMA) will take his final vows at St. Stephen's Church at 6.30 p.m READ MORE
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Sat
Oct 2020
INNSBRUCK
Austria
Ordination Max Heine-Geldern (GER) and Sebastian Ortner (ASR) will be ordained a priest  READ MORE
5
Thu
Nov 2020
LUBLIN
Poland
Final Vows Fr. Adam Juchnowicz (PMA) will take his final vows at 7.00 p.m. READ MORE
11-12
Wed - Thu
Nov 2020

Treasurers Meeting Online meeting of the European Treasurers READ MORE