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The rich fruit of a discernment process in The European Network of Jesuit Schools. There are 205 primary and secondary Jesuit and Companion* schools in Europe and the Near East. Together they provide education to almost 180,000 young people. If we also take into account their families, the teachers and their families, the alumni of the schools etc - the schools’ sector represents one of the largest evangelisation works of the Society of Jesus in Europe. At the same time, the number of Jesuits ministering in our schools is decreasing year by year. For this reason, there is a growing need for school staff formation and training programmes, so that Jesuit schools can shape and maintain their identity and be faithful to the mission entrusted to them. The Jesuit Committee for Primary and Secondary Education (JECSE) serves this purpose. JECSE is a network of Jesuit schools and is an interprovincial structure to support on-going communication and collaboration between our schools in Europe, Russia, Egypt and Lebanon. Initially, it operated as an informal organisation enabling education delegates to come together and share good practice. Since 2011, when it became a registered non-profit association, it began to support the staff of our schools in a systematic and continuous way. JECSE’s mission is to provide support to Jesuit schools and Provinces as they aim to fulfil the Society’s mission ‘to form leaders in service, in imitation of Christ Jesus, Men and Women of Competence, Conscience and Compassionate Commitment’ (The 4Cs). In the light of the changing educational and social contexts in Europe and the more recent statements emanating from Rome about the nature and purposes of Jesuit Education, JECSE undertook a two-year process of discernment, which ultimately led to the Strategic Development Plan for the 2022-2026 period. “The Strategic Plan should be understood as part of an overall trajectory, building on the work of previous directors and moving towards a stronger and better resourced Office for the Delegates and Provinces in the European network. The plan is true to our essential character as a discerning organisation as we have carefully refined our understanding of how we will most effectively achieve our vision. The plan also responds to the task given to us by Father General Arturo Sosa SJ in 2020 to strengthen our European network of Jesuit schools.” (From the Foreword) The plan sets out five main priorities for the JECSE network in the coming years: To promote reflective and collaborative processes of discernment. To provide complementary programmes of formation for school leaders and staff. To support schools in their efforts to offer in-depth faith formation and the skills to dialogue with other religions and worldviews. To foster a sense of being a part of the global community with a shared responsibility for our common mission. To support schools in the creation of a safe and healthy environment for all. “The five strategic priorities demonstrate our commitment to the common mission of the Society of Jesus, which is most recently expressed in the four Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs). The priorities relate to the themes of spirituality, justice and the environment and most especially to our desire to ‘accompany young people in the creation of a hope filled future’. “(From the Foreword) The Strategic Development Plan also contains important information about the history of our network, its structure and JECSE activities and programmes. The JECSE network now faces the important task of implementing the plan’s objectives. It requires strengthening the structure of JECSE as an organisation, building an executive team, creating new support and formation programmes for schools. Increasing professionalization also requires the search for new financial sources so that JECSE is a strong and stable organisation supporting schools to meet the challenges of our current times. *Companion schools – schools who share in the same educational mission as Jesuit schools, but are not formally regarded as one of the Works of the Society Group picture: The previous members of the JECSE Steering Committee - the group that has been working on our Development Plan for two years - from right to left: Mr Brian Flannery, JECSE Deputy Director, Ms Ilse Dekker - JECSE Director till 2022, Fr Bernard Peters SJ from Belgium South, Fr Antonio Allende SJ from Spain, Peter Knapen from Belgium North, Fr Ferenz Holzinger SJ from Hungary. JECSE
In January, in Palermo and Catania, the Pedro Arrupe political training institute is proposing an interactive socio-political formation course for beginners. “GenerAzioni”, the title of the project, is an inter-generational workshop that brings together the experiences of good moral practices present in the territories, offering formation courses to people who wish to commit themselves to the creation of community processes of change. A total of 50 people will be able to participate, divided into two groups of 25 – aged between 18 and 55 – who are already experienced in understanding reality and aware of the need to develop collaborative and procreative activities in the territories. Generative Democracy The socio-political formation course, which starts in January, consists of meetings on eight macro-areas (ethical philosophy, anthropology, ecology, geopolitics, justice, institutional politics, cultural-educational, social and economic, digital-communication). Socio-political formation will also be carried out on site, thus giving the opportunity for direct knowledge of moral territorial experiences, applied within marginal and peripheral places, public or private social organizations that have become good practices. There will also be moments of joint participation with ‘Agorà’, an institution for generative democracy, consisting of periodic encounters through public assemblies open to citizens, to listen to needs and direct proposals and actions from below. Beauty and transformation The various research groups will take action to resolve the critical issues noted in the various projects, by means of collaborative work that can bring about a “change” in the territorial context examined. In this phase, with a view to mutual collaboration, people from outside the working group, local authorities and institutions will be involved. “GenerAzioni” was set up as we intended to give back to politics its vital and more authentic cultural breath,” Fr. Gianni Notari, director of the Pedro Arrupe Institute says. “In recent years we have witnessed an increasingly significant separation between civil society and politics. Our desire is to create a cultural and social operation to start new processes. There is so much potential to invest in. We would like to be able to establish beauty and transformation”.
Delegates for Spirituality met in Rome. The new JCEP Network of Delegates for Spirituality had its first presential meeting in Rome, invited by the Secretary for the Service of the Faith in the General Curia, James Hanvey. To help the group reflect on the general topic of secularization, Cardinal José Tolentino Mendonça, Prefect of the Dicastery for Culture and Education, offered a deep reflection, full of very suggestive insights and new ways of looking at things, on the challenges faced by the Church and how it must respond to the new epoch in which we now live. Father General also met the delegates. He gave a summary of the milestone developments in the life of Society since the last General Congregation and explained what is ahead, especially the Congregation of Procurators in May. At the end of this part of the meeting, James Hanvey shared his only reading of the phenomenon of secularisation. After these inputs, our way of seeing secularisation lost many of the negative traits we are used to associate with the concept. Yes, it is challenging, a call to live in uncertainty and precariousness, as a little flock with a discrete presence in the world. But it is not threatening, it is rather exciting, a call to let ourselves be led by the Spirit, looking to collaborate with the active God very much present in all these realities, even if in a hidden way. There was time for an extended sharing about how each province is living the first Universal Apostolic Preference, the strengths and weaknesses of the spirituality apostolate in each context and the hopes for the promotion of Ignatian Spirituality by the Society. Finally, the delegates planned the future of the network: next meetings and ways to go forward. A visit to the Church of the Gesù, passionately guided by a Jesuit scholastic Michael Mohr, member of Pietre Vive (Living Stones), was a very consoling element of our days in Rome. Herminio Rico JCEP Socius
UNIJES has just published a collection of six booklets of Ignatian University Pedagogy that aims to inspire and apply Ignatian pedagogy, from the vision of the "Ledesma-Kolvenbach university paradigm", through various active methodologies that are a trend in higher education today.  The booklets are the result of almost four years of work by a good group of professors from the universities and centres of UNIJES, an authentic choral work. They are coordinated by Vicente Hernández, professor at the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences (Comillas CIHS).  The collection of University Ignatian Pedagogy notebooks is made up of six volumes and aims to inspire and apply Ignatian pedagogy, from the vision of the "Ledesma-Kolvenbach university paradigm", through various active methodologies (Service-Learning, Ignatian debate, co-teaching, problem-based learning, project-based learning and challenge-based learning) that are a trend in higher education.  A choral work and framed within the framework of the strategic project: University educational innovation in the key of Ignatian pedagogy.  Access the booklets by clicking here: Jesuitas España 
On 21st January 1623 Fr General Vitelleschi issued a decree canonically establishing the English Province of the Society of Jesus. Four hundred years to the day after this decree was issued Jesuits, lay-people and other religious working alongside us in our ministries, as well as a large group of friends and well-wishers, gathered at the Farm Street church in central London to celebrate a thanksgiving Mass for the Province’s fourth centenary.  Around 500 people packed into the church for the Mass. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop pf Westminster, was the principal celebrant, the Provincial, Fr Damian Howard SJ, preached the homily, and the celebration was introduced by Fr Michael Holman SJ, Superior of the Jesuits in London. Fr Antoine Kerhuel SJ, the Secretary of the Society, joined us with a message from Fr General, and the Benedictines, the Dominicans, and the Congregation of Jesus were all represented.  The Province was established at a time when the Roman Catholic church in this country was suffering extreme persecution. Edmund Campion had been martyred at Tyburn, less than a mile from Farm Street, forty years earlier, and 28 Jesuit priests and brothers, now recognised as saints and blessed, would share his fate between 1573 and 1679. Campion had, on returning to England a year before his capture and death, issued a challenge to the Privy Council to openly debate questions of faith. A musical setting of part of this challenge, popularly known as “Campion’s Brag”, was commissioned from Sir James MacMillan, a notable composer, to mark the celebration, receiving its world premiere at this Mass.  The Provincial started his homily by recognising the contributions of Wales and Scotland to the Province, which took until the 1980s to formally acknowledge this by renaming itself as the British Province. He spoke of the missionary work so central to the life of the Province: “First over the ocean to Maryland, where in due course a daughter Province would see the light of day. Then came missions to the Caribbean, Central America, Calcutta, Malta, present-day Guyana, Belize, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.” And he looked forward to the future, with all its uncertainties, to be met with continuing trust in God. Finally he invited all present to make their own the prayer of Dag Hammarskjöld: “For all that has been, thank you. For all that is to come, yes!”  The Province archives are kept in the basement at Farm Street, and the archivist and her team had mounted a small exhibition of relevant material for the day. This included a number of illustrated journals kept by those pioneer missionaries in South America. After the Mass all present were invited to a reception which overflowed to the public gardens which adjoin the house. Later in the day, messages of thanks were received from other communities which had been able to join via livestream, not least the Province care facility in Boscombe where those praying for the Church and the Society had been enthusiastically involved.  Now, onwards into our fifth century!  Paul Nicholson SJ  
Arturo Sosa SJ, General Superior of the Society of Jesus, has appointed Attila András SJ as the new head of the Jesuit Province in Hungary. The outgoing Elemér Vízi SJ’s successor has been the treasurer of the Province, and a member of the community of Dobogókő. He will take office on 25 February at the Jesuit Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Budapest, starting at 6:00 pm.  Attila András SJ was born on 18 September 1977 in Székelyudvarhely/Odorheiu Secuiesc, Romania. He completed his primary school education in his hometown and his secondary school education in Gyulafehérvár/Alba Iulia between 1992 and 1996.  After graduation, he joined the Society of Jesus in 1996. He did the novitiate in Szeged, Hungary. After taking his vows, he spent six months at the Juniorate in Budapest, where he studied German language and literature in preparation for his studies in philosophy at the Formation Center in Munich between 1999 and 2001. After his studies in Germany, he completed his magisterium (2001-2003) in Miskolc, at the Fényi Gyula Jesuit High School and College as a dormitory teacher and prefect. Before his theological studies, he spent two years in Taiwan, at Fu Jen University, studying Chinese language and culture. He was greatly influenced by Eastern culture and the thinking of the Eastern people. He continued his theological studies in London at Heythrop College, where he was ordained a deacon in 2009. He served as deacon at St. Ignatius Jesuit Student Hall, and in the meantime he completed his Master's degree in theology and child protection (MA) at Sapientia College of Theology of Religious Orders in Budapest in 2009-2011.  On 18 September 2010, he was ordained priest by Archbishop Csaba Ternyák of Eger in the Jesuit parish church of the Divine Word in Miskolc. In 2012, he introduced the teaching of Chinese language and culture at the Jesuit high school in cooperation with the Confucius Institute, which has been successfully running ever since.  He completed his Jesuit training in Dublin with the tertianship in 2013-2014. He pronounced the solemn vows on 7 April 2015 in Budapest, together with his fellow Jesuit Elemér Vízi.  Since September 2019, he has been the treasurer of the Hungarian Province and overseen the developments of the province as a member of the Dobogókő community.  Jesuits Hungary 

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