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The first stone of the future Loyola-Marseille college was laid on February 20, 2024, marking the symbolic launch of this project which began in July 2023. Its opening is planned for the start of the 2025 school year. It will gradually welcome 500 students from neighboring districts. Loyola Marseille College will be the 16th Jesuit educational establishment in France. In collaboration with the diocese of Marseille, this innovative and ambitious project is supported by the Ignace de Loyola Education association (AILE) , the Society of Jesus (Jesuit congregation), and the École de Provence , a “historic” establishment founded by the Jesuits in 1873 in Marseille. The future Loyola college is located rue de Vintimille, in Arenc , in the 15th arrondissement of Marseille. This rapidly changing district will soon welcome 30,000 additional residents. It will offer accessible housing to populations with average incomes and will include 30% social housing. A unifying project Loyola-Marseille College is a major project for the Society of Jesus, engaged, today and since the beginning, in an educational mission. Its cost amounts to 19.5 million euros, 90% financed by private funds (École de Provence, Massilia Ignace Education Foundation, Montcheuil Foundation – Jesuit Foundation for Education, Jesuit educational establishments in France). The Bouches-du-Rhône Departmental Council is contributing 1.5 million euros. Key Figures > 500 students> 19.5 M euros budget> 4,200m² surface area> 24 months of work A call for donations is launched for 2.5 million euros from the people of Marseille and all those who wish to support this important project for the city. It benefits from close collaboration with the public authorities (Departmental Council, Town Hall, Euroméditerranée), the Diocese of Marseille and the Directorate of Catholic Education. Everyone shares the wish for the success of this project dedicated to young Marseillais and families, particularly the most modest. Social diversity, the cornerstone of the project With this new college, The Society of Jesus and the École de Provence wish to share the quality of their educational offer to young Marseille residents from families living in the northern districts of the city, promoting social diversity and diversity of origin. students. Tuition fees will be determined based on income, as in all Jesuit colleges in France. They should not be a hindrance when registering. A solidarity fund will be set up to allow less fortunate families to register their children. Click this link if you would like to read more  
Let Us Dare to Hope! We look forward to seeing you this summer at the family festival, on the theme “Let’s dare to hope”. From August 21 to 25, 2024, all families are invited to experience a joyful time anchored in Christ! Organized by the Jesuits , in partnership with the Eucharistic Youth Movement (MEJ), this family festival will take place at the Châtelard spiritual ecocenter, near Lyon . On the program for the 5 days: times of joyful prayer, testimonies from committed families, activities by age group, moments to enjoy silence, a big festive evening and finally... many surprises! Young people, welcomed from a very young age, will have a dedicated program led by the MEJ, while enjoying quality time with family. In the spirituality of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, we will experience how to care for the relationships within our families and discover joyful ways to engage in the great issues of today's world. Despite the many crises we are going through, let God fill us with hope so that we can recognize that love is indeed at work in our suffering world! Find Out More
Five centuries of Jesuit pedagogy at the service of society’s stakeholders On the occasion of its 50th anniversary  , the Sèvres Center is changing its name. The Jesuit institute of higher education and research in French-speaking Western Europe will now be called Facultés Loyola Paris.  “Facultés Loyola Paris”, a name which sounds like a return to the sources , Paris being the university city where Ignatius of Loyola laid the foundations of the Society of Jesus in the 16th century , with several companions. This name also reaffirms a conviction: that of the still current need for a centuries-old Ignatian pedagogy which has always been at the service of the intellectual training of people engaged in the Church and society . A beneficial reminder in a world where the loss of meaning makes decision-making more uncertain . This new name reflects the international openness of Loyola Paris Faculties which welcome and train students from all over the world. From theology to philosophy, including the human sciences, the Loyola Paris Faculties want to place the development of constructed and personal thought at the center of training. An ambition also embodied by the new motto: “Called to freedom” , a quote taken from the New Testament (Ga 5:13). “Loyola Paris Faculties”: a new name to express a strong identity Founded in 1974 by the Society of Jesus, the Sèvres Center – located in the street of the same name in Paris – was born from an intuition: to offer university-level courses open to all, which combine philosophy, theology and human sciences in dialogue with the fundamental questions of contemporary culture and society . Since its creation, it has delivered canonical diplomas, the level of which is recognized by the French State, as well as its own university diplomas, some of which in partnership with recognized French universities. The establishment is also part of the long tradition of the Society of Jesus in favor of the intellectual and spiritual training of people : the Jesuit high schools which developed throughout the world, the upcoming opening of a Jesuit college in Marseille or The numerous chaplaincies of major schools run by Jesuits also bear witness to this vitality. In this vein, the Loyola Paris Faculties offer an original pedagogy, inspired by the tradition of the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola. 50 years after the foundation, the initial intuition was confirmed. The faculties have developed and opened to the world while remaining faithful to their identity. Faculties with an international dimension The Loyola Paris Faculties are part of the network of Jesuit universities and faculties of higher education present in more than 50 countries with nearly 800,000 students . The new name “Loyola Paris Faculties” thus places the establishment explicitly in a charisma shared with “Loyola” universities of different nationalities (United States, Spain, Congo, India, etc.). Led by the Jesuits, the teaching team includes some 180 high-level teachers (including 50 permanent staff), invested in research in France and internationally, with a wide diversity of profiles: religious, lay, men and women. The Loyola Paris Faculties are one of the leading training centers for the Society of Jesus in the world, due to the number of Jesuits trained and the diversity of their origins . They also welcome and train religious from other congregations and the general public. As such, they want to serve the Church and the world, with this strong conviction that a spiritual life anchored in solid training and openness to others are the leaven of justice and peace for society. . Training open to all to develop their ability to make fair decisions With a wide variety of formats (courses open to free listeners, sessions lasting a few days, online courses or free lunchtime conferences, etc.), all training courses pursue the same objective: to be accessible to as many people as possible. , in particular to professionals and people engaged in the service of society, in order to provide them with structuring training which makes them capable of responding in an appropriate manner to the challenges of today's world. The wide range of training thus aims at making fair and responsible decisions in complex situations, in areas such as personal life, social or economic life, professional life, service to the Church: biomedical ethics, political commitment. and citizen, theological research on precariousness, environmental and social action… The pedagogy offers personalized support for students, careful work with sources and a strong culture of debate. Teachers are keen to allow themselves to be questioned by different schools of thought: a bias called for by the strong interculturality of this unique institution in the French university landscape. Bringing faith and reason into dialogue in the face of tensions across the world In the current highly anxiety-provoking context, the temptation is to rush towards ready-to-think or ready-to-believe. On the contrary, Loyola Paris Faculties want to allow everyone a personal and structured journey, deeply rooted in an authentic inner life. The Faculties offer specific courses for Catholics who wish to deepen their faith, without committing to a canonical cycle: Believe and Understand cycle, professionalizing university diploma (DU) for those involved in school pastoral care, training in spiritual accompaniment people and groups, etc. From 2024, the courses will be structured along three main transversal axes to meet contemporary expectations: rooting one's faith in a great tradition, confronting a changing era and seeking right ways of being. In a society in search of meaning, where decisions are made and undone according to emotions, feelings or ideologies, the Loyola Paris Faculties thus pursue the historical ambition of the Society of Jesus: to train the person in depth to know discern, construct personal thoughts and acquire the ability to make free and fully conscious choices. A commitment to which the new name and the new motto: “Called to freedom” provide a new springboard.
On 27 December 2023, a special jubilee year opened at Paray-le-Monial to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the apparitions of the Sacred Heart. The Jesuits, who have been present at Paray-le-Monial for more than 400 years, are taking an active part in this jubilee year. Xavier Jahan sj, head of the Saint-Claude La Colombière chapel in Paray-le-Monial.     Opened on 27 December, the jubilee will run until 27 June 2025. This period of more than a year will cover the three key dates of what are known as the three "great apparitions of the Sacred Heart of Jesus" to the Visitation nun Saint Marguerite-Marie Alacoque. These apparitions formally took place on 27 December 1623, then in June 1624 and 1625. That's precisely 350 years ago. These apparitions gave rise to devotion to the Sacred Heart. Claude La Colombière, confessor of Saint Margaret MaryWhat does this have to do with us Jesuits? Because the Jesuit saint Claude La Colombière, confessor of the Visitation sisters, who had just arrived in Paray-le-Monial at the end of February 1625, was the first to authenticate the reality and truth of these apparitions, and he encouraged the Visitation sisters to receive fully what was given to them and to live according to what they had been told. During the third great apparition, in 1625, Jesus explicitly referred Marguerite-Marie to Claude to put into practice what he was asking of her: more frequent communion, communion especially on the first Friday of the month, the holy hour, the process of consecration, etc. Jesus mentioned in his message the many obstacles he would have to overcome in order to take part in this mission. In his message, Jesus spoke of the many obstacles Claude would have to overcome in order to take part in this mission. This mission was explicitly extended to the whole Society of Jesus in a final vision that took place six years after Claude's death, on 2 July 1688. Following this final vision, the Society of Jesus explicitly declared in its General Congregations (23rd GC in 1883) that it recognised this mission entrusted to it by the Lord, and in 1915 (26th GC) that the work of the Apostleship of Prayer participated fully in this mission. The Jesuits will be very present during the Jubilee Year The Jesuits will therefore be present throughout this jubilee year: on 27 December 2023, the jubilee was opened at a solemn celebration attended by the Apostolic Nuncio, the Bishop of Autun, Fr. Thierry Dobbelstein sj, Provincial of the Jesuits EOF, Fr Frédéric Fornos sj and Fr Daniel Régent sj, French and international directors of the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network (PWPN, successor to the Apostleship of Prayer). On this occasion, the shrine of Paray-le-Monial will make official its membership of this worldwide prayer network. A retreat will be co-hosted by the shrine and the Pope's World Prayer Network in May 2024. In February 2025, on the occasion of the feast of Saint Claude, a renewal of the Consecration of the Society of Jesus will be celebrated in the presence of the Provincial and the superiors of the Jesuit communities of the EOF Province.  
The film "Abbé Pierre: A Century of Devotion" (L'Abbé Pierre - Une vie de combats) released in theaters on November 8, 2023, provides an opportunity to revisit the journey of this resistant priest, deputy, and advocate for the homeless. It also allows (re)discovery of his numerous connections with the Jesuits in Lyon. The archives service of our Province has indeed found numerous precious documents revealing the family intimacy of Henri Grouès, the future Abbé Pierre, his youth, and his religious vocation. A student among the Jesuits, Henri Grouès, was born on August 5, 1912, in Lyon, into a wealthy Catholic family. He is the fifth of eight children. His father, the director of the Fonderies du Rhône, was actively involved in numerous associations, particularly the Hospitaliers-Veilleurs, a charitable organization in Lyon. Henri attended a Jesuit school, the Externat Saint-Joseph in Lyon, from 1921 to 1930, as evidenced by his school report and the proclamation registers below. Henri Grouès was also a neighbor of the Jesuits on Rue Sala on the peninsula in the 2nd arrondissement of Lyon. Indeed, he lived with his family at 26 Rue Sala, and the Jesuit community resided at number 20, as is still the case today. A Capuchin ordained as a priest with the Jesuits In 1927, he participated in a trip to Rome and Assisi. He was deeply influenced by the life of Saint Francis of Assisi, which guided his vocation through the embodiment of simplicity. In 1931, at the age of 19, he joined the Capuchins and took the name 'Brother Philippe.' After 7 years of contemplative and cloistered life, Henri Grouès was ordained as a Capuchin priest with 24 Jesuits on August 24, 1938. The ordination took place in the chapel of his former school, the Externat Saint-Joseph (currently the chapel of the Saint-Marc School Center). A letter from Father Henri Chabert SJ, dated December 1997, explains the circumstances of this ordination: "He was part of the promotion of new ordinands with the Jesuits because his father, ill, still lived in the family home at 26 Rue Sala at the time of his ordination, and he only had a few steps to take to attend his son's ordination. In fact, Mr. Antoine Grouès passed away a month before the ordination, but we did not change the arrangements that had been made."
Maison Magis, a Jesuit place for young people in Paris, celebrates its 5th anniversary On 9 October, Maison Magis joyfully celebrated its fifth anniversary: 70 friends and partners gathered on rue d'Assas in Paris to celebrate the anniversary of this third place opened by the Jesuits to support young adults in their spiritual, professional and social life with a range of proposals combining spirituality, training and solidarity. The evening began with a time of thanksgiving at the Mass presided over by Fr Thierry Dobbelstein sj. The Provincial recalled the intuition behind Magis House: to create a place of Church for young people, by young people, which, like a crossroads, breaks down barriers and encourages encounters: "Magis House is not an end in itself. Here you dream together, you experiment for the first time, as in a laboratory: the aim is that what is experienced in the laboratory should be experienced and multiplied in life. That you become men and women who live Magis in your professional, political, family and church commitments. Perhaps in the Ile-de-France region, perhaps at the other end of the world. You receive a lot, you give a a lot to one another, and I'd like to remind you: a lot will be asked of you in the creation of a future full of hope". Fr Thierry Anne sj, director of Maison Magis, was delighted with the co-leadership, without which the Maison would not have been able to see the light of day and continue on its way: "Not without the others. This could become the base line of the Maison Magis logo (...). This is the Magis of this house, the more. And that's just as well, because this house is a third place, in other words, a constant call to meet people other than myself, other than my clan, other than my environment. It is the sign of the face of God, the God of encounters, whose dream for us is to enter into communion without forgetting anyone". Young people then spoke about what they have experienced, and received, in this house that has become "their" home. Whether they were coworkers, refugees, students or young professionals, they all spoke of the importance of Maison Magis in their lives, of the friendships they had made through the many encounters they had had, and of their faith journey, initiated or deepened in this place. The anniversary of the Maison Magis will continue in the spring with a big party for all the young people attending the Maison on 26 April 2024.