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Echoes from the Provincial Assembly at the Jesuit Spiritual Centre in Le Châtelard  From 27 to 30 December 2018, the Jesuits of the EOF Province gathered at the Centre Spirituel du Châtelard for their annual meeting. "What missionary impulse for the Jesuit Province of French-speaking Western Europe?" was the theme of the Provincial Assembly which brought together more than a hundred Jesuits. For the event, several speakers provided an external perspective on the current challenges for the world and for the Jesuits' mission: Thomas Gèze from the Chemin Neuf Community and Fr. Gonzague Lalanne-Berdouticq sj shared the experience of their work with young people in France and Belgium respectively. Christoph Theobald sj highlighted the link between Church and mission. "When we are on the way, the Holy Spirit has already preceded us in the hearts of its recipients", explained the theologian who invited the assembly to continue "hoping against all hope.” Françoise Blaise-Kopp testified about the struggle of the Sappel Community, a private association of the faithful recognized by the Catholic Church, whose goal is the evangelization of families in the Fourth World. The agricultural engineer Gauthier Chapelle assured that, beyond the predictions of a "collapse" of our planet, another end of the world was possible, based on mutual aid, simplicity and interdependence. "Only by working together will we be able to limit the effects of the ecological crisis we are experiencing.  Marie-Hélène Lafarge, for her part, testified to the work of Alternatives Catholiques in favour of ecological conversion. Here are a couple of testimonies by fellow Jesuits who attended this intense and fraternal weekend: W.K. Pradeep of the Kohima Province (India), studying theology in Paris: Identity, community and mission are a kind of triptych that spreads a light that helps us to better understand our companionship (CG 35 decree 2 n°19). This is what came to mind as I attended my second EOF Provincial Assembly. Certainly it was a time to reflect on our mission in a large community; but it was also a time for me to reaffirm my Jesuit identity. During a mass we celebrated together, I remember telling myself with joy, as I listened to the voices and looked at the faces of the companions around me: Wow! We are Jesuits!" Xavier Dijon (Brussels): "On the last day, before the mass celebration with the Sunday congregation of Le Châtelard, Father Provincial concluded our ‘fraternal days’ by mentioning our missionary enthusiasm for today and tomorrow: mission is part of our DNA; it is our breath, even if realism forces us to recognize that we cannot do everything."
The Forums of the Centre Sèvres in Paris On January 18, the evening of the "Forums du Centre Sèvres" provided an opportunity to discover the various courses and conferences, to taste Ignatian spirituality, and to share a solidarity meal. The Forums provided also a unique opportunity to listen to a great witness of the Church of Algeria, Mgr Jean-Paul Vesco (Bishop of Oran), on the theme "Witnesses of Christ in the Land of Islam", after the beatification of the 19 martyrs of Algeria.  Bishop Vesco answered the questions prepared by the students of the Centre Sèvres: What are the reality and missions of the Catholic Church in Algeria today? How is the Church present among young Algerians? Who are the 19 martyrs of Algeria? The Beatification has reopened roads where history has been on the sidelines To hear Bishop Jean-Paul Vesco recount the beatification of the nineteen martyrs of Algeria filled me with joy and hope - and I am not the only one! - because he showed how an event could suddenly reopen paths, where history seemed to be on the sidelines. What produces this miraculous effect (a term used by Bishop Vesco)? Perhaps the most striking experience is to find oneself, as happened to her on the very day of the beatification ceremony, next to people from very different backgrounds, who are there as part of their duties, and to feel that deep down, something holds us very close. As if all the clothing and equipment, although useful to enter into a relationship, were completely superfluous at that time. Perhaps because what can unite us becomes sensitive, this capacity to receive the other with happiness and to let oneself be invited to him, in response to a call that exceeds us all but is clearly heard. In these moments, the meeting of all humanity beyond all that separates and tears it apart, seems to be within reach: fraternity is so simple, how can we not consent to it? Refuse to give in to fear; keep the path of fraternity open The nineteen martyrs, like all those who died in Algeria refusing to give in to fear, are remarkable guides to this essential. It is undoubtedly to them that we owe it to them to have kept the path of fraternity open when everything was getting complicated. All this was contained in the joy of the participants, that of the celebration of the beatification in Oran, and that which Bishop Vesco communicated to us. But - since we are at the Centre Sèvres - the studies in theology and philosophy, what are they, if not the deployment of this joy when it touches the intelligence? Etienne Grieu, sjPresident of the Centre Sèvres - Jesuit Faculties of Paris To know more about it: Testimony and video of the conference (1h40)
A new French speaking general secondary school will open in Brussels in September 2019. This project is carried out by people involved in associations in Brussels, by former Jesuit students and by the Society of Jesus, in dialogue with the Archdiocese of Malines-Brussels. Matteo Ricci College will be able to accommodate more than 800 students. The school will be part of the network of Jesuit colleges in French-speaking Belgium, which already includes 9 Organizing Authorities. Matured over the past four years, this project is a response to the urgent need to build new secondary schools, particularly in areas of high demographic tension. This new school will aim to offer young people from surrounding or more distant neighbourhoods (thanks to good accessibility), especially those of the multicultural crescent of Brussels, a quality education, in keeping with the tradition of Jesuit pedagogy. This, implemented in all the schools of the Society of Jesus, is based on five key points: attention to each student with personalized accompaniment, student empowerment through emulation and mutual support, a benevolent view of the world, a commitment to social justice, the development of inner life and spirituality. The specificity of Collège Matteo Ricci will be to offer personalized and innovative support and guidance to all students. A wide range of support techniques, the organization of a differentiated first degree, special attention to multiple intelligences and students with special needs will be some examples. The college will develop language learning, particularly through linguistic immersion. He will focus his teaching on a knowledge centre, a real nerve centre of the school, allowing the most innovative learning to prepare his students for the societal disruptions caused by the digital revolution and the challenges of a society where learning is no longer the same as before. More information
Accompanied by Fr Claude Philippe, about ten young people involved in the pastoral animation of the Magis House, went to Rome on 27 and 28 October on the occasion of the closing of the Synod of Bishops on the theme of "youth, faith and vocational discernment". "This pilgrimage trip was an opportunity to experience the spirit of the Synod as closely as possible, but also to discover places that were foundational for the Society. They were thus able to deepen their knowledge of our spiritual tradition," says Claude Philippe. On their return, the young people shared their testimony: "On the occasion of the Synod on Youth, we, Charlotte, Nicolas, Anne-Claire, Celeste, Pedro and Florence, Alexandre, Jérôme, Alexandre and Sylvie, accompanied by Father Claude, ambassadors of the Magis House, have visited Rome. We began by following in the footsteps of Saint Ignatius and the first companions (visit of the church of the Gesù guided by Living Stones, mass in Ignatius' room). At the Pontifical Gregorian University, we met Nicolas Steeves who introduced us to the Roman institutions and their functioning. On Saturday evening, once the final document had been adopted, the French delegation (Bishops Percerou, Gobilliard, Lacombe, Macaire, Brother Aloïs from Taizé, Nathalie Becquart) came to join us in the church Saint-Louis-des-Français for a vigil with 150 other young people from several dioceses and communities. Just leaving the Synod, they were animated by an overflowing enthusiasm, burning to share what they had lived: an experience of encounters, exchanges, construction lived in fraternity, diversity and listening, driven by the Spirit. They were truly aware that it was the Spirit who had worked through them. "It is not just any document, it is the fruit of the Holy Spirit," the Pope concluded at the end of the Synod. On Sunday, we participated in the closing Mass of the Synod, presided by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Basilica; it was an opportunity to see the diversity of all the members of the Synod. During his homily, the Pope highlighted three points, reflecting the spirit of the Synod: the apostolate of the ear, being close, being a witness. He was enthusiastic and full of hope about the fruits that the Synod will bring and we intend, on our scale, to implement it in the Magis house. » On the picture: The Magis House group at the entrance of the Jesuit Curia in Roma around Brother Alois (prior of Taizé) and Fr. Claude Philippe.
1000 people at RivEspérance 2018 in Namur - Belgium. Between the 2nd and 4th November, RivEspérance, the "citizen and Christian" gathering, brought together more than 1000 people in Namur. Dedicated to families, this edition welcomed a large number of children, youth and young adults. It is good news after the recent Synod called for the "cry of the young" to be heard. In addition to the conferences, round tables, workshops, concerts and Eucharist, this edition offered a high-quality programme for children and young people: the film-debate with Anne-Dauphine Julliand brought together 140 young people aged 12 to 18; the RIVx forum welcomed 150 young adults (20-40 years old) with the powerful testimony of 4 speakers. Children were treated to puppet shows, tales, dance and music. Such an event would not have been possible without the participation of more than 150 volunteers, including scouts, students and people present on the stands of partner associations, all aided by the 15 members of the supporting team. Organized in partnership with the University of Namur, the gathering welcomed a large number of speakers, including Jesuits and partners: Xavier Dijon SJ led a workshop on transhumanism and two workshops were devoted to Amoris Laetitia, one by Tommy Scholtes, the other by Denis Joassart, National Chaplain of CLC French-speaking Belgium. José Davin spoke on "Homosexuals and married life", while André Fossion of the Lumen Vitae International Centre proposed ways to help young people who try to give meaning to their life by living their faith. The Centre Avec presented a workshop on voluntary simplicity in the family, led by Claire Brandeleer who is in charge of study and animation.
"La Maison Magis, a dream that is finally coming true"... these are the most repeated words on the occasion of the opening of this much awaited place on October 12. It was a joy to see the long awaited realisation of the project. This joy was shared by the young people but also by all those who, within the Society of Jesus and the Ignatian Family, are involved in youth ministry. “This is a house where life circulates on every floor, where people meet, get to know each other, live together, share, invent, create, celebrate, listen and speak", said the Provincial François Boëdec sJ during the inauguration. The vocation of Maison Magis is to help young adults, students and young professionals from 18 to 35 years in their life choices so that their professional and social commitments can be shaped by the Gospel. Located at 12, rue d'Assas (6th arrondissement of Paris), the House brings together various projects and teams supported by the Society of Jesus in a space of more than 1000 m2: Magis Paris, which invites young people to form, serve and pray, always keeping together interiority and commitment (Claude Philippe sJ). The cowork Magis which welcomes young freelancers and project leaders in an open space of 140m². It offers them spiritual and professional support, in partnership with the MCC, the Christian Movement of Leaders (Grégoire Le Bel sJ) The national Réseau Magis, supported by Jesuits, religious and lay people of Ignatian spirituality, which organises activities throughout France to invite young people aged 18 to 35 to take one more step with Christ. (Manuel Grandin sJ). JRS-France, whose mission is to fight against the isolation and social exclusion of asylum seekers and refugees (Antoine Paumard sJ). Inigo, which offers an international volunteer experience in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe (Tuan Nguyen sJ). The joining in one and the same place makes sense: it is a question of making this new house a place of sharing, solidarity and synergies between the activities it hosts. More than 40% of the spaces are common to all teams: large room, cafeteria, kitchen, etc. About twenty meeting rooms can be shared between the different teams. "We want collaboration, flexibility, experimentation and innovation to be at the heart of the House. In the words of Pope Francis, we wish to live the "mysticism" of living together (EG 87), with which the House helps young people to grow in the different dimensions of their lives. May it help them to unify their lives and commit themselves to building a more just and fraternal world", Claude Philippe sJ, Director of the Magis House, stressed at the inauguration. As François Boëdec pointed out, the future of the house has to be invented and lived so that it can be a full sign of a larger house, that of the Kingdom of God: "No one knows in advance all the projects which will emerge in this place. No one knows the words that will be exchanged, the beneficial encounters, the supports, the silences, the prayers, the songs and dances... No one can predict this, because this House must stimulate and make things possible, even if we can trust the Jesuits to offer some encouragement! » To learn more about Maison Magis: Facebook: Maison MAGIS Instagram : maison_magis