As an innovative pastoral project, the online format of young German-speaking Jesuits "One Minute Homily" has been awarded the Bonifatius Prize. The “Bonifatiuswerk” (from the name of Saint Boniface, "The Apostle of the Germans") of German Catholics awards the prize for missionary projects every three years as part of the Opening of its annual Campaign. The motto of this year's Campaign was: "Adventure Faith. Discoverer wanted". With the "One Minute Homilies", the young German-speaking Jesuits bring the Gospel of the Day to the point in one minute on Sundays and church holidays. In short video clips they translate the message of the biblical text into the everyday world of the people in understandable language. For the prominent jury around Bishop Peter Kohlgraf (Mainz), this was one reason why the video format was able to assert itself among the 220 entries. "With your weekly impulses you again find a place for the message of Jesus in the language of the people, also for people who are outside the church, but are nevertheless searching for spiritual fulfilment", Bishop Kohlgraf, as a member of the jury, explains the decision for the first prize. "The initiators courageously leave the usual church environment and show how the Gospel can be proclaimed in a pluralistic and differentiated society in a contemporary way". The jury also included the Federal Minister Julia Klöckner, the Bishop of Mainz Prof. Dr. Peter Kohlgraf, the journalist and presenter Gundula Gause, the President of The Alliance of the German Catholic Youth (BDKJ) Lisi Maier, the Franciscan Sr. Maria Magdalena Jardin (Münster-Mauritz), Prelate Erich Läufer (Köln) and the General Secretary of the Bonifatiuswerk, Monsignor Georg Austen. The prize was awarded on  November 3rd parallel to the opening of the Opening of the annual Campaign in Mainz. German Scholastic Dag Heinrichowski SJ (actually studying in Paris) brought the project from America to the German-speaking provinces of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Together with Jonas Linz SJ and Pia Dyckmans, Public Relations Officer of the German Jesuit Province, he accepted the prize for the team of young Jesuits. "It was quite a surprise when I received a call from Paderborn. The award is a great appreciation and recognition for our project and makes us very happy. It is good to know that we are supported! At the same time, the award encourages us to try even harder to leave the Catholic filter bubble," said Dag Heinrichowski SJ. The Bonifatius Prize is endowed with 3,000 Euros and honours the commitment of people who pass on faith in a committed and extraordinary way in their Catholic parishes, in institutions and associations or as individuals.
“The ecology tagline: The system debate is not over." With this statement Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich and Freising, coined the two-day conference "Integral Ecology in the Digital Age" at the Munich University of Philosophy. A striving for progress, which defines prosperity only through material prosperity, endangers the cohesion of many societies and the future of the entire planet. Concepts such as capitalism or socialism were no longer helpful and, according to Marx, belonged "in the archives of history" - a new idea of progress was necessary for this, in which not only ecology but also human "culture, identity, one's own self-confidence and the dignity of the human being" had a special significance. But what could such an idea of progress look like? In order to pursue this question, the Pontifical Foundation "Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice", the the Hochschule für Philosophie and the network "European Liberal Education Alliance" invited top-class representatives from science, business, politics and society to an intensive exchange of ideas. Father Bernd Hagenkord SJ, former head of the German department of Radio Vatican, who now accompanies the synodal path of the German Bishops' Conference, provided important impulses: according to Hagenkord, this process is also an example of the application of the encyclical Laudato Si'. "Conversion" is a key term of Pope Francis' doctrine: "Conversion" as refusal of ecclesiastical, social or economic fantasies of omnipotence - but also a refusal of a leisurely continuation-so! The basic prerequisite for this is an open and appreciative dialogue: "and one cannot dispose of a dialogue, one has to get involved with it". This was also underlined by the education expert Barbara Schellhammer, recently the first professor at the Hochschule für Philosophie and head of the Centre for Global Issues, and Sascha Spoun, President of Leuphana University Lüneburg.  The refusal of many populists to engage in discourse is particularly dangerous, as they do not address individual concrete mistakes, for example in climate protection measures, but declare their discussion partner a liar: "They want to destroy social discourse because they do not master it". But education is not only an "acquisition of knowledge and abilities", it also means an equally active "leaving behind and letting go" of prejudices and half-truths, added Friedrich Bechina, who as Undersecretary of the Education Congregation is jointly responsible for more than 220,000 Catholic schools worldwide. The host of the event, University President Johannes Wallacher, underlined that an appropriate CO2 tax, which was demanded by numerous participants, was a central element of such framework conditions and made it clear: the pricing of carbon dioxide was not a tax, but a necessary compensation, which makes the damage potential of climate gases visible where they arise To ensure that the important idea of an integral ecology does not become a "non-binding broadband concept", as the social ethicist Markus Vogt warned, the interdisciplinary and social discourse is of enormous importance, a special guest from the Vatican underlined: Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the "Dicastery for the Holistic Development of Man" created by Pope Francis. Peter Cardinal Turkson was born the son of a simple miner in a mining settlement in Ghana. Now he is conducting talks in the Vatican with oil companies and mining companies in order to involve them in the necessary dialogue - because everyone is called upon to turn back and to support the necessary socio-ecological change.  Stefan Einsiedel (Center for Global Issues, Environment / Postal Growth Project)
Barbara Schellhammer becomes the first female professor at the Munich School of Philosophy (HFPH). From October 1, 2019, the 42-year-old will head the newly created Chair for Intercultural Social Transformation, which was established with the support of the Jesuit Order. Her research and teaching will focus on the philosophical perspective on social change, cultural loss and intercultural issues. The chair will be established for an initial period of five years. HFPH-President Johannes Wallacher: "With the new chair we are strengthening intercultural philosophy at our Faculty. The subject area 'Intercultural Social Transformation' is rapidly gaining in importance in times of globalisation, digitalisation and urbanisation. We are pleased that we were able to win Barbara Schellhammer for this chair, an outstanding academic who also brings in her international connections and her experience with digital teaching." Chair holder Barbara Schellhammer: "I am delighted that the Faculty is giving this important field of research weight in science and the public with the new chair. In the coming years, I want to deal with the philosophical reflection of social change, with a particular focus on the cultural dimension. In concrete terms, I am concerned with dealing with the unknown, with abuse, violence and possibilities for peace-building, as well as with a change in consciousness towards a socio-ecological transformation". Barbara Schellhammer studied Social Work in Munich, earned a doctorate in Philosophy at the Jesuit School of Philosophy in 2009 and a habilitation at the University of Hildesheim in 2018. From 2009 she taught for Intercultural Social Work at the International YMCA University Kassel and in 2013 she moved to the HFPH as a lecturer. From 2005 to 2015 she also taught at the Royal Roads University in Canada. In addition to Canada, where she conducted research on cultural loss among the Inuit, she spent time working and doing research in Togo, Kenya and Iraq. At the Munich School of Philosophy (HFPH), teachers and students have been facing the challenges of the present and the future together for more than 90 years. The courses offered by the Jesuit Order's state-recognised Faculty include philosophy courses with Bachelor's, Master's and doctoral degrees as well as part-time continuing education courses with certificates or Master's degrees. Only a few metres away from the English Garden, students find excellent study conditions with modern lecture halls and seminar rooms and a very favourable ratio of supervision.
Welcome to the new and improved website for Online-Retreats. After 17 years the German Jesuits continue this offer together with the sisters of the Ignatian institute "Congregatio Jesu". Online-Retreats are aimed at people who want to try out how to meet and to talk to God in their daily life. They are a digital help in trying to get into conversation with God and a suggestion to clarify one's own relationship to God. Experience in accompaniment shows that especially those far away from the church are interested in this offer and see it as an opportunity to approach the topic of faith anew for themselves, reports Sr. Hilmtrud Wendorff CJ, who is coordinating this offer. The sister of the Congregatio Jesu has taken over the supervision of the Online-Retreats of Fr. Heribert Graab SJ at the beginning of this year. She coordinates the dates, takes over the initial contact with the participants and assigns them to the companions. In the following video she introduces (in German) the new homepage
Ludwigshafen (ako) - For the first time, the Ferdinande Boxberger Prize for Ignatian Education, endowed with a total of 10,000 euros, was awarded within the framework of the "Days of Ignatian Education" in the Heinrich Pesch House (HPH). The winners are Prof. James Arthur, Director of the Jubilee Centre at the University of Birmingham, and Julius de Gruyter, Kai Lanz and Jan Wilhelm, who developed the anti-mobbing app "exclamo! The eponym of the prize With this prize, the founder of the prize, Friedrich Wilhelm Krekeler from Bonn-Bad Godesberg, commemorates his mother, Ferdinande Boxberger (1914-2014), and expresses the grateful connection of his family with Ignatian pedagogy. As a self-confident personality, the cosmopolitan Jewish Sauerlander, who was rooted in the cosmopolitan world, preserved her pride and dignity in the tectonic upheavals and upheavals of her centuries-long existence. "Personality development is not an academic matter. The name of this prize stands for it in an exemplary way", said Father Johannes Siebner SJ, Provincial of the German Province of the Jesuits, who presented the award ceremony. For Ferdinande Boxberger had been a woman "who stood for character formation in her family in an exemplary way". Alfred Delp's saying "He who does not have the courage to make history becomes her poor victim. Let us do" also applied to the eponym of the prize and her life. The motto of the life-affirming businesswoman, who was open-minded and turned towards strangers, was "Let us do! Always to become master of the situation, never victim of the circumstances. The Ferdinande Boxberger Prize The Ferdinande Boxberger Prize is divided into two parts: "On the one hand, we honour the life's work of people who have made an exemplary contribution to personality development in the sense of Ignatian pedagogy. And we want to support lighthouse projects in the schools of Ignatian pedagogy that stand in a special way for the goals of our pedagogy", said Father Johannes Siebner SJ, Provincial of the German Province of the Jesuits. Good pedagogy needs reflected action, committed personalities and outstanding initiatives. The prize is intended for people and groups who have adopted Alfred Delp's motto: Let us do it. Prof. Dr. James Arthur - Jubilee Centre, University of Birmingham James Arthur is Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor for Human Resources and Professor of Education and Citizenship at the University of Birmingham. In 2012 he founded the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues. This institute at Birmingham University, in collaboration with educators, philosophers and psychologists, develops concrete models of character building for schools and explores the effectiveness of different concepts. The background to these efforts is the classical Aristotelian model of virtue ethics on the one hand, and modern developmental psychological models such as positive psychology on the other. With its scientific work, the Centre supports the work of local schools in order to advance the quality of school education, the school development of concrete schools and the further training of teachers. "The Jubilee Centre is a stroke of luck for our Ignatian schools," Johannes Siebner thanked the prizewinner. The Centre for Ignatian Education (ZIP) at HPH and the Jubilee Centre have become good partners. "This has given our work at ZIP great dynamism and breadth," said Siebner. With James Arthur, "a pioneer of pedagogy" became the first winner of the Ferdinande Boxberger Prize. "We want to make people more human through virtues," said Arthur, "virtues that help shape the character of young people. The work of the Jubilee Centre focuses on community, society and the individual in society. "Our goal is for people to think about others and about their neighbors. If you make people think that way, you improve society - and people. Both are important," he explained. Anti-Mobbing-App "exclamo!" from the Canisius-Kolleg in Berlin  Three high school graduates of the Canisius-Kolleg in Berlin - Julius de Gruyter, Kai Lanz and Jan Wilhelm - have developed the anti-bullying app "exclamo!" within the framework of a school project "business@school" with Boston consulting. (Latin for outcry). With the help of this app, bullied pupils can find out about help offers. "The app provides information so that those affected understand that the problem is not them but the mobber. And it encourages action," said the Provincial. "Violence must not be tolerated", he stressed. The app can be used for both current smartphone operating systems and is also available to teachers to discuss the topic of "violence".
Northern European inter-novitiate meeting in Birmingham. Manresa House hosted the French and German Novitiates, including their novice masters, Thierry and Thomas from 2nd to 9th August. The time together was well prepared practically, thanks especially to Brother Mick O’Connor SJ, and spiritually and creatively through stages of the Emmaus journey in Luke. The participants soon grew into a single community. On Saturday morning Archbishop Bernard Longley arrived with Anglican Bishop David Urquhart, a near neighbour and friend. Their dialogue in answer to the novices’ questions showed how close they were in ministry and awareness of the needs of their extensive dioceses. The afternoon was spent walking in the city centre, visiting the two cathedrals, getting in touch with the Composition of Place. Sunday was a day of reflection stimulatingly led by Father Frank Janin SJ, President of the Conference of European Provincials. He led the group in smaller parties for the discernment process on the Universal Apostolic preferences. The evening was dedicated to the ministry of the Jesuit Conference of European Provincials, a great example of how apostolates can be bonded together in partnership. On the following day, Thiranjala Weerasinghe nSJ, novice from Sri Lanka, explored writings of St Peter Favre SJ and Letters of Tribulation of Fr Lorenzo Ricci SJ, Superior General of the Society of Jesus at the time of the Suppression, for the prayer and group reflection. In the afternoon, Father Michael Barnes SJ spoke from his research and years of personal experience on the principles of interfaith relations. He gave an example of an epic on the life of Jesus in an Indian language along with the narrative style of the sixteenth century English Jesuit, Thomas Stephens SJ. This was an early example of communicating faith in another culture. Interfaith These latest sessions prepared the group for a long and rich interfaith day, in Smethwick, a strongly Asian area. It started by being greeted by the Deputy Mayor of Sandwell (on a long railway bridge built by Telford in the early nineteenth century). They enjoyed then a real Application of the Senses in an Alladin’s Cave of a shop run by a Sikh who was Chair of the National Society of Retail Businesses. “My general store”, he said, “is not just for buying things but for people to chat and meet with each other”. Following this, it cannot be forgotten the hospitality of prayer and a meal in the nearby Sikh Gurdwara and in the Anglican Holy Trinity Church as well as a visit to the Abrahamic Centre down the road. The tour ended with sharing Evensong in the Anglican church. There was a lot to assimilate in personal prayer, and Wednesday morning was devoted to this. In the afternoon the group listened to a dialogue between chaplains of different faiths in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where some of the novices have pastoral work each Friday. The Catholic Chaplain, a former married Anglican priest with several children, gave a moving account of his journey to his present ministry. The final day was spent in groups recognizing, interpreting and articulating the experiences of a very full week. Tony Nye SJ, who participated in the meeting, commented: “we all needed our Barmouth holiday after that, joined by a number of the French novices for the first week, keeping up our close-knit community.”