Friends of Manréza in Dobogókő, Hungary filled the main conference room on the 18th November to celebrate the Spirituality Centre’s 25 years of existence. The group was rather varied since two different groups of friends of the Centre met for the first time. From 1993 to 2008, Manréza was primarily known as a Jesuit run hotel and conference centre where thousands came each year for meetings, religious or professional, and for personal time out, either simple holiday or a time of prayer and reflection. After 2008 Manréza became a smaller and more focused Ignatian spiritual centre with a training program for spiritual directors and a rapidly evolving number of Ignatian Exercises and Jesus prayer retreats. In 2019, Manréza is to undergo a major reconstruction and in 2020 it should reopen all its premises including the conference centre. We look forward to welcoming Jesuit meetings once again on this beautiful hilltop near Budapest.
On September 8th four companions made their first vows in Loyola: Lucas Alcañiz (Madrid, 30 years); Luis Argila (Barcelona, ​​36); Alejandro Escoda (Barcelona, ​​26) and Alejandro Toro (Los Santos de Maimona, Badajoz, 21). On September 10 five young men made their first vows in the Society of Jesus in Nuremberg after a two-year novitiate period and thus bound themselves to the Order for their whole lives with the promise of full commitment for others. For the German Province Lukas Kraus SJ and Jonas Linz SJ made the vows, for the Lithuanian Province Donatas Kuzmickas SJ, for the Hungarian Province Árpád Tóth SJ and for the Austrian Province Gerald Baumgartner SJ. September 15 Giacomo, Cornel, Janez, Piero and Andrei have pronounced their First Vows in the Church of the Gesù of Genoa in the EUM province.
After the ordination of two new priests in Lebanon during the months of June and July, it was Egypt’s turn. On the 31st of July, in the church of the College of the Holy Family, Mario Boulos was ordained a deacon by His Beatitude the Coptic Catholic Patriarch, Mgr. Ibrahim Ishaq. Then on the 23rd August, it was the turn of Fr. Joseph Nabil to be ordained a priest in the Cathedral of Assyut by Mgr. Kyrillos William, bishop of the diocese of Assyut, assisted by Fr. Provincial, Fr. Dany Younes SJ and a good number of Jesuits and diocesan priests. The cathedral was full of faithful who came expressly to celebrate their gratitude to Fr. Joseph who as a young layman had served for a number of years in the diocese and was greatly appreciated by all. His friends and ex-collaborators helped organise the ceremony and the festive dinner that followed the ordination. Two days later, Fr. Youssef Abdel Nour was ordained a priest in the Cathedral of the city of Minia, again in the south of Egypt, with the imposition of the hands of Mgr. Boutros Fahim, bishop of Minia, again assisted by Fr. Provincial and many Jesuits and diocesan priests. Some Jesuits came from Lebanon and France to assist at the two ordinations. This ordination too was followed by a festive dinner in the cathedral hall. Hungary On 25th of August was the priestly ordination of László Elek SJ in Miskolc.
The annual meeting of the European Cultural Reviews edited by the Society of Jesus took place this year in Budapest, Hungary, between the 16th and 20th of May. This year there were eleven editors  and the President of the Conference of the European Jesuit Provincials, Franck Janin SJ. At this meetings, each of the participants has the time to share about the new developments in his/her editorial house. This time the main issue was the question "What could be our contribution to support dialogue and to open our societies in a world, where there are quite clear tendencies to undemocratic developments. We invited Botond Feledy, an expert in political sciences, professor of the Catholic University Pázmány Péter in Budapest. He spoke about the so called Visegrad Countries (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary), comparing these countries with each other and comparing this group of countries to the rest of Europe. We also visited Tihany, a Benedictine monastery at the Balaton lake, where the newly elected very young prior, Jeromos Mihályi (32 years old), introduced us in the situation of the Church in Hungary. The Benedictine prior tod us: "there are very clear tendencies of renewal in the church of Hungary, and this was in putting new priorities in many dioceses, according to which it is not so much the hard pastoral work that counts, but the spiritual and mental integrity of people who are in charge of the faithful. Many bishops try to keep their priest from too much work, which leads to burning out." On the picture: Arpad Horvath SJ, A Szív, Hungary, Stefan Kiechle SJ, Stimmen der Zeit, Germany, Tadija Milikić SJ, Obnovljeni Život, Croatia, François Euvé SJ, Etude, France, Antonio Júlio Trigueiros SJ, Revista Brotéria, Portugal, Antonio Spadaro SJ, La Civiltá Cattolica, Italy, Jan Koenot SJ, Streven, Belgium, Lucienne Bittar, Choisir, Switzerland, Ulf Johnson SJ, Signum, Sweden, Jaime Tatay SJ, Razón y Fe, Spain, Theodoros Kodidis SJ, Anoichtoi Orizontes, Greece, and Franck Janin SJ, President of the European Jesuit Provincials Conference, Brussels
It was a novelty: for the first time, all provincial treasurers of the future new Province ECE (Eastern and Central Europe) met in Vienna for an exchange of ideas. P. Alois Riedlsperger as treasurer and host of the Austrian Province, P. Attila András as treasurer of the Hungarian Province and member of the steering committee, P. Ralf Klein from Germany, P. Artūras Sederevičius from Lithuania and P. Hansruedi Kleiber from Switzerland attended the meeting. Martin Tanzer was also present as Director of the Austrian Province. There was a lot to discuss on these two days: first the economic situation in all the provinces was discussed, afterwards an exchange of views on the current structures and legal forms took place. Each country has its own particularities and legal idiosyncrasies. Subsequently, fields of action were worked out which will be essential for the future joint ECE Province. Examples include: clarifying the national legal situation regarding the introduction of the ECE Province and the future headquarters of the Province, taking stock of the individual assets (Arcae) and clarifying their future management or ensuring pensions in the context of harmonisation and national differences in pension legislation. Other important points are the clarification of future contribution payments and their calculation, as well as the future monitoring (Revision) of the individual administrative units. 10 Fields of action are passed on by the treasurers to the steering committee, which then derives further measures and tasks. Another important point was the discussion of future costs per diem (day rates for overnight stays) and the compensation keys for the settlement of the ECE process. But it was not only the contents that were worked on intensively; the programme was embedded in a visit programme. The dinner took place in the restaurant INIGO, a charity project of the Caritas in a property of the Jesuits. Afterwards we went to a classical concert - as befits Vienna - to round off the evening. The new Province offers many opportunities: to break existing structures, to creatively break new and simple paths, to create subsidiary and flexible processes, to remain regional and yet to think in a unified way. For example, when discussing the new billing codes, it became clear that at the end of the process, there will only be a single pot left over and, in the end it will pay for a new Province. This common thinking beyond (still) existing borders makes things much easier. And is actually original: because everything is ultimately assets of the Society of Jesus. The treasurers enter this process with great mutual trust and a positive attitude. The challenges are clearly identified and will probably become even more complex with increasing concreteness. The next steps have been taken and the ECE treasurers are ready. Picture description from left to right: P. Hansruedi Kleiber SJ, Martin Tanzer, P. Artūras Sederevičius SJ, P. Ralf Klein SJ, P. Attila András SJ, P. Alois Riedlsperger SJ
The first joint Formation Gathering of Jesuits from central and eastern Europe. The merging of Eastern and Central European Jesuit provinces is picking up pace. Over 40 Jesuits assembled from Lithuania, Germany, Hungary, Sweden, Austria, and Switzerland to the first joint Formation Gathering in Nuremberg. Mission to reconciliation and justice The Jesuits who came to Nuremberg undergo their formation at various places in Europe and the USA. At the center of the meeting stands the mutual getting-to-know each other as companions in the common mission of reconciliation and justice, as the last General Congregation describes it. The Jesuits were sent to many different places in Nuremberg and its surroundings, where they have met people, which live at the peripheries of our society. Even before the Order was officially founded, the first Jesuits had grown into one apostolic body through the common apostolic service. Encounters that transform These were common encounters in the everyday life of people – like drinking tea with the needy in the "Wärmestube", cooking together with migrants or visiting sick elderly religious sisters. "These encounters is no playing around, they change the way we live our lives as Jesuits", said Fr. Johannes Siebner SJ, the provincial of the German province as he lead the celebration of the Eucharist with the homeless in Domus misericordiae, an institution for the homeless in Nuremberg. Discernment in common Parallel to the common mission stood on the agenda the common Ignatian discernment of spirits– another element, which belongs to the daily life of a Jesuit. In small groups, the Jesuit scholastics and brothers addressed different issues concerning the future of the Society of Jesus in Europe. It was meant to help them share about relevant questions and their own experiences on the topic as well as to try out and practice various methods of discernment in common.    Building block of coalescence At the end of the meeting, a celebration of the Eucharist took place at the Jesuit church of St. Claire with five newly ordained priests from Hungary and Sweden. "Even trough the smallest works the kingdom of heaven on earth can be built up", said Fr. Thomas Idergard SJ, referring to the life of Alfons Rodrigues SJ, who is a patron saint of Jesuit brothers. This mass was small yet an encouraging building block for the coalescence of the new Jesuit province in Central and Eastern Europe. Beside the official program there were many opportunities to familiarize with the respective home countries and provinces and to create or deepen friendships. The next such meeting of Jesuits in formation will take place in January 2019 in Hungary. By 2021 the five provinces, which encompass seven different European countries, will coalesce into one new central European province.