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Our companions Giuseppe, James, Angel, Michael, Nelson, Anuj, Benjamin, Pedro, Lluís and João were ordained deacons by Cardinal Archbishop of Madrid, Carlos Osoro on February 9 in Madrid, the city where they study theology. The ordinands came from six countries: Spain (Lluís Salinas, Pedro Rodríguez-Ponga and Angel Benítez), Rwanda, India, Italy, Portugal and Malta. Cardinal Osoro was accompanied by the bishop of Lérida, Salvador Giménez Valls and the bishop of Ethiopia, the Colombian Jesuit Rodrigo Mejía. Also concelebrating with the provincial, Antonio España, were the provincials of Portugal, José Frazao SJ and the provincial of Mediterranean Europe, Gianfranco Matarazzo SJ and his delegate for the Elderly, Vincent Madri SJ. Carlos Osoro talked in his homily about the work and virtues that should characterize deacons. "You are what you are by pure grace (...) servants of the Gospel by pure grace" he told to the ordinands and reminded them of various conditions necessary to be so: to listen, "put our whole life at the service of the one who configures you today; let Jesus speak through you (...); do not remain on the surface, enter the depths of life... rowing into the deep; find companions on the way and place yourselves in the hands of Jesus (...) Tell the Lord: Here I am! aware that it is by his grace and that the Lord calls me to serve the Gospel in its originality". Once ordained, each of the godparents of these ten Jesuits imposed on them the stole in the diaconal mode and the dalmatic. Then the new deacons approached the bishop to receive from his hands the book of the Gospels. Finally, their superiors gave them the book of the Liturgy of the Hours. For the first time, and once ordained, the new deacons distributed communion. One of the ordained deacons pronounced at the end some words of gratitude to the Lord for his call, for the Church and for their families, for all those who accompanied them in their vocation, the absent, the deceased and the companions who preceded them in this vocation.
The Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia has just launched a new issue: Management and Philosophy. This book brings together seventeen texts in which it is deepened: first, the intersection between management and philosophy; second, the various dimensions of the debate on unconditional basic income in the light of its legitimacy, applicability and effectiveness. As the organizers explain in the introductory note, paraphrasing Griseri "Some have taken the methods of academic philosophy - close attention to the use of terminology, tight arguments in which no statement is immune from questioning - and applied these directly to ordinary phenomena, outside of a theoretical context. Such philosophizing of everyday life captures an important element of the original practice of the ancients, that this is meant to be an activity that integrates into people's day-to-day living, not a remote practice only carried out by a cadre of specialized experts. " Being organized by Fr. Álvaro Balsas, SJ, professor of the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences of the Catholic University of Braga and Prof. Jose Bento da Silva of the University of Warwick, the work counts on the participation of several authors such as Mikel Larreina (University of Deusto), Carlos Ballesteros García (Universidad Pontificia de Comillas), José Luis Fernández Fernández (Universidad Pontificia Comillas), Roberto Merrill (Universidade dp Minho  Minho), Nuno Ornelas Martins (Universidade Católica - Business School), Shohei Edamura (Kanazawa Seiryo University)  among others. The index can be consulted online.
The Jesuits in Portugal launched an Ignatian formation program. The purpose is to disseminate and share, in a structured way, the inheritance of the Society of Jesus in four fundamental areas: Ignatian pedagogy, Ignatian spirituality, Ignatian leadership and discernment. Throughout the year, training modules will be developed that "can contribute to a greater apostolic efficacy and fruitfulness of the works and institutions of the Company and of the Church, with a relevant impact on society," explains Fr Domingos de Freitas, sJ, responsible for this sector. These formations will deepen the Ignatian tools and practices such as the exam, the Ignatian pedagogical paradigm or the discernment. These formations are addressed to the collaborators of the works and sectors of the Portuguese Province of the Society of Jesus, educators of Jesuit and Ignatian colleges, members of the Christian Life Community (CLC), as well as works, ecclesial movements and people from other communities. The Casa da Torre in Soutelo and the Casa de Exercícios de Santo Inácio in Praia Grande (retreat Jesuits centers)  offer as part of their respective 2018-2019 Programs, a set of formative possibilities in the abovementioned dimensions, open to the general public. However, the Ignatian Formation Service is available to accommodate requests and concrete requests that meet the training needs of people who collaborate in Jesuit and Ignatian works in Portugal and other movements or ecclesial groups. This flexibility concerns both the dates / calendar, as well as the training content and its duration. Father Domingos Freitas, sJ, says that "there is a desire, always dissatisfied, for Jesuit and Ignatian apostolic works to be characterized by a proper course of action that identifies them as being aligned with a set of values, criteria, instruments and differentiating methodologies. "In this way, he adds," there are distinctive marks of this Ignatian proceeding that cannot be invisible or go unnoticed when entering a Jesuit or Ignatian institution. "
The university centres of the Society of Jesus in Portugal have launched a special programme for students who participate in the European university exchange programme Erasmus. The Erasmus Spiritual Programme is aimed at all those studying outside Portugal for a semester or a year during this academic year and offers a spiritual accompaniment throughout this period. Thanks to an internet platform, students can find a bi-weekly prayer proposal with reflections that help to see the Erasmus experience in a different light and to live this academic time with quality. Those who wish can go for distance spiritual accompaniment, whereby they are invited to get in touch with an assigned Jesuit via Skype. Young people enrolling in the programme will also benefit from an Erasmus notebook with information on Ignatian places, nearby Jesuits organizations as well as mass celebrations and times in their Erasmus city/country. For those interested, there is even the possibility of getting in touch with other Portuguese students in the city, so that they can meet or eventually form a group following the reflections offered by this project.
These are the vows professed at the end of Jesuit formation. At this point, the Jesuit is fully accepted by the Society of Jesus. On Saturday, September 8, Fr, João Carlos Onofre Pinto, SJ, and Fr. António Valério, SJ, reached this moment as Jesuits. The liturgical feast of the Nativity of Our Lady and the Jesuit retreat house Casa da Torre were the time and place chosen by the two Jesuits to profess their final vows, among Jesuits, relatives and friends. At the beginning of Jesuit formation, after the two years of Novitiate, Jesuits profess vows of perpetual poverty, obedience and chastity. In his first vows, each Jesuit also promises to become part of the Society at the end of their formation, if the Society decides to receive him definitely as part of its apostolic body. At the time of final vows, Jesuits also profess a special vow of obedience to the Pope, making themselves available to work actively in any mission he might entrust to the Society. The love of God makes all things possible The Provincial, Fr, José Frazão Correia, SJ, said during his homily: “Mary is not only the one who gives birth; she was also delivered. Her story does not start with the Incarnation, but when she was conceived, loved. It is so important to go back to the first love. Jesus was the perfect son because he knew he was loved and he learned to share. (…) Is it possible to be poor, chaste and obedient? Not with our own strengths, it’s the love of God that makes it possible.” Father Provincial asked João Carlos and António to “mark your lives with the name and love of God, in spiritual and actual poverty, desiring for you the worst and for your brethren the best (…) make your hearts each day more similar to the hearts of Jesus and Mary, crazy for Christ and not wise to the eyes of the world.” A testimony from Fr. João Carlos, SJ: “God aroused from my talents the vocation to consecrated life and I quickly understood that I cannot do anything without him. Despite my limits, God invites me to be part, as a Jesuit priest, of his mission of consoling, showing to others the meaning only he himself can give.” A testimony from Fr. António Valério, SJ: “To profess the final vows in the Society of Jesus means, in the first place, to be sure of God’s grace in my life, always capable of multiplying as good fruits my abilities and weaknesses. I come to this day very consoled with everything I was given through the companions and so many people who awakened in me the values of friendship and service.”
The Philosophy of Nature International Congress was held in Braga, from September 10th to September 12th, under the auspices of the Philosophy and Social Sciences School. This School is one of the missions of the Society of Jesus in Portugal, one of the educative complexes of the prestigious Católica University. This year’s theme was: “The insides of nature: Causalities, Causal Processes and Conceptions of Nature”. This initiative has gathered over fifty speakers of international repute, from the universities of Madrid, Seville, Córdoba, Navarra (Spain), Rome (Italy), Sheffield, Glasgow (UK), Warsaw, Krakow (Poland), Brussels, Namur (Belgium), São Paulo, Pará, Santa Maria, Bahia, Brasília, Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais, Rio Grande do Norte (Brazil), Berkeley, Boston, New York (USA), Osnabrück, Potsdam (Germany), Kogashi (Japan), Santiago (Chile), Pori (Finland), Braga, Porto, Beira Interior, Coimbra, Lisbon and Évora (Portugal). The Congress wished to spark a debate at an international level about the different images of Nature, particularly as fundamental matter for the construction of more inclusive societies and a more sustainable interaction with our planet. This is one of the most challenging discussions of the day, who bequests interdisciplinary effort between scientists, philosophers, theologians, politicians and educators.   During these days we had the privilege to assist to wonderous and stimulating debates, of an encyclopedic magnitude, which provided very exciting reflections. This reflections, not only made dialogue possible, as has made it unavoidable, promoting the building of bridges between History and Philosophy of Nature; Nature, Philosophy and Metaphysics; Nature and Contemporary Science; Nature, Emergence and Complexity; Nature and Ethics Conceptions; Nature and Human Being Conceptions; Nature, Cognitive Sciences, Psychology and Neuroscience; Nature, Art, Esthetics and Literature; Nature and Theology, Nature and Communication and Language Sciences. Keynote lectures available online: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCarEUGRqHu4CnNn7yvcG_tQ Picture: Shutterstock