The first meeting of psychological and spiritual support centres, based in our Jesuit Centres all over Poland, took place in Warsaw last December. About 20 representatives from the 7 existing and 2 soon-to-be clinics met at the headquarters of the Inigo Foundation for Psychological and Spiritual Assistance. The day spent together was an opportunity to get to know each other, listen to and exchange experiences. All those invited, were enthusiastic to attend and were pleasantly surprised when they saw they were in such big number. While in Gliwice, Kraków, Łódź, Lublin, Poznań, Toruń and Warsaw there are psychological and spiritual assistance centres that have been open for many years, others in Gdynia and Częstochowa are about to open their doors. These places were borne out of the desires of Jesuits and lay people. This meeting - also the fruit of desires - was another step forward. Everyone went their separate way with the desire of Magis and aware of the mission that unites us, in spite of the different places and realities we work in.
2019 will be the Year of St. Melchior Grodziecki in the Silesian province. This form of commemoration of the seventeenth-century martyr associated with Cieszyn Silesia, who died for his faith, was agreed by the councillors gathered almost unanimously during the session of the Assembly of the Silesian province in Katowice. Melchior Grodziecki was born in 1584 in Cieszyn. He belonged to the Grodziecki family, coat of arms Radwan. At the beginning of the 16th century his ancestors moved to the Duchy of Cieszyn and settled in the castle in Grodziec. His grandfather and father were castellans of Cieszyn. Melchior studied at the Jesuit college in Vienna and then in Brno, where he joined the Jesuit novitiate. He stayed in the Jesuit convents in Kłodzko, České Budějovice and Prague, where he was ordained a priest in 1614 and later became a youth educator. After his solemn vows in 1619, the Order directed him to Košice, where he became chaplain of the imperial army. Apart from him, two other Jesuits – the Hungarian, Stefan Pongracz and the Croatian, Marek Križ - canon of the Cathedral of the Primate of Hungary in Ostrzyhom - also fulfilled this mission. All three suffered martyrdom at the beginning of the Thirty Years' War in September 1619 by soldiers of the Duke of Transylvania, Bethlen Gabor, commanded by General Juraj Rakoczi. The martyr was elevated to the altar by Pope Pius X in 1905. The canonization was conducted by John Paul II during his apostolic visit to Košice on July 2, 1995.
Pray-as-you-go is developing rapidly in Poland. Last year, the number of listeners increased significantly and we introduced many new functionalities to our application. Recently, we have asked almost two thousands of our users to complete a Prayer on the Move survey. Its results are good reason for optimism. Statistics show that in the past year the average listenership to our reflections has increased. There wasa daily increase of 1700 users, more than the previous year. In October more than 122,000 people connected every week to Pray-as-you-go. A year ago, the average weekly listenership did not exceed 90,000 listeners. One of the reasons for this positive change is certainly the increasing number of collaborators. Last year, 82 people cooperated with us, in 2018, this number increased to 95. It is worth mentioning that two years ago it was "only" 50 people. our co-workers mainly include people writing reflections (78 people), teachers (9), remote IT employees (2), two volunteers, three proof-readers and one studio employee. Among the reasons for the increase in the number of users are our  additional functionalities, which we regularly add to the application. They attract new listeners. These include: Ignatian Examination of conscience. Fr. Remigiusz Recław’s sung Rosary, the Ignatian Way of Mindfulness of Father Paweł Kosiński SJ or Retreats with Father Pio. The so-called #WiaraLive's  meetings with our listeners live on Facebook are also an effective tool of promotion. Recently, our programs have gained a new, very professional image. we no longer transmit them via phone. Instead we have prepared a special studio, and the Inigo Studio team helps us in the technical implementation.
Jesuit, priest, comic artist, youth chaplain in Opole runs a blog, which has already been used by many people for meditation prayer inspired by the image. Father Przemysław Wysogląd SJ, apart from philosophy and theology, studied the spirituality of the Christian East. He is the author of the award-winning comic book "Kostka" about the life of St. Stanislaus Kostka SJ and numerous illustrations. He also creates religious paintings, which, together with a short commentary, he places on his artistic blog.
According to the tradition, on the weekend after the Solemnity of All Saints, the 38th Ignatian Spirituality Course was held in Częstochowa. The theme of this year's meeting was "Different ways of praying according to St. Ignatius Loyola". Fathers Robert Grzywacz, Artur Wenner and Dariusz Piórkowski discussed the three ways of prayer proposed by Father Ignatius in the booklet of Spiritual Exercises. Father Jacek Poznański talked about the so-called 'requests for grace' in the retreats, and Father Wacław Królikowski presented the role and meaning of 'Concluding conversation in meditations and contemplations ĆD'. The texts of the deliberations will probably be printed in a post-competition publication. The course was attended by 65 people. Half of them were Scholastics from Cracow and Warsaw, as well as spiritual directors assisting in Ignatian retreats, CLC members and other people who wanted to deepen their knowledge about Ignatian spirituality. The Sunday morning was an opportunity to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Father Józef Augustyn's scientific, retreat and writing work. Father Wacław Królikowski presented the jubilee book of Father J. Augustine, and then the jubilarian himself spoke about it: "Spiritual Exercises in the face of the challenges of the modern Church. Diagnosis and perspectives".
In November this year there are 25 years since the first materials of the Correspondence Bible Course were published in the Jesuit Publishing House WAM. From the beginning the course has been run by Fr Zbigniew Marek SJ The course itself is aimed at helping to better understand the content of God's revelation. The addressees of the course are interested in the Bible and its place in the life of a Christian. Participation in the course consists in reading the books of Scripture indicated in the course materials. The materials contain introductions and comments necessary for this reading, which help to understand the faith of the Church more fully. The course materials are available in both paper and electronic versions. About 10,000 participants have benefited from the course so far. Among the participants there are doctors, lawyers, customs officers, policemen, prison guards and prisoners themselves. One of our confreres also took part in it before joining us today! Representatives of other Christian denominations also took part in the course. It is also worth mentioning that in cooperation with the participants of the Correspondence Biblical Course and on the basis of their statements, three scientific papers have been prepared and published.