On the occasion of celebrating the 5th anniversary of the signing of the Encyclical of Pope Francis Laudato si'. In the interest of the common home and the proclamation of the Year of Laudato si', the Rector of the Ignatianum Academy in Krakow, Prof. Józef Bremer SJ, issued a declaration concerning the environmental policy of the University. This is the first step towards creating a green campus at 26 Kopernika Street. In the declaration we read that the academic community not only feels responsible for the protection of the natural environment and climate, but also wants to take concrete long-term actions, both through practical changes in the functioning of the University, as well as scientific research and education of young people. More on: https://ignatianum.edu.pl/misja-i-historia 
Appointments of Father General. Father General has appointed Fr. Jaroslaw Paszyński (49) as the next Provincial of Southern Poland. He has been the socius of the current Provincial since 2014. A Doctor of Philosophy since 1996, he joined the Society in 1997 and was ordained to the priesthood in 2005. He has taught philosophy in Krakow and has been spiritual counsellor to the scholastics of the College of Krakow. As is our custom, he will take office on 31 July.   Father General has appointed Fr. Miran Žvanut (49) as the next Provincial of the Province of Slovenia. After completing his studies in wood technology, pharmacy and theology, he joined the Society of Jesus in 1999 and was ordained to the priesthood in 2006. He studied philosophy and theology in Dublin, then spirituality at Santa Clara University (California, USA). Since 2014, after serving as student chaplain in Maribor, he ministered as a parish priest in the Jesuit parish of Dravlje, Ljubljana. He will take office on 27 June.
The Presidium of the Committee of Analytical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences examined the applications submitted for the competition 'The best doctoral dissertations 2020'. PhD theses defended in 2018 and 2019 could be submitted to the competition. Applications could be submitted by members of the CCA, promoters and reviewers of doctoral dissertations, and deans of faculties where the doctoral dissertation was held. The 3rd year student of theology Collegium Bobolanum, Mateusz Kowalcze SJ, became the laureate of this year's edition of the competition in the category for the best doctoral dissertation on the introduction of metrology principles in chemical measurements. His doctoral dissertation was entitled: "The use of chemometric methods in voltammetric testing of selected oxygen derivatives of ring terpenes" and presented new procedures related to chemometry, metrology and analytical measurements. This work was created in the Department of Analytical Chemistry of the Faculty of Materials Science and Ceramics AGH, and its supervisor was dr hab. Małgorzata Jakubowska, prof. AGH.
Pastoral actions in Poland. On the "onet.pl" portal, Piotr Kropisz SJ wrote today that the state of the epidemic is an opportunity for us to be, especially now, people who give hope. "I have been observing the Church's work on the web carefully for years. We have never had such a mobilization as in recent days! I am surprised by the number of initiatives, live broadcasts, comments to mass readings, conducted prayers, etc. " - notes father Piotr. "The pandemic will end sooner and later and we will return physically to the churches, but our mission to bring hope in the resurrection of Jesus will continue" - concludes his statement. More on ONET.PL On the "Dredge" channel, the Jesuits propose exercises to help cope with the wave of uncertainty and anxiety. Instead of succumbing to panic, reach for the Holy Bible and the Jesuits will provide you with a spiritual companion who will help deepen the hope that the Savior gives in difficult situations. More on the WE LET TOGETHER page Wojciech Żmudziński SJ proposes in the article "Will we become better thanks to a pandemic?" to look positively at the current situation of coronavirus spread. "What opportunities does it offer? Can we become better, learn something, understand something important thanks to a pandemic? (...) we can regain or strengthen faith in people who are hurrying to help others. So let's not concentrate on smart people who want to earn on human fear, but let's make sure that during the crisis we do not run out of time for kindness towards others, for reflection on the meaning of life and sincere prayer.  It encourages us to get to know ourselves and others better, and to remain tender, although we must temporarily replace the warm embrace with "nudging the elbows". Photo: Father Piotr Kropisz SJ during a retreat in Bialystok 
On 18 September 2009 the DEON.pl portal was launched. The Society of Jesus and the WAM Publishing House, which has been operating for over 140 years, looking for new ways to positively influence contemporary society, decided to open a social and informational portal. The mission of the portal is to inform about significant social events and interpret these events from the point of view of the Church, as well as commenting on church events and providing their meaning to the users. Being a link between religion and social life is not possible without offering a friendly place for open and inspiring discussions on religious, social, political and cultural issues. From the very beginning the portal was and is created in the spirit of the Ignatian tradition of "finding God in all things", hence the elements useful in everyday life, such as weather, calendar of names, life advice, culinary advice, etc., could not be missing here. On the occasion of its 10th birthday, the portal has changed visually. Currently, the portal boasts results of almost 2,000,000 unique users per month, generating more than 8,000,000 page views.
Lithuania Father General Arturo Sosa‘s 45-hour visit on the 450th year of the Jesuit mission in Lithuania on May 6 and 7, served to encourage and inspire Jesuits, their coworkers and Ignatian groupings. Assisted by Fr. Tomasz Kot and Fr. Marc Ravizza, Fr. General spent one day in Vilnius, celebrating Mass at St. Casimir‘s church, and in Kaunas, with Sunday Mass at St. Francis Xavier‘s on Mothers Day, both Masses enriched by the local Jesuit school choir and a daffodil for each mother present. People appreciated clear homilies with four (not the traditional three...) points and the guests‘ friendly approach and disposition. In both Jesuit Schools teachers, parents, staff, CLC groups, religious Sisters, ministries gathered to hear responses to questions they posed in advance, as well as spontaneous additions. Two Jesuits came from Riga, Latvia, more than 20 persons came from St. Ignatius church and the Jesuit Primary School in Šiauliai. The guests also visited the four Senior Jesuits and spent time with both Jesuit communities, sharing stories, impressions, questions, hopes and plans. There was little time for sight-seeing except for the schools and the immediate surroundings of the Jesuit houses, and a moment in the bell-tower of Sts. John Church of Vilnius University, celebrating 440 years since its founding by Jesuits, who serve in this church now as well. Antanas Saulaitis SJ   Father General in Poland  From May 6-18, Fr. Arturo Sosa, General of the Order, was a guest in the Polish Provinces. During his visit he visited Krakow, Gliwice, Nowy Sącz, Tricity, Warsaw, Łódź and Lublin. He also had several meetings with Jesuits working in Poland, Ukrane, Denmark and Russia. During his visit, the general also met with lay people working with the Jesuits. He visited the Ignatianum Academy in Krakow, where he said that the Jesuit university is a place of reconciled life, and its graduates should be recognized more by their human qualities and pro-social sensitivity than by the way they cope with the labour market or the wealth of their wallets. During his meeting at the WAM Publishing House with the employees of the Jesuit media, he said that the media should never remain silent, but should tell the truth in such a way as to make it liberating and not stigmatizing. The general also answered the question of how to reach those who have moved away from the Church, the role of women in the Church and the Jesuit understanding of the "borders" to which the Jesuits are sent. During the meetings with the students at the school in Krakow, Nowy Sącz and Gdynia, he answered questions: Why do the Jesuits have a general, what is the best in this work and to whom is the Jesuit general cheering?  The Superior General of the Society of Jesus, for his part, encouraged the students not only to increase their knowledge, but above all to develop their ability to think and act in a civic way in terms of the common good and to build good relationships with other people based on the Christian faith and its values. During the Mass in the Gdansk academic pastoral ministry, he encouraged students to go beyond the safe framework of the "fold that provides comfort and security" to go to the life-giving pastures of freedom that enables us to love. He said: "Let us follow Him from the safe-haven of our lives and let others join us, even if they think or live differently than we do. During the meeting with the Jesuits and lay people involved in the work in the retreat centres, he spoke: The retreat centres are not "factories of true Christians" where the Ignatian method is a kind of technology for the transformation of human hearts. The Spiritual Exercises are effective in so far as the spiritual guides have allowed themselves to be transformed by them and they live this experience daily. The Jesuit general in Warsaw encouraged lay people to cooperate in the work of reconciliation with God, humanity and creation during a meeting with representatives of communities and movements working at Jesuit-led centers. During the indulgenced feast (May 16) at the Sanctuary of St. Andrew Bobola in Warsaw, Father Arturo Sosa said that the blood of the martyrs is a foreshadowing of the Spring of the Church. The preacher recalled the martyrdom of many Jesuits over the centuries who preached the Gospel in various parts of the world. There was no shortage of Poles among them. Even if today we are not always threatened with death for belonging to Christ, His love requires us to respond to contemporary challenges, such as migrations, wars or natural disasters. By helping their victims, we will probably not remedy all the misfortunes of the world, but even a drop makes the sea bigger - said Fr. General.   Reverie and silence... - General's visit in Auschwitz-Birkenau 9 May, this day of the General's visit to Poland, was a day of silence and deep reflection on the most painful aspects of history, which was the extermination of many people during the Second World War. Father Mark Ravizza SJ, who was accompanying the General Father, and who presided over the Eucharist celebrated in the Carmelite Sisters' monastery in Oświęcim, invited to remain silent. This Mass was the culmination of the visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, which, as a museum of extermination, is at the same time a timely warning against all that hatred, hostility, racism, and contempt for others can lead to.   Jesuits of Russia, Belarus, Kygrzyzstan celebrate the solemn vows and meet Fr General. On Saturday, May 18, after the Mass during which three fellow brethren Stephan Lipke, Tadeusz Drozdowicz, Piotr Kropisz took the solemn vows, the Jesuits of the Independent Russian Region met with Fr Arturo Sosa in Warsaw-Falenica on the last day of his visit to the provinces of Poland and Lithuania. This was an opportunity to tell about the ministry in those places where the Jesuits are currently present in the territory of Russia, Belarus and Kyrgyzstan, as well as to have a “question and answer” session with the Father General. For the confreres of the Region, often separated by vast distances, such events are a rare occasion to meet and socialize with each other in person. Some assistants of the Fr General from the Roman Curia, as well as Jesuits from Poland, collaborating with the apostolates of the Region also joined the meeting. The expression “ad dispersionem” was pronounced several times, reflecting the reality of Jesuit missionaries, who nevertheless seek to maintain unity of spirit thanks to a common vocation and charisma. Father General reminded his fellow brothers that for Ignatius, the Society of Jesus, despite its impressive growth in the first decades of its existence, always remains the “mínima Compañía”, not because of the number of members, but because the mission of the Society is always integrated into the universal mission of the Church, from which stems the need to cooperate with everyone who seeks to bring closer and embody the reality of the kingdom of God. Victor Zhuk SJ