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  
On July 31, 2018, the Ukrainian District was formally incorporated into the Southern Poland Province and became an integral part of it. This was part of the restructuring process setting out new boundaries for the Society's Province in this part of Europe. Several Jesuits from PME have been working in Ukraine for years, but this new reality will provide more impetus for cooperation in the field of pastoral ministry. Seeing the success of Pray As You Go had in many countries, including Poland since 2011, the next logical step was to develop the Ukrainian version, iMolytva. In autumn 2018, plans to launch the project started taking shape thanks to Fr. Віталій Осмоловський (Vitaliy Osmolovskyy) sj. It was only natural to build on the experience and achievements of Modlitwa w drodze (the Polish version of Pray As You Go). The project is the fruit of inter-provincial cooperation. Thanks to a dedicated team, it offers audio clips, texts for reflection and much more. Since Ash Wednesday, iMolytva is available on www.imolytva.org in both desktop and mobile versions. Those looking for an application will have to wait a couple of months. Work has already started but there remains some technical glitches to solve before the application is fully functional. In the meantime, we are happy to share with you the fruit of our collaboration and encourage you to spread the message.
It is a magical and sacred place for the highlanders, and for some of them - even the last resort. What is the Zakopane "Górka"? And why is it so unusual? Zakopane "Górka" is a special place for highlanders - there, in front of the image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help at the Jesuit church, addicted people vow the abstinence from alcohol and other addictions. Addiction to the alcohol and more and more other substances is a big social problem in Poland. It affects individuals, but also their families and neighbours. It is not only the civil society’s problem (health issues, crimes committed under influence and many others), but also for the Church (broken families and neglected children to mention only few). Mostly men experience that kind of problems, but it affects the whole society. - “Mainly lost and confused people come here. They come to find peace and persevere in sobriety, in good,” says Fr Antoni Drąg. “Some do a vow for a month or two, others for a year. There are also some who vow for life,” adds the Jesuit. Every day vows are pronounced from a few to several dozen, circa 5.000 a year. - “In Podhale it is the case that when you vowed on "Górka", such a person is no longer offered alcohol”, one of the abstinent says. – “There is a conviction between the highlanders that the devil will come to the one who breaks a "Górka" vow”, he adds. The Sobriety Chaplaincy "Górka" at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Zakopane was established in 1971, and its founder was a Jesuit, father Wojciech Krupa, who died for over twenty years now. The pastoral ministry was established almost by coincidence, because it all began with the fact that in the presence of Fr Wojciech a young Highlander gave his wife a word of honour, that for a month there would be no vodka ball. After a month he came to “Górka” and suggested to Father Krupa that he would give the same word of honour to God this time. The priest didn’t want to accept this, but in the end, he was convinced by the argument of the Highlander: “I gave the word of honour to my wife and I kept it, how could I not keep the word of honour given to God”?
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.