A Coruña
Alcalá de Henares
El Puerto de Santa María
Esplugues de Llobregat
L’Hospitalet de Llobregat
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Palma de Mallorca

San Sebastián

Sant Cugat
Santiago de Compostela
Villafranca de los Barros
Villagarcía de Campos
From Thursday, September 5, until Saturday evening, September 7 there was an interesting meeting of Jesuits in Loyola to reflect on the pastoral ministry of vocations. 40 fellow Jesuits from different sectors - quite a few of them working in youth ministry - joined. The objective was to share intuitions, concerns and listen to each other to try to see what we can and should do to accompany vocational processes in the Society of Jesus. The dynamic was alternating moments of reflection, time for groups and dialogue in assembly. Starting from a first brainstorming on strong and weak points, the work of the groups focused on four basic questions: 1) How can the Ignatian be vocationally significant? 2) Which religious explanation is necessary and possible? 3) Which image of Christ do we live and transmit and 4) Which Jesuit way of life is vocationally meaningful and possible? The sharing of each of these themes was an occasion for interesting and intense dialogues throughout the two days. Ignatian pedagogy A second block of questions was raised by Gabino Uríbarri SJ when he invited the group to reflect on their own vocational authenticity, the need to bring into play an Ignatian pedagogy with all its possibilities; the importance of audacity and parresia (which we could translate as freedom to speak openly) to announce and evangelize, and the importance of an anthropological basis for vocation, in which one sees that vocation is good news. Along with the reflection, we had moments of prayer, personal and shared. To put Jesus in the center. Also on Friday night in the basilica we had a prayer vigil led by the novitiate community, who came to Loyola to share various moments of the meeting. The Friday and Saturday Eucharist in the conversion chapel helped us to place this personal and community life in God's hands. This meeting was not intended to be a "laboratory" for finding solutions or recipes, but a space for meeting and dialogue, which can be part of a greater dialogue and sustained over time, of which we are called to participate in different communities.
Since 34 years, the Province of Spain Is offering the possibility of learning Spanish Salamanca to all foreign Jesuits eager to learn our language and enjoy our country. Throughout all this time Jesuits from the five continents have passed by. An experience that is not limited to learning a new language, but also hides the treasure of living together and strengthening relationships in our wide and diverse Society of Jesus. This year, companions from USA, Poland, France, Hungary, Czech Republic, India, Germany, England, Italy, Malta, Austria, East Timor and Africa shared with us classroom and life. The course offers classes in the morning and, at the end of the morning, the celebration of a Mass presided over by one of the student priests. A special moment to thank the cultural diversity and polychromy of our Company. On Thursday afternoons we went out to get to know and enjoy the most special places in the city that welcomed us. On weekends we went to Ignatian and Jesuit places such as Villagarcía de Campos, Alcalá de Henares, Javier and Loyola. The students lived with great devotion the possibility of being in the places where our founders lived or where our Company was born. A unique privilege for many of them. We thank the Province of Spain for the possibility of continuing to weave a universal network through language, to strengthen bonds and to grow in friendship with the Lord.
In the Diocesan Delegation of Migrations in Nador, where our colleague Alvar Sánchez SJ works, we observed the decisive importance of the community of origin in the migratory project of the people we accompany. With the mission of connecting our intervention with the sub-Saharan points of origin, our psychosocial team traveled at the beginning of the summer to the country of one of the most represented migrant communities currently in Morocco: Guinea Conakry. This is how we started the new project "La Route Migratoire de l'Afrique de l'ouest. Sensibilisation et réduction de risques liés à la migration en Guinée", with four key objectives: -To make the population aware of the migration situation in Morocco and Europe in order to reduce the risks and establish protection strategies. -Establish collaboration agreements with other organizations in the country that allow us to connect these two key points of the migratory route and thus improve our intervention in both places. -To understand the dynamics of the migration of Guineans to Europe through the Moroccan route. -Promote DDM activities in Guinea. Not less than 6 teams received the necessary training to start research and sensitization activities in the field. Activities in July and August took place in four different cities: Conakry, Mamou, Kindia and Labé. To date, 250 young people and 50 adults have benefited from our activities and more than 600 people have been interviewed. Through the field activities we were able to meet people whose relatives are still missing after having tried to cross through Morocco to Spain; people who decided to return to their country having already undertaken the route; young dreamers who want to seek a better future in Europe and many others who have decided to build that future within the borders of their own country. And we have signed collaboration agreements with two local organizations that have shown excellent commitment and involvement. We have had the invaluable help of the Jesuit Missions Secretariat (Spain), which financed the first phase of this project.
With the conviction that following Jesus commits us to social transformation, in the last week of August young people from all over Spain gathered in Loyola to know, debate and discern our way of being in this world. They did so within the framework of the summer course "Faith and Sociopolitical Commitment", an interecclesial initiative that brings together various organizations concerned with the formation and commitment of Christians today in public life such as ALBOAN, Loiola Zentroa, Caritas Española, CLC - Spain, Focolare Movement, Jesuits Social, Cristianisme i Justícia, JOC - Young Christian Workers, MAGIS. Both from an academic point of view as well as from their vital commitments, a panel of several speakers approached the look of the participants to the current topics: migrations, socio-ecological challenge, feminist theology, social doctrine of the Church, and citizen participation, among others. The young people valued very positively their participation in the meeting, recognizing that "a fundamental piece of our Christian being is probably the call to act in our environment". The program has included sessions to accompany the diagnosis of reality and social, economic and ecological challenges, as well as to deepen the social doctrine of the church and the relationship between faith and politics in the ecclesial tradition. They also valued and were grateful for the opportunity to have this formation and exchange "in a stage in which, after finishing university, we have to guide our steps to see how we can respond to this call: it has been a gift to be able to listen to people who, from different spheres, are dedicating their professional and political work to attending to the needs of this world".
Greatness, urgency and beauty, three keys to facing a great global challenge: ecological conversion. Pope Francis, through Laudato Si´, invited believers to take them up in order to take care of the Common House where everything is connected. This care has become for the Society of Jesus its fourth Apostolic Preference. In this context, tutors from different schools of the Society of Jesus have discovered in the formation course offered by EDUCSI “Learning to take care of our Common House”, how each day and each daily action hides a possibility of responding to the call of Laudato Si´. And from there, to involve the entire educational community. Félix Revilla, SJ, José Eizaguirre and Pady Miranda have given this course full of meaning for the future: to educate schoolchildren in the values of caring for the Common House. For many of the tutors, the reading of Laudato Si´, its pedagogical application in the classroom has been a discovery. Some of them have immersed themselves for the first time in Laudato Si´ and have discovered their contributions as believers and as teachers. Each commitment expressed in the encyclical found its response in personal and community actions in the centre. A call to become transforming agents and referents as cloister and tutor. They already have in mind possible actions at school and activities to engage in together. Learning in the care of the Common House has only just begun…
The MAG+S youth ministry (which brings together Jesuits and other religious congregations of Ignatian spirituality) proposed this summer three types of experiences for young people between the ages of 18 and 30, who want to share life, service, faith, concerns, joys, with a style of austerity and the integration of various dimensions: service, living together, formation, prayer, celebration and personal accompaniment. Almost 350 young people participated. One group was that of the “Sense of the SOUTH Experiences” that focus on "going out of oneself" and meeting with other cultures, other people and other ways of seeing life that go beyond the daily world that surrounds the young people of our country. They take the form of a short-term international volunteer, lived as a member of a small community made up of young people and their companions, where the heart and prayer is the key piece of the experiences, which last from 4 to 6 weeks. They are a proposal of MAG+S and the NGOs Alboan and Entreculturas. This summer 33 young people and their companions participated in 4 experiences: Cameroon in Company, Enxartxad (Chad in company), Growing Together (Perú) and Bolivia in company. There was also the experience of a group of 9 educators from Spanish Ignatian schools who worked in Fe y Alegría schools in Peru. Secondly, the "Serve" experiences that help the young people to put themselves in an attitude of service, in the style of Jesus, in the most disadvantaged realities of our country, in front of people whom we normally exclude from our welfare society. As examples: summer camps with children at risk of social exclusion, leisure with people with disabilities, classes in prison, support for a social canteen or welcoming pilgrims are some of the experiences that 218 young MAG+S have had this summer during their holidays. In total, there have been 12 experiences of "Serving others" that have allowed young people to go out of themselves to give themselves to others in the style of Jesus. Finally, this summer six "Follow" experiences were offered, which want to help the young person to deepen his faith, bringing him closer to Jesus, opening his heart to God. Spiritual Exercises, Camino de Santiago, Taizé, pilgrim to the Holy Land which a total of 97 participants took part. See the testimonies at: