Switzerland

Bad Schönbrunn
Basel
Carouge
Genève
Luzern
Villars-sur-Glâne
Zürich
Four days, four destinations, a quiet side trip to the Flüeli Ranft to the country's patron Brother Klaus - and countless encounters in the works of the Swiss Jesuits: Father General Arturo Sosa SJ, on his first visit to Switzerland from Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 September 2019, reached the hearts and minds of many. In Geneva, the city with around 20,000 diplomats, Arturo Sosa SJ met representatives of humanitarian organizations on Thursday at the House of the Jesuit Community in Carouge - including women and men from the UNHCR, the International Labour Organization's UN refugee agency, and the World Council of Churches (WCC). The greeting message at the end of the evening was touching: Students and teachers of the Jesuit Refugee Service JRS and Jesuit Worldwide Learning JWL reported in short videos from Afghanistan to Malawi about their challenges, hopes and dreams. Their stories resonated for a long time, as did the words of Arturo Sosa: "Jesuits often assume that young people must be led to everything and show them the way to God. Do we know this way enough ourselves? Perhaps it is not about helping young people, but rather that young people can help us". On Saturday in Zurich, he met 30 of the 48 Jesuits of the country, including the five Swiss scholastics; four are currently studying in Paris, one is in the Magisterium of JWL until September 2020. Afterwards, 30 members of staff from the Deutschschweizer Werke joined the meeting - a great moment to experience Father General so close, cordial and uplifting.  The afternoon was dedicated to silence: a small Jesuit delegation accompanied Arturo Sosa to Brother Klaus in Central Switzerland. His place of activity, the Flüeli Ranft, radiates far beyond the national border as a place of prayer and peace. St. Nicholas of Flüe (1417-1487) or Brother Klaus stands for the search for God, justice and peace, especially in times when peace often seems impossible. The Venezuelan Jesuit Superior General knows about the fragility of the human search for reconciliation. He used this small pilgrimage in a special way to place his intentions in God's hands in the silence of the Ranft. Afterwards the Jesuits brought him to the Lassalle house above Zug. The name is program and goes back to the German Jesuit Hugo Lassalle SJ, bridge builder between Zen and Christianity. The Lassalle House, a house of silence, is not only the largest work of the Jesuits in Switzerland, but also the largest Christian educational centre in the country. The Jesuit general also appeared twice in public. Some 300 people flocked to the University of Zurich for a panel discussion on Friday evening: Arturo Sosa discussed during two intensive, exciting hours with five personalities of the Swiss churches and media on the topic "Being a Christian today - Church where to? The festive divine service in the Jesuit Church of Lucerne, which is also fully occupied here, was the final event on Sunday. Time for contemplation, time for a polyphonic worship: The Collegium Musicum in Lucerne performed the Missa Palatina by Martin Schmid SJ (1694-1772), who had lived, worked and composed in the former Jesuit missions of South America. Afterwards there was an aperitif for the large church service community. Right in the middle of it was Father General, chief of more than 15,000 Jesuits worldwide - close to people, cordial, genuine. Adieu und auf Wiedersehen, Father General! Pia Seiler – Pictures: Céline Fossati
"Be yourself the change": Gandhi's words accompanied Valerio Ciriello SJ during his academic summer break. The Swiss scholastic about the ecological weeks at the Campus de la Transition in Paris and at Schumacher College in England. The ecological question began to interest me already in my youth in Italy, I became a member of the then Green Party (Verdi) in the mid-90s. The threat to the environment has taken on another dimension since I joined the Order in 2014. I am currently studying philosophy and theology in Paris and I am influenced by the inputs of Cécile Renouard and environmental scientist Gaël Giraud SJ. Cécile Renouard, professor of philosophy and nun, is the founder of the Campus de la Transition: an ecological project that seeks to root itself beyond academic reflection in everyday life and compassion for the earth. Through her I also learned about Schumacher College in Dartington/South England.  And so I spent my two-month summer break at the two institutions. The inner reversal of our way of thinking and living has received great urgency for me. A credible repentance must begin with me before I can "help" others to repent. So today I mainly eat vegetarian food and avoid air travel whenever possible. By the way, I have rarely eaten so excellently in my life as on Campus de la Transition and at Schumacher College, another proof that vegetarian and vegan dishes can be very tasty - they are cheap and healthy anyway. These are only small steps towards global ecological conversion - but many such steps multiply daily, hourly around the world and will make a difference for mankind. Instead of waiting for the reversal from above, from politics and economy, we can here and now in our own lives take fate into our own hands - and thus that of the world. "Be yourself the change you wish for this world," Mahatma Gandhi said.   It is also the guiding principle of the Campus de la Transition and the Schumacher College: There is the academic with master studies and courses, but the formative are experiences and encounters at eye level. Students, employees, professors, volunteers, course participants: Everyone helps with cooking, cleaning, field work, planning educational activities. Everyone has his own and general responsibility for the whole. The aim is not to flood the heads with even more knowledge, but rather to let the acquired knowledge seep from the head into the heart. I have experienced openness, depth, women, men, young people, believers, seekers who, beyond hedonism and egoism, participate every day in a more humane and just world. Unobtrusively, step by step, steadily. This is how a lively community emerges. That makes me hopeful for the world!    www.campus-transition.orgwww.schumachercollege.org.uk  Caption: Valerio Ciriello (44) gets down to business with organic onions: The Swiss scholastic at Schumacher College in Dartington/Southern England.
As Living Stones we are used to offering guided tours especially in old basilicas and baroque churches. The traditional sacral art is well known to us. And although we are interested in art, some Living Stones have not yet gone into more detail about modern and contemporary art. Therefore, it has long been a wish of Living Stones to devote itself especially to this young art at an international education camp. The theme "Faith and Modern Art" also fitted in well with the venue, Zurich, as the city, and Switzerland in general, is regarded as an important hub of today's art world. More than 120 young adults from more than 15 countries gathered at the Liebfrauen parish centre in the heart of Zurich from 2-5 May 2019. Especially pleasing was the participation of two Living Stones from Chicago and Kiev, where new groups are being formed. And also for new interested people from Switzerland it was a good opportunity to get to know Living Stones better. The participants were able to experience a varied program with lectures, workshops, exchange rounds, visits to different art spaces and churches, common prayer times and Eucharistic celebrations. An older participant from Luxembourg, who wanted to get to know Living Stones with the educational camp, was positively surprised at how much was demanded of the young people and that despite the dense programme and the challenging lectures, the participants took part with keen interest and commitment. The group grew together while talking and eating, listening and praying. Perhaps it was also because of the limited space in the parish centre that the familiarity among the young people grew quickly. The good food, prepared by six volunteers who came from Italy, also contributed to the good atmosphere. The modest shower and sleeping facilities with floor mat and sleeping bag did not detract from the good atmosphere. The encounter among each other and the growing as a community beyond the cultural and national borders marked the meeting in a special way. Further encounters with the local church were made possible by the accommodation in host families. Some participants were able to experience a welcoming local congregation. The presence of church leaders was also appreciated. The Eucharist was celebrated with us by the National Delegate for Youth Pastoral Care, Bishop Alain de Raemy, the Vicar General of the diocese region Zurich-Glarus, Josef Annen, and the Dean of the City of Zurich, Marcel von Holzen. The meeting with the Reformed pastor Christoph Sigrist was also impressive. On the basis of a guided tour of the Grossmünster church, he brought us closer to his understanding of being a Christian, which he summed up with the slogan of the Zurich reformer Ulrich Zwingli "Do something brave for God's sake". This visit was rounded off with participation in the weekly Taizé prayer in Grossmünster. "The wound"   The theme of the "wound", which Prof. Andrea dell'Asta SJ impressively demonstrated in his lecture by means of many paintings, was a thread running through the entire educational camp.  Beginning with depictions of the wounds of Christ up to the "Zip" works of Barnett Newman and the cut canvases of Lucio Fontana, the "wound" is a recurring motif in the iconography of the western world, and a basic human experience. From a Christian point of view, according to dall'Asta, wounds do not only stand for life fractures and pain, but also for an opening and a passage to a beyond, the absolute. Further highlights were the lecture by Prof. Guido Vergauwen, who philosophically approached modern ways of thinking and pleaded for a new open knowledge, and the lectures by Prof. Bert Daelemens SJ and Prof. Eloi Aran Sala, who presented new reflections and developments in church architecture. These conferences will soon be available on Living Stones' Youtube channel. (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvbSbjaL52s3cEdDCawe2zA?app=desktop). Workshops An intensive experience were also the encounters in workshops with the artists Robert Dolinar SJ, artist and architect from Slovenia, Patrick Rimoux, light artist from Paris, and Enrique Veganzones, painter from Spain, who made a direct exchange possible on the basis of concrete works of art. The performance "ballarefidei" in the Pfarreisaal Liebfrauen by one dancer and two dancers from the Zurich Opera Ballet also set a special accent. With their expressive dance, they "drew" with their bodies - very close to the wound theme - the inner conflict of man, who finally finds peace in faith. Many participants were motivated by the positive experience of the educational camp to participate in one of the week-long summer camps of Living Stones in different places in Europe or in the international spiritual retreats on the Simplon Pass. Contacts could also be made which give hope that a Living Stones group could soon be founded in Lausanne. And after first explorations it is quite possible that the next international education camp will take place in Matera, the European Capital of Culture 2019.
Schwäbisch Gmünd - During Easter week 200 Jesuits from the German, Lithuanian, Austrian and Swiss provinces met for the common province symposium in Schwäbisch-Gmünd. Beside praying and celebrating together, the focus was on reflection and exchange on the mission in the areas of spirituality, social responsibility and education: the Jesuits of these countries are growing ever closer together. In two years' time, in April 2021, they will form the Central European Province ("Europa Centralis" - ECE). Fr. Franck Janin SJ, President of the Conference of European Provincials, explained the process and the impact of the new Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs) of the Society of Jesus. The entire meeting was held under the motto "Beyond ourself" and informed the nearly 200 Jesuits from Austria, Switzerland, Lithuania, Sweden and Germany who had taken part about the previous process of founding the province and the planned further steps. The seat of the new ECE-Provincial shall be in Munich, informed the Austrian Provincial Bernhard Bürgler SJ. Fr. General Arturo Sosa SJ had confirmed in a letter that the Canisius-House in Munich should become the seat of the new ECE-Provincialate. An important topic was the ecological challenge (“caring for our common home”) and how the Jesuit Order responded to it. Fr. Gaël Giraud SJ (EOF), chief economist of the Agence Française du Développement and research director at the CNRS, presented the state of research and reported that climate change affects the already disadvantaged parts of the earth's population the most. We Jesuits see ourselves challenged to rethink our own lifestyle and to increasingly include ecological implications. On different levels and through professional competence the Order with its works and apostolates can help to shape social processes. It is also necessary to deepen the spirituality of creation. Fr. Claus Pfuff SJ, JRS-country director, professed last vows at a solemn Mass on Wednesday. The fraternal meeting allowed Easter to be celebrated as a feast of resurrection and new creation. The strength and motivation that grew out of the common mission of the Order were palpable.
Two evenings about Syria. Syria in its ninth year of war: a country that longs for peace, normality, everyday life, a country whose women bear the main burden for their families. Many men are lost, dead, in prison, in war as soldiers, looking for work abroad. The hopes in the war-weary country are high, the reports by Sr. Fabienne Bucher and Nawras Sammour SJ revealing: At the end of May, the two invite to a discussion evening in Zurich and Wil/ St. Gallen. Nawras Sammour SJ is director of the Jesuit Refugee Service Syria and was already there with his team before the Syrian war. The Jesuit priest, born in 1968 in Aleppo and closely rooted in the country, initiated social projects across all religious and cultural boundaries. So when the war broke out in 2011, he was able to help the weakest from a standing start. His team provided survival assistance, built soup kitchens, and provided medical and psychosocial support. In 2018 the Jesuit Refugee Service set up three neighbourhood centres in Damascus, Aleppo and Al Kafroun - three centres that point to the future and maintain hope for peace in a war-weary country. At present, 900 children and 600 women are being cared for with school and social programmes. Nawras Sammour SJ is now also director of the Mena region and as such responsible for educational, social and spiritual projects of the Jesuits in countries of the Middle East and North Africa. Sister Fabienne Bucher is a diocesan hermit in the tenant house of the Appenzell monastery of Wonnenstein. She is Swiss and has followed the call of her heart throughout her entire life, always feeling God's guidance: Schoenstatter Sister of Mary, pastoral assistant, pastor at the Cantonal Hospital of St. Gallen and now hermit. With energetic help, she is in contact with the people in and around the Jesuit-influenced Syrian monastery of Mar Musa, whose director Paolo dall'Oglio SJ became a victim of the war (see below). His life project fascinates them, and his fate occupies them very much. In the course of her research she came into contact in 2014 with Sister Friederike from the monastery Mar Musa in the Jesuit Lassalle House in Central Switzerland. Back in Syria, she soon had to flee and, together with a brother in a monastery in the Syrian Nineveh plain, set up a centre for 200 people displaced by the IS. The two women are united in prayer, occasionally they were able to visit each other and exchange advice and relief supplies.  Mar Musa, a monastic centre in the mountainous desert inside Syria, is known as the "Taizé of the East" and has roots as far back as the 6th century. The formative figure of our days is the Italian Jesuit Paolo dall'Oglio SJ. He revived the monastery and presided over the centre, which was largely self-sufficient and attracted spiritually interested people - men, women, Christians, people of other faiths, agnostics. Father dall'Oglio was kidnapped by the IS in 2013 and has been missing ever since. Conversation evening with Sister Fabienne Bucher and Father Nawras Sammour SJ Tuesday, 21.5.2019: Centrum 66, Hirschengraben 66 Zürich, 18.30 Wednesday, 22.5.2019: catholic parish centre Wil, 19:00   Registration required: Tel. 044 266 21 30 prokur@jesuiten-weltweit.ch
Films and seminars on the 100th anniversary of his death. He was able to inspire a generation of young Catholics in reformed Basel: Abbé Joye (1852 - 1919), youth chaplain, photographer, cineaste - and founder of the first Basel cinema. On the 100th anniversary of his death, the work of the Jesuit comes alive once again: The aki Zurich commemorates him with the documentary film "A propos de Joye", the Lassalle House with seminars distributed throughout the year. Joseph Alexis Joye is born on 18 April 1852 in Romont FR as the first of five sons. The father dies when he is eleven. Financially the family has probably little worries. Joseph transferred to the St. Michel grammar school in Fribourg. Even the 17-year-old expressed the desire to become a Jesuit. He is admitted to the novitiate. He then studied in Germany, Holland, Belgium and England, interrupted by the medical service he had to provide during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870. In 1882 he was ordained a priest. He would have liked to have become a missionary overseas, but his superiors sent him to Basel. He became vicar in the parish of St. Clara, then in the new parish of St. Mary, where he took care of the French-speaking Catholics. During the 25 years of his ministry his focus shifted to youth work; from 1911 to 1915 he was also provincial in the German-speaking area. Youth Chaplain, Photographer, Cineast Abbé Joye conquered the hearts of Basel's Catholic school youth in a short space of time. Especially in Sunday school he was able to develop his abilities to the full. He knows how to tell exciting stories from the Bible, and in his narrative theology his hobby comes to the fore: photography. Eyewitnesses remember the slatted crate in the attic of the parsonage - his darkroom, where he cuts photo plates with a diamond made of window glass remains. Old crockery is used for film development, a bathtub for washing the developed plates. He collects his pictures in books and magazines. He creates 16,000 hand-colored slides for school and adult education - his Tuesday lectures are legendary. One employee reports: "Mr. Abbé mostly photographed and developed all the pictures himself and sacrificed rest and sleep for his slides. He particularly enjoyed painting the pictures. It was a pleasure to watch him transform the black and white slides with a sure brush stroke." Joye maintained contact with the chemist Auguste Lumière in Lyon, the inventor of the cinematograph, and with "Pathé Frères" in Paris and Berlin, the first film company. In 1901 he came to his first short film strip, from 1905 he regularly showed movies - only two years later there was the cinema "Fata Morgana" in Basel. A film distributor doesn't exist yet, you have to buy the movies. Abbé Joye procured new ones from everywhere. This creates a collection of over 2000 films. Abbé founds the Vinzentianum Orphanage and the Borromäum Youth Home. He fought against much resistance for the construction of a hall in Borromäum, where a diverse activity developed: The Jünglingsverein stages theatre and music performances, with the father always being the driving force. From the "scientific student circle", founded by him in 1907, the academic association "Renaissance" later developed. On 1 March 1919 Joseph Joye died at the age of 67. He is buried above Zug, in the Jesuit cemetery near the Lassalle House. The Joye Collection Of the films Joye collected, around 1200 have survived today. In 1976 the Jesuit Stefan Bamberger handed over the collection to the "National Film Archive" in London for professional restoration. The Joye Collection is considered a sensation in film circles. For the film historian Mariann Lewinsky-Sträuli it documents "in a unique way" the history of film production in its most dynamic phase of development and through it "the world and culture of its epoch". The collection contains milestones in the early history of cinema that had long been thought lost. The copies are all in 35 mm format. "It would be great if a project could be realized so that the Joye films could be made available to the general public on restored film copies in saved colors," says Beat Schneider, Deputy Director of the Stadtkino Basel institution. Hansruedi Kleiber SJ, Franz-Xaver Hiestand SJ   On the 100th anniversary of the death of Abbé Joye SJ: “Speaking of Joye”: Documentary film by Isolde Marxer Friday, 15 March 2019, 19.30 hrsaki Zurich, Hirschengraben 86, Zurich | aki-zh.chJesuits as film pioneers and main characters in films Seminar on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the death of Abbé Joye SJSaturday, 16 March 2019, 15 - 22 o'clockaki Zurich, Hirschengraben 86 | aki-zh.ch   Work with films Moving and moving images Retreats with Films: Christof Wolf SJ and Franz-Xaver Hiestand SJ explore the inspiring power of contemporary films in this special form of Ignatian retreats in the best Abbé Joye tradition. Spiritual Exercises with Films13 - 18 October 2019, Sun 17 - Fri 13 hrs Registration: www.lassalle-haus.org