Jesuits in Europe

EUROPE & NEAR EAST
It was the second time that a group of people in leadership positions in Jesuit works throughout Europe gathered for a week in Rodizio (Portugal) for a training session on Ignatian leadership. The course started on Sunday the 28th of  January and ended on Friday  the 2nd of February  The programme was prepared and led by a planning team of 4 people: Sarah Broscombe (professional trainer and coach from Britian), Lourenço Eiro sj (Protuguese Jesuit in charge of a youth centre and organidsing leadership training in his Province), Bob Van de Putte (Education delegate in ELC) and Paul Yperman (former education delegate in ELC). There were 23 participants in the training, coming from 11 different Provinces and holding leadership positions in various Jesuit works in their Provinces (retreat houses, JRS, schools and universities, youth pastoral, Province management,…). The objective of the programme was to resource people who are leading Jesuit works throughout Europe. The programme zoomed in on personal, interrelational and organisational aspects of leadership, but the main aim was to engage with Ignatian perspectives on leadership in the first place. So discernment and communal discernment were key elements in the contents of the sessions. As for the way of proceeding the programme offered a coctail of input, individual reflection, group work and prayer.  In the evaluation the participants appreciated the contents of the programme, its way of proceeding, its variation and its reflective pace
EUROPE & NEAR EAST
A conference on the Jesuit scientist, diplomat and poet Ruđer Bošković was held at the European Parliament in Brussels on 29 January. As Ruđer Bošković (1711-1787) is one of the most famous citizens in the history of the city of Dubrovnik in Croatia, this conference was held on the occasion of the feast of St Blaise, the patron saint of Dubrovnik, and the recent renaming of Dubrovnik Airport in honour of Bošković.  JCEP President Dalibor Renić was one of the speakers. He spoke about Bošković as a Jesuit and a priest. He emphasised his sense of belonging to the Society of Jesus, even after its suppression, which was a traumatic moment in Bošković's life. "He would feel perfectly at home in Brussels and in the European Parliament," said Fr Renić. Namely, after joining the Society, Bošković lived in Italy and France, travelled all over Europe, had good relations with French encyclopaedists and was a fellow of the Royal Society in London.  Other speakers spoke about Bošković's scientific and diplomatic activities in the service of the Dubrovnik Republic, his poetry and his overall importance for Croatian culture. The conference was an initiative of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, the Matrix Croatica cultural association and the MEP Karlo Ressler (EPP).
EUROPE & NEAR EAST
Salamanca was not the place for fond memories for St Ignatius when he passed through here in 1527, but almost five hundred years later it has been a perfect location for the meeting of the Spirituality Delegates of the European Conference of Provincials (JCEP). The group was assisted by James Hanvey, SJ, Secretary of the Society for the Service of Faith, and Dalibor Renić, SJ, President of the JCEP. The aim of the meeting was to share the Ignatian Spirituality formation initiatives that are taking place in the different provinces of Europe.  Starting with the Province of Spain, we had the opportunity to get to know some of the formation proposals of the spirituality centres of Manresa, with Javier Melloni SJ, Salamanca, with José de Pablo, SJ, and the Universidad Pontificia Comillas with José García de Castro, SJ. These meetings opened the dialogue to get to know what we do in other provinces such as Central Europe, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Ireland and Slovakia. And the group felt very united to the first of the Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society: To show the way to God through spiritual exercises and discernment. And at the same time wanting to grow in the other three preferences. The group discussions were led by common discernment and preceded by prayer. We discovered that a different and diverse world like ours requires a return to the question of the place of Christ and Christian identity in non-believing contexts. We discover ourselves in a continuous process between "I" and "we", from “me” to “us”, between ourselves, with others and with God. A journey, or rather a pilgrimage, in which we discover ourselves vulnerable, invited to live more humbly and creatively in discernment. In the things of the Spirit, bearing fruit is not the same as being effective, because effectiveness labels actions as success or failure, whereas fruit does not depend on us but on God. Any instrumentalization of discernment would lead to the death of our spiritual life, it would put us at the centre and not God. Looking to the future of the Group of European Spirituality Delegates, we live as a consensus, a common feeling, the desire to: To continue to be united in sharing our faith and our vocation in depth. To develop the mission entrusted by the provincials to promote Ignatian spirituality through spiritual exercises and discernment. To serve as a bridge to communicate activities in common discernment, apostolic planning and Ignatian leadership. To bring together existing sources and create new resources for formation in our spirituality. We wish that the Lord will confirm us in this task through the European Provincials and that we may walk more and more united in the way of the Lord.
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Let's Build Schools That Care – Primary School Heads Conference in Soutelo. Walking together in challenging times, companionship in the fulfilment of our common mission - this unique experience of unity in diversity can be experienced by the participants of different JECSE meetings - a network of Jesuit and companion schools in Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia. This time, Heads and Leaders of the Primary schools enjoyed being together at the regional meeting of our educational network. During the 4-day conference in Soutelo, Portugal, we got to know each other, reflected on our shared mission, prayed and gained strength to better serve our school communities. We lead people, not just institutions Like our high school friends before us in October 2023, we were guided by the words "He sent them two by two... Accompaniment; walking with our colleagues from and into the heart of our Ignatian tradition". The first input during our meeting was offered by Mr Ivan Miron from Spain. Following his inspiration, we reflected together: What are called to do? What is our vocation? How do we reconcile being managers of an educational institution with the mission of leading others? Let's build a culture of care that nurtures hope Prof. Ana Berastegui from the Universidad Pontificia Comillas (Spain), showed us the enormity of the mental health problems our students are facing in a post-pandemic world. Although the statistics she presented might make us lose hope, she also showed us the antidote to the modern crisis - the urgent need to build a culture of care and trust! The great continuation of this thought was the presentation by Dr John Stoer (Education Delegate, Great Britain) and Mrs Maria Neal (Great Britain). They shared their observations and practical experiences of how to build relationships with the students and how to accompany them. Their call to listen at different levels and to remember to "speak little and listen well" still resonates with us. You need to experience support yourself in order to accompany others An important moment of the meeting in Portugal was the time for listening to the testimonies of school leaders. Our colleagues Daniela Camilleri Sacco (Malta), Benjamin Rombaut (Belgium North) and Antonio González Crespo (Spain), interviewed by Jonathan Tiernan (Education Delegate from Ireland), showed us where they find support in their mission. In an honest way, they also shared moments of loneliness as school leaders and what they have learnt from them. Moved by their testimonies, we then talked in pairs about our own experiences in this area and considered how we could take better care of ourselves in the future. Dreaming about accompaniment for mission In the final group work, preceded by many moments of individual and group prayer, spiritual conversation, sharing and listening, we looked to the future together. We dreamed about the kind of accompaniment culture we want for our schools and we wondered what we would bring back to our schools from the conference. In the closing Eucharist, celebrated in three languages and led by Fr Jimmy Bartolo SJ from Malta and Fr Chris Cann from the UK, we entrusted our hopes and plans to God. It's time to return to the school communities In order to strengthen the bonds formed during this conference, before returning home we went for a walk around Braga, continuing the conversations we had started and regaining strength in the Portuguese sun. We would like to thank Mr Pedro Valente - Educational Delegate of the Portuguese Province, Fr Carlos Carneiro SJ and the team at Casa da Torre for their great hospitality in Portugal and their help in organising this meeting. We would like to express our gratitude to all who helped us to prepare this event, especially the volunteers who accompanied us throughout the conference and all the participants who made this event so special.

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Finding God

IRELAND
Alan McGuckian SJ, the newly appointed Bishop of Down and Conor was the main celebrant at the annual Mass in honour of Blessed John Sullivan SJ, in St Francis Xavier Church, Gardiner St, Dublin 1, on Saturday 17 February 2024. He was joined by the Chruch of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin Dr Michael Jackson, Niall Leahy SJ PP of Gardiner St, and fellow Jesuits. It was a truly ‘special occasion’ for the large numbers who attended, according to Iva Beranek, the Parish Manager at the church. Read her full report of the day below. On Saturday, 17th February 2024 we had a beautiful Annual Mass in honour of Blessed John Sullivan SJ. The church was full with people who came from various parts of Ireland. Someone who hasn’t been in our church for years told me, “I have never seen the gate towards the tomb open, so I went in”. There was a real sense of a special occasion taking place. Bishop Alan McGuckian SJ was the celebrant. In his homily, he said he had something in common with Blessed John because they both spent some time serving in Clongowes Wood College. Speaking about his own experience at the school the bishop explained that, “The best way to serve the pupils would be to get to know them, to enter into their culture and earn their trust, in order to share the Gospel worldview with them. You would take an interest in their games, go to their plays, listen to their concerts”. However, the bishop continued, “John Sullivan it seems never did any of that.” And yet, “they flocked to him when they were in trouble; emotionally or spiritually”. Bishop Alan recalled that “Everybody he ever met seemed to know that this shabbily dressed, rather odd, extremely pious priest was full of compassion for them; certainly anybody who was weak, sad, lonely, sick or a sinner, knew that John Sullivan loved them.” A new painting of Blessed John Sullivan outside the Mater Hospital was presented for the first time and was blessed at Mass. This stunning work of art by painter Will Nathans shows Blessed John with his bicycle and rosary beads and it highlights his dedication to serving those who were sick. It will be hung in the newly refurbished John Sullivan room in the parish. We are also grateful that the Lloyd family, Blessed John’s closest living relatives, came from London to share in this special occasion with us.
BELGIUMFRANCE
Let Us Dare to Hope! We look forward to seeing you this summer at the family festival, on the theme “Let’s dare to hope”. From August 21 to 25, 2024, all families are invited to experience a joyful time anchored in Christ! Organized by the Jesuits , in partnership with the Eucharistic Youth Movement (MEJ), this family festival will take place at the Châtelard spiritual ecocenter, near Lyon . On the program for the 5 days: times of joyful prayer, testimonies from committed families, activities by age group, moments to enjoy silence, a big festive evening and finally... many surprises! Young people, welcomed from a very young age, will have a dedicated program led by the MEJ, while enjoying quality time with family. In the spirituality of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, we will experience how to care for the relationships within our families and discover joyful ways to engage in the great issues of today's world. Despite the many crises we are going through, let God fill us with hope so that we can recognize that love is indeed at work in our suffering world! Find Out More
HUNGARY
A hotel and conference center named Cardoner, evoking the enlightenment experience of St. Ignatius of Loyola, opened in Dobogókő in December. From the profits of the hotel, which is owned by Hungarian Jesuits, the order will support the Manréza Spiritual Practice House and the Roma mission in Arló. Manresa in Catalonia is crossed by the river Cardoner, on whose banks the founder of the Society of Jesus, Ignatius Loyola, had this special experience as quoted above in his work The Pilgrims. It is no coincidence that, just like Dobogókö, many Jesuit retreat houses around the world bear the town's name. And now, last December, the Cardoner Hotel and Conference Center opened its doors in the same place. The renovated and remodeled building at 1 Fény Street has been owned by the Hungarian Order since 1993. Because it would have been difficult to get back the Manréza house of spiritual practice in Zugliget, which was confiscated by the communist authorities in 1950 after the regime change - it used to be used by the National Border Guard Command, today it is the seat of the National Investigation Bureau - the province acquired the Dobogókö building complex as an exchange property. In recent decades, accommodation was operated here under the name Manréza, then Walden Hotel (the latter was operated by an external company), often supporting Christian events with a discount, which helped those involved, especially in the nineties, during the church organizational renaissance. But why do the Jesuits maintain a four-star, sophisticated hotel? To find the answer, one must go back to the historical times before 1950, when the operation of the order was ensured by a number of tools - usable real estate or even the model farm of the Nagykapornak estate - that are not available today. Now, in addition to the donations of the faithful, friends, and supporters and the tender resources, the financial fund, which can be put together through careful and effective management, will help the realization of many apostolic goals. In the spirit of this, the decision was made that - not to mention improving the local tourist infrastructure - the province will establish a hotel and conference center called Cardoner in Dobogókő, and will use its income to support some of its spiritual and social works, for example the Manréza Lelkygyakorlatos Háza and the Jelenlét Roma mission in Arló. The money received in this way is therefore not used by the province itself, but through its units helps those who, especially since the drastic increase in utility costs, would have trouble paying the full and real cost of a retreat, as well as the poor, mostly gypsy families of the settlement in northern Hungary. Therefore, it is a so-called foundation investment, that is, it is not a self-serving, but a non-profit mission supporting investment, the profits of which serve the apostolic mission of the Jesuits.   The hotel is therefore not a spiritual center, but a market-priced conference hotel for companies and civil clientele, with a wellness area and other quality services. For its operation, the order established the Cardoner Szállodaüzemeltető Kft. under the management of Éva Marótyné Ugron . The professional with four children previously gained many years of experience in church tourism as the director of the pilgrimage center in Mátraverébély-Szentkút, then as a marketer, and later managed the Pasaréti Community House established by the Franciscans. The province entrusted Service 4 You Kft. with the performance of operational tasks; the company rents, manages or operates, among others, the Bonvital Wellness&Gastro Hotel in Hévíz, the Tisza Balneum Hotel in Tiszafüred and the Yacht Wellness & Business Hotel in Siófok. Thanks to the many hiking and cycling routes in the heart of Pilis, the hotel appeals to active tourists on the one hand, and mainly welcomes individual guests in the high season. On the other hand, since it is located barely 45-50 kilometers from Budapest, it bases its pre- and post-season occupancy on team-building trainings and conferences of capital-based companies. And although the hotel does not appeal to a religious target group, the order considers it important to uphold the Jesuit spirit both in terms of image and operation. This is not only manifested in the fact that a discreet and sophisticated mosaic depicts the founder of the order at the entrance of one of the buildings, or that a meditation room is also available to guests, with a beautiful panorama of the hotel's old-growth park, which helps you to immerse yourself. In addition, the hotel's mission is to ensure that its events, program offerings and staff behavior both reflect sophistication and quality, and what's more, to create a loving environment. A place where perhaps St. Ignatius himself would like to visit for a few nights.
EUROPE & NEAR EAST
As part of the annual Prayer Week for Christian Unity held by the World Council of Churches, a round table on the “Challenges of Ecumenism today” hosted by the ‘Chapel for Europe - Chapel of the Resurrection' took place in the heart of the European Quarter of Brussels. The gathering was set to discuss the new approaches to Ecumenism and the joint role of churches in modern society, in the face of the movement’s apparent stagnation in recent years. Speakers included Dr. Katerina Pekridou, Executive Secretary for Theological Dialogue at Conference of European Churches, Revd Canon Jack McDonald of the Central Committee of the Anglican Church in the UK, Fr. Manuel Enrique Barrios Prieto, General Secretary of COMECE, and Pastor Johannes Reitze-Landau, of the All-Lutheran Church in Brussels. The panel was moderated by Fr. Bernd Günther SJ, director of the Chapel for Europe. The conference ended with a joint prayer and an informal get-together. A webstream of the evening is available here.

Promoting Justice

WORLD
Take a look at these images that cry out the injustices of our world. These unjust situations engender all kinds of suffering: violence, attacks on democracy, desertification, malnutrition. Inspired by the Gospel and united through Jesus Christ to those who suffer from injustice, the Society of Jesus is committed to social justice every day and in every part of the world. A message from the Secretariat for Social Justice and Ecology.
SYRIA
Jesuit priest working in earthquake-ravaged Syria appeals for support. “Syria has been forgotten. It is like Gaza without the headlines” In an interview with The Tablet, Fr Tony O'Riordan SJ, a Jesuit priest working for the Jesuit Refugee Service in Syria, explains just how forgotten the people of Syria are following a decade of civil war and a devastating earthquake last year which killed more than 50,000 people and injured 100,000 others. JRS funding for those being helped on the ground is due to run out in May this year. To read the interview (which is free to read), please click here.  
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Spiritual Exercises and Ecological Conversion The depletion of natural resources, the climate crisis and the extinction of species are some of the factors that are causing the destruction of our planet. At the political level, the measures taken seem to be slow and insufficient, thus showing the urgent need for the transformation of personal attitudes, i.e. an ecological conversion.Taking this reality as its starting point, the International Symposium on Spiritual Exercises and Ecological Conversion 2024 seeks to "create a climate of listening, reflection and dialogue that will enable us to move forward in exploring the potential of the Exercises in the field of ecological conversion and transformation."This initiative is one of the fruits of the past Symposium Mystagogies of the Exercises 500 years later, June 2022, where the organisers the St Ignatius Cave Spiritual Centre (CIEI), the Ignatian School of Spirituality (EIDES) and an Intercontinental Committee were commissioned to convene, on a biannual basis, a Symposium where a specific question from Ignatian mystagogy would be addressed. The 2024 Symposium will take place at the Spiritual Centre of the Cave in Manresa from 10 to 16 June. The participants, most of whom accompany the Exercises, have responsibilities in the formation of Ignatian spirituality or direct Centres and Houses of Spirituality, will attend the keynote lectures in the morning and the group meetings and prayer sessions in the afternoon. Both the lectures and the presentations will be given by people involved in one or other of the fields of ecology and ecological conversion. The first day will focus on the interconnectivity of all creation. The next day will focus on the awareness and reconciliation of personal and structural socio-ecological sin. The third day will present care for creation as a dimension of Christian discipleship. The fourth day will consider how the Divine is hidden during the Passion and the fifth and final day the silent power of the resurrection.The full programme is available on the website online.covamanresa. Registrations are open for participation in the online mode, i.e. for the keynote speeches and the morning papers, and can be made on the aforementioned website. The timetable for the online mode of the Symposium is from 11 to 15 June 2024. As in the previous edition, the languages of the papers will be Spanish and English, and simultaneous translation will be provided. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND REGISTRATIONS  
WORLD
In a significant development towards fostering a secure environment within the global Jesuit community, the Society of Jesus has announced the launch of a comprehensive formation and training programme aimed at safeguarding minors and vulnerable persons. The initiative, known as the Promotion of a Consistent Culture of Protection (PCCP) Programme, is set to be rolled out across all apostolic areas of the Society, encompassing pre-secondary and secondary education, higher education, informal education, socio-pastoral works, Jesuit formation, spirituality and faith, and global networks. The PCCP was already mentioned by Fr General Arturo Sosa SJ in the De Statu Societatis 2023. The PCCP Global Audit completed in 2022 identified the need for quality training, prompting the formulation of this global programme. Following extensive consultations with major superiors, delegates for safeguarding of the conferences of major superiors, and various secretariats and networks, a comprehensive training plan was proposed and subsequently approved in July 2023. Fr General Sosa has appointed Fr John Guiney SJ as the Coordinator and Dr Sandra Racionero-Plaza as the Assistant Coordinator of the programme, starting their three-year term in January 2024. Their mandate involves organising and implementing the training programme in collaboration with provinces and works of the Society of Jesus worldwide. In a letter to all major superiors issued on 8 December, Father General emphasised the importance of the new PCCP Programme, describing it as a significant step forward in the shared mission of eliminating abuse, as outlined in the second Universal Apostolic Preference, Walking with the Excluded. The programme is viewed as a strategic initiative for social impact, contributing to the ongoing efforts of the Society to create a protective environment for all its members. The current focus is on designing the rollout of the training programme and developing specific curricula for each apostolic area. Conference presidents and their delegate teams are seen as crucial players in ensuring the effective implementation of the programme. Fr General Sosa has emphasised the call for collaboration, participation, and support from all provinces and works for the programme to fulfil the ambitious mandate set forth in General Congregation 36 to create a consistent culture of protection and safety. Additionally, the Society of Jesus celebrated another milestone on 8 December, with the publication of the latest issue of Promotio Iustitae, entirely dedicated to the PCCP. This publication serves as a key document, offering insights into the history of the PCCP and contributions from the six conferences, highlighting concrete experiences of accompanying victims, developing policies and protocols, and successful examples of preventive work in various educational and community settings. The issue, published in three languages and available as an open-access resource, also features reflections on the necessary training and formation. Key networks within the global Society of Jesus, such as Jesuit Refugee Service, Fe y Alegria, and Xavier Network, have contributed to this edition, further enriching the comprehensive understanding of safeguarding efforts within the Jesuit community. The Society encourages widespread distribution of the latest issue of Promotio Iustitiae, seeking active participation from all members in advancing the mission of safeguarding within the Ignatian family.  Download the latest edition of Promotio Iustitae, A Journey to Justice and Hope here.

Youth & Media

AUSTRIAGERMANYLITHUANIA
Gabriele Hüdepohl is the new delegate in the Central European Province of the Jesuits for the order's schools. As the first laywoman and the first woman, she has cross-border responsibility for the development and cooperation of a total of twelve schools in the province: three Jesuit and four network schools in Germany, two network schools in Austria and three Jesuit schools in Lithuania. An interview with her about the brand essence of the Jesuit schools, why good decisions are becoming increasingly important for young people and how they learn to take a balcony perspective on their lives. Ms. Hüdepohl, what attracted you to this task? Gabriele Hüdepohl: I am a teacher and I was a school principal for a long time. So I'm staying with my dream job, if you will: the school, the students. For me, accompanying young people on their path of world exploration and education is one of the most exciting areas of responsibility that exists in our society. In my new role I now take a different perspective on it. That appealed to me. What are the challenges, what do you have planned? I would like to network the twelve schools in the countries of the Central European Province even more closely and also expand them to include additional schools. The connection and exchange between the German-speaking schools in Germany and Austria and the schools in Lithuania is certainly a challenge, but one that I find very exciting. The aim is for schools to find support and strengthen and further develop their profile. We work closely with the Center for Ignatian Pedagogy in Ludwigshafen. Is it possible to strengthen the profile of Jesuit schools without - or with fewer and fewer Jesuits? What does without mean? Jesuits as teachers, as pastors, or in running schools? In Belgium, priests have long been represented almost exclusively on school supervisory bodies. This is definitely not optimal. The schools nevertheless remain unmistakably Ignatian. Of course, Jesuits should and will continue to be heavily involved in our schools - as much as possible in view of a shrinking order. However, the Ignatian educational tradition and Jesuit principles are so strong and valuable that they have an impact far beyond the order. There are many women and men who know Ignatian spirituality, live it and shape the schools. Our schools have a unique profile in the educational landscape in the educational tradition and spirituality of the Jesuits. And that is exactly what we want to promote and strengthen: that our schools maintain and expand their brand core even with priests who are less active there. Perhaps to put it a bit old-fashioned: in the service of a world worth living in for everyone. What exactly is that, the specifically Jesuit educational profile? Education has been part of the DNA of the Society of Jesus for centuries - alongside the transmission of faith. The transfer of knowledge and personal development are closely linked. The aim is for the students to not only be well prepared for their lives, but also to leave our schools as young people who are able to make distinctions, make decisions and take responsibility. What does that mean specifically? In my opinion, what particularly distinguishes the Jesuit schools are four aspects: On the one hand, we strengthen students in the experience of their dignity. On the other hand, our goal is not for the students to learn as much as possible, but rather for them to always think about the meaning of what they have learned, to study it in depth, to question it and to reflect on it, entirely in the Jesuit order tradition. Thirdly, it is important to us to focus on justice in the small and large world, be it when it comes to grading or the issue of poverty. And fourthly, we want to keep the question of God alive. Of course, the points mentioned do not only apply to our schools, so they are not exclusive, but they are crucial for us. Would strengthen, what does that mean? The students are taken seriously. For example, student rights are important to us; they are also informed about them and receive support if their rights are violated. Violations of dignity are noticed and discussed, including by classmates and teachers. And then, of all places, abuse happened in Jesuit schools. Yes, terrible, shameful. I was the headmistress at Canisius Kolleg in Berlin when the cases there became known in 2010. Would you say the workup is complete? The processing in schools and in the church is certainly not finished. The well-known cases of the past in our schools can probably be described as largely closed in terms of clarification, documentation and, I hope - as best as possible - reparation. But of course the topic is not closed there either, because many people, former students, have to live with their experiences and many suffer severely from the consequences. In the same way, the topic remains part of the history of the schools, and it is very important to us that we remember it, even if it is a terrible one. It reminds us to remain attentive to the fact that sexual violence occurs, at school, among peers, but also in families, in sports clubs, on the Internet. And that we prevent attacks there in the future as far as possible through prevention concepts, further training, contact persons and an open culture in schools and that we definitely do not look the other way, but rather intervene. Regarding your fourth aspect – keeping the question of God alive – is this possible in an increasingly secular world? Of course not in the form that we are asking anyone to confess, but in fact many students and their parents choose a Jesuit school precisely because the question about God is asked there. Ignatius believed that God can be found in all things, and that this is ultimately the basis of spirituality and pedagogy. Our students encounter this again and again in their everyday school life; they should be able to deal with it and find an answer for themselves - instead of pushing aside, dismissing or ignoring the question of God, which is so important for being human. In the Jesuit schools there are both pastoral care offerings as well as intellectual and spiritual offerings that create space for questions and arguments, for religious experiences. Times - places of silence, for example: silence, which is the basis for being silent together, listening, listening to yourself, allowing yourself to be touched, giving time for questions to develop. Whether experiences, whether intellectual suggestions lead to a personal question about God, whether they provide answers, everyone has to answer that for themselves, in all freedom. There is another aspect: being able to speak, knowing about religion, my faith, and being able to provide information about it - even to people who believe differently. I think this is very important, especially in our time when we live together with people who often have foreign religions and worldviews. What kind of generation is in the Jesuit schools today? Can you describe them? It's hard to say, I see very different facets. There are very interested, curious students who want to discover the world and are committed to helping others. However, we can also sense how these young people have been burdened during the years of the pandemic: many of them being at home, alone, at an age when they actually want to conquer the world. And then the many wars and crises also put a strain on young people. Many are worried about the future. This generation has a lot of opportunities, especially if they are well educated. There are so many that it even overwhelms students. The upcoming decision about what you want to study scares some people. It is all the more important that our students learn to differentiate - and decide that they can develop self-confidence and confidence. Decisions that they make, especially after school, as they become more and more independent, are important, give their lives a further direction, and have consequences that they and others have to bear. And that is also part of the Jesuit profile: the Jesuits have very good tools for making good decisions, for discerning spirits, as Ignatius called it. Can children and young people do this? We try very consciously to train this. Normally, a school is very well structured: one subject follows another, one task follows the next, you don't have to think about it. That's why we allow interruptions in our schools, and consciously build them into everyday school life, in which it is possible to calm down, reflect, explore feelings, and contemplate. Instead of always being in the middle of the action and driven by it, the students should learn to take a balcony perspective on themselves, as I like to call it: i.e. looking from above at what is actually happening on the dance floor of my life, what and how Am I dancing there and with whom? And then also the inside perspective: How does that feel? The exams also serve this purpose, they are formats for looking back, alone in the evening, together at the end of the week, the school year or at oasis days: Who did I meet? What touched me? Where do I encounter resistance? What am I grateful for? What inner voices do I hear? These considerations are important for your entire life and can be lived and practiced throughout your life, with or without a religious connection - so to speak, the Jesuit school for your entire life.
SPAIN
Reflection and action to strengthen religious formation For two days, from January 11 to 12, twenty-five people belonging to the EDUCSI commission, the Pastoral subcommittee and the pedagogical commission participated in a meeting, known as tripartite, in Madrid. The focus of the meeting was to delve deeper into Identifier 1 of the “A Living Tradition” document: the firm dedication of Jesuit schools to being Catholic and offering deep faith formation in dialogue with other religions and worldviews. The day, which began with a presentation by Antonio Roura, director of the magazine Religión y Escuela, focused on the subject of Religion in the school network. Roura provided a historical and contextualized approach, exploring the legal and jurisdictional framework proposed by the LOMLOE. In this first section, educators were encouraged to detect theological nuclei for religion classes. After this first part, the meeting continued with group work in order to share concerns and barriers present in the centers. After a time of prayerful reading, Thursday afternoon focused on sharing some positive experiences from schools in the EDUCSI network. The day concluded with a very constructive group reflection. Friday morning began with a meditation guided by Diego de Kisai Haro sj, followed by debates on central axes and challenges to strengthen the teaching of the subject of religion in Jesuit schools. culminating in an enriching assembly of interdisciplinary dialogue.
ITALY
Many significant programs for the end and the beginning of the year were planned by Percorsi di Vita, formative experiences for youth and young adults. “Formed in Ignatian spirituality,” Fr. Francesco Cavallini explains, “in addition to organization skills, the coordinators combine the ability to offer spiritual insights for meditation to the type of experience and the people involved, both believers and non-believers.” Among the experiences planned, of particular significance is “New Year’s Eve on the Border”, coordinated by Giacomo D’Alessandro in collaboration with YoungCaritas Genoa. The experience took place in Ventimiglia on the border with France, where the participants were deeply engaged in the issues of migrants seeking hope and a future by crossing armoured borders. In Trieste-Gorizia, others were then offered the opportunity to participate in the National Peace March, an initiative coordinated by Marco Emanuele Schiatti. Participation at the work desks and workshops organized for the event were also scheduled. But of special significance was the meeting with migrants of the “Balkan route,” their testimonies, their stories and those of the volunteers who assist them and the meditations of Fr. Luciano Larivera SJ in an atmosphere of conviviality and deep sharing. The experience at the “Le Fontanine” fraternity in Sestola in the mountains above Modena had as its main theme “Nothing is a waste – from the desert to the garden”, coordinated by Daniele Merlini and Paolo Bovio. This initiative combined the practical work of reusing and enhancing discarded wood with spiritual meditation and an insightful review of the year. The days at Casa Betania, in the beautiful setting of the hills above Genoa-Voltri, were coordinated by Paola Parodi. This experience included excursions, testimonies of civil engagement, meditation, sharing, games, songs, and prayer. These were four days rich in experience and depth so as to start the new year with more awareness, more passion, and more motivation. There was also a pilgrimage to Jordan, coordinated by Samer Arkilo and Luca Bombelli (amo-fme). “This was actually much more than a spiritual pilgrimage to the beautiful places of Jordan. It was a journey of encounter with local realities and local people. Thanks to the relationships cultivated over time, it was possible to be hosted by the Dossettian monks in Main, to be led into meditation by Brother Luca, to participate in the Te Deum of the local parish in Arabic and English, to celebrate with local families, to meet in Madaba the two girls from Sermig of Turin who have been present for many years in an important centre for children and young people with disabilities and to listen to their beautiful testimony. In Amman the meeting with the icon Wa’el Sleiman, director of the Diocesan Caritas took place. He explained the problems that Jordan and the Middle East are going through at the present time and the work of Caritas. It was an engaging and enriching journey from all points of view. For several years, Percorsi di Vita has been promoting an exercise of a sapiential review of the year so that one can grow in awareness and can more authentically and rightly lead his live during the new year. This is available online on YouTube. Percorsi di Vita coordinators offer free enriching and formative experiences throughout the year, especially during “bridges,” Christmas, Easter and summer vacations. Anyone who would like to contribute to developing and organizing experiences they find useful for youth and young adults can write to info@percorsidivita.it.  
CROATIA
The traditional school Christmas event of our school was special this year because it was an opportunity to start celebrating the 25th anniversary of the school. In his welcoming speech, the school's principal, Alen Šimičić, presented the twenty-five-year history of the school, illustrating with figures that it is a seemingly small school, but proud of the great results of its students and teachers. In the two-hour program, the school choir performed under the direction of Zrinka Andrić, prof., enriched by former students of various generations, who, with their excellent singing, reminded of the many years of success of the choir at state competitions. In addition to choral singing, the audience also had the opportunity to hear a female vocal group, a male klapa, an excellent guitar duo and a tambourine orchestra, and those who knew the history of the school recognized former students among the many performers, some of whom had already celebrated double-digit graduation anniversaries. The drama group led by Marija Klasić-Petrović, prof., performed a lovely story of Bethlehem, and the young actors pampered the audience with their acting charm and singing performance. The dance group showed that classicists appreciate classical music with their ballet performance, and the school band proved that classicists can also sound contemporary. The teachers of the school prepared a surprise by showing their choir skills with the song "Hail, young King", and the young teachers of the school, professors Josip Elez, Filip Lovrinčević and Fr. Boris Jozić, accompanied many performances with their playing and singing skills. Occasional speeches were given by Archbishop Đuro Hranić, pointing out that he is always happy to cooperate with the school founded by the Jesuit Fathers, which operates in the area of ​​the Đakovo-Osijek Archdiocese, and Father Sebastian Šujević, Provincial of the Croatian Province of the Society of Jesus, and until recently the director of the School, who, by donating the school, showed that, like numerous Jesuit fathers, former directors and employees of the School, he continues to closely monitor and support its work.

In-depth Reflection

SPAIN
On January 26 and 27, the Meeting of the Spanish Jesuits working in Universities took place at the Santa Rafaela María de las Esclavas del Sagrado Corazón Exercise House in Madrid. These meetings have progressively gained in duration and specific weight, which speaks of the ties that are being woven between UNIJES, transversally to the institutions, and that allow us to discover ourselves as a Jesuit apostolic community at the service of the mission. university. In this case the title of the meeting was “How do we dream of the presence of UNIJES in the future?” and I wanted to connect with the work that is being done at the provincial level to think about the presence of Jesuits in different works in the future, in the context of demographic decline that is ours. The Meeting was attended by some 31 Jesuits from the different institutions of the Sector (from Comillas, Deusto, Loyola, IQS and ESADE), in addition to the delegate of the Sector, Ana García-Mina, and several guests.  The meeting began on the afternoon of Friday the 26th, after the introduction of the delegate, with a talk by the Provincial Father, Enric Puiggròs SJ, in which he invited the group to think about the sector looking to the future. In this key, the Provincial highlighted the essentiality of the intellectual mission for the entire apostolate of the Company, the need to make sustainable the network formed by the institutions of UNIJES (in this sense he highlighted three areas: Theology, I+M-Pastoral and governance ), the need for creativity to think about the presence of Jesuits in the sector in the future, and the existence of four vectors to each find its place (research, teaching, identity and mission and government). After the Provincial's presentation we discussed these contributions in small groups and in a subsequent larger meeting with him. The morning of Saturday the 27th was dedicated rather to receiving a friendly view from outside of the Jesuit presence in the works of UNIJES. Thus, first of all, a round table took place on this topic of the presence of the Jesuits, made up of professors from our institutions: María Aláez (Deusto), Xavi Casanovas (IQS), Julio Jiménez (Loyola). At this table, based on each person's experience, they reflected on the importance of a close presence to accompany the staff, the need to always maintain in the university mission the intellectual dimension of search and love for knowledge, and the need of applying criteria from the Constitutions to choose priority presences, which frequently leads to taking care of the governance of works or being a reference in transversal groups. All the interventions inevitably pointed to the need on the part of the laity to develop greater proactivity in the evangelizing dimension and in the identity and mission of the centers. Secondly, that same morning we had a second round table, this time with students from our centers on the same topic. María de Álava (Deusto), Gabriela Herráiz (ESADE) and María Larrú (Comillas) participated. At this table, in a relaxed and spontaneous way, we reviewed different important topics about the Jesuit presence, receiving echoes from these three students: the presence of Ignatian values ​​in the life and teaching of the centers, the value of accompaniment and the concrete presence of the Jesuits, the current reactions of students to the Ignatian and believing offer that is offered, the difficulties in considering a vocation to the Society of Jesus, the accessibility of the Jesuits, their visibility or the languages ​​used to transmit what is Ignatian. In short, it was a very rich and illuminating meeting on a problem – that of the presence of the Jesuits in the Sector – that urges us to seek solutions and activate our creativity. At the end of the meeting, in the final evaluation, the realistic, as well as creative and hopeful, outlook that had helped us develop the meeting stood out strongly. Likewise, it was an experience of brotherhood and gratitude to have been able to receive a friendly external view of us through the teachers and students who spoke to us. The meeting was also the first moment in which the new UNIJES delegate, Ana García-Mina, met with the Jesuits of the sector. Everyone expressed their gratitude to Ana for her availability and we were able to appreciate her good work and creativity in designing the meeting.
ITALY
The roots are ancient, even going back to Ignatius and his most illustrious disciples Matteo Ricci and Roberto de Nobili. Instead, they address the present and look to the future of the mission and its development: Qr code is engraved on the cover of literary essays, popular books and classic scripts. “Il Pellegrino edizioni” is the project of the Euro-Mediterranean Province of the Society of Jesus, which was launched today, 30 January, in Rome. Resuming dialogue between the secular and Catholic worlds This is a courageous venture- during times when reading, and printed matter, are not very popular -that, according to the Jesuits, provides for the absence of dialogue on current affairs and spirituality between the secular and Catholic worlds. “We felt that, among the many cultural works promoted by the Jesuits, especially in Italy, next to APP, which targets a particular niche of readers, there was a lack of a publication aimed at an audience that was not only internal to the ecclesial community. Through Il Pelligrino, in fact, we do not intend to address only the world of believers and practitioners but a new audience. We want to act as an intermediary with many authors who can be fellow travellers to see things in a new perspective,” Fr. Roberto Del Riccio, the EUM provincial, explained during the press conference of the launching of the event, which was held at the headquarters of Civiltà Cattolica, in Villa Malta. The goal is “to grasp the hope that is already present and in action in the world, which, for a believer, is God at work,” Del Riccio explained. “The first pilgrim for us is the God who became man in Jesus Christ and decided to walk with men and women in history.” Central to the publications will be themes that will also be prompted by the many works and activities Jesuits carry out in the EUM Province, starting with welcoming refugees. “The Jesuits are the ones who propose books, give advice for writing them, suggest authors, and who can also be among the list of authors”. Placing the content in the centre So, choosing to publish non-fiction, placing the content in the centre, “accompanied by a narrative that makes the temple perceived in profanity,” is the publishing operation with which the new project is confronted, as Natale Benazzi and Chiara Libonati, the publishing directors explain. It is a countercultural choice, at a time when publishing is struggling, and “a slave to the market, gives up content, lowering quality, to favour the current trend. The project was created with the intention of conveying messages of change, in-depth reasoning and studies by experts from various fields.” The first titles Authors and editors of the first volumes include Alex Mar, Pierluigi Vercesi, Lorenzo Fazzini, Francesco Occhetta, Anne Lécu, Yann Vagneux, and Mario Pollo. Many will be translations from the foreign market, for a renewed focus on non-fiction and international debate. Twenty-five titles will be offered during the first year of the publishing house’s set-up, promoted and distributed by PDE and Messaggerie, with the goal of reaching forty titles, as a steady publication, by 2026. A cultural operation, Fr. Francesco Occhetta, – coordinator and director of Community of Connections and author of one of the first books to be released, “Democracy” – says has a threefold theme, expressed in three words:“Connections, because a book is published if there are vital worlds that support it, it is a challenge to say something more and connect themes, reflections, people, because culture is what makes us recognize each other without knowing each other. Epistemology, to be built around the major themes that this apostolate has put into action, such as the environment, fraternity, justice, work, and to attempt to solicit a new paradigm for being together. Bridge: to create communication between authority and the people, using words that can be understood and inclusive.” A challenge for the future “The birth of a new publishing house is not a trivial event, it is a gesture of courage and a challenge for the future, to ask questions and to venture to answer,” Fr. Nuno Da Silva Gonçalves the director from La Civiltà Cattolica, said. He then quoted the speech Francis sent to Cop 28, “we ‘are pilgrims placed on this land.’ A pilgrim needs guides and reference points to arrive at his destination, and books are just that: guides and reference points.” “We have chosen to publish non-fiction in order to focus on issues. We are trying to propose, in a language that can be read by everybody and available to everyone, themes that give food for thought,” Benazzi said. “Our books will be about a humanity on a journey, constantly putting itself out there through literary essays, popular books and classics.” The first title is Pope Francis’ book “Ricordatevi di pregare per me” published during the Jubilee Year, on the universal theme of reconciliation. The next, by Alex Mar, “Settanta volte sette”, discusses the dramatic and very contemporary issue of the death penalty and addresses the issue of guilt and responsibility on the part of the community. Soon to be published are “Come un testamento spirituale”, seven letters from Simone Weil to her spiritual father, and “Quaderni in ottavo”, by Franz Kafka. Particularly original and easily recognisable are the covers chosen by Il Pellegrino, with a QR code engraved on them. In addition to being a highly recognizable feature within such a large market, it allows even the weakest readers to have immediate available features to arouse their interest in the content.
FRANCE
Five centuries of Jesuit pedagogy at the service of society’s stakeholders On the occasion of its 50th anniversary  , the Sèvres Center is changing its name. The Jesuit institute of higher education and research in French-speaking Western Europe will now be called Facultés Loyola Paris.  “Facultés Loyola Paris”, a name which sounds like a return to the sources , Paris being the university city where Ignatius of Loyola laid the foundations of the Society of Jesus in the 16th century , with several companions. This name also reaffirms a conviction: that of the still current need for a centuries-old Ignatian pedagogy which has always been at the service of the intellectual training of people engaged in the Church and society . A beneficial reminder in a world where the loss of meaning makes decision-making more uncertain . This new name reflects the international openness of Loyola Paris Faculties which welcome and train students from all over the world. From theology to philosophy, including the human sciences, the Loyola Paris Faculties want to place the development of constructed and personal thought at the center of training. An ambition also embodied by the new motto: “Called to freedom” , a quote taken from the New Testament (Ga 5:13). “Loyola Paris Faculties”: a new name to express a strong identity Founded in 1974 by the Society of Jesus, the Sèvres Center – located in the street of the same name in Paris – was born from an intuition: to offer university-level courses open to all, which combine philosophy, theology and human sciences in dialogue with the fundamental questions of contemporary culture and society . Since its creation, it has delivered canonical diplomas, the level of which is recognized by the French State, as well as its own university diplomas, some of which in partnership with recognized French universities. The establishment is also part of the long tradition of the Society of Jesus in favor of the intellectual and spiritual training of people : the Jesuit high schools which developed throughout the world, the upcoming opening of a Jesuit college in Marseille or The numerous chaplaincies of major schools run by Jesuits also bear witness to this vitality. In this vein, the Loyola Paris Faculties offer an original pedagogy, inspired by the tradition of the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola. 50 years after the foundation, the initial intuition was confirmed. The faculties have developed and opened to the world while remaining faithful to their identity. Faculties with an international dimension The Loyola Paris Faculties are part of the network of Jesuit universities and faculties of higher education present in more than 50 countries with nearly 800,000 students . The new name “Loyola Paris Faculties” thus places the establishment explicitly in a charisma shared with “Loyola” universities of different nationalities (United States, Spain, Congo, India, etc.). Led by the Jesuits, the teaching team includes some 180 high-level teachers (including 50 permanent staff), invested in research in France and internationally, with a wide diversity of profiles: religious, lay, men and women. The Loyola Paris Faculties are one of the leading training centers for the Society of Jesus in the world, due to the number of Jesuits trained and the diversity of their origins . They also welcome and train religious from other congregations and the general public. As such, they want to serve the Church and the world, with this strong conviction that a spiritual life anchored in solid training and openness to others are the leaven of justice and peace for society. . Training open to all to develop their ability to make fair decisions With a wide variety of formats (courses open to free listeners, sessions lasting a few days, online courses or free lunchtime conferences, etc.), all training courses pursue the same objective: to be accessible to as many people as possible. , in particular to professionals and people engaged in the service of society, in order to provide them with structuring training which makes them capable of responding in an appropriate manner to the challenges of today's world. The wide range of training thus aims at making fair and responsible decisions in complex situations, in areas such as personal life, social or economic life, professional life, service to the Church: biomedical ethics, political commitment. and citizen, theological research on precariousness, environmental and social action… The pedagogy offers personalized support for students, careful work with sources and a strong culture of debate. Teachers are keen to allow themselves to be questioned by different schools of thought: a bias called for by the strong interculturality of this unique institution in the French university landscape. Bringing faith and reason into dialogue in the face of tensions across the world In the current highly anxiety-provoking context, the temptation is to rush towards ready-to-think or ready-to-believe. On the contrary, Loyola Paris Faculties want to allow everyone a personal and structured journey, deeply rooted in an authentic inner life. The Faculties offer specific courses for Catholics who wish to deepen their faith, without committing to a canonical cycle: Believe and Understand cycle, professionalizing university diploma (DU) for those involved in school pastoral care, training in spiritual accompaniment people and groups, etc. From 2024, the courses will be structured along three main transversal axes to meet contemporary expectations: rooting one's faith in a great tradition, confronting a changing era and seeking right ways of being. In a society in search of meaning, where decisions are made and undone according to emotions, feelings or ideologies, the Loyola Paris Faculties thus pursue the historical ambition of the Society of Jesus: to train the person in depth to know discern, construct personal thoughts and acquire the ability to make free and fully conscious choices. A commitment to which the new name and the new motto: “Called to freedom” provide a new springboard.
POLAND
We would like to inform you about the end of the program for saving musical items from the Jesuit monastery in Święta Lipka as part of the Social Responsibility of Science program - Support for research libraries, reg. No. SONB/SP/514994/2021 entitled "Conservation of an endangered part of a unique collection of Polish music in order to preserve and make it available." The program was a continuation of the previous program implemented under the Social Responsibility of Science program, project reg. No. SONB/SN/468945/2020 entitled " Unique collections of Polish music in the Collegium Bobolanum Library - maintenance and access ." As a result of the first project, it turned out that some of the collections were so degraded that it was impossible to scan them without destroying or significantly damaging the document. Therefore, a second project was created to first subject the endangered part of the collection to professional conservation and also make it available in the digital library of the National Library https://polona.pl/  After opening a professional conservation workshop, all endangered objects were subject to thorough conservation. A total of 94 musical items were saved and good practice guidelines for storing and handling this type of collections were prepared. The results of conservation along with conservation recommendations are included in the document entitled: Report on the conservation and restoration of manuscripts of musical notations from the Sanctuary in Święta Lipka from the collections of the Bobolanum Library at the College of Jesuit Fathers in Warsaw, prepared by both conservators: Magdalena Szymańska and Monika Dzik, 2023. A presentation has also been prepared that shows the entire process in an accessible way maintenance: PRESENTATION . The secured, preserved and scanned materials were transferred to the National Library and are now available on the Polona digital library website: Conservation and access to the endangered part of the music collection from St.… | Polona Scanned musical prints and manuscripts from the Świętolipki collection located in the Bobolanum Library are also cataloged in the International Catalog of Musical Sources RISM ( Répertoire International des Sources Musicales ), thanks to which this unique musical heritage is now available all over the world!

Preparing for Mission

POLAND
The Polish Provinces are happy to announce that on Sunday, February 4, in the Chapel of the Jesuit College in Gdynia, two first-year novices adopted monastic attire. They also received a copy of the Constitution of the Society of Jesus, a crucifix and a rosary. The vestments usually take place after a month-long retreat during the first year of the novitiate. The Jesuit gown is not a habit, but an outfit used by diocesan priests in the 16th century. The black dress is tied on the right side with a black belt. Novices have a narrower belt than Jesuits who have already taken their first vows. After several years of monastic formation, when a Jesuit is admitted to religious profession, he can also wear a long black professed cloak over his gown.
ALBANIAITALYMALTAROMANIA
The Jesuit charism between two burning issues. How can we make the governance structure of the Euro-Mediterranean Province effective in the current context and challenges? This question was taken up two years ago by Provincial Fr. Roberto del Riccio SJ and the Consult considering important challenges that were clearly developing. The challenges “Some internal challenges include,” Del Riccio SJ explains “the fact that the province comprises four territories, the decrease of Jesuits, in the face of a greater demand for presence, and the apostolic involvement of so many non-Jesuits who in the territories are working where Jesuits are no longer present and will never be.” Other external challenges include: “walking with young people, listening deeply to their desires, accompanying them wisely and enabling them to enter the Christian community; the many situations of injustice, which cause hardship and poverty; the environmental issue and ecological transition; caring for communities-families, parishes, groups; leadership formation at all levels, especially giving support to the clergy.” “We are between two burning issues,” the Provincial, Fr. Roberto Del Riccio SJ highlighted, “on the one hand to be creative in fidelity, and on the other to identify what challenges us to find new ways to govern more effectively for mission.” The new structure The process of discernment and re-evaluation, carried out with the Emmaus Mission Study Centre, has produced a new governance structure for the EUM Province, which was introduced this morning in Ciampino during the work of the Assembly. “We opted for a vertical model with apostolic decentralization in order to keep the Provincial at the centre, as per our way of proceeding, favouring involvement at all levels, through networking of those involved in providing responses to the same needs.” Among the networks already in operation are the Centre for Ignatian Spirituality for the promotion of the Spiritual Exercises, the Jesuit Education Foundation for schools, and the Mag+s network established in December for youth realities. Resonances The model, which will now begin its implementation, has been resonating in working groups. Among the points that emerged was the beauty of perceived vitality, of re-centering apostolic action. At the same time, it is necessary to consider the networks as dynamic realities, determined by the challenges and their complexity, the value of the differences between territories, the care of relationships, the dialogue with the institutions, the synergy with the laity. A work in progress, to be tested The phase of experimentation is now beginning. “This is the time, where we have to ask ourselves, if the Spirit confirms us, in the choices we make, as our way of proceeding envisages,” Fr. Del Riccio highlights.. “We are in a work in progress, called to evaluate the process as it progresses.”
AUSTRIAGERMANYSWITZERLANDLITHUANIA
Father General Arturo Sosa has appointed Fr Thomas Hollweck as the next Provincial of the Central European Province of the Society of Jesus (ECE). Fr Hollweck is 56 years old and was born in Germany. He studied theology in Eichstätt and Rome before joining the Society of Jesus in 1992 while he was a candidate for the priesthood in the diocese of Eichstätt. After novitiate, he worked as a university chaplain at the University community (KHG) in Munich. This was followed by postgraduate studies in Spiritual Theology in Madrid. He returned to Munich in 1998 and was ordained to the priesthood a year after. Among the many responsibilities he has had over the years, Fr Hollweck has served as the appointed ecclesiastical assistant of the CLC (GCL) in Germany, spiritual director and priest chaplain. He also served as consultor to the Provincial of the German Province of the Society of Jesus (2010-2015). When the Central European Province was founded in 2021, he became its first novice master as well as the delegate of the Provincial for young people and vocations. In 2021, the first Provincial Congregation of the ECE elected him as Procurator for the 2023 Congregation of Procurators in Loyola. He succeeds Fr Bernhard Bürgler who has been the Provincial of the Central European Province since its foundation. Fr Hollweck will take office on 31 July 2024.
EUROPE
First vows, last vows, diaconal ordinations and priestly ordinations.