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On the 11th of September, the Lithuanian-Latvian province of the Jesuits had two reasons to celebrate the otherwise unhappy date: it was the 25th birthday of the reopened Vilnius Jesuit High School as well as the official opening of a Jesuit library named after Ignatius of Loyola – Lojoteka. Right in the centre of the old town, on the ground of the historical Jesuit college from the 16th century, now stands a small, smart, newly built educational media centre.

This centre serves three purposes: making accessible theological and philosophical literature, advancing media literacy education and promoting Ignatian spirituality.

For one, it opens for the wider public a vast array of books, collected by Lithuanian Jesuits during the last decades. During Soviet occupation, religious figures in Lithuania were persecuted and most of religious literature was banned. Hence some Lithuanian Jesuits, operating in the underground, privately collected all sorts of valuable spiritual, theological and philosophical literature. In addition, Lithuanian Jesuit diaspora in the United States, Canada and Brazil did the same in their respective regions. After the fall of the Soviet Union these books were flown back to Vilnius and added to the aforementioned private collections of the Jesuits. In this way around 40,000 books in various languages and from various times came to be stored on two top floors of Vilnius’ historic Jesuit college. And now all of it will be accessible to researchers and anyone interested in intellectual inquiry on religion, spirituality and thought. 

Lojoteka is also the media education centre of Vilnius Jesuit High School. On the one hand, it’s there to offer pupils up-to-date literature on the various disciplines they take in school. But in addition to that the basement floor host an audiovisual media centre that includes a sound recording studio, a video studio, another photography studio, and a small cinema. This audiovisual media centre is there to teach our pupils on how to create quality audio and video content and thereby become better equipped to navigate themselves in the media world.

Finally, Lojoteka is there to hold middle-sized events on the topics ranging from Jesuit identity and Ignatian pedagogy to Lithuanian and European cultural and social realities. 

Combining legacy and creativity, Lojoteka strives to become a living example of Our way of proceeding in the times of today. For the greater Glory of God and the benefit of all people.

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