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Meeting of the Jesuit European Works in Brussels.

Strengthening collaboration across apostolates, building relationships, reconciliation, understanding, coming together… relevant goals in a time defined by fragmentation and polarisation in Europe. Not an easy task, certainly, but the Jesuits in Europe are determined to pursue this goal step by step.

One of the steps was the meeting that took place at the Chapel for Europe on the 29th of November 2016 organised by the Jesuits in European works in Brussels. The participants of this meeting were 30 people working at JRS Europe, JESC, the European Schools, Foyer Catholique Européen, the Chapel for Europe and the Conference of European Provincials, namely, Jesuits and Partners in Mission. 

The evening started with a presentation on GC36 from Father John Dardis SJ and Father José Ignacio García SJ who had been electors at this important worldwide event. They gave their impressions of what it felt to be there and shared with the participants some takeaways. “It was an extraordinary moment” said Father Dardis talking about the General Congregation,  “more than 200 people saying: we really believe in the Holy Spirit, something will move in our hearts that will make a difference in our world.

Father García shared some of the challenges that the Society of Jesus is facing nowadays, he send out an open question to participants as the minima Societas,how can we, with reduced capacities, keep the Spirit and build from there?” He linked this with the idea of change, how following Jesus sometimes requires constant change. This was the experience of Saint Ignatius who had to change plans many times in his life, Loyola, Manresa, Jerusalem, Paris, Venice, Rome… 

The participants then had the chance to ask some questions to the two keynote speakers. Later, the whole group would enter into prayer and reading some passages of the Gospel like the one of the good Samaritan (Luke 10, 25-37), which is an example coming together even in our differences.

Finally, participants shared a dinner and discussed their views on the presentation they heard and on their works in Europe.

We end this article with the a pictured shared during the presentation. The picture is from the newly appointed Father General, Arturo Sosa SJ, standing in front of the Basilica of Saint Peter. “Father Sosa, a symbol of a new beginning, of change.” said Fr. Dardis, “we can see him quite informal, at ease with his own person, a man not imprisoned by his new role but who is rather ready to serve the Society of Jesus and its mission.” We invite you to join us in this mission!

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