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The Ignatian Leadership Programme lands in Rome

How many institutions exist for more than 100 years? Probably not many, just take a look at the Fortune 500 list one hundred years ago and try to guess how many are still in business, you will be surprised!

Now let us take it up a notch, how many have lasted more than 500 years? The lists get considerably smaller worldwide. This is the case of the Society of Jesus, which in 2040 it will have its 500th birthday.

All this was possible thanks to the amazing vision and intuition that Saint Ignatius and the first Jesuits had in Rome when they decided to establish themselves as an order instead of parting each in their own way and break links with each other. That is why the 3rd module of the Ignatian Leadership Programme organised by the CEP was held in Santa Severa, Rome. The participants were able to link with the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, understand and unite themselves in this common vision that stretches back to Saint Ignatius. Paulius Mieželis, from Lithuania, said: “During this module I feel I developed the desire and courage to work for the Jesuit Mission even more”

Content ranged from Strategic Planning and vision mission and values, to Communal Discernment and the 3 times of election, to the Action Logics of organisations and revisiting the Global Leadership Profile, to many other things. But the focus, like always, was put on the process. Participants had the chance to share their experience in their works and openly discuss their concerns with other participants to grow individually and to grow their institutions.

On Thursday the 8th of December the participants went from Santa Severa to the centre of Rome to meet with Father Arturo Sosa and his assistants and had the chance to visit some Ignatian sites in Rome like the Church of the Gesù, the Camerette, or the Church of Saint Ignatius. One of the participants from the Southern Europe Assistancy said: “I had a powerful personal experience in Ignatius’ rooms and the Gesù church. It was for me a moment where God was very present to me and I felt very drawn to become closer to Him”.

 

The journey does not end here. There is still an important aspect of the mission that was left as a legacy by Saint Ignatius and the Jesuits during these almost 500 years. We are talking about “Leadership for Frontier Mission”. We are called to lead at the frontiers since long ago, to be there where we are most needed and to accompany and serve those who are most vulnerable. This will be the focus of module 4 during the last week of June 2017. We invite you to continue feeling part of the mission that guides the Society of Jesus and its members, Jesuits, and lay collaborators.

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