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Just two weeks after the promulgation by Fr. General of the revised Statutes on Religious Poverty in the Society of Jesus and the new Instruction for Administration and Finances (SOP-IAF), the treasurers of the provinces and region of the JCEP met in Ludwigshafen, Germany, hosted by the ECE province. The IAF is the day-to-day Jesuit manual for all the functions of a treasurer, and it is not every year that such fundamental guidelines undergo a complete update. No surprise, therefore, that this time the group was larger than usual, 27 participants overall. All the provinces were represented, and many assistant-treasurers came too.

The General Treasurer, Sebastian Jeerakassery, led the work during the two days dedicated to the instruction, highlighting its main novelties and fundamental features. There was also time to try the new budget and report forms to be sent annually to Fr. General.

The usual times of spiritual conversation on the mission of the treasurer, the sharing of relevant aspects of the financial situation and the main joys and challenges lived in each province and a brief report on the JCEP Formation Solidarity Mechanism completed the program of the meeting.

The hospitality offered by the Heinrich-Pesch Hotel was outstanding. Contributing highly for the relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere very much appreciated by all. The group had also the opportunity to visit the Romanic Cathedral in Speyer, occasion to also have a conversation with the local Bishop about the situation of the Church in Germany.

Herminio Rico sj.

JCEP Socius/Treasurer

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