0
0
0
s2smodern

Malta

Fr Sosa returns to visit the Euro-Mediterranean Province (EUM).After a visit to the Centro Astalli in Palermo in 2017, and in Trieste in 2018, a frontier of migration and reconciliation, and other places in Italy in the following years, the visit to the other countries of the EUM Province begins with the sojourn in Malta from 9 to 12 May. “A renewed attention to the territories of our reality, born in 2017”, the Provincial, Fr Roberto Del Riccio SJ, highlights. “A precious opportunity to get to know first-hand the needs and solutions to current difficulties, to support the journey that is in progress and the future steps to be taken.”

“The journey sees all of us moving forward with determination in mission, keeping in mind the Universal Apostolic Preferences advocated by the Society at the global level”, Fr Michael Bugeja, EUM Delegate for Formation, adds. “Fr Sosa’s presence is a guide and inspiration at a crucial time of reflection and discernment on our common future. The purpose of the visit is multifaceted, mainly to foster closer ties with the Jesuits present, the network of Ignatian collaborators, friends and the local church community. It is a unique opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by the Society in the territories of our Province by visiting the various apostolic works and communities.”

Fr Arturo Sosa SJ visited the Paulo Freire Institute in Zejtun on 9 May, followed by a meeting with Maltese Jesuits at Loyola House in Naxxar. On 10 May he will be at St Aloysius College. On 11 May, he will meet the Archbishop, make a stop at the Jesuit Refugee Service and visit the University chaplaincy and residence. On 12 May, he will travel to Gozo, to the Jesuit Retreat House. The encounter with the different realities of the apostolic work will be a precious opportunity to deepen one’s direct knowledge and to reflect on current and future challenges.

Romania

"To experience being an active part of the Society in the world. To foster the desire for closer collaboration with the laity: on a cultural, social and spiritual level. To help them experience the importance of their mission in the Church and the special attention given by the Society. To promote close relations with the academic and ecclesial world, also through concrete proposals."

These are some of the expectations of the Jesuits of the Community of Cluj, Romania. “We want to emphasise the apostolic value of community life”, Fr Henryk Urban, the Superior, explains, “and the importance of living one’s mission with passion. It will also be an important occasion to focus on some indications of how to face apostolically the current change of times.”

From Bucharest, where the other community is located, the importance of being present in social and educational assistance given to the victims of the armed conflict resonates. “It can be helpful to view the situation from this perspective, at a time when strategic decisions are being taken at the level of the government of the Society in this part of the world.”

“Fr Sosa, arrived on May 9th in Romania and he was in Cluj-Napoca to meet with the Rector of Babes-Bolyai University, the Dean of the Faculty of Greek-Catholic Theology, the Rector of the Seminary of Cluj and some professors”, Fr. Marius Talos, who is in charge of the community, explains. The university - now considered the best in the country - was originally founded by the Jesuit order in 1581 and last year awarded Fr Sosa an honorary doctorate. In the evening, Fr Sosa met members of Ignatian spirituality groups at the Manresa Centre, as well as friends and collaborators of the Jesuits. On Wednesday he travelled to Oradea, where he met the Roman Catholic and Greek Catholic Bishops of the Church in Romania. In the afternoon, he travelled to Bucharest, where he visited JRS Romania and met with the Jesuit community.

Albania

After 30 years, a Jesuit General returns to Albania. “This is a very important moment for us Jesuits and for the collaborators with whom we share the mission”, Fr Zef Bisha, SJ, Superior highlights.

“It was Fr Peter Hans Kolvenbach who visited the country in 1994 after the fall of the regime. In these days we are living in the liturgy the time when Jesus confirms his disciples in love, hands over and prepares them for the mission. It is with these sentiments that we welcome Fr Arturo Sosa, who has come to visit the Jesuits in Albania, the good that the Society has done for so many years in this small place, but with a great history, a place of martyrdom and witness to the faith, a significant place that gathers so many realities committed to the mission. He comes to confirm the brethren in joy, to work together as companions of the least Society of Jesus. Many would have liked to be with us for this beautiful moment. They will follow us wherever they are. Welcome Fr Arturo in Albania.”

At present there are three Jesuits in Albania, two are in Shkodra, working at the Pjeter Meshkalla College, and one in Tirana, parish priest of the Church of the Sacred Heart. Fr General is visiting the school in Shkodra today. Tomorrow he will be in Tirana to inaugurate the new Cultural and Social Centre and the Catholic library in the new premises built next to the church.

0
0
0
s2smodern