The third cluster meeting of the HEST Program.
The third cluster meeting of the HEST programme began with a meeting in the General Curia of the Society of Jesus of Rome, presided over by John Dardis SJ, president of the Conference of European Provincials SJ, and coordinated by José Carlos Romero, coordinator of HEST.
7 people participated in the meeting:
- John Daris sj (CEP – HEST leader)
- Philip Endean sj (Centre Sévres - Paris)
- Carlos Coupeau (Deusto - Bilbao)
- Quique Sanz sj (Comillas Pontifical University - Madrid)
- Mark Rotsaert sj (Gregorian Pontifical University - Rome)
- Fredrik Heiding sj (Newman Institute - Uppsala)
- José Carlos Romero (CEP - HEST Coordinator)
The work of the group focused on issues such as (1) the need to clarify the relationship of Ignatian studies and social transformation; (2) The contribution of European Jesuit centers to Ignatian studies and spirituality, and (3) the question of how to transmit this contribution, or the importance of finding good candidates for Ignatian studies in the future.
After the meeting, three areas were suggested for the future work of our cluster:
a) To create a steering group to organize an Ignatian seminar in themes such as: (1) Populism Today and Underlying Causes and the Contribution of Ignatian Spirituality; (2) Restructuring provinces or (3) Communal discernment.
b) To re-think the issue of passing on the Ignatian heritage through, for instante, (1) Running seminars internationally; (2) or Joining together in an international way to run the immersion programme already taking place in Manresa.
c) To open a new era of collaboration of our Faculty in Europe on the issue of spirituality. This is not so easy, given the language differences, but it is something I think should happen.
Eventually, we committed ourselves to meet again in the coming months (probably in July in Paris, during the Meeting of the Rectors and Deans) to continue the work begun in Rome and to decide the way forward for the next three years.