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JCEP President’s Consult in Milan

The story unfolds the following way. A church in Germany collapsed during a war and in the remains they found the cross that once stood in it. This cross was of great devotion for the people in the area so they were delighted to find it. However, it was severely damaged after the collapse, concretely, the Jesus in it had lost its arms. The parishioners after much discernment decided to keep this cross with the “un-armed” Jesus instead of getting a new one or restoring it. They put the following sentence at the bottom of the cross: "Ich habe keine anderen Hände als die euren." [I have no other hands but yours.]

We come across a similar cross in the San Fedele Community in Milan, where the JCEP President’s Consult met from the 22nd to the 24th of June. The Consult is formed by: 3 provincials (chosen by their assistancies), the socius, and two independent Jesuits chosen by the President himself. During these days, this team of Jesuits got together to look into the current development of the works at European and Near East level. There were many important topics to be discussed like the succession of the new JESC director or the development of programmes like the ILP or HEST.

This Consult was special for two reasons: first it was the last consult of the current President of the JCEP (Fr. John Dardis) and secondly it was the hand-over of the role to the incoming new President (Fr. Franck Janin). The meeting was a success. Many decisions were reached and there was a feeling of peace amongst the consult with these decisions. The cherry on top of the cake was the Jesuit Community in San Fedele. This extremely welcoming Jesuit Community made everything very easy for these guests from all around Europe. "They even showed the group all the activities they are involved in like the Centro Culturale San Fedele, Aggiornamenti Sociali, or the Assistenza Sanitaria San Fedele. Jesuits in Milan have created a brilliant space for reflection, spirituality, social apostolate, arts, and cultural development."

Coming back to our story. The Catholic Community has always felt the call to be Jesus’s hands in the world. The Jesuits help in this endeavour through a great variety of activities and services like spiritual accompaniment, parish work, refugee service, schools, etc. The Consult is another piece of the puzzle that forms our reality. It is also a clear reminder that we cannot do this alone, that we need to put all of our hands together for the service of faith and promotion of justice or we will not succeed! This is our mission, the mission entrusted to us by Jesus Christ.

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