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On April 7, 2018 The Jesuit Province of Southern Poland held a province day in Krakow, with the theme "Vocations".

We started the meeting with a Mass in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. The homily was delivered by Father Assistant for Central and Eastern Europe - Tomasz Kot, who pointed out the importance of returning to the roots - in our religious life, we should preach the Good News and the truth about the Kingdom of God. It is not the Society of Jesus that matters most to us, but God who has this Society.

After the Celebration, Father Provincial Jakub Kołacz SJ presented at  the Ignatianum Academy some statistics on the dynamics of vocations in our Province. Formally, there are now 308 Jesuits in PME, of whom 243 priests, 23 religious brothers, 31 scholastics (seminarians), 11 novices (18 Jesuits are applied to other provinces).

The pastoral model of vocations has changed over the last years. There was a time when one pastoral involved Jesuit was active at the level of the Province and he had contact with local promoters. There was a time when the vocational team (a Jesuit priest and a Jesuit in formation) was active. Now the youth-vocational model has been adopted, in which youth ministry and vocational promotion are combined (School of Contact with God, Magis, etc.). In the spirit of our Ignatian spirituality, the biggest challenges for now are: helping in discerning vocations, awakening great desires in people, showing Jesus as the one who calls.

The Jesuits at various stages of formation spoke about discovering their vocation and about the experience of the vocational promoter. The discussion underlined the importance of authenticity, concern for the quality of our religious life, as well as the openness of our communities to lay people.

The sign of the time of Jesuit communities around the world is openness to lay people - inviting our lay friends to our communities, including young people who recognize their vocation. This voice resounded on the Provincial Forum and was taken on the sidelines of the meeting.

Father Eugeniusz Jendrzej gave a spiritual conference referring to the sources of our consecration, and thus to the work of Saint. Ignacius Loyola - especially the Formula of the Institute of the Society of Jesus. He reminded us of the call to conversion and discovery that there is nothing impossible for God, and that he gives us the courage to do what is unbelievable, and yet realistic.

In addition the Province Day gave us the opportunity to stay together informally and talk, sometimes after years of having not meet each other.

Finally some reactions of participants:

Wojciech Leśniak expressed: “During the Provincial Day, I have been moved most by the conversations of my fellow brothers who represented different generations. Both the older and the younger Jesuits keep the importance of vocations in their heart and show that the continuity and mission of the Society of Jesus is important to them. "

Prokop Janda from the Czech Province, studying philosophy in Krakow said: "As my Czech provincial metaphorically said - it is worth" wasting "time being together ..."

And Józef Antos: "I was at the whole meeting and it helped me to think and consider my own calling."

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