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In June 2017, the following information was disseminated: "The Jesuit Faculty of Theology in Brussels, or Institute of Theological Studies (IET), created in 1968, will cease to function after fifty years of service to the Church. But a new project is in the making, which will take over from the old one. It will be in line with the rapprochement between French and Belgian French-speaking Jesuits, which was made official on 31 July 2017, and under the impetus of the Provincial Superior, Father François Boëdec.

To new wine, new wineskins! As of September 2019, we are creating something new: the Forum Saint-Michel. Its activities and proposals, marked by Ignatian spirituality, characteristic of the Jesuits, will take place mainly on the "Saint-Michel Site". On the one hand, they will target the audiences who inhabit it (the church, the School Centre, the many associations that revolve around it), and on the other hand, anyone wishing to deepen the interactions between their faith and their commitments in the world and the Church.

The Forum Saint-Michel will radiate in three synergistic dimensions: Christian formation, Pastoral and Spirituality, Culture and Society.

Christian formation
Various courses, seminars, sessions, conferences... will be offered, over variable periods of time and according to schedules adapted to professional life, to people, young or old, wishing to work on a discovery of the Christian faith or its deepening and reflect on the interactions between this faith and their commitments. To this end, we benefit from the agreement and support of the Diocese of Mechelen-Brussels, and from the many skills of committed religious and lay people, men and women; we will build on the IET's tradition of interactive pedagogy and have its premises and library; we will also use distance learning.

Without targeting a large audience, we will offer a three-year program for those who wish to attend and who have sufficient attendance. This program will not exceed 8 to 10 hours/week, and will offer the opportunity to register globally for the entire training or in successive modules. We are currently establishing contacts to validate this training with the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve and the Centre Sèvres in Paris.

Pastoral care and spirituality
This axis will help to deepen in a practical way the link between faith and commitments in the service of the world or the Church, in line with the tradition of Saint Ignatius. It will be based in particular on the already very active Saint-Michel church; it will benefit from the proximity of the Saint-Michel School Centre, a beautiful influence in the city of Brussels, and an existing network of people trained in spiritual accompaniment. We also plan to offer the possibility of spiritual renewal in the environment of the Saint-Michel site, drawing inspiration from the heritage of our founder, Saint Ignatius of Loyola, and from his individual retreats.

Culture and Society
This dimension, which is already well established on the site, particularly at the cultural level, will include conferences, exhibitions, concerts, book presentations by their authors, film clubs, etc., in the church and the IET's current premises. In this way, we want to keep and intensify the contact of the Christian faith with the contemporary world so diverse, rich, complex and promising at the same time.

In close contact with…

For these three dimensions, we will also be in particular in contact with the Christian Life Communities (CLC), the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), and the Centre Avec, without forgetting the Chapel of the Resurrection and La Viale Europe, two close Jesuit places oriented more towards the European environments of our capital. We will also maintain regular consultation with the diocese.

Many contacts have already been made and will continue to be made to revitalize all the activities of the Forum Saint-Michel.

This Saint-Michel Forum will be set up in September 2019, for a three-year trial period. During this period, the IET's current classrooms and library will be dedicated to him.

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