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"La Maison Magis, a dream that is finally coming true"... these are the most repeated words on the occasion of the opening of this much awaited place on October 12. It was a joy to see the long awaited realisation of the project. This joy was shared by the young people but also by all those who, within the Society of Jesus and the Ignatian Family, are involved in youth ministry. “This is a house where life circulates on every floor, where people meet, get to know each other, live together, share, invent, create, celebrate, listen and speak", said the Provincial François Boëdec sJ during the inauguration.

The vocation of Maison Magis is to help young adults, students and young professionals from 18 to 35 years in their life choices so that their professional and social commitments can be shaped by the Gospel.

Located at 12, rue d'Assas (6th arrondissement of Paris), the House brings together various projects and teams supported by the Society of Jesus in a space of more than 1000 m2:

  • Magis Paris, which invites young people to form, serve and pray, always keeping together interiority and commitment (Claude Philippe sJ).
  • The cowork Magis which welcomes young freelancers and project leaders in an open space of 140m². It offers them spiritual and professional support, in partnership with the MCC, the Christian Movement of Leaders (Grégoire Le Bel sJ)
  • The national Réseau Magis, supported by Jesuits, religious and lay people of Ignatian spirituality, which organises activities throughout France to invite young people aged 18 to 35 to take one more step with Christ. (Manuel Grandin sJ).
  • JRS-France, whose mission is to fight against the isolation and social exclusion of asylum seekers and refugees (Antoine Paumard sJ).
  • Inigo, which offers an international volunteer experience in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe (Tuan Nguyen sJ).

The joining in one and the same place makes sense: it is a question of making this new house a place of sharing, solidarity and synergies between the activities it hosts. More than 40% of the spaces are common to all teams: large room, cafeteria, kitchen, etc. About twenty meeting rooms can be shared between the different teams.

"We want collaboration, flexibility, experimentation and innovation to be at the heart of the House. In the words of Pope Francis, we wish to live the "mysticism" of living together (EG 87), with which the House helps young people to grow in the different dimensions of their lives. May it help them to unify their lives and commit themselves to building a more just and fraternal world", Claude Philippe sJ, Director of the Magis House, stressed at the inauguration.

As François Boëdec pointed out, the future of the house has to be invented and lived so that it can be a full sign of a larger house, that of the Kingdom of God:

"No one knows in advance all the projects which will emerge in this place. No one knows the words that will be exchanged, the beneficial encounters, the supports, the silences, the prayers, the songs and dances... No one can predict this, because this House must stimulate and make things possible, even if we can trust the Jesuits to offer some encouragement! »

To learn more about Maison Magis: www.maisonmagis.org
Facebook: Maison MAGIS
Instagram : maison_magis

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