MAGIS is a meeting of young people (ages 18-30) from all over the world who are interested in Ignatian spirituality. The Latin word magis can be translated as ‘more, better, fuller’. Saint Ignatius of Loyola used this word to describe how authentic Christianity fosters a deeper connection with Christ and more zeal in serving others. This is the ‘more’ of MAGIS. From this perspective, the “+” (plus) sign can also be interpreted as the Cross – the symbol of divine love to the very end. MAG+S shows us the Ignatian way towards a fuller life.

The program is attached to the World Youth Day meetings and also has other initiatives and projects growing year by year in different parts of Europe and Middle East. MAGIS offers an opportunity to share a unique experience at three distinct levels: individual growth, relationships with God and others, and intercultural dialogue.

The central figure of the programs is Jesus Christ. The purpose of the every event is to help you meet Him, experience His unconditional love and discover His presence in your everyday life. How does it work?

The projects aim three elements:

1. A meeting of young people from many different countries

2. Ignatian Experiments (volunteering, spirituality, social help, art, music…) in small groups

3. Reunion and wrap-up sharing life and praying

Magis Central Europe 2017 will be held from 14 to 23 July 2017. The heart of the experience are Ignatian experiments (14 to 20 July) that will take place in Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. A final common meeting (20 to 23 July) will be hosted in the capital of the Czech Republic, Prague. Young people from all around the world are invited to take part in this adventure!

More information about Magis Central Europe 2017

For information about future events of Magis, contact with the Jesuits near to you in university chaplaincies, young-adults groups, churches and parishes. You’ll find us in the map (LINK TO MAP)

 

Usefull Materials:

Logo:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0Bynv0muNDvXMcERDQkxOem1tUGM

 

Banner to be used on the website etc.:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B1b8dbig5sHHMUtXeGFlMFkzREk

 

Poster and flyer:

English poster and flyers:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B1b8dbig5sHHa2dmNmU0dnB0dGc

 

Social networks

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Flicker: https://www.flickr.com/photos/magisce2017

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On the 12 of January 2019 a group of 23 Spanish pilgrims arrived in El Salvador to take part in the first stage of what would be a nine-day experience that would connect them with other youth from around the world.  Even though these young people came from different faith groups, different universities, and different cities from around Spain, they had been brought together by their common Ignatian spirituality and the MAG+S Pastoral Network. As they embarked on this adventure, they shared a common feeling that the motto of this MAG+S 2019, "Your word transforms", was a also a promise. Yet, after a (relatively) short flight across the Atlantic, it was already time to break apart their new community. Mixing together with Colombian, Salvadoran, Korean, and Uruguayan pilgrims, the Spanish group spread out across El Salvador in search of an encounter with this country's beautiful culture and unique spirituality. Mª Victoria Paredes and Rocío Bellido remember “We divided and mixed (with other groups) to get to know the Salvadoran reality and history. When we say that we “got to know” (this Salvadoran reality), we really mean that we were ´welcomed` into the Salvadoran and the MAGIS communities. Through their testimonies, their lives, the struggles they shared and their desire to keep the spirit of San Óscar Romero alive... we could truly feel God throughout the experience and in our hearts”. Friends in the Lord This “MAGIS” spirit of welcome, openness, and faith continued when the Spanish pilgrims reunited in Panama.  They had an opportunity to introduce each other to the new “friends in the Lord” that they had made in El Salvador while also being welcomed, once again, into the homes of their host families around the city.  Over the next few days almost 1,000 Ignatian pilgrims from all over the world, including several delegations from Europe, shared in cultural and spiritual activities as well as continuing to explore the Ignatian spirituality that connected them as MAGIS youth.  Fr. General In his homily on the last day of MAGIS 2019, Father General Arturo Sosa S.J. thanked the pilgrims for opening themselves to the movements of this MAGIS spirit, that had invited them to leave their homes and travel to Panama, saying that openness “makes us creators and transformers because we participate in the emergence of something new.”  In fact, across Europe, the spirit of MAGIS is continuing to inspire and reverberate and has inspired something new. In Spain, for instance, "MAG+S" has become a proposal for the faith life of our young people, a way of living their faith, inspired by Ignatian spirituality, in their daily life. The MAG+S Pastoral program includes one-time experiences and weekly faith groups and continues to invite our young people to be, as Pope Francis invited them on World Youth Day, “The 'influencers' Of God ' in a world.” For Lucia Gómez-Lavín, this MAG+S program offered a way to stay connected to the experience she had in Central America and continue to explore her faith. She explains “I had spent the past year and a half studying outside of Spain and that meant that I become disconnected from the community I had in Madrid… one of the fruits that I am collecting from MAGIS and World Youth Day is the chance to reconnect with this community, I want to  get involved again.” When Lucia returned to Madrid, she found that community of Ignatian young people was waiting to welcome her, just as she was welcomed in El Salvador and Panama. The same spirit that moved her during MAGIS 2019 and WYD was moving in countless classmates back in Spain. John Byrd and Almudena Moral Alcaraz, MAG+S Pastoral Office, Madrid, Spain
The pastoral Ministry of the Province of Spain held 10 Easter meetings for 700 young people. The meetings were in many places and formats, but with the same spirit: contemplate and share, to accompany and serve Jesus and others. For a young person who wants to follow Jesus in a demanding and hurried world, living Easter authentically is a unique and central occasion in his journey of faith. Easter has moments of prayer and personal accompaniment, time to share in groups and celebrations with the liturgy of the paschal triduum.
During Magis Central Europe 2017 17 experiments took place in the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Kosovo, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. On Sunday 23 of July the summer meeting of Magis CE 2017 has officially ended. Participants were coming to Prague from their experiments during the afternoon on Thursday afternoon. The opening evening began with a blessing from father Jan Regner, SJ for the upcoming days. Then the program continued with a dance evening with an opportunity to learn some Czech folk dances and also listen to folk music performed by a folk band from Hradec Králové. On Friday participants were invited to listen to and then join with their own questions a panel discussion on the topic: „Contemplative in action and what comes next?“. Father Waldek Los, SJ from Poland, sister Dorothea Gnau from Austria, and mister Danas Viluckas from Lithuania shared their experiences with being contemplative in action in their own lives. Reconciliation Later that day Evening of reconciliation took place. It was prepared by the Chemin Neuf community in the Church of St Ignatius. There was space for individual prayer, reflection or confession all in a meditative atmosphere with music. Saturday morning was time for discovering beautiful places connected with Jesuits in Prague during Prague city game. Participants divided into smaller groups visited the Church of St. Nicholas, the Church of St Bartholomew, the Charles bridge and many other places, on which they had to complete various tasks requiring cooperation in the small groups, in the end, they all joined common Eucharist in the Church of St. Ignatius celebrated by father F. Hylmar SJ. Festival of Nations Later that day participants could get to know better cultures of other nationalities during a Festival of nations. The festival started with a spontaneous street dance party in front of the church lead by the Hungarian and Polish groups and continued by beautiful performances of dance, music, traditional foods and presenting some interesting information about countries in form of videos, quizies, and others. Sunday morning continued in a joyful mood when participants set off for the final part of the program - boat trip on the Vltava river. This was a symbol and invitation to set out for a journey and ignite the world. „The boats were reminding us about missionaries who sailed to the far islands and lands,“ said father Jan Regner SJ a Jesuit who was part of the team organizing Magis CE 2017. He reminded this mission to participants also in his homily saying that to be the yeast of the world as said in gospel means to bring hope, joy, and peace to this world. This was also meant as an invitation to join the „Magis of everyday life“ which started on that very same day and is unique for every participant. Read also 'Magis in Poland' 
Between the 24th and the 26th March, the Jesuit residence in Prague, hosted a meeting of organizers of the upcoming international meeting of young adults Magis Central Europe 2017. About 30 participants took part, including the main team, the leaders of the Ignatian experiments, national coordinators and other Jesuits and volunteers from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland and Slovenia. The weekend was an opportunity to learn more about the Magis CE 2017 program and discover the places of its final meeting. It was also a time to get to know each other better, to pray together and discuss important issues. The main day of the meeting, Saturday, followed the structure of a typical Magis day with morning prayers on the focus of the day, various activities (presentations of different aspects of the meeting and of all its 17 experiments), the Eucharist and sharing in small international Magis circles. Magis Central Europe 2017 will be held from the 14th to the 23rd July in several countries of Central and Eastern Europe. The main part of the meeting (14th to 20th July) will consist of various Ignatian experiments (a pilgrimage and workshops on the arts, culture, social service, ecology etc.) The culmination will be a wrap-up meeting in Prague (20th to 23rd July), which will include lectures, workshops and a possibility to get to know better the spiritual and cultural heritage of the Czech capital. The theme of Magis CE 2017 is Contemplative in Action.
Magis Central Europe 2017 will be held from 14 to 23 July 2017. The heart of the experience are Ignatian experiments (14 to 20 July) that will take place in Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. A final common meeting (20 to 23 July) will be hosted in the capital of the Czech Republic, Prague. Young people from all around the world are invited to take part in this adventure! More information about Magis Central Europe 2017   Usefull Materials : Logo: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0Bynv0muNDvXMcERDQkxOem1tUGM   Banner to be used on the website etc.: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B1b8dbig5sHHMUtXeGFlMFkzREk   Poster and flyer: English poster and flyers: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B1b8dbig5sHHa2dmNmU0dnB0dGc   Social networks FB: https://www.facebook.com/magisce2017/?fref=ts Twitter: https://twitter.com/magisce2017 Flicker: https://www.flickr.com/photos/magisce2017 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/magisce2017/ 
During the first December weekend, members of the Czech Magis group gathered in the picturesque historic town of Telc in the middle of the Czech Republic. Nearly twenty young people from all over the country came to share memories of Magis 2016. They had a time for personal reflection of their own experience and to share their insights with others in Magis circles. Later, watching photos and videos from various experiments, they shared also how they lived Magis 2016 as a community.    Also new people have joined the group and with the already “experienced” Magis people they are involved in the preparations of the Magis Central Europe meeting 2017, organized by the Czech Jesuit Province. It will be held from 14 to 23 July 2017. The experiments (14 to 20 July) will take place in Austria, The Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. The final common meeting (20 to 23 July) will be hosted in Prague. More information coming soon…