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!

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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)


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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'