MAGIS was institutionalised in 2005 as a way of structuring the gathering of Ignatian youth taking place right before the World Youth Day Meeting. Since then, the Jesuit Province where the WYD takes place organises MAGIS. Young people connected to Ignatian spirituality are divided in multinational small groups and sent to diverse experiments (pilgrimages, spirituality, service, art, ecology, music, etc.). They share a strong experience of community life of which the daily common reflection according to the methodology of the “MAGIS circle” is central. To conclude all are reunited again for a Festival, before they join the common celebrations of the WYD.

In more recent years local MAGIS programs have been organised independently of the WYD. In particular, the Provinces of Central and Eastern Europe have been running a MAGIS-Europe every year since 2013: a summer program for everyone between 18 and 35, that has attracted people from all over Europe (and sometimes beyond too). The structure is the same: Ignatian experiments and a closing general event.

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Due to the pandemic, it’s been a long year’s wait, but it was well worth it. All the joyful gifts opening us to the deeper still echo in our heart after the wonderful nine days we spent with the 200 participants of Magis Europe 2021 in Hungary and Slovakia. A report from one of the organizers. A place and time for encounters with ourselves, others and God. An occasion to open up our heart through service, prayers, challenges and in the community. A harvest of fruits and gifts in reflection on our day, a moment for reconciliation, recreation and renewal. Despite all the uncertainties in the preparation, the Magis Europe 2021 event could become all the above – and more. Thanks to all the support and prayers from people all around the world, we were given the opportunity to see all things new in Christ. It all began on the 7th of August with the experiment groups meeting for the first time. Magis Europe 2021 included 11 experiments in five different “characters” connecting to five aspects of Ignatian spirituality. In the last days all the participants gathered in the closing festival in Miskolc. Arts The Dance to God, dance with God experiment connected the gestures of our body to our feelings, experiences and even our relationship with God. The Magis Taizé experiment near Ruzomberok, Slovakia invited participants to share their talents with each other inspired by the music of Taizé. Their musical service at the Closing Festival showed that prayer always enriches others in the end. The Living Stones group drew on the abundant riches of church buildings to engage with tourists coming by. Service Guided by the Helping Sisters in Csobánka, Hungary, people at the Sharing life experiment spent time with the elderly and the disabled.  The Playing together group spent their week at Arló, one of the poorest villages of Hungary.  Taking care of our created world is an important but difficult service, as participants of the Green heads, hearts and hands could experience. Pilgrimage Magis people of the Hungarian Camino Benedictus and Walking in God’s presence experiments found that a pilgrimage always changes those who depart. Even if not all change is as radical as the conversion of Inigo, they are important nevertheless. Spirituality One week as a Jesuit offered a glimpse into the Jesuit lifestyle for a group of young men, from meals to prayers and service. The Silent retreat experiment created a week of encounter with God in the closeness of nature, in the silence of the chapel and in the discussions with the spiritual director. Culture The Word on Papyrus experiment allowed participants to feel how the physical process of writing the Scripture in the same way as the first scribes did creates a unique connection to the text and to the words of Jesus. Closing Festival Finally, on the 13th of August over 200 Magis people from almost 30 countries met in Miskolc, Hungary for the weekend. With the blessing of Pope Francis and the video message of Fr. General Arturo Sosa SJ, the Closing Festival was always meant to be great, and it turned out to be just that. On Friday, the focus was on spirituality, with a roundtable on the topic of vocation and an evening prayer of reconciliation with adoration and songs. Saturday was the day of adventures in and around Miskolc with the optional programmes provided by the organizers (spiritual field trip, city tour, sports, a taste of Hungarian culture and more), with the Festival of Nations in the evening and also the chance to learn some Hungarian folk dance. On Sunday, we took the time to close, say goodbye and go on with the daily theme: mission. Fr. Elemér Vízi SJ, the Hungarian Provincial connected our mission to the “yes” of Mary on the feast mass of the Assumption. Kristóf Hódsági - Jesuits HUN    
We gladly announce that MAGIS Europe is set to take place offline in 2021 from August 7 to 15. The experiments (August 7-13) are going to be held in parallel in each participating European country, joining the prayers and activities of MAGIS youth from all over the continent. The closing event (August 13-15) is planned to take place in Miskolc, Hungary, gathering participants from neighbouring countries to experience and rejoice in our communion in God. For those who cannot travel to Hungary, online ways of participating will be available. MAGIS 2021 reflects on the Saint Ignatius year that marks the 500th anniversary of the conversion of Ignatius – showing that God’s grace in him remains fruitful to this day. As we are heading towards the end of this most difficult year, and cherishing our hope to be able to meet in person next summer in Hungary, we offer online MAGIS experience for you to reflect upon throughout these autumn and winter months. The following videos from our online MAGIS 2020 meeting may help you develop experiments of your own: feel free to use them according to the situation you are currently in.  You can find here a package of spiritual proposals, from which you can choose elements according to your possibilities and desires. Choose an offline mini-experiment for one or more day(s) during the week. Please take a look at the opportunities, here is the list of MAGIS 2020 mini-experiments. Click here for more information So mark August 7-15 2021 for MAGIS in your calendar and stay tuned as further details are to follow. Be safe and God bless!
MAGIS Europe 2019 in Lithuania and Latvia. More than 210 participants from 25 countries came together “to know, love and share” in Magis Europe 2019 summer event. The Ignatian program for young adults took place in Lithuania and Latvia from the 23rd till the 31st of July, 2019. This year 2019 marks the 450th anniversary of the Jesuit Mission in Lithuania and The Magis Europe 2019 event became one of the key parts of this celebration. The program was based on the official theme of the anniversary year “To know, love and share”. The event was also linked to the world Magis 2019 program and the World Youth Days in Panama. Magis Europe in Lithuania and Latvia was divided in two parts: Magis experiments and the Closing Festival. Experiments There were proposed 11 different experiments, grouped in the categories: Pilgrimage, Ecology, Service, Spirituality, Arts and Culture. The Ecology experiments invited to focus on the practical ways of relating Catholic faith with personal ecology through environmental workshops and education. These experiments were inspired by the impulses from Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si” and his call to foster inner spiritual ecology. In the three Pilgrimage experiments young adults not only walked, but also canoed and cycled their way through different terrains in Lithuania and Latvia. Pilgrimages took place on the way of Santiago de Compostela, as well as on the beautiful Lithuanian seaside in Curonian Spit and in the “blue lakes land” area in Latvia. Participants who chose the category of Arts and Culture attended Choir, Taizé music, Theater and Food experiments. Young people were invited to reach out to God through worship, improvisation and even through the preparation of food. An important part of these experiments was sharing the fruits of these experiences - music, acting performances and food - with others. The Spirituality experiment invited young people to explore the ‘more’ of God in the beauty of silence. Participants had the possibility to take a break from the chaos and noise of the modern world and concentrate only on the inner spiritual movements. Mother Teresa’s sisters welcomed Magis participants in Riga for a Service experiment. Young people were invited to join the sisters in their daily acts of kindness for the homeless, addicted and for the children from the socially challenged families. Closing Festival After the fruitful and moving Magis experiments participants gathered in Kaunas, Lithuania for the celebration of the Closing Festival. Young people participated in the Evening of Reconciliation with the Lithuanian Youth Days choir. Next day participants attended Magis education workshops, Kaunas tours and took part in the choir Exaudi concert-meditation "The Face of Christ" which is based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. The evening was dedicated to get a glimpse and taste of Central American culture through traditional music, food and drinks. Magis Europe 2019 was closed on the 31st of July with an uplifting celebration of the Solemnity of St. Ignatius. Also, the announcement of an invitation to the next Magis event was made - Magis Europe 2020 will take place in Hungary from the 1st to the 9th of August. Remember to book these dates in your Magis calendar!
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
Father General celebrates the closing Eucharist of MAGIS 2019 Accompanied by a group of Jesuits from different parts of the world, Father General Arturo Sosa, S.J., presided at the closing Eucharist of MAGIS Central America 2019, in the Gymnasium of Colegio Javier, in Panama City. In his homily at the closing Eucharist of MAGIS 2019, Father General thanked the pilgrims for having left behind their own comfort for traveling to Central America "to discover the immense greatness that surrounds us" and "to open up to that surprise over which we have no control”.Coming out of ourselves "make us creators and transformers because we participate in the emergence of something new," Fr General explained. He thanked all the international delegations "for having made this journey without fear, without knowing what could happen; in doing so, they went out in the ways of Jesus". During the offertory, the young people presented Father General with a letter explaining the situation of the Sitio del Niño community in El Salvador, which was affected by environmental pollution from a battery factory. They asked that this letter also be given to Pope Francis, who has promoted the care of creation, our common home. In addition, they presented basic grains and fruits from the Central American region, and a logbook that gathers the main fruits of the MAGIS experience.Prior to sending the pilgrims out for the World Youth Day (WYD), Father General reminded them "that when we go out we risk encountering the way of the Lord that is not our own way". For this reason, he recommended that they ask Mary to teach them "how to accept the gift of life, of freedom and of the love that the Lord offers".The Eucharist took place in the Gymnasium of Colegio Javier, in Panama City. 
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.