Jesuit Spirituality Centres or Retreat Houses exist almost everywhere there are Jesuits. Ignatius of Loyola recognised the importance of setting aside one’s ordinary concerns and preoccupations and believed that it was helped by spending retreat time in an appropriate setting. The work of the centres takes many different forms, according to the culture in which they find themselves.

Encouraged by the Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus, Jesuits and colleagues offer places of welcome in which the insides of the Spiritual Exercises are expressed with creativity and imagination. Many centres offer residential accommodation, receiving groups and individuals for retreats of varying lengths – from day retreats to the full Spiritual Exercises conducted over thirty days.

The way to unity between the Christian churches is another priority for Jesuits.

This was already the case at the very beginning of the Society of Jesus. Peter Faber (canonized by Pope Francis in December 2013), one of the first companions of St. Ignatius was sent several times to Germany to meet the Reformers, a mission he held close to heart.

The Society of Jesus contributes to this cause through academic research and teaching (e.g. the Pontifical Gregorian University and the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome), as well as through local actions (e.g. the Chapel for Europe in Brussels).

The European Jesuit ecumenists meet biennially for a weekly session dedicated to studying and sharing on a chosen theme.

Jesuits connected with the Charismatic Renewal

The Catholic Charismatic Renewal is a spiritual movement that places an emphasis on having a personal relationship with Jesus and expressing the gifts of the Spirit.

As Jesuits, we are involved in the prayer meetings and guidance of several Charismatic groups across the continent.

This Euro-group meets every year and gives the Jesuits involved the opportunity to share their experiences, pray together and deepen some aspects of the spiritual life of the movement.

Christian Life Community is an international community of Christians: men and women, adults and young people of all social conditions, who want to follow Jesus Christ more closely and work with Him for the building of the Kingdom.

It is made up of groups, which are part of larger communities organized regionally and nationally, all forming one World Community. CLC is present on all continents and in almost sixty countries.

The charisma and spirituality of CLC are Ignatian. Many European Jesuits are involved as ecclesiastical assistants at European, national or local level.

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Les Deux Rives’ is a network that promotes Christian-Muslim relations by engaging in interreligious dialogue with Islam.

Les Deux Rives is a Jesuit work with a clear relationship with the Society of Jesus. Its mission arises from a commitment to a faith that does justice through interreligious dialogue and a creative engagement with culture (GC35 Decree 6).

Les Deux Rives offers a Catholic perspective of Islam. Their work is interdisciplinary, exploring the theology of both faiths as well as sociological and “politological” approaches. While Jesuits around the world have different ways of viewing and dealing with interreligious relations, mainly for historical and cultural reasons, there is a shared way of approaching the topic. This approach can be found at the Mediterranean countries where all the Jesuits, who belong to Les Deux Rives, are present.

The team of Les Deux Rives also organises joint events that promote mutual understanding among Muslims and Christians.