Jesuits in University Pastoral Care - JUPC

The presence of Jesuits in universities has been one of our main apostolates since the very beginning of the Order. Ignatius and his first companions met on a campus and dreamt together for a better world.

Today, Jesuits are present in many universities either as academics or by creating spaces for groups, meetings, celebrations and volunteering activities where faith is present and offered openly to students and young adult professionals.

Every year, JUPC brings together the various teams involved in university pastoral care.

The aim is threefold: formation, collaboration and looking together to the future.

Thanks to the work of Jesuits, collaborators and friends, the dream of Ignatius and his first companions is still alive today in many campuses across Europe.

This network gathers the Coordinators/Delegates for Young Adult Ministry from each Province of the JCEP. It responds to the felt need of a common general view of all the many apostolic activities directed to young adults. It is a forum to share information about and evaluate all that is going on, to support each other in this common mission, to think and discern together in a space of mutual inspiration, to develop greater coordination and, occasionally, to plan some joint actions.

The Universal Apostolic Preferences have reinforced the importance of the apostolic service to young people for the whole Society. They are to be accompanied, helped to find meaning by being shown the way to God, supported in their dignity and their future protected by caring for our common home. This network is intended to help overseeing that mission.

JECSE - Jesuit European Committee for Primary and Secondary Education

Throughout history, Jesuit education has helped many young men and women become competent, conscientious, compassionate and committed persons. The education ministry is still very relevant for the Society of Jesus. JECSE is a network of interprovincial collaboration belonging to the Jesuit Conference of European Provincials. The Education delegates of the Conference support Jesuit/Ignatian education for more than 170,000 students in secondary and pre-secondary schools in 21 countries in Europe, the Near East and Russia.

By organizing formation seminars, conferences and meetings for the members involved in the education apostolate, JECSE:

- encourages collaboration and networking between education delegates, school leaders, formators and pastoral coordinators within its European network of schools;

- supports global collaboration and networking through active membership of ICAJE (the International Commission on the Apostolate of Jesuit Education).

- s linked to Educate Magis, the online community connecting educators from schools in the Jesuit network all around the world.

PROMOTED LINKS

- JECSE website

- Educate Magis website

God calls each person to praise, love and serve Him. That is what ‘vocation’ means. Discovering your personal vocation takes time and prayer. Some people feel called to follow Christ as Jesuits. That is why every Jesuit Province or Region has a Vocation Promoter. His job is to accompany people in this search.

Vocation Promoters know about prayer, discernment and community life and the struggles involved. Together with other Jesuits, they organise retreats and social activities for young people and offer individual guidance.

The European Webmasters and Communicators Network (JesWebCom)

JesWebCom is made up of a group of Jesuits and lay people in charge of the websites of the European Jesuit Provinces and their major works in communication.

Every year, the meeting of JesWebCom attracts communicators from different Jesuit Conferences, transforming it into a broad communication forum.

The goals of JesWeb are:

- to share and reflect upon the experience of being responsible for the web sites;

- to seek and foster cooperation among those working on the different Jesuit websites;

- to study and discuss the new technological issues in (digital) communication and their usefulness;

- to consider ways of improving the apostolic and technical quality of the web sites;

- to improve collaboration with other apostolic areas such as vocations or working with refugees.