The General Assembly of ECJA elected in Glasgow the following persons to hold office till the end of the next 3 year term (as set by the statutes) 2018-2020:
|Stephen Gatt||Vice President|
|Juan Carlos Ovejero||Vice President (new)|
|Sebastian Schindler||Vice President (new)|
Juan Carlos Ovejero will be responsible for maintaining and improving the connectivity with the Jesuit Alumni Confederations and the Jesuit institutions.
Sebastian Schindler will be responsible for maintaining and intensifying the contact to the Young Alumni. Starting February 2018, Sebastian will also be responsible for the social networks ECJA runs on Facebook and on Twitter.
The two new vice presidents replace François Marinx who has been greatly appreciated for all his contributions and strong engagement in ECJA.
Read the Resolutions taken by the Jesuit alumni at the World Congress 2017 in Cleveland and published on 25 August 2017 by wuja.orga.
The John Caroll University in Cleveland
General Fr Arturo Sosa SJ at the World Congress 2017 in Cleveland (via life streaming from Rome):
“We are called to an attitude of encountering, getting out of our normal way of doing things, figuring out how to reach people where they are".
Fr General also emphasised the importance of collaboration and networking in light of the last General Congregation and invited the Jesuit alumni to think along these lines:
“Today we are more aware of the potential that we have if we work together. Our schools are attended by men and women from a great variety of socio-economic, cultural and religious backgrounds. You have an incredible reach in the world and we can only dream of what you could do if the strong local associations were united at the level of strong national and regional associations that form an even stronger world association.”
Educate Magis has recently released an updated version of the Jesuit Schools Global Map (version July 2017).
Take a look, print it out, hang it up and share within your school and/or organization.
Congratulations to the Spanish and Catalan Jesuit Alumni Federations and to the local organizer, the Sant Ignasi Jesuit Alumni Association in Barcelona !
Dr Metsola, member of the European Parliament from Malta, pays tribute to the Jesuit way of protecting human dignity above all and to the inspiration and work being done by JRS on migration, sometimes in very difficult conditions. There is no quick fix to migration. We need a sustainable long-term vision. Solidarity must be the principle upon which any action on migration is based. Metsola addresses measures and decisions to be taken by European Union and emphasizes that migration is above all a human issue: 'We cannot allow ourselves to become desensitised to the fact that migration is above all a human issue, with real people with real lives, with many running from real danger'.
Radio Vatican reports about Pope Francis' address to the Jesuit alumni present at the private audience in the Consistory Hall of the Vatican on September 17th, 2017:
Refugees and migrants are more than statistics, Pope Francis told members of the European Confederation and World Union of Jesuit Alumni and Alumnae; they are no different than our own family and friends.
The Jesuit group had been participating in a conference in Rome this week entitled “Global Migration and Refugee Crisis: Time to Contemplate and Act”.
In the face of tens of thousands of persons forcibly displaced worldwide, the Pope stressed that it is important to move beyond the statistics, and realize that migrants and refugees “are no different than our own family members and friends.” “Each of them has a name, a face, and a story,” the Holy Father said,” as well as an inalienable right to live ...