ECJA launches call to support the people in distress in the Lebanon
The general assembly was informed at its online meeting on September 26th, 2020 by Elias Matta from Beirut - living now in France and member of the French Federation of Jesuit Alumni - about the actual situation in the Lebanon.
The blast in Beirut on August 4th, 2020 has caused almost 200 dead, 3000 wounded and 300000 became displaced persons because 50000 homes were destroyed.
The Lebanon faces now at the same time a multitude of crisis: a political, sanitarian, financial and humanitarian crisis. The poverty rate has reached 50%. The crisis has also struck heavily the Lebanese education system, especially the around 330 Christian schools. 20% of all students in the Lebanon are Christians. Many schools will have to close this year because many families can no longer afford to pay the school fees.
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In a series of live debates, a Jesuit father and an Alumnus/a will discuss a theme of interest to Jesuit Alumni, allowing us to discover the Jesuit action in this field and to learn how we can take part in it.
We invite you to join the WUJA Facebook group which will allow you to attend the debates live.
The 3 first appointments are:
Wednesday, October 14 at 15:00 CET : Refugees and Migrants
• Tom Smolich - Director of JRS International
• Miren Mendiluce - Alumna of Deusto University in Bilbao
will talk about refugees and migrants, articulating a global vision and concrete experiences.
Saturday 14 November at 16.00 CET : Discernment
• John Dardis sj - Counselor for Discernment and Planning
• Chris Miller - Alumnus of Santa Clara University (Santa Clara, California
Wednesday 9 December at 16.00 CET : Education
• Jose Mesa sj - Secretary for International Secondary Education (Educate Magis)
• Alumnus/a to be determined
The WUJA Team
The General Assembly of ECJA extended at its online conference call meeting on September 26th, 2020 the mandate of the existing officers and elected 2 new board members to hold office till the end of 2021 - or the end of 2022 if the World Congress in Barcelona will be held in summer 2022 (depending on the decision of WUJA):
|Stephen Gatt||Vice President|
|Juan Carlos Ovejero||Vice President|
|Sebastian Schindler||Vice President|
|François Lombard||Vice President (new)|
|Francisco Guarner||Director World Congress Barcelona (new)|
François Lombard represents the French Federation of Jesuit Alumni and
Francisco Guarner is director of the organizing committee for the World Congress of Jesuit Alumni in Barcelona.
In Europe, where Jesuit schools have traditioally catered to pupils from middle- to high-income families, the Collège Matteo Ricci which opened its doors in September 2019 and which is located between a homeless shelter and large avenues leading to a busy train station, is setting a precedent.
For Alain Deneef, president of WUJA, who launched the project and later became one of the school’s board members, Matteo Ricci represents a pilot project that could be emulated elsewhere in Europe.
Read the full article about the Collège Matteo Ricci in the prestigious America magazine, published by the American Jesuits by clicking here.
What is the Brussels Chapter?
Do you want to know more about the Brussels Chapter Project - and share it with other Alumni?
The joint project of the European Confederation of Jesuit Alumni (ECJA) and the Jesuit European Social Centre (JESC) aims to expand the network of Jesuit alumni living and working in Brussels. Former students from Jesuit universities, colleges, secondary schools and Jesuit-led educational programs will find a way to meet, exchange experiences and participate in exclusive events.
1. Public service is a form of civic engagement and has its origins in a personal awareness of conflict.
2. It is inspired by a vision or dream which is attractive and empowering.
3. It involves personal interaction with people in a context of conflicting views and interests.
4. It ‘happens', i.e it is never experienced purely on ‘our’ terms and can leave us bewildered and discouraged.
5. If we are to serve, and not just react to the world around us, we need to stop and reflect on what we have seen and heard and its impact on our own lives.
6. The calling to public service is nurtured by conscientious living which involves three steps:
a. Attending to social realities which we find troubling.
b. Engaging in conversation with others about these realities.
c. Forming networks of solidarity and action in the light of this conversation.
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The annual General Meeting of the Spanish Federation of Associations of Jesuits Alumni was held in Bilbao on June 8th 2019.
Download the letter of the new president in Spanish in English in French
The agenda included, the:
Máximo Caturla - from the Inmaculada College in Alicante - has been elected as new President of the Spanish Federation.
The sessions will begin on July 14th, with an Opening Eucharist at Sta. María del Mar Basilic to be presided by Father General and the Archbishop of Barcelona and will end on July 18th.
There will be a previous Pilgrimage from Loyola-Verdú-Montserrat-La Cova. This pilgrimage will be included in the celebration of the V Centennial of the Conversion of Saint Ignatius. It will be a meeting of young people where they will talk about reconciliation: between people, with the creation and with God.
You are very welcome to collaborate and share your ideas for making the Barcelona congress a milestone!
Write to the organizers at SARRIA SANT IGNASI: firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch the official video presentation ot the 2021 Congress in Barcelona ! Click here.
Download the presentation of Barcelona as host city for the World Union Congress in 2021
A Jesuit Networking initiative led by Entreculturas launched in 2017 a survey for better understanding the dynamics of collaboration in the worldwide mission of the Society of Jesus. The survey was answered by more than 2,700 people, including alumni, collaborators, Jesuits, professors/teachers, members of the Christian Life Community and other groups linked to the Jesuit Mission around the world.
The results help to understand the main factors that favor or hinder international collaboration.
Click here to see the results and / or to download them.
And click here to read about the conclusions on the website of Jesuit Networking.
In the interview with Educate Magis - after the International Congress of JESEDU (Jesuit Education) in Rio de Janeiro from October 15 to 20 October 2017 - Fr General Arturo Sosa SJ speaks about the opportunities of Jesuit Education. Fr General points out how Jesuit Schools have undergone an incredible, creative and bold process of renewal and how this process is still happening today in an even more challenging context.
The interview is in Spanish. You have the possibility to switch on subtitles, click on "CC" in the lower right corner of the video.
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.
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 ...