What heritage has the colonial past left behind? Where would he take Pope Francis? Are the ancient religions and beliefs compatible with Christianity? And how could Europe help his continent? Szilárd Szőnyi’s interview with Rigobert Kyungu Musenge SJ, Provincial for Central Africa Province.
A man, who is committed to live the Ignatian Way and to shape the social and cultural reality based on the Christian message. He is responsible for the Jesuit community in Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia and the Gambia, and still thinks of himself as an ordinary person. Interview with Chukwuyenum Afiawari, provincial of the Africa North-West Province about engagement, education and faith in his continent.
It's been a long year's wait, but it was well worth it! All the lifting experiences and all the joyful gifts opening us to the deeper still echo in our hearts after the wonderful nine days we got to spend in Hungary and Slovakia for Magis Europe 2021. Read and find out how it all happened. One of the organizers, Kristóf Hódsági reports.
Dear Jesuits, dear Ignatian family, and all those close to the Ignatian spirituality! We, the Hungarian Jesuits and their companions challenge you to run with Saint Ignatius. While doing so, you may pass through the stages of our founder’s life, what is more, experience togetherness with other provinces in our Jubilee Year, commemorating the conversion of Saint Ignatius of Loyola.
“The Mission – What have the Jesuits ever done for us?” This is the title and subtitle of the board game that the Hungarian province of the Society of Jesus is about to launch for the Saint Ignatius Year. The game includes a board, figures (including Saint Ignatius), tokens, question and surprise cards, as well as cards for practical tasks.
After 1,5 year of renovation, the Hungarian Jesuits’ retreat house, Manréza welcomes spiritual practitioners with quieter rooms, better heated spaces and some minor interior remodelling in the hilly area of of Dobogókő. The spiritual centre offers a wide range of individually directed retreats that provide quiet time for rest, prayer and reflection.
“If the entire Ignatian Year helps even a single person to grow closer to Christ, it will have been a success. But of course, the more people who are inspired by it, the better” – says Pascal Calu SJ. The Belgian Jesuit in formation coordinates the whole Saint Ignatius Jubilee Year from Rome, from the center of the Society of Jesus. Péter Pásztor’s interview.
At the age of 94, Hungarian Jesuit Ferenc (Franz) Jálics passed away on 13 February in a Catholic home for the elderly in Budapest. He devoted nearly all his life to finding ways to the deepest spirituality and prayer, which he found in contemplation. He has been a widely known and acknowledged master of Christian meditation worldwide, with his books translated into more than 16 languages and his method implemented in several retreat houses around the globe.