Follow up Reflections on SJES Congress:

Echoes of the Congress of the Secretariat for Social Justice and Ecology. My impressions. Ismael Moreno SJ – The world is sinking into technological distractions and a globalization of the concentration of wealth and a massive distribution of human distress. Pope Francis has taken the step forward. We are being left behind, as if in tow, too timid, and the apostolic timidity does not match the demands that arise from so much human anguish accumulated on the planet. Read more….

A Young Jesuit reflects on 50 years of social Justice. Mathew Ippel SJ. As the SJES Jubilee concluded, the threads weaving across each participant’s unique context pointed to a common call to authentic conversion: a conversion rooting itself in the crucified peoples in our world. Read more…

Interview with Franck Janin SJ after the SJES Congress. The start of the Congress, with the commemoration of the Martyrs, was strong for us. This could sound depressing, but on the contrary, they are a sign of hope for us. They gave all the participants a sense of hope and renewed energy to continue being involved in Justice and Reconciliation. Read more…

Lay Reflections on Rome Congress celebrating 50 years of Jesuit Social Ministry – Christopher Kerr, Ignatian Solidarity Network. Continued discernment on the Universal Apostolic Preferences, expanding the sense of Ignatian family and affirming Jesuit – lay collaboration are three aspects oft he Congress that hopefully will influence the work of Ignatian Solidarity Network.  Read more…

Listening to the “cry of the poor and the earth”. Valerio Cirello SJ – What is clear from the Congress is the emphasis placed on interior conversion, which is an indispensable presupposition for achieving institutional or structural conversion. We all need personal conversion, including Jesuits! Read more…

The SJES Congress, a source of energy and hope. Ambroise Dorino SJ – We have discovered that social and political involvement for the ecological transformation of the world is none other than the fruit of the moving encounter with the wounded, humiliated, persecuted and crucified Christ. Read more…

Brother Francis, you are not alone. José María Segura SJ – These have been days of feeling and tasting the incredible potential that we, the Society and the Ignatian family, have for weaving a kingdom and of being witnesses to this process and to this newness of the Kingdom that we are already engendering. Read more…

The Congress of the SJES. Alberto Ares SJ – Historical perspective on the social apostolate, with Father Janssen, Father Arrupe, and many lay and religious collaborators as reference points. Read more…

Transforming our gaze to transform the world. Valeria Méndez de Vigo, SJES. – The congress was an opportunity to take stock of the four “processes” that emerged during the discussions and that now need to be deepened: personal and community conversion, transformation, the need for greater collaboration and more effective networking, the process of synodality, and, the creation of new narratives that include the marginalized and support change. Read more…