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Nº 72 - 17th, November, 2021

Is there a story that the global Jesuit network should know about?

Please, share it with us through ignacio@iaju.org

FEATURED

A Youth’s Journey to Healing the Earth

Global Environmental Citizenship Course
English. In September of 2020, the International Association of Jesuit Universities (IAJU), launched the Magis Exchange program, an innovative and one-of-a-kind higher education student exchange program. Its goal is to build cohorts of citizens who have participated in a semester-long academic and service international exchange program rooted in the Jesuit tradition.
 
At the core of Magis Exchange we can find the Global Environmental Citizenship Course (GECC). The course is focused on shaping young people who care about our common home, as they attempt to understand contemporary problems that our world faces.  The course seeks to build a global community, promote Ignatian "men and women for others" in a cross-cultural setting, foster leadership, and knowledge about current pressing social and ecological issues.
 
So far, two cohorts have participated in the GECC. The first group began their journey in March 2021 with 14 students from seven countries and nine institutions and they are now in their second semester. The second cohort with 21 students from eleven countries and thirteen institutions, have just begun their first semester! The course is available in both Spanish and English.
 
Learn more about the details of the course and the methodology used by the professors reading the article by Ana Jiménez Rey, from the IAJU Communication Team. Read article.
Español. En septiembre de 2020, la Asociación Internacional de Universidades Jesuitas (IAJU), lanzó el programa Magis Exchange, un programa único e innovador de intercambio de estudiantes de educación superior. Su objetivo es crear cohortes de ciudadanos que hayan participado en un programa de intercambio internacional académico y de servicio de un semestre de duración, enraizado en la tradición jesuita.

En el centro del programa Magis Exchange se encuentra el Curso de Ciudadanía Ambiental Global (GECC). El curso se centra en la formación de jóvenes que se preocupan por nuestra casa común, teniendo en cuenta una dimensión ética y reflexionando sobre las convicciones personales al mismo tiempo que intentan comprender los problemas contemporáneos a los que se enfrenta nuestro planeta.  El curso busca construir una comunidad global, promover el mensaje ignaciano de "hombres y mujeres para los demás" en un entorno intercultural, fomentar el liderazgo y el conocimiento de los problemas sociales y ecológicos actuales más acuciantes.

Hasta ahora, dos cohortes han participado en el GECC. El primer grupo comenzó su camino en marzo de 2021 con la participación de 14 estudiantes de siete países y nueve instituciones. Este grupo acaba de comenzar su segundo semestre en septiembre de 2021, mientras que una segunda cohorte, de 21 estudiantes de once países y trece instituciones, comenzó su primer semestre. El curso está disponible tanto en español como en inglés.

Conozca los detalles del curso y la metodología utilizada por los profesores leyendo el artículo de Ana Jiménez Rey, del Equipo de Comunicación de la IAJU. Lea el artículo.
THANK YOU!
The IAJU and the Magis Exchange Task Force would like to officially thank the School of Environmental Sustainability of Loyola University Chicago for sponsoring the Global Environmental Citizenship Course, and a special thanks to Dr. Michael Schuck and Rachel Elfant for designing, coordinating, and teaching the course.
Is your university part of Magis Exchange? Are you interested in exploring the possibility? Contact Ignacio Garrido Cruz for more information.
ignacio@iaju.org

PERSPECTIVES FROM THE JESUIT NETWORK

Coexisting with COVID-19 in El Salvador

Fr. Andreu Oliva de la Esperanza, S.J.

We invite you to read the article by Fr. Andreu Oliva de la Esperanza, S.J., president of the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) José Simeón Cañas in El Salvador. This perspective exemplifies the Jesuit institution’s commitment to social justice during the COVID-19 crisis. 

Here is a brief glimpse:

"At the same time that we adapted to this new reality imposed by the coronavirus, the UCA continued with its mission of defense of human rights (...) We see much danger in the accumulation of tremendous amount of power, as the lack of transparency and totalitarian attitudes are all too common in both the president and his party, so as a university, we must remain vigilant to continue working in defense of democracy, freedom of expression and fight against corruption."

 
Read the complete article here. English // Spanish
*Orginal article in Spanish

"Perspectives from the Jesuit Network" is a project sponsored by University of San Francisco
Do you know a student or group of students who would like to participate in this global film contest? Is there a colleague who should know about it? Please, help us spread the word.
Registration opens today!
SPREAD THE WORD
For more information, visit the website or contact Theresa Messmer (beca.tmessmer@uloyola.es)

NEWS

AJCU Issues New Guide for Mission Reflection & Online Resources for Mission Priority Examen

AJCU-NA

At the request of the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, the North American Jesuit Provincials and AJCU Presidents have established a self-study and peer review process for reaffirming the Jesuit, Catholic mission of Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States and Belize. Read more.

Three Scholastics from the AJCU-AP Region are Part of the Arrupe Period at Comillas Pontifical University

AJCU-AP - KIRCHER NETWORK

The idea of the Arrupe Month came from Fr Pedro Arrupe who wanted scholastics to have a programme during their theology studies so they could delve deeper into the meaning of priestly ministry. Read more.

Xavier Learning Community (XLC) has started a vegetable garden in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

AJCU-AP

This initiative has served to provide students and staff members with healthy food, in addition to being an innovative idea that favors sustainability. Learn more

A Collaboration between Seattle University and UCA El Salvador has Resulted in a Webinar on "Los Mártires de la UCA"

AJCU - AUSJAL

Both institutions have invited all universities belonging to the AUSJAL and AJCU regions to participate in this event, today at 6pm (EST) Follow the streaming.

The Pope’s Astronomer Meets Young People from Asia Pacific Region

AJCU-AP

Young people belonging to the universities of the AJCU-AP region have had a webinar on "How does a Jesuit scientist meet God?". Read more.

Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice 2021 

IGNATIAN SOLIDARITY NETWORK 

The IFTJ, an annual gathering for members of the Ignatian family, held a livestream on social justice and solidarity to learn, reflect, pray, network and advocate together. Access resources

CONFERENCES

IAJU Boston College Assembly

August 2022
Location: Boston College

August 3-6, 2022

*Registration will start in January 2022.
Further information will come soon.

RESOURCES

The Ignatian Year - Jesuit Higher Education
IAJU presentation film of the Ignatian Year, the 500 anniversary of the conversion of Ignatius of Loyola. We invite all of you, your communities and your institutions to live this anniversary as an opportunity to go "from profesion to purpose". Watch video
Do You Speak Ignatian?
“Do you speak Ignatian?” Is a glossary of Ignatian and Jesuit Terms which provides a useful reference for introducing people to Ignatian jargon. An expanded and updated mini-dictionary that defines many of the terms used in conversations in Ignatian and Jesuit circles. It can be used on campus activities, workshops, retreats and in class. Read in English / Spanish
La Contemplación para Alcanzar Amor a Jesús en San Ignacio
¿Cómo acercarse desde el propio contexto, personal y social, a la denominada "contemplación de Dios en todas las cosas"? Este libro fue pensado para poner de manifiesto que la mente de San Ignacio en la redacción de sus Ejercicios y particularmente en la “Contemplación para Alcanzar Amor” no era solo encontrar a Dios en todas las cosas, Dios sin acepción de personas, Dios trascendente y metafísico, sino encontrar a Jesús de Nazaret, al Jesús histórico, en todas las cosas y circunstancias de la vida. Una herramienta útil para quienes deseen una aproximación al Jesús histórico desde la experiencia de la fe. Descarga el libro aquí

INITIATIVES

Addressing Climate Change from an Ignatian-Inspired Perspective
Webinar
IAJU
Learn more
Jesuit Alumni & Friends Morning of Reflection
Virtual
Ignatian Spirituality Center
Learn more

Pausa Ignaciana - Oración Comunitaria
Virtual
AUSJAL
Learn more
Xavier University CelebrateS its Jesuit heritage by Honoring the Life of St. Ignatius of Loyola
In person activity
AJCU
Learn more
Does your institution have any special plans for the Ignatian Year?
Please share your ideas and initiatives with us using the following links.
INITIATIVES IN ENGLISH
INITIATIVES IN SPANISH

CANNONBALL MOMENT

Discover the cannonball moment of  Kiki from Indonesia From sexual abuse to mission.
Visit repository with all the IAJU Ignatian Year toolkit
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