Here are some characteristics and elements of programmes of the main Jesuit chaplaincies:
-In Lublin, at the Catholic University or Lublin (since 1918): liturgical formation (choir, bible lecturers), charismatic renewal group, “Todo Modo” group (Ignatian spirituality), missionary volunteers, Oasis (Light and Life Movement) and CLC (Christian Life Communities).
-In Toruń, at the Nicolaus Copernicus University (with a Jesuit chaplaincy since 1949), the chaplaincy was recognized as a place of independent thought, open dialogue and discussion on issues of faith during the communist period. It has developed formation programmes for small communities, CLC, meditation and prayer groups, social and missionary volunteers groups and artistic creativity activities. It is called, The Wellspring.
-In Warsaw, the chaplaincy started in 1958 with lectures, individual spiritual guidance and daily Eucharistic celebrations until 1989. After the change of regime, new pastoral methods led to the creation of small communities. Among them are the St. John’s meditation group, the Magis community, the Taizé group and even a dance-training group. The last is known as The Oaktree.
-In Gdańsk, we find The Vineyard that also started in 1958. It went through several transformations and now offers activities in Ignatian spirituality, charismatic renewal prayer and social/missionary volunteering. All these guide the students to a communitarian faith experience leading to service.