challenges. The differences between the members’ capacity, history, and type of
work slow down our progress. A second challenge is how to balance the diverse
local expressions of work and the need to respect the Jesuit structure deeply
rooted in the Ignatian mission while making the best use of the technical
skills, procedures, and experience which exist in mainstream organisations.
Three strategic issues, among
others, will dominate our thinking in the near future: first, how to build
stronger partnerships with Jesuit provinces in the Global South so that there
is a greater level of equality, reciprocity, and accountability between us;
second, how to increase the participation of southern partners in the network
to improve understanding and increase collaboration; third, how to achieve the
greatest impact with our limited human and financial resources.
It has been said that St. Ignatius possessed “great energy in
undertaking extraordinarily difficult tasks, great constancy in pursuing them,
and great prudence in seeing them to completion.” The Xavier Network aspires to
nothing less in exercising its collaborative and Ignatian leadership.
[Article from "Jesuits - The Society of Jesus in the world - 2020", by Jenny Cafiso and Paul Chitnis]