On the occasion of the publication of Fr Arturo Sosa’s
book, Walking with Ignatius, and in
connection with Father General’s short visit to Spain, we met the Editorial
Director of Grupo de Comunicación Loyola (GCL), Ramón Alfonso Díez Aragón. GCL is a
Jesuit work active in various types of publications and digital communication.
Ramón Alfonso mainly supervises book publishing; he was in charge of the
publication of Father General’s book.
connection can be made between Grupo de Comunicación Loyola and the Ignatian
I have been working with the Jesuits for 23 years and
eight years ago we brought together various works involved in communication
into one group: GCL. It was a new beginning and our inspiration has always been
Ignatian. When we saw the announcement of the preparation of an Ignatian Year,
we wanted to collaborate, according to our capacities, our expertise. It was a
stimulus for us: the Editorial Committee clearly stated our intention to
publish, on the occasion of this year, works related to Ignatian spirituality.
And you have
in fact been able to publish a work directly linked to this year, the book by
Fr Arturo Sosa entitled Walking with
Ignatius. What relevance does this book
have in the current context, not only in the publishing world but also for its
far as publishing is concerned, it was a challenge for us to work with a very
tight production schedule and in continuous liaison with the Curia of the
Society to arrive at a result that would meet expectations. We are grateful to
all those in Rome who contributed to this project. We are also pleased with the
work of our layout team who made good use of colours, images and text to
achieve a very satisfactory final result. Our work continues in coordinating
with publishers of other languages: three publishers in the English-speaking
world, and others for French, Italian, Portuguese, Brazilian, Polish, and
Arabic. And we are looking into the possibility of Korean, Japanese and Slovak
editions, as well as special editions for Africa.