What are the commitments of the Society of Jesus here in Lleida, and how do you see them as an expression of the Society’s Apostolic Preferences?
The mission of the Society in Lleida tries to create a network of friends moved by the impulse of Ignatian spirituality. We work together through different works: the Colegio Claver (the saint of Verdú has given his name to the school) with some 1,300 students; the social organisation Arrels-Sant Ignasi; the parish of Sant Ignasi; the CLC Claver and the community of religious sisters, called the jesuitinas, who work with immigrants in the town of Alcarràs.
Regarding the Apostolic Preferences...
- “Showing the way to God”: our most direct work is perhaps that of the parish and the Ignatian spirituality team.
- “Walking with the excluded”: the social organisation Arrels-Sant Ignasi teaches us and helps us with its attention to people and families threatened by social exclusion, whether they are native born or immigrants (the hospitality axis).
- “Accompanying young people” is especially reflected in all the educational and pastoral work of the Colegio and the two recreational centres (“Esplais” in Catalonia).
- “Caring for our Common Home” is the subject of more recent and incipient projects, with special mention of the rediscovery of this dimension by the school (it is in the middle of the countryside, among vineyards, 15 kilometres from the city).
Father General is coming to spend some time with you, what would you like to communicate to him on this occasion? What do the Jesuits expect from this visit?
We thought of a very simple meeting. Rather, we wanted to invite him to pray with us. He represents the whole Society and so we will ask the Lord, through the intercession of St. Peter Claver, to renew our sensitivity to the pain of so many brothers and sisters in situations of marginalisation, exclusion, danger and slavery.