“Regarding formation,” she explained,
“I drew inspiration from ‘Partners in Mission.’ the Jesuit formation programme being
developed jointly by the Jesuit Provinces of Ireland and Great Britain.
Specifically, we offered training days that brought all the collaborators
together. Not only were they happy with what they were learning, but the
sessions gave rise to greater mutual knowledge that has borne much fruit ever
since. The importance of these meetings was confirmed to me when one of the
participants wrote: ‘This day was important for me, not only for the sake of my
work, but also for myself personally, for me as a husband, for me as a father’.
We later extended these Ignatian formation days to members of the boards of
directors of the various works.”
To meet the need for more
money, Cecilia has taken university courses on fundraising, and the Network is
supporting the initiatives of the works themselves in this area. As regards the
need for more Jesuits, she has proposed setting up a team made up of two
Jesuits and two lay people instead of having just a single vocation promoter.
This group has brought together the various apostolic works that are in contact
with young adults: it is called JOIN, the Ignatian Youth Network.
IgnAN network believes that it can play a significant role for young people in
the secularised context of Flanders. These are hard times for many of them: the
first task is to listen to the young people and try to reach them in the
digital world. More and more people are following the “Pray as you go”
podcasts, and many are also taking part in the Advent and Lenten retreats (over
20,000 registered last time). After that experience, some young people joined a
CLC or made a retreat at a retreat house.