By Bruno Pazzi
Assistant to the Secretary for the Service of Faith, General Curia
JCEP Spirituality Delegates Meeting at the General Curia
The first meeting of the Spirituality Delegates of the Jesuit Conference
of European Provincials (JCEP) took place at the General Curia, January 23-26,
2023. It was an opportunity for them to get to know each other and identify
their strengths, weaknesses and challenges.
similarities were found, and therefore the space served as a sounding board for
sharing resources, experiences and good practices. It was also seen that there
are great differences between each Province, and that each one defines the role
of the Spirituality Delegate in a singular and particular way, which made the
contribution of each one to the whole richer.
Delegates had the opportunity to have a meeting with Father General, who
answered questions and also referred especially to the first of the four Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs), Showing
the way to God through the Spiritual Exercises and discernment. The UAPs do
not have a hierarchical order of importance, but we can understand the first
one as the basis and foundation of the other three.
of the challenges facing the Society of Jesus in Europe is the emergence of new
vocations. “We need to pray more,” Fr. General said, because we must not forget
that “vocations come from God.”