Jesuits network for global justice
The Director of Jesuit Missions in London will be one of the participants at an international meeting entitled ‘Networking for Justice’, which will be taking place in Loyola, Spain from 16 – 20 November. Paul Chitnis will be attending this gathering of the Global Ignatian Advocacy Network (GIAN), the social coordinators of all of the Apostolic Conferences of the Society of Jesus, members of the Xavier Network, and other global networks from the Society of Jesus’ Social Apostolate. Jesuit Missions is a member of the Xavier Network.
‘Networking for Justice’ has been organised by the Secretariat for Social Justice and Ecology of the Society of Jesus and forms part of an important commitment to promote networking at the global level as a means to fight for social justice. The main objective of this meeting is to evaluate to what extent the Society’s networking actions have contributed to its mission in the struggle for justice.
Working as a universal body
“The necessity for Jesuit organisations to work within and across provinces on issues of global injustice cannot be over-emphasised,” says Paul Chitnis. “The Society of Jesus has an unrivalled breadth and depth of experience which is increasingly being harnessed to illuminate and influence some of the challenges facing humanity today. The Loyola meeting is an opportunity to search for the magis in our networking for justice and to plan confidently for the future.”
This commitment to networking is nothing new. Some 20 years ago, the 34th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus encouraged the development of Ignatian Apostolic Networks as a way to strengthen the mission of the Society in its provinces. Thirteen years later, the 35th General Congregation promoted this call to an even greater extent and encouraged us to build global networks as the most effective approach that the Society of Jesus has to work as a universal body.