Jesuit Young Adult Ministries helps young adults (18-35 year olds) to find God in all things, from prayer and reflection to opportunities to put their faith into action. Ultimately, we do this to help young adults to encounter Jesus Christ so that he may lead them to the fullness of life.
‘I have come that you may have life and have it to the full.’ John 10:10
Jesuit Young Adult Ministries offer a variety of opportunities and paths to continue to develop our faith, such as Masses, social events, retreats, pilgrimages, volunteering, or faith formation programmes. Finding a quiet space and time in a busy life allows us to slow down, hear the gentle invitation of the Lord and reflect on our lives and friendship with Christ.
St Ignatius often used the Latin word magis, meaning more. By this, St Ignatius did not mean more in terms of quantity but in terms of wanting to live a life more than average, to live with greater integrity and faith. Because young adults are at a time in their lives when they are seeking this life of more, we have branded our young adult ministry MAGIS. Here are the many events that we organise through MAGIS.
A relaxed evening for young adults, in the social space of the London Jesuit Centre near Oxford Street. In addition to food, a variety of topics will be served, connecting life and faith.
Every Sunday evening a Mass for young adults (18-35 yr olds) is celebrated at 7pm in Farm Jesuit Church in Central London, emphasising an aspect of Ignatian spirituality to deepen our experience of different parts of the Mass. It is followed by a social either in a local pub or the Parish Hall. (During the COVID lockdown the Mass was substituted by an online Liturgy of the word).
Our young adult Masses are usually celebrated by different Jesuit priests including the parish team of Farm Street Church.
Based at Farm Street Church, a small group of young adults use the art and architecture of this famous Jesuit Church to help visitors appreciate the meaning of what they see. Our group is part of a larger international communion, based on prayer, community life, theological and art-historical formation, and gratuity. These weekly meetings take place on Wednesday evenings.
A residential programme for young Catholics (22-35), to experience shared Christian life alongside their work or studies. We invite applications from people who would like to commit to this programme for one year, ordinarily, starting in September. This includes weekly community meetings, a monthly day of reflection with other young adults, three weekends in the year and a weeklong retreat or MAGIS event.
An informal gathering of 18-35 yr olds on the first Saturday of each month in the Clapham Jesuit Community (or online), exploring the interaction of faith and engagement with the world, such as integral ecology and other aspects of Catholic Social Teaching (CST).
CLC is for those who want to understand more deeply how God is at work in their everyday lives. Groups meet fortnightly to pray and share, supporting one another through the ups and downs of ordinary life. In listening to one another members of the group grow to understand themselves, deepen their relationship with God and discover more clearly how each one of them is uniquely called to respond to God's love.
Ignatian individually guided retreats for young adults, both residential and online
A low-cost weekend retreat in London for young adults offering a chance to unplug from the busyness of daily life, and from our devices, to create a space and a silence in which to hear God’s call more clearly. It is led and individually accompanied by a member of the Jesuit YAM team.
Plugged in online retreats
A week-long online retreat in daily life for young adults, requiring a commitment to 30 min daily personal prayer and a 30 min daily online meeting with a spiritual director, three optional online prayer workshops. Plugged In retreats are offered at different moments during the year.
Young adult retreats at St Beuno’s
Occasional weekend or longer residential retreats at St Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre in North Wales [link to page of their website] (bursaries available).
Navigating your life with God
A workshop on discernment from our Jesuit Young Adult Ministries team, over four weekends over half a year, with exercises and reflection to be completed during and between weekends.
MAGIS Europe International summer camps offer Ignatian opportunities to find God in all things through experience, reflection, community, service and prayer in partnership with European Jesuits.