Planning for Magis 2016

With just under 12 months to go before the official preparations for Magis 2016 get underway in Poland, the Jesuits are appealing for prayers - and funds - to support the event. Magis is a meeting of young people (aged 18 to 30) from all over the world who are interested in Ignatian spirituality. The programme offers an opportunity to share a unique experience at three distinct levels: individual growth, relationships with God and others, and intercultural dialogue.

Magis dates back to 1997, when Jesuits invited young people associated with them all over the world to take part in a pilgrimage directly preceding World Youth Day (WYD) in Paris. In 2005, the year of WYD in Cologne, the event took its final form as Magis. The Latin word magis can be translated as ‘more, better, fuller’. Saint Ignatius of Loyola used this word to describe how authentic Christianity fosters a deeper connection with Christ and more zeal in serving others. This is the ‘more’ of Magis.

Pilgrims

Magis 2016 will kick off on July 15 in Łódź, Poland, where young Catholics from all over the world will gather for fellowship and Mass with Fr Adolfo Nicolás SJ, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, who will send pilgrims off to their Ignatian Experiments. Between July 17 and 23, these Experiments will take place in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia or Lithuania.

Experiments are an important part of the Ignatian Magis meetings. Currently, about 100 Experiments are being planned, divided into five categories: Pilgrimage, Spirituality, Artistic, Service (with people and the environment) and Socio-cultural experiments. Read more >>

The Jesuits in Britain have been working with their colleagues in Poland to develop web resources for World Youth Day 2016 and their online video (below), which is available in English, Polish and Spanish. For more information or to make a donation, please visit the Magis 2016 website. And please remember in your prayers all those involved with the planning for next year’s event.