Cultivating a spirituality of open eyes at the Loyola TAP

The Loyola Spirituality Center was, for another year, the setting of the meeting of the Territorial Apostolic Platform (TAP) of Loyola, passing on the spirit of the apostolic meetings that the Loyola Province used to celebrate. This year’s meeting, celebrated April 22 and 23, was entitled “Hospitality and the Transmission of Faith: Cultivating a Spirituality of Open Eyes” and 120 people from all the works of the Society in the Basque Country and Navarre participated.
The delegate of the Territorial Apostolic Platform, Jaime Oraá, SJ, placed this year’s meeting in the wake of the first Provincial meeting of Spain, also celebrated here a few weeks earlier. Oraá signaled that the TAP meetings help to strengthen our apostolic body, which “wants to jointly discern important elements of our shared mission here and now.” Oraá also took the opportunity to share about some advances in putting into practice the planning of the TAP. Some projects, such as formation, are still being directed by the Province, and others, such as reconciliation, enculturation, spirituality, hospitality, etc. function at the level of specific commissions of TAP.…

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Meeting of the Spain Province (April 1-3, 2016)

From Thursday, March 31 to Sunday April 3 the Loyola Spirituality Center celebrated the first meeting of the Spain Province, an event that reunited 170 Jesuits and laypersons who came from all the local platforms of the Spanish Province of the Society of Jesus. The event constituted a milestone in the brief trajectory of the province that was born in 2014.…

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A crisis of solidarity. Solidarity in confronting the crisis

In these times of such deep and extended crisis, different sectors of the Society of Jesus in Spain have gathered together to share a series of reflections, questions and proposals. We believe they have a place in a plural society like the Spanish one. We are not assuming to impose these reflections on anyone, simply offering them as a contribution to the public debate. We do so based on the Gospel values and from a Christian sensibility that we believe can be understood by everyone, although it may not be fully shared by everyone.…

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Etxea Jesuits (Durango) visit Loyola

Saturday, April 16 the community of the Loyola Sanctuary welcomed a delightful group of our companions of the Etxea Jesuit Association in Durango: Jesuits Koldo Katxo, Juan José López, and Michael Pastor, volunteers Josemari Salgado and his wife Rosamari Ibarra, together with Étienne and Maturine of Senegal, and Sylvestre of Cameroon.…

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Encounters along the way, a different kind of Easter

This year in the Province request for Easter opportunities a novel proposal arose, promoted by the Loyola Spirituality Center, “Encounters on the way,” that read like this: “we approach the death and resurrection of Jesus through an aesthetic and contemplative lens. We will pray with nature, poetry, music, film, words, and silence ….” And essentially, that’s what it was.…

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Spiritual Exercises workshop for youth

The final weekend of February 2016 the annual workshop on the Spiritual Exercises for university students took place in the Loyola Spirituality Center organized by the pastoral ministry of the Loyola TAP. Twelve young people from Bilbao, Pamplona, and San Sebastian participated, accompanied by Jon Sagastagoitia SJ, Mertxe Martín and Álvaro Zapata nSJ.…

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