“To be a Leader demands thoughtfulness,
training and experience.”
(Re)-Thinking Europe, 28 October 2017
THE STORY BEHIND THE PROGRAMME
A long Jesuit tradition seeks the formation of leaders
to change the world
Fr. John Dardis SJ, the former president of the
Jesuit Conference of European Provincials
We believe that Europe will grow into an ever-stronger union of hearts and minds. This will be accomplished in part through the professional training of committed Europeans to guide our European society with political virtue and Christian principles. A long Jesuit tradition seeks the formation of leaders to change the world. Fr. John Dardis SJ, the former president of the Jesuit Conference of European Provincials (JCEP), together with Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the former president of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the E.U. (COMECE), took the initiative to launch a programme that would contribute to the building of Europe.
In 2017, the Jesuit Provincials of Europe and the Near East, together with their new President Fr. Franck Janin SJ, entrusted their vision to Fr. Peter Rožič SJ, the new director of the Jesuit European Social Centre (JESC), to develop an institutional home for such a programme.
Fr. Rožič won the support of Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ from Luxembourg, the actual president of COMECE, and of the Spanish, German, Italian, Croatian and other Bishop conferences. Since August 2019, Botond Feledy, former rector of St. Ignatius Jesuit College in Budapest, is now in charge of the management of the programme as Secretary for Leadership at JESC.
The ELP project enhances leadership values and skills through a comprehensive formation experience that is offered to current and emerging leaders. It combines the elements of political training, insight into leadership experience through testimonies of current and former leaders, community building, walking with the poor and in all that, finding the way to God.
The Programme’s final aim is no less than to help reform the spiritual, social and political life in Europe, reorienting it towards an ever-greater quest for the common good.
Fr. Martin Maier SJ
Secretary for European Affairs
Director of JESC
of the ELP
Director of the ELP
Secretary for Leadership
External Relations and Development Officer
Martin Maier SJ
Madrid, April 17, 2018. The JESC team
had a fruitful meeting with Cardinal
Ricardo Blázquez, the President of the
Spanish Episcopal Conference.
The cordial meeting resulted in an
agreement that was sent as a
proposal to the Members of the
Episcopal Conference Executive
Committee for further partnership.
“Vision and Values for Europe.”
The purpose of JESC