Closing Festival of MAGIS Europe 2019 photo by Marija Stanulyte

Magis Europe 2019 Lithuania

In the summer of 2019 more than 210 participants from around 25 countries came together “to know, love and share” in Magis Europe 2019 event. The Ignatian program for young adults took place in Lithuania and Latvia from the 23rd to 31st of July, 2019.

Year 2019 marked the 450th anniversary of Jesuit Mission in Lithuania and Magis Europe 2019 event became one of the key parts of this celebration. The event program was based on the official theme of the anniversary year - “To know, love and share”. The event was also linked to the world Magis 2019 program and the World Youth Days in Panama.

Magis Europe event in Lithuania and Latvia was divided in two parts: Magis experiments and the Closing Festival. Magis Europe 2019 offered 11 different experiments, grouped in several categories: Pilgrimage, Ecology, Service, Spirituality, Arts and Culture.

Ecology experiments invited participants to focus on the practical ways of relating Catholic faith with personal ecology through environmental workshops and education. These experiments were inspired by the impulses from the Pope Francis encyclical “Laudato Si” and his calling to search for the inner spiritual ecology.

Photo by Kretzer András

In the three different Pilgrimage experiments young adults not only walked, but also canoed and cycled their way through different terrains in Lithuania and Latvia. Pilgrimages took place on the way of Santiago de Compostela, as well as on the beautiful Lithuanian seaside in Curonian Spit and in the “blue lakes land” area in Latvia.

Participants who chose the category of Arts and Culture attended Choir, Taize music, Theater and Food experiments. Young people were invited to reach out to God through worship, improvisation and even through the preparation of food. An important part of these experiments was sharing the fruits of these experiences - music, acting performances and food - with others.

Photo by Kretzer András

Spirituality experiment invited young people to explore the ‘more’ of God in the beauty of silence. Participants had the possibility to take a break from the chaos and noise of the modern world and concentrate only on the inner spiritual movements.

Mother Teresa’s sisters welcomed Magis participants in Riga for Service experiment. Young people were invited to join sisters in their daily acts of kindness for the homeless, addicted and for the children from the socially challenged families.

After the fruitful and moving Magis experiments participants gathered in Kaunas, Lithuania for the celebration of the Closing Festival. Young people participated in the Evening of Reconciliation with Lithuanian Youth Days choir. Next day participants attended Magis education workshops, Kaunas tours and took part in the choir Exaudi concert-meditation "The Face of Christ" which is based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. The evening was dedicated to get a glimpse and taste of Central American culture through traditional music, food and drinks. Magis Europe 2019 was closed on the 31st of August with an uplifting celebration of the Solemnity of St. Ignatius.

Read more of the event in a more detailed article and in a brief interview with two of the participants at the Jesuits in Europe website.