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Conference report: Magis Europe 2022 set to start in few days in Croatia

Fr. Tomislav Špiranec, SJ, president of the Magis Association, explained how Croatia got to host this project. At the end of the Ignatian Year marking the 500th anniversary of St. Ignatius’ conversion, Croatia has the honor of hosting the event.


From July 24 to 31, our country is hosting the international Jesuit youth program MAGIS Europe 2022. Over 250 participants and 100 volunteers will take part in 29 experiments throughout the country with the aim of getting exposed to different experiences, from pilgrimages on the slopes of the Velebit mountain to living together with the Benedictine nuns in Zadar. In everything and everyone they meet, they are supposed to meet God.

The grand finale of the Magis program will take place in Split, with the central events being the Festival of nations on July 30 at 9:00 p.m. in the Dr. Franjo Tuđman Campus and the Holy Mass on July 31 at 10:00 a.m. in the Basilica of the Holy Familiy in Solin.

The word ‘magis’ can be translated as ‘more, better, more complete’. Saint Ignatius, the founder of the Jesuits who host this project, used it to encourage souls to greater zeal in their relationships with God. This is also the aim of this international program: to help young people experience and taste God’s closeness and choose what leads them more to Him through various activities, Ignatian spirituality and fellowship.



Two experiments are going to take place in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and one in Serbia, because both countries are part of the Croatian Province of the Society of Jesus.

Fr. Tomislav Špiranec, SJ, president of the Magis Association, explained how Croatia got to host this project. The project has been organized since 1997, each year by a different European country, and right at the end of the Ignatian Year marking the 500th anniversary of St. Ignatius’ conversion, Croatia has the honor of hosting the event. The experiments can be divided into five categories: spirituality, service, art, pilgrimage, and society and culture. They are intended to bring about changes both in young people’s lives and in the local communities where they will take place.

Young people are warmly welcomed by the Archdiocese of Split-Makarska, in collaboration with which a musical experiment in Split, pyrography on the island of Brač, a children’s camp near Sinj and a socio-cultural experiment in the Republic of Poljica were organized. The motivational and evangelizing power of such meetings were highlighted by the Youth Pastoral Care Commissioner of the Archdiocese of Split-Makarska, the Rev. Mihael Mišo Prović. Among the fruits of such meetings, he emphasized the realization of the family vocation exemplified by as many as twenty young couples who met their spouses at such meetings in the past years.



The Student Center is also looking forward to the event since the three student dormitories in Split offer 1,200 beds and this offer is primarily aimed at young people, said Matej Sunara, media manager of the Student Center in Split.

The Croatian youth ministry of the Society of Jesus is the host of this project, and in addition to the Magis Association, SKAC Palma, SKAC Osijek, and SKAC Split student Catholic centers, various Church communities and many other institutions of civil society are involved in its implementation.

At the end, Fr. Špiranec explained the motto ‘Sentir y gustar’, loosely translated as ‘experience and taste’, which Saint Ignatius of Loyola used to describe the way to enter into a deeper relationship with God who embraces us through reality.