Dear Colleagues in the JECSE network,

We cordially invite you to participate in the long-awaited Pastoral Conference to be held on 17-20 January 2023 in Manresa, Spain. 

Our conference will continue the reflection we started in January of this year during our Pastoral Webinar around the issue of accompaniment. This time, we will be guided by the words: “Were not our hearts burning within us…?” (Luke, 24:32). 

During this conference, we will explore the pedagogical and spiritual attitudes that go with true accompaniment. In both a reflective and practical manner, we will discern the various challenges facing education in our complex European and post-pandemic context of today. Together, we will consider how we can accompany others so that they can personally experience the hope of Jesus and so better pass it on to those they serve. 

We will also take time for personal reflection and quiet time. I hope that the Spirit will move within us and be a source of consolation.  

The main objectives of this Conference are:

  • to give Mission & Identity Formators and Pastoral Coordinators a ‘retreat style’ experience
  • to deepen our understanding of Ignatian spirituality and pedagogy
  • to reflect together on our shared mission in the context of today’s challenges
  • to support staff formation in our schools
  • to offer a unique opportunity for this combined audience to meet and share, and build a European support group.

This meeting is also an opportunity to share examples of good practice from your own schools. If you would be interested in leading a short workshop-presentation (in English, French or Spanish), please tick the appropriate box on the registration form.

The target audience for this conference is primarily for Mission & Identity Formators and Pastoral Coordinators in our Primary as well as Secondary Schools – i.e. for those charged with the special responsibility for formation in our schools and for those who are called, on a daily basis, to accompany staff and students on their spiritual journey.

There will be simultaneous translation into three languages (EN / SP / FR). 

Small group meetings for reflection and sharing will be in your preferred language.

Pastoral Conference 2023 Programme 

“Were not our hearts burning within us?”

Accompaniment – journeying together in hope, from and into the heart of our Ignatian tradition


Tuesday, January 17th

… – 16:00         Arrivals & accommodation

16:00               Eucharist  

17:00               Opening prayer  

17:10              Opening and introduction to the Conference

17:20              Encontrar las raíces de la esperanza / Finding the roots for hope

                        Ms Ana Berástegui, Universidad Pontificia Comillas Spain

 18:20            Personal time with questions for reflection

 18:50            Small groups work 1: Introductory meeting   

20:00             Dinner and Social

Wednesday, January 18th

07:30                  Eucharist

08:30                  Breakfast

09:30                  Morning prayer

09:45                  Introduction to the dynamic of the day  

10:00                El acompañamiento desde una perspectiva teológica

                          / Accompaniment from a theological perspective

                          Fr Álvaro  Lobo SJ, Pastoral coordinator, Spanish Province

 11:00              Personal time with questions

 11:30                  Coffee break

 12:00                  Small groups work  2: Spiritual conversation

 13:30                  Lunch

 15:30                Introduction to the dynamic of the afternoon session

 15:45                Testimonies on hope – What gives us hope?

                          Ms Clarie Lefevre, Saint Joseph – REIMS, France

                          Ms Christine Rossi, St. Aloysius College, Malta

                          Ms Dorien van der Deijl, Stanislascollege, the Netherlands

 16:45               Personal time with questions

 17:15               Coffee break

 17:45               Plenary session with sharing in small groups

 19:00              Prayer in the style of Taizé

 20:00                Dinner

Thursday, January 19th 

08:30                  Breakfast

09:30                  Morning prayer

 09:45                  Introduction to the dynamic of the day

 10:00                  Workshops 1st round

 11:30                  Coffee break

 12:00                  Workshops 2nd round

 13:30                  Lunch

 15:30                  Introduction to the dynamic of the afternoon session

 15:40                  Spiritual steps in Manresa – personal time for exploration, reflection and prayer

 19:00                  Eucharist in the chapel – in English

20:00                  Dinner

                           Social with special programme: Presentation MUNDOSI

Friday, January 20th

08:30                  Breakfast

 09:15                  Departure for Montserrat

 11:00                 Eucharist at Montserrat

12:00                  Conclusion and evaluation (conference room Montserrat)

12:30 or 13:30    Departure by buses to Barcelona


To receive more information please write to us:

To register for the Pastoral Conference please be in touch with your Headmaster and/or Education Delegate.