MAGIS 2023 Portugal: Creating a Hope-Filled Future

Help Students Attend MAGIS 2023 in Lisbon

The Midwest Jesuits are fundraising to help send 50 university students to MAGIS 2023. MAGIS is a worldwide program for young people from all over the Jesuit world to  come together before World Youth Day (WYD) for a week of prayer, service, and companionship.
 
Students attending MAGIS 2023 in Lisbon will be paired with young people from other countries and sent to a small parish in Portugal or Spain for a week before returning to Lisbon for the grand celebration to kick off WYD.
 
The cost of the week is $250 per student. $15,000 will cover the costs for all the students as well as their faculty companions. The students will fundraise on their own to cover airfare.

About MAGIS 2023

MAGIS is a worldwide program for youth and young adults between 18 and 30 years of age connected to the Society of Jesus. It features an event which is held during the ten days prior to any World Youth Day (WYD). It was first held in France in 1997, but it was in Germany, in 2005, that it got its name and became an official gathering, which was repeated for each of the WYD. A few years later, in 2011, in Spain, it brought together thousands of participants from 50 different countries. Its current format was created at that time and has been used for the subsequent gatherings.

MAGIS 2023 is an opportunity for Ignatian youth from different countries to reflect, share and celebrate together in preparation for WYD 2023 in Lisbon. It is an invitation to experience the joys and the cries of so many people, made possible thanks to the diversity of so many participants. It is an invitation as well to experience the presence of a shared desire, in each person’s heart, for more just societies that could offer sustainable and life-giving possibilities.

These are the type of experiences that put young people in touch with God’s dream for humanity and awaken in us, the young Ignatians, yearning and determination, moved and supported by the Spirit of God. MAGIS provides an impetus to get involved through lives of service committed to “creating a hope-filled future” – one of the Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus.

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