Aims & Objectives of JIGSA

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Secretariat for Ignatian Spirituality of South Asian Assistancy (JIGSA)


I. Name

1:  The name of the Secretariat shall be “Jesuits in Ignatian Spirituality - South Asian Assistancy”.

II. Aims and Objectives of the Secretariat

2:  The aims of the Secretariat shall be:

In General

i. Being men of the Exercises, to promote Ignatian Spirituality (IS) in the Assistancy; to strive especially to make it come alive in our lives through research and writing,
and to foster among Jesuits, Religious and Lay People alike an Ignatian pedagogy so as to produce men and women for others.
 
ii. Through its provinces and members, to make its own contribution towards the dissemination of our rich Ignatian heritage – the Sp. Ex., spiritual accompaniment and
personal and common apostolic discernment - to the Church in South Asia and to make the Ignatian treasures grow in local cultures and way of life.

 

In particular

i. Assist the Jesuit Conference of South Asia and individual Provinces/Regions to organize the sector of IS with clarity, relevance and vision
 
ii. Encourage and promote IS, particularly with reference to Asian Religious traditions, and provide a forum for reflection on key IS issues at the zonal and Assistancy level.
 
iii. Engage in research in and interaction with Indian realities- Social, cultural and religious and coordinate their activities wherever necessary, and support
initiatives/research at Zonal and Assistancy levels.
 
iv. Collect and circulate useful and meaningful information on resource persons, publish journals, books, pamphlets and other literature, arrange for meetings, seminars, conferences,  consultations etc., and assist Jesuit Spirituality Centres with information and guidance in IS matters.
 
v. Foster collaboration among Jesuits engaged in IS and among IS Centres and collaboration in mission with Religious of Ignatian Charism and Lay People who are involved in our apostolates.
 
vi. Foster and coordinate the work of IS among Jesuits engaged in educational institutions, parishes, social centres, youth animators, hostel directors, study centres,
and others engaged in similar activities.
 
vii. Cooperate with all other Jesuit Secretariats, Jesuits and others, Christians and non-Christians, engaged in Spirituality or connected with it, and to assist them to the extent possible.