A relevant aspect of the proposals in the spiritual field is the participation to the Ignatian spirituality groups and movements. Connected to the Company of Jesus with which they share the spirituality and mission, there are indeed 3 lay “movements” composed by young people and children:
- the Eucharistic Youth Movement (M.E.G.)
- the Communities of Christian life (C.V.X.)
- the Missionary League Students (L.M.S.)
Below, the individual movements are summarized but more in detail.
The Catholic School Parents Association is a Social Promotion Association, recognized by the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI) and by the Ministry of Education. The A.Ge.S.C. is a “tool” that the parents of the Catholic Schools have given themselves to help each other deepen their relations with the school, with the Catholic religion and with civil society. The areas of the A.Ge.S.C. are: to
facilitate and make easier the relations between parents and the school from a community perspective; create moments of aggregation, bringing families closer to school ministry; develop community initiatives, with particular reference to adults; promote a close link between the different school districts; facilitate relations with civil society for greater dialogue on issues such as school equality and greater protection of fragile pupils. For information and contacts: Giuseppe Mannino (president), cell. 3477547387; mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Spiritual Exercises in Ordinary Life, according to the itinerary of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, provided in the booklet of his Spiritual Exercises. Two or three groups are formed annually, depending on the requests. Each group is made up of about 10/15 people, who want to deepen their journey of faith. So far, the turnout has been good, as has the participation. The AGEVO cards are used. Three days of retreat are organized each year. Each group is followed by two chaperones, who are: Angela Caruso, Paolino Gervasi, Patrizia Rizzuto, Lillo Barberi, Livia Tranchina and Pietro Costamante. Coordinator of the guides is Father Francesco Tata S.I.
The IGP group was born within the Gonzaga community from the inspiration of some mothers who strongly believe in the power of common prayer and wish to deepen their knowledge and friendship with the Lord. We are motivated by the profound conviction that it is easier to take this journey accompanied by the loving guide and example of the Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus and our Mother. For this reason, the recitation of the Rosary with the contemplation of the Mysteries of the life of Christ, and the meditation of the Sunday Gospel, constitute the fulcrum of our prayer. We meet every Tuesday at 6.45 pm in the Chapel of St. Joseph. In spring, already twice, led by Fr. Eraldo Cacchione S.I., many of us went to Medjugorje for an even deeper experience of fraternal spiritual communion. To participate in our group it is enough simply, when you can and you want, to join the Tuesday prayer. It is not necessary to be “of the Gonzaga”, it is not necessary to be a “parent”. The Group remained constant in prayer even during the period of the lockdown; in recent months the prayer meetings have always been held online on Tuesdays through the Google Meet platform.
For information and contacts: Marika Alonzo (manager), cell. 3348585472; mail: email@example.com.
The Gonzaga-CEI Alumni Association was established on the initiative of young alumni of the Institute in 1945, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the foundation of the Gonzaga College of the Jesuit Fathers. The associative spirit that has always united and still unites the alumni members of the relative association has always been characterized by the pursuit and implementation in the context of daily life of the Ignatian-inspired teachings received during the period of schooling. Over the years, thanks to the numerous social and cultural initiatives undertaken, the Association has become an integral and active part of the Palermo community.
The Alumni Association
The Astalli Center: To meet the need for social integration of migrants, the Center also offers second reception services, starting with the teaching of the Italian language at the Gonzaga Institute on three levels and with numerous other activities that aim to to create opportunities or meeting places between the cultures present in the territory, such as language laboratory, road education, computer laboratory.
The Pedro Arrupe Institute for Political Formation: The Center for Social Studies is a Jesuit institution founded in 1986 with the aim of training men and women who, feeling the vocation to commit themselves to the common good, wish to combine ethical rigor and seriousness professional preparation. Currently, the Arrupe Institute works in the following areas: training, research, social action. In particular, it promotes the research program “Idea – Action: urban leader. Govern the cities: understanding the future, starting from the margins “, conceived to support research projects on social and human sciences that deal with social issues from a strictly theoretical / scientific point of view and at the same time able to indicate mechanisms and operational tools to promote the practical implementation of the projects themselves. Furthermore, for years the Institute has been the promoter of political training workshops for creative citizenship: from some suburbs and from the historic center of Palermo, training initiatives have been created for young people and inhabitants who have valued the sense of identity and identity among the participants. belonging to the territorial community. The Arrupe Institute has for some years started a collaboration with the Gonzaga Institute through the “legality” and “school-work alternation” projects entitled “Pilgrims on the edge of the city”; these projects promote the social integration of the most vulnerable people by creating an intergenerational exchange and an action of social solidarity. With a view to peer education, significant meeting spaces have been created for young people from the Gonzaga and intercultural centers for minors. A particularly important resource of the Institute is the “P. Angelo
Carrara sj “; with over 52,000 volumes, with the possibility of online access, it offers a qualified service to the entire scientific community of Palermo and Sicily. Among the initiatives, the Migration Observatory was born from the desire to analyze the migratory phenomenon and its specificity in the Sicilian territory. In synergy with the actors present in the local context, the Observatory carries out analysis, research, documentation and promotion activities. Over the years, the Institute has gained diversified experience in the European planning sector, conceiving and developing interventions on the territory also in collaboration with other Bodies. The members of the Arrupe Center: Nicoletta PURPURA (Director), Massimo MASSARO (Secretary General), Anna STAROPOLI (Sociologist) Dario CANGELOSI (Projects), Elio TOZZI (Researcher) Giusy TUMMINELLI (Migration Observatory Coordinator).
The “Staff” group was born from an intuition of Father Eraldo Cacchione SJ: a team of high school students who meet weekly with a Jesuit to reflect on some issues close to their age:
- student leadership: being active in the school environment;
- service in the school environment: study aid for the most vulnerable children; collaborations with professors, etc …
- social commitment: volunteering in social structures.
During the evening meetings we discuss the school climate: strengths and weaknesses, looking for ways to improve the atmosphere on the Gonzaga campus.
For more information, contact Prof. Angelica Sgarlata: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A group of high school kids meet for about an hour every Wednesday. In the spirit of open and free “sharing”, but also reserved and responsible, guided by a Jesuit father, the children are helped to reflect on themselves: on their choices, on their availability to serve, on the responsibilities undertaken … But also to read the context socio-historical in which they are inserted. A valuable aid is the use of the Examen, which supports and facilitates children in knowing themselves.
In the face of so much depth and seriousness, there is also an appetizing moment of sharing: after the meetings we meet to eat a delicious pizza together.
For more information, contact Professor Angelica Sgarlata: email@example.com.