MAGiS comes to an end……23rd December 2013
Established in the lead up to World Youth Day in 2008, MAGiS was a partnership the Sisters of Charity of Australia had with four other Ignatian orders -Loreto Sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus, Religious of the Sacred Heart and the Jesuits.
MAGiS worked successfully to engage young people in formation activities and immersion programs. A central feature was MAGiS Sundays which involved celebration of the Eucharist and a meeting where the main elements were the MAGIS circle (where the joys and struggles of the week were shared) and the Examen (looking at God’s working in one’s daily life). Often representatives from the Ignatian orders attended the gatherings and accompanied the young people as ‘wisdom figures’.
Prue Gilbert, the Chair of the MAGiS Board, Rachel McLoughlin, National Coordinator and the board, which had representatives from the Ignatian orders and Christian Life Community have worked hard in the last couple of years to provide formation material and to discern ways to meet the ongoing needs of young people.
Over the last couple of years, the engagement levels have dropped and a decision was reached to bring MAGiS to an end.
A celebration of MAGiS’ life was recently held. This took the form of a mass celebrated by Celso Romanin SJ, a celebratory meal and the sharing of many great memories of the young, enthusiastic and passionate people and events which have been part of MAGiS. The function was hosted by Prue and Ben Gilbert and attended by two congregational leaders, Rachel McLoughlin and some board members.
MAGiS may have finished but the formation materials and use of the MAGiS Circle and Examen will continue to be used with young people as we seek to respond to their ever emerging needs.
We thank our God for the many blessings of MAGiS.