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A new year for the JECSE

The Steering Committee for JECSE met in Dublin on 13th & 14th of last month to plan the programme of events for this new year. The Jesuit European Committee for Primary and Secondary Education is an organization based in Brussels that promotes Jesuit education in creative fidelity to the Ignatian spirit. Founded in 1986, the JECSE has been developing the network of Jesuit schools across Europe and the Near East, pooling resources and facilitating an agreed set of priorities to enable a sense of shared purpose.

The recent meeting of the JECSE was very successful, with plans established for a conference for Deputy Principals to take place in Manresa, Spain, in January and a workshop on Migrants and Refugees in Dublin in April. Members of the committee stayed with the Milltown and Gonzaga communities and were treated royally. They speak with great admiration and appreciation of the warm welcome they always receive when they come to Ireland.

The event was tinged with a little sadness as Marie Therese Michel will be retiring as Director of JECSE. She has given wonderful service over the years. The process to identify her successor is on-going.

The meeting was hosted by the Education Delegate, Brian Flannery, and the delegates included Marie Therese Michel (Director, France), Ricardo Angelo (Spain), Ferenc Holzinger (Hungary), Bernard Peters (Belgium South) and Peter Knappen (Flanders).