Jesuit Missions director, Paul Chitnis, recently met with other leaders of Jesuit organisations from across Europe, Canada and Australia, in Rome, to discuss safeguarding and improving the advocacy work within the Xavier Network.
“It is important to ensure we have robust safeguarding practices in place, and we are working as a network to ensure these are thorough.”
“We agreed on a working advocacy protocol, allowing member organisations to work together on advocacy initiatives. This is something we want to develop more, by working together with the global Ignatian advocacy network.”
They also discussed the coordination of international programs and projects among the Xavier Network members, including a special meeting with the international staff of the Jesuit Refugee Service, one of their major partners.
A highlight of the trip was a private meeting with Fr Arturo Sosa, Fr General of the Society of Jesus, which was a very happy and special occasion. Fr Sosa encouraged the members of the Xavier Network to build solidarity based on a reconciliation rooted in justice, collaboration, networking and discernment aimed at personal, communal and institutional conversion. He said, “Justice is a necessary requirement for reconciliation but needs to be tempered with love.”
The Xavier Network (XN) is an international mission and development partnership between Jesuit organisations across Europe, Canada and Australia of which Jesuit Missions is a member. It exists to allow organisations to work together, to increase the impact of their work to promote peace and work together with partners in the most marginal communities across the world.The Xavier Network exists to help member organisations work together, to increase the impact of our activities on behalf of vulnerable people around the world. The Xavier Network exists to help member organisations work together, to increase the impact of our activities on behalf of vulnerable people around the world. (Follow the link to read more stories from members of the XN).