In April 2012, encouraged by the call made by the 35th General Congregation to promote international networking, a group of Jesuits and lay partners from all over the world gathered at Boston College to reflect on this matter.
After the meeting, the interest generated by the subject of Jesuit networking encouraged some of the organizers to launch a project to promote reflection on the topic and foster international networking initiatives in the Society of Jesus. These institutions are promoting this project in coordination with the Secretary of Collaboration of the General Curia (Rome).
Since 2012 there have been colloquiums, workshops, tools, publications and a blog with continuous communication around the topic of networking.
In November 2015, the Jesuit Networking team participated in the organization of the Networking for Justice gathering, which brought together the main global justice networks of the Social Apostolate of the Society of Jesus in Loyola, Spain. The goal was to evaluate and promote networking as an important tool in the struggle for justice. Here, you can access the main lessons learned and reflections from this encounter. You can access the final document from this encounter in Spanish and English.
In 2017, Jesuit Network launched a global survey on collaboration and networking to identify potential areas to improve in order to foster this dimension that has been identified as a key element in our contemporary way of proceeding following General Congregation 36. The results will be available in early 2018.
In February 2018, following reflections on the topic and the growing importance of Networking as a key aspect of our way of proceeding, a 2nd International conference on Jesuit Networking will take place at Georgetown University. Here you can access the documents generated for that conference.