father Paweł Beń SJ

father Paweł Beń SJ

General Coordinator

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I got to know MAGIS in 2016. At that time I participated in an ecological experiment in the National Park of the Tatra Mountains in Zakopane. During the experiment, among other things, we cleaned the mountain trails. To this day, I remember the surprise of Polish tourists seeing our international group picking up litter.

In May 2023, my provincial entrusted me with the mission to prepare MAGIS Europe, to be held in Poland and abroad in July 2024. In July 2023, I had the pleasure of spending a few weeks in Lisbon watching the Portuguese team headed by Samuel Beirao SJ preparing the MAGIS Portugal programme before World Youth Day. In Portugal, I was also a spiritual assistant of a social experiment in Vila Real, during which we refreshed a chapel located on a hill surrounded by vineyards. I am grateful for what I have received during the MAGIS programmes so far. I am happy that I can now prepare the European edition for you, so that you too can experience what MAGIS is.

father Waldemar Paweł Los SJ

father Waldemar Paweł Los SJ

Coordinator of Experiments

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I got to know  MAGIS in 2005 when it was the first edition before World Youth Day in Cologne. At the time, I was a volunteer building a circus tent, setting up tents for participants and welcoming pilgrims in Luxembourg, one of the places where MAGIS took off. This amazing adventure was later to lead the preparations for MAGIS 2016 before World Youth Day in Poland. Since that experience, I have had the opportunity to take part in further editions of the MAGIS programme in the Czech Republic, again in Poland, Hungary and Portugal. 

I like this experience of the unity of the Ignatian family lived in the diversity of cultures, which on a daily basis shapes its members seeking to know the Lord God through the wisdom of St Ignatius. For me, MAGIS is also an opportunity to challenge myself and a place of growth that takes place in very supportive and encouraging circumstances. The long and varied experience with the MAGIS programme confirms to me how life-changing it can be. During MAGIS 2024, I am responsible for preparing the heart of MAGIS – the experiments.

Paulina Żmuda

Paulina Żmuda

Coordinator of the Spiritual Programme

 

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For the first time I attended MAGIS Europe in Hungary in July 2021, and then MAGIS România in July 2022 and MAGIS Portugal, before World Youth Day during the summer 2023. These experiences of encountering myself, God and other people deeply moved me and encouraged to seek more. 

I like to tell people who Ignatius Loyola was and how, through his finding God in all things and having courage to be himself, he changed not only the history of the Church, but also of Europe and the whole world. What he left in the book of the Spiritual Exercises is truly changing my life too. I dream of a Church where we walk together and seek for the greater good.

I am a teacher of Polish as a foreign language and a translator. What I cherish most in my work is that we can learn from one another and always be on the move.

Karolina Zając

Karolina Zając

Coordinator of Logistics

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When I first heard about the MAGIS programme, someone asked how it was different from simply kayaking with friends on holiday. The response I got was that it was HUGELY different. I decided to check it out, and now I know it’s true. I participated in MAGIS Europe in 2019 in Lithuania, in 2021 in Hungary, in 2022 in Croatia, and in 2023 in Portugal, and each time it was a HUGELY enriching experience. Now I want to share my experience and take care of everyone who comes to Krakow in July 2024. I would like everyone to feel looked after and welcomed in the best possible way. 

Beside that, I am a chemist, working and doing my PhD. I enjoy exploring the world, dancing, drinking hot tea and spoiling my cat. And of course, kayaking on the Magis.



Maria Jakubowska

Maria Jakubowska

Coordinator of Volunteers

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My adventure with the MAGIS programme began in 2016, when I participated in a pilgrimage experiment. In a group of a dozen people from Brazil, Spain, Lithuania, the Czech Republic and Poland, we hiked from Prague to the Virgin Mary shrine Svatá Hora (Holy Mountain). Hiking among the beauty of mountains, forests and fields provided an excellent opportunity for conversation. I remember being very moved at the time by the fact that we have so much in common – we are all seeking God and trying to be open to others, even though in our everyday lives we are separated by kilometres, cultural differences and sometimes simply differences in character.

Since then, I have had the opportunity to experience the unity of the Church in its internationality on several occasions: during the MAGIS Europe programmes in 2017 and 2018, while on mission in India, and while travelling in Europe. Each MAGIS was a space for me to encounter God and each other. Now I would like to build such a space for you. 

On a day-to-day basis, I work as a psychotherapist. I love mountain hiking and good coffee.