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A new Director General Delegate for the AP and EYM

Dear friends

Next May I will be completing seven years in my mission as Director General Delegate of the Apostleship of Prayer and the Eucharistic Youth Movement. A normal period for a Jesuit to remain on a mission, especially here in our Curia, is six years.

So, I have important news for you: Father General has already appointed my successor. It is F. Frédéric Fornos, sj, 45, current AP National Secretary in France and European Coordinator. He should be arriving to Rome at the beginning of March 2014, and the handover will probably be in May. Let us pray for him and his new mission.

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God bless,

Claudio Barriga D., sj

(Sept - 2013)

Agenda of the Director General Delegate:
    P. Claudio Barriga, S.J.
Agenda of the Director General:
    P. Adolfo Nicolás, S.J.
• Narratives of the visits
Letters and Newsletters
• From the continents
Good practices


Pope Francis, Angelus, 1 September 2013

Dear AP and EYM friends
The Pope is asking for our prayers. Please read on, recalling his urgent appeal two days ago for peace in Syria and the world. We are his personal network of prayer, it is our mission to accompany him and to have many other people praying and fasting with him this coming Saturday. Please spread this text among your people as much as possible.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Today, dear brothers and sisters, I wish to make add my voice to the cry which rises up with increasing anguish from every part of the world, from every people, from the heart of each person, from the one great family which is humanity: it is the cry for peace! It is a cry which declares with force: we want a peaceful world, we want to be men and women of peace, and we want in our society, torn apart by divisions and conflict, that peace break out! War never again! Never again war! Peace is a precious gift, which must be promoted and protected. There are so many conflicts in this world which cause me great suffering and worry, but in these days my heart is deeply wounded in particular by what is happening in Syria and anguished by the dramatic developments which are looming. I appeal strongly for peace, an appeal which arises from the deep within me. How much suffering, how much devastation, how much pain has the use of arms carried in its wake in that martyred country, especially among civilians and the unarmed! I think of many children will not see the light of the future! With utmost firmness I condemn the use of chemical weapons: I tell you that those terrible images from recent days are burned into my mind and heart. There is a judgment of God and of history upon our actions which are inescapable! Never has the use of violence brought peace in its wake. War begets war, violence begets violence. With all my strength, I ask each party in this conflict to listen to the voice of their own conscience, not to close themselves in solely on their own interests, but rather to look at each other as brothers and decisively and courageously to follow the path of encounter and negotiation, and so overcome blind conflict. With similar vigour I exhort the international community to make every effort to promote clear proposals for peace in that country without further delay, a peace based on dialogue and negotiation, for the good of the entire Syrian people. May no effort be spared in guaranteeing humanitarian assistance to those wounded by this terrible conflict, in particular those forced to flee and the many refugees in nearby countries. May humanitarian workers, charged with the task of alleviating the sufferings of these people, be granted access so as to provide the necessary aid. What can we do to make peace in the world? As Pope John said, it pertains to each individual to establish new relationships in human society under the mastery and guidance of justice and love (cf. John XXIII, Pacem in Terris, [11 April 1963]: AAS 55, [1963], 301-302). All men and women of good will are bound by the task of pursuing peace. I make a forceful and urgent call to the entire Catholic Church, and also to every Christian of other confessions, as well as to followers of every religion and to those brothers and sisters who do not believe: peace is a good which overcomes every barrier, because it belongs all of humanity! I repeat forcefully: it is neither a culture of confrontation nor a culture of conflict which builds harmony within and between peoples, but rather a culture of encounter and a culture of dialogue; this is the only way to peace. May the plea for peace rise up and touch the heart of everyone so that they may lay down their weapons and be let themselves be led by the desire for peace. To this end, brothers and sisters, I have decided to proclaim for the whole Church on 7 September next, the vigil of the birth of Mary, Queen of Peace, a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East, and throughout the world, and I also invite each person, including our fellow Christians, followers of other religions and all men of good will, to participate, in whatever way they can, in this initiative. On 7 September, in Saint Peter’s Square, here, from 19:00 until 24:00, we will gather in prayer and in a spirit of penance, invoking God’s great gift of peace upon the beloved nation of Syria and upon each situation of conflict and violence around the world. Humanity needs to see these gestures of peace and to hear words of hope and peace! I ask all the local churches, in addition to fasting, that they gather to pray for this intention. Let us ask Mary to help us to respond to violence, to conflict and to war, with the power of dialogue, reconciliation and love. She is our mother: may she help us to find peace; all of us are her children! Help us, Mary, to overcome this most difficult moment and to dedicate ourselves each day to building in every situation an authentic culture of encounter and peace. Mat, Queen of Peace, pray for us!

(Sept - 2013)



Here is the report of Father General.
“At the personal invitation of the Pope Francis I went to the Santa Marta House, that had been used for the Cardinals present at the Conclave at 5:30 p.m. He was at the entrance and received me with the usual Jesuit embrace. We had a few pictures taken, at his request, and at my apologies for not keeping protocol he insisted that I treat him like any other Jesuit at the “Tu” level, so I did not have to worry about addressing him as “Your Holiness,” or “Holy Father” .
I offered him all our Jesuit resources because in his new position he is going to need counsel, thinking, persons, etc. He showed gratitude for this and at the invitation to visit us for lunch at the Curia he said he would oblige.
There was full commonality of feeling on several issues that we discussed and I remained with the conviction that we will work very well together for the service of the Church in the name of the Gospel.
There was calm, humor and mutual understanding about past, present and future. I left the Casa de Santa Marta convinced that the Pope will gladly count on our collaboration in the vineyard of the Lord. At the end he helped me with my coat and accompanied me to the door. That added a couple of salutes to me from the Swiss Guards there. A Jesuit embrace, once again, as the natural way to greet and send off a friend.

(March - 2013)


AP Prayer for the Conclave (pdf)

Loving Father, your Son, Jesus, taught us to pray
and called us to be your Apostles of Prayer.
In the days of this Conclave
we ask you to send your Holy Spirit
upon the Cardinals gathered at St. Peter’s tomb.
Guide them to your will,
give them wisdom
to choose the one whom you have chosen
to sit upon the chair of St. Peter,
Bishop of Rome and Shepherd of your Church.
Give us the love and faith we need
to collaborate with him
united to his prayers and efforts
for the good of the Church and the world.
Our Father / Hail Mary / Glory

(March - 2013)


MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! (click to see)

(Dec - 2012)


Prayer for the re-creation of the Apostleship of Prayer

Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
about 160 years ago
you started a fire
in the hearts of men and women
that has spread all over the world.
They burned to tell your Good News,
to spread your gospel of love to all humanity.
Touching their hearts to the Heart of your Son,
you made them Apostles through Prayer.
You put them to serve
the mission of your Church
in the heart of the world.
Today we men and women
of the Apostleship of Prayer
are still on fire with your love.
We still long to respond to the thirst
of our brothers and sisters throughout the world.
Take, Lord, and receive our lives.
Blaze up in us again,
make us docile to your Spirit.
May the worldwide mission of prayer
you have entrusted to us
bring your loving presence
today as yesterday
deep into the heart of humanity.

(Nov - 2011)


EYM International Council


Dear friends

The EYM international Council is working an preparing for their first live meeting in Rome November 27, 2011. Christian Motsch is no longer in the EYM and we have a new member from Lebanon. They are now:

• Claudio Barriga, sj, Father General’s Delegate for AP/ EYM
• Nabil Ghaly, sj, National Chaplain EYM Lebanon
• Rigobert Kyungu, sj, National Director AP / EYM in RDC
• Loris Piorar, sj, National Director EYM Italy
• Lourdes Varguez, rjm, International EYM Assistant

(Nov - 2011)


EYM International Council


Dear friends

As of two weeks ago we count on a new structure to the service of the EYM. A Council has been created to assist the international office, that will work mainly through the internet. It will help us in our worldwide coordination of the Movement.

Its first Skype meeting will be tomorrow Wednesday, and its members are:

• Claudio Barriga, sj, Father General’s Delegate for AP/ EYM
• Christian Motsch, sj, National Chaplain EYM France
• Rigobert Kyungu, sj, National Director AP / EYM in RDC
• Loris Piorar, sj, National Director EYM Italy
• Lourdes Varguez, rjm, International EYM Assistant

Accompany us with your prayers.

(Oct - 2010)


First meeting of the International Council of the Apostleship of Prayer


From February 16 to 20, the International Council of the Apostleship of Prayer met in Rome so as to seek together the ways of the Spirit for today’s renewal of the AP worldwide. This is the first time this group meets.

The Council was created to assist the work of Father General’s Delegate for the AP, Claudio Barriga, sj. It is made by

- Frédéric Fornos, sj (AP National Secretary in France)
- Juan Antonio Medina, sj (Coordinator for Latin­-America)
- Jim Kubicki, sj (Coordinator for USA)
- Rigobert Kyungu, sj (Coordinator for Africa)
- (the fifth, F. Jayabalan, from India, could not come)

That week the Council met several times with the Director General of the AP, Father Adolfo Nicolás, who launched them to the challenge of RECREATING the AP. Minor adjustments would not be enough. During those days, the Council went through the main themes of the AP, striving to find and deepen what is at the heart of our spiritual experience, what is most meaningful and what can help the spiritual life of today’s Christians.

In a real experience of the Spirit, the discussion led us to focus on three main axes of our spiritual way: the Eucharist, the Church and the mission. The challenge remains on how to find the right language for men and women of our time, so as to share with them the spiritual treasure that has been entrusted in the AP to the Society by the Holy Father, how to offer them a way to live in the Spirit, in communion with the Heart of Jesus and to the service of their brothers and sisters.

This Council meeting with our Director General starts a long process for the “recreation”. This can only be brought about by the Lord’s Spirit. This is why the worldwide AP network will be invited in the upcoming months to gear into this spiritual dynamic of creative fidelity to what was given to the Church more than 160 years ago. In our prayer we must ask the Lord to show us his new ways for today. We will start by the conclusions of this Council meeting, that you will receive shortly in a document that is being prepared. During the different AP meetings by continents, we will be able to discuss how each one of us is called to recreate the AP. All this will be worked over again in a second World Council meeting at the end of 2011.

(Feb - 2010)


EYM Argentina 2012


With joy I announce you the decision to have our First Worldwide EYM (MEJ) Gathering in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2012. The date will probably be in the middle of September, like from Monday 17 to Monday 24. We are preparing a gathering of about 400 people in all, with delegations of 10 or 20 from each country, adults and youth. Soon you will receive more information on the process of preparation we want to live these next two and a half years, to arrive to that date with a road and a work done. For the moment, those of you concerned start saving and prepare your hearts!

(Dec - 2009)


Two new documents on the AP

In our Documents section you will find two files that can be useful for your work with the AP, for young and adults. It is really the same text, for two different audiences.

The one called “AP, an apostolic way of life” is a proposal to live the AP for those that follow Ignatian spirituality. It consists of a presentation of the AP, followed by a practical proposal to do the Daily Offering in connection with the Evening Examen. I wrote it as an answer to a question the CLC people asked me, on how they could use the AP. It will also be useful to offer the AP to Jesuits and others who share our spirituality.

The other one, called “AP, spirituality for the mission”, is the same text but for the general public, without the references to Ignatian spirituality.

I invite you to make them available to your people, and also to practice personally the 10 step method (it has helped me renew those two daily moments of prayer). You can distribute them as they are, or create a powerpoint version, or publish it… It is allowed to change, abbreviate, adapt the text to make it more suitable to the reality of your own countries, if that helps.

(Dec - 2009)


The five members

Starting from September the office for the AP in Rome counts with an international team of Counselors to deal with AP issues and to assist the work of Father General’s Delegate. The members belong to the five continents, and they will develop their work and their meetings basically through internet, including video conference calls. If you need to send us your suggestions or questions, we welcome your ideas and will attend your requests. They are:

  • Juan Antonio Medina, sj - National Secretary Uruguay – Latin American AP Coordinator
  • Fidelis Jeyabalan, sj –National Secretary India
  • Frédéric Fornos, sj – National Secretary France
  • Rigobert Kyungu, sj – National Secretary D. R. Congo and African AP coordinator
  • Jim Kubicki, sj - National Secretary USA

  • (Oct - 2009)



    Father Francisco Herrera, S.J.

    Congratulations to Fr. Francisco Herrera, National Secretary in Sweden, that is celebrating his 50 years in the Society of Jesus September 7th!

    (Sept - 2009)


    The Philippine National Secretary for AP dies in Manila, Father Reynaldo Ocampo, S.J.
    Father Reynaldo Ocampo, S.J.Born in 1949, Reynaldo left us on March 2, with only 59 years of age. Of his 30 years in the Society of Jesus, the last 12 he was the National Secretary for Apostleship of Prayer in the Philippines (which, by the way, boasts one of the strongest and most dynamic APs in the world). He was also the superior of his Jesuit community, and chaplain for the Adoratio Nocturna sodalities in Manila.

    He had a problematical diabetes that made him a man of frail health. A week ago he went to the doctor for some routine checks, and they left him hospitalized. He was carrying along a pneumonia that weakened him, finally dying unable to overcome a massive blood infection.

    We thank God for his life, his vocation and his dedication to his missions, always with a clear and special concern for the poor. Many of us had the occasion to appreciate his zeal and commitment to the work of Apostleship of Prayer. We are sure he is now keen to help us from the Father’s house, looking after each one of us and his dear AP in the Philippines.
    (March - 2009)


    WelcomeWe welcome those who arrived in 2008 to start their missions as National Secretaries for the Apostleship of Prayer or Directors for the Eucharistic Youth Movement [see full list]

    ETHIOPIA - Sister Viviane Rasoanirina
    MADAGASCAR - Odon Adrianarisoa, SJ
    MOZAMBIQUE - Afonso Mucane, SJ
    NIGERIA - Thomas Oguagua, SJ
    REP. DEM. OF CONGO - Rigobert Kyungu, SJ
    REP. SOUTH AFRICA - Chris Chatteris, SJ
    UGANDA - George Ukken, S.J
    ZIMBABWE - Konrad Landsberg, S.J
    CANADA(EYM) - Lucie Grègoire
    CHILE - Andrés Lira, SJ
    PARAGUAY (EYM) - Cristino Quiñonez SJ
    EAST TIMOR - José Alves Martins, SJ
    FRANCE - Frédéric Fornos, SJ
    (Jan - 2009)


    Thanks Father E. Grenier, S.J.
    The day we said goodbye at the officeFather Enrique Grenier, the Secretary of the Apostleship of Prayer in Rome for almost 20 years, has returned to his home country, Colombia. We thank Father Grenier for his wholehearted dedication to the AP as assistant to Father General’s Delegate for all these years.

    At 4:00 AM, when he left his house in Rome, the Jesuit CuriaHis main job has been the publishing and shipping of about 2000 copies of our Prayer and Service review to over 90 countries, in three languages, four times a year. He has also been an important aid at the AP office in Rome when the Delegate was travelling. He was in charge of our contacts with the Vatican, as well as some other administrative works within the office.

    At 4:00 AM, when he left his house in Rome, the Jesuit CuriaHe now lives in Cali, where he will be collaborating in a local Jesuit church, which by the way is a Shrine of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Grateful for all he gave us while we had him here, we wish him a successful and joyful mission in Colombia.

    (Dec - 2008)
    A World Gathering for the Eucharistic Youth Movement (EYM)
    Dear friends:
    I hereby announce our first World Wide Gathering for the EYM.  
    Don’t panic or be overly enthusiastic, 
    for we must still wait a while.  
    I am calling it for the year 2012, 
    but I now invite you to enter 
    into the preparatory stages and process.  
        [full text]
    (Sept - 2008)
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