MAGIS is a pastoral experience of Ignatian programs and events meant to prepare young adults from Jesuit schools, parishes, and ministries for the experience of World Youth Day. The motto for MAGIS 2016 is “to give and not to count the cost,” a line from St. Ignatius’ Prayer for Generosity.
Organized by the Society of Jesus (also known as the Jesuits) and other institutions, the MAGIS initiative gets its name from the Latin word for “more.” The roots of the phrase come from St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, who encouraged those who follow Christ to examine their ability to do more for him and, in turn, for others. It is an expression of an aspiration and inspiration of Ignatius and a tenet of Ignatian spirituality.
The MAGIS initiative began in 1997 before the World Youth Day held in Paris, France. In 2005, in Cologne, Germany, it was called MAGIS for the first time. Since then, MAGIS has been celebrated in Sydney (2008), Madrid (2011), and Rio de Janeiro (2013).
World Youth Day is an international celebration of young people in the Catholic Church, organized every three years. Over the past 20 years, World Youth Day has been celebrated in Buenos Aires, Rome, Paris, Toronto, Denver, and Manila, where it was one of the largest gatherings in history.
The event is a week-long festival of catechesis, sharing, and worship where youth from around the world gather with the pope to celebrate their faith. WYD 2016 will be held in Kraków, Poland, and the motto is “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy” (Matthew 5:7).