Friday 28. January 2022

The Jesuit European Office - OCIPE


The Jesuit European Office, OCIPE, was founded in Strasbourg 1956, at the invitation of the then bishop there. In 2011 OCIPE is present in Brussels, Budapest and Warsaw, with an antenna in Strasbourg.


OCIPE seeks to accompany the construction of Europe: in serving its personnel in their professional and spiritual discernment, in sustaining critical reflection from the perspective of Christian faith on European values and responsibilities, and in promoting Europe’s solidarity internally and with the wider world.





COMECE is the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community. It is made up of Bishops delegated by the 26 Catholic Bishops' Conferences  of the European Union and it has a permanent Secretariat in Brussels.


The objectives of COMECE are:

  • To monitor and analyse the political process of the European Union
  • To inform and raise awareness within the Church of the development of EU policy and legislation
  • To maintain a regular Dialogue with the EU Institutions (European Commission, Council of Ministers and European Parliament) through annual Summit meetings of religious leaders, Dialogue Seminars, various Conferences and by taking part in Consultations launched by the European Commission.
  • To promote reflection, based on the Church's social teaching, on the challenges facing a united Europe

COMECE is funded by the Bishops' Conferences of the European Union. Its Secretariat is currently made of 11 advisors.



Published in English, French, German
COMECE, 19 square de Meeûs, B-1050 Brussels
Tel: +32/2/235 05 10

Editors-in-Chief: Martin Maier SJ

Note: The views expressed in europeinfos are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the position of the Jesuit European Office and COMECE.