Jesuit Formation

The Spiritual Exercises in installation art

Three Filipino Jesuits came up with an interactive version of the Spiritual Exercises for Ateneo de Manila University’s Ignatian Festival in July.  Using installation art, Br Eric Esteba SJ, Sch Alvin Laput SJ and Sch Eric S Escandor SJ developed CONTEMPLATIO, a 45-minute prayer exercise designed mainly for young people who want to deepen their faith and enrich their Ignatian identity. 

First formators’ training held

The Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific recently held its first Formation for Jesuit Formators seminar.  Held from August 5 to 16 in the Philippines, the seminar is the first of three modules that will be conducted in three consecutive years. The 22 formators who participated are current and future formation directors and staff of novitiates, scholasticates and seminaries in the Conference. They hail from nine provinces and regions – Indonesia, Korea, China, Australia, Myanmar, Timor-Leste, Malaysia-Singapore, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

Loyola School of Theology has new president

Fr Jose Quilongquilong SJ was inaugurated as President of Loyola School of Theology (LST) in the Philippines on July 5.  He takes over from Fr Jose Mario C Francisco SJ who was LST president for seven years.

First vows and new vocations

As vocations fall in many provinces around the world, the Society of Jesus continues to receive good numbers for vocations in Vietnam.

On May 31, the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 15 Vietnamese men took their first vows of chastity, poverty and obedience as Jesuits. Fr Provincial Joseph Pham Thanh Liem SJ presided over the vow Mass held at the Epiphany Church of the Society of Jesus. The celebration included 35 concelebrants, many Jesuits, family and friends of the men taking vows, benefactors and lay collaborators of the Society.

A clear and obvious blessing

It was the moment in which the Society of Jesus finally came to life in Myanmar: the ordination of the country’s first ever Jesuit priest, Fr Wilbert Mireh SJ. Watching on among the throngs of faithful who packed Christ the King Cathedral in Loikaw, in Kayah State in the country’s east on May 1, Myanmar scholastic William-Paul gave quiet thanks for an event whose implications would reverberate far beyond the people who had gathered here to witness it.

Receiving the spirit of peace

Days after the ordination of Myanmar’s first Jesuit priest, three young men took their first vows in Taunggyi, reflecting the Jesuit revival that began when the Society returned to the country in 1998.

Novices John Bosco Oo, Saw John Paul Thurein and Peter Mwe Aung Seng were surrounded by their families as they took their vows at the Holy Infant Jesus parish in the grounds of Payaphyu, an orphanage and home for the handicapped in Taunggyi in Shan State on May 5. The Jesuit novitiate is located in the same compound.  

Looking forward

 "The beginning of the year is a time for thinking afresh. Even if our body is ageing, our thinking can be evergreen. God always thinks freshly, because God is young, and always in the present. When we read the Gospels, we see that Jesus lived totally in the present. He was open to the emerging moment.... It's exciting to be able to live like that." 

From the Sacred Space website.

Ready to be Sent

Jesuits are branded as intellectuals. A Jesuit told me that he once met a young man who wanted to join the Society but thought that he was not smart enough.  The Jesuit’s response was “Do not worry about becoming a Jesuit intellectual. You will soon find out there are in fact only a few of us.”

President’s Report on 2012

In 2012, we began to see dreams and plans become reality.  Nowhere was that more obvious than in Timor-Leste with the ground breaking in July for an educational institute. Over subsequent months the first buildings were erected, the first students selected to begin at level 7 in the secondary school that is the first part of the institute, and the first cadre of teachers were introduced to Ignatian pedagogy.  

JCAP annual report 2013

The Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific has published its 2013 annual report, Jesuits in Asia Pacific 2013.  

The document offers Jesuits, collaborators and friends a report by Conference President Fr Mark Raper SJ on 2012, articles on four key areas for the Conference that year - education, formation, spirituality and international works, and a brief look forward to 2013.

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