Jesuit Formation

Being open to dialogue, to change, to transformation

Sri Lankan Jesuit Scholastic Anthony Prathap Raj participated in the recently concluded Asia Pacific Theological Encounter Programme in Indonesia. Now back in the Philippines where he is studying theology at the Loyola School of Theology, he shared this reflection of his one-month immersion experience of Islam with us.

As a Jesuit scholastic rooted in Ignatian Spirituality, I went to Indonesia ready to see God in every encounter I had with our Muslim brethren, and open for change and transformation.

Learning Asian theology through an experience of Buddhism

Jesuit scholastics are invited to join a four-week programme designed to guide them in examining issues of Asian theology, and understanding interreligious dialogue and the inculturation of the Catholic faith in Asia. They will do this through an intensive experience of Buddhism in the specific context of Thailand, which is predominantly Buddhist.

Now on its 10th year, the 2015 East Asia Theological Encounter Programme (EATEP) will be held from July 22 to August 17 at the Seven Fountains Spirituality Centre in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Side bar: Additional formation programmes

Group work at the Scholastics and Brothers Circle meeting 2014 to 2015Basic Jesuit formation is long. Although it varies from Jesuit to Jesuit, some take as many as 13 years to become a priest, and then several more years after ordination to reach tertianship, which is the last stage of Jesuit formation.

Preparing Jesuits for Mission

Planning at the Xavier Jesuit School ProjectAt the very heart of the Jesuit vocation lies a personal commitment to follow the call of Jesus to work through him, with him and in him at the service of the Kingdom of God, which grows anywhere love and justice flourish: “Follow me and I will make you into fishers of men” (Mk 1: 17).

Living and Acting with Anger and Courage

JCAP Major Superiors in Davao, Philippines 2014 “Hope,” remarked St Augustine, “has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage: anger at the way things are and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.”  Courage teaches us to be angry in ways that are fruitful.

A time of total and full integration

Timorese Jesuit Fr Venancio Pereira recently completed his tertianship in Sri Lanka, and shares how his tertianship experience has made him a “professional Jesuit”.

First of all, I would like to thank Fr Mark Raper SJ, my superior for sending me to do my tertianship in Sri Lanka. It was a special grace that I received personally from the Lord, the owner of my vocation and life.

Reporting on the Jesuit Conference

What do Pope Francis’ visit to Korea, interreligious dialogue, social justice, Jesuit formation, and religious life have in common? They are some of the significant moments for the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific in 2014 and the ones we have chosen to highlight in our 2015 annual report.  As is our practice, we also have a reflection from our President Fr Mark Raper SJ on the year that has passed.

Reflections from the Asia Pacific Tertianship

Ten tertians from nine provinces recently completed the 2014-2015 Asia Pacific Tertianship in Manila.  For six months, from September 7, 2014 to March 6, 2015, the tertians were engaged in ministries, chosen with the guidance of their spiritual directors. These were varied and included working in prisons, migrant service, orphanages, parishes, high schools, hospitals, and with indigenous people’s ministry.

Starting theology in Belo Horizonte

Scholastic Rui Muakandala SJ began his theology studies at Faculdade Jesuita de Filosofia e Teologia in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Here, he reflects on the challenges he and Sch Albino Gonçalves SJ are facing as East Timorese studying in a new country, continent, culture, and language.

New deacons in three Jesuit Provinces/Regions

Two months into 2015, there are already nine new Jesuit deacons in the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific – two Koreans, six Vietnamese and one Singaporean.

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