Parishes & Pastoral Work

Standing up for life

Rebuilding lives and rekindling hope. This is the motto of the Philippine Jesuit Prison Service Foundation Inc (PJPS) based in the New Bilibid Prisons Reservation, the national penitentiary.  Like other Philippine prisons, the inmates are crammed in hot, dark and poorly ventilated cells. 

The prison compound has a capacity of about 10,000 inmates, but it is housing more than 24,000. The overcrowding means the inmates have to sleep in shifts.

Jesuits to leave Toowong parish at the end of 2017

After more than 100 years of serving in the parish, the Jesuits will be withdrawing from St Ignatius Toowong in Brisbane at the end of this year.

The Parishes Task Force was set up more than 18 months ago to respond to the increasing difficulty of finding Jesuits to serve in all nine parishes across the country. Led by the Province Delegate for Parishes, Sr Libby Rogerson IBVM, the task force was asked to discern and develop criteria for remaining in or withdrawing from a parish, and then to make recommendations for the Provincial and Consult.

Missionary of Mercy on wheels

A large motor home has become a beacon of hope for the Catholic community of Maitland-Newcastle Diocese, as the mobile base of Fr Richard Shortall SJ — one of two Missionaries of Mercy in Australia.

“It's a little bit larger than what you might expect for one person,” Fr Shortall says of the motor home.  “It can comfortably sleep two or three people. However, I need to carry a lot of equipment and resources with me, since most of the communities I am visiting lack these.”

Pope Francis visits Jesuit parish in Nairobi during Africa trip

Pope Francis visited the Jesuit-run St Joseph the Worker Church in a Nairobi slum during his six-day visit to Africa. Speaking at the church on November 27, the pope condemned the “injustices” of urban poverty and substandard living conditions.

Religious in Asia Pacific

The Vatican has dedicated 2015 to celebrate the consecrated life.  It is, as Cardinal Bráz de Aviz, Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, said a time to look back at the past with gratitude, to live the present with passion, and to face the future with hope. For Jesuits, and for all Religious, the year also offers an opportunity to look back reflectively on the changes that the Council led to in our lives, and at where we are going.

Walking with the youth

The decision some years ago within the Chinese Province to set up a youth ministry in Taiwan is bearing fruit.  What began with a monthly youth mass at the Magis Youth Centre in Taipei has grown into a full-blown program with workshops in Ignatian spirituality, counselling, recollections and retreats, movie nights, and exposure trips.

The First Spiritual Exercises hit the streets

Fr Michael Hansen SJ says he hopes the launch of his new book will help open up even more people to a model of spirituality that harkens back to Ignatius’ earliest ministry. 

The First Spiritual Exercises: Four Guided Retreats, published by Ave Maria Press, was launched at Campion Retreat Centre in Melbourne on May 24.

Preparing for MAGIS

Energised and inspired by its first experience of MAGIS in Madrid in 2011, the Korean Province is deep into preparations for MAGIS-World Youth Day (WYD) 2013 in Brazil. Fr Joseph Songyong Choe SJ shares their preparations with us.

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Forming Pastoral Leaders for Mission

EAPI logoThe East Asian Pastoral Institute (EAPI) began 2013 with a waiting list of people wanting to register for its programmes and all 85 participant rooms taken. Enrolled in its residential programmes are lay, religious and clergy from 16 nations.

Caring for prisoners in Dili

The Jesuits in Dili celebrate the Holy Eucharist at the prison in Becora, Dili on the second Sunday of every month.  Prompted by Pope Francis’ celebration of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at a prison in Rome, Brother Noel Oliver SJ shares his impressions of the Jesuits’ prison ministry in Dili.

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