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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin May 2017

JCAP News

JCAP 2017 annual report highlights leadership development, youth ministry

JCAP Annual Report 2017This year’s annual report puts the spotlight on two firsts for the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific.  The JCAP Leadership Development Programme was launched in December 2015 and the fourth (and final) module was held in Seoul, South Korea in mid-May 2017.  The Jesuit Conference-wide youth ministry also began in 2015, with the core team pulling off a successful Magis Asia Pacific gathering in Yogyakarta, Indonesia from December 26, 2015 to January 3, 2016 and another during World Youth Day 2016 in Poland.  The next Magis Asia Pacific gathering will coincide with the 7th Asian Youth Day to be held in Yogyakarta from July 30 to August 6, 2017.  We also have a four-page spread of the top 12 milestones for the Jesuit Conference last year.  Read More

From the Provinces

In the footsteps of Matteo Ricci

Fu Jen Faculty of TheologyFour centuries after Matteo Ricci arrived in China, Jesuits continue in the way he forged for engaging with the country.  Where Ricci shared his expertise in mathematics, cosmology and astronomy, and brought to the Emperor’s court Western clocks, musical, mathematical and astronomical instruments and cosmological, geographical and architectural works with maps and diagrams, today’s Jesuits share their knowledge of philosophy, ethics and history in a university or research setting.  Read More

From the Provinces

Helping small farmers in rural Cambodia succeed

CROAP teamLife in rural Cambodia is hard, especially for small farmers.  Each year, they struggle to get a decent yield to provide for their families.  This is why the Centre for Research on Optimal Agricultural Practices (CROAP), a demonstration farm located a few kilometres from Pursat City, is introducing to farmers in the village of Keov Mony in Pursat a promising new method of rice farming.   The method, which is called System of Rice Intensification or SRI for short, enabled the three farmers in the pilot group to improve their annual yield from 1 to 1.5 tonnes per hectare to between four and seven tonnes per hectare last year.  Read More

Other Jesuit News

Promoting a culture of safety and protection for minors

Safeguarding Conference, HungaryEstablishing protocols and procedures for the safeguarding of minors is not as easy as installing a software application.  Protecting minors in Jesuit institutions from sexual abuse needs careful evaluation of how Jesuits and collaborators operate in their apostolates, discernment on policies and steps to take when cases arise, reparation when mistakes and harm have been done, and willingness to change and provide structures for children to grow fully.  The Jesuit Conference of European Provincials held its second Conference on Safeguarding in Pilisszentkereszt-Dobogókö, Hungary from March 26 to 29, with 19 participants from Europe and three representatives from other Jesuit Conferences.  Read More

Conference Calendar
June 11 to 14

In this issue

  • JCAP 2017 annual report highlights leadership development, youth ministry
  • The End or the Beginning?
  • Communal discernment for Ignatian decision making in schools
  • In the footsteps of Matteo Ricci
  • Rebuilding for greater resilience against disasters
  • Helping small farmers in rural Cambodia succeed
  • Students hear the voices of refugees first hand
  • Promoting a culture of safety and protection for minors
  • Irish Jesuit Fr John Sullivan beatified

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin April 2017 - Special Edition

New President named for the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific

Fr Antonio Moreno SJ and Fr Mark Raper SJ

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin April 2017

Easter Greeting

From the President

Passing over, the Easter journey

Resurrection scene from a chapel in the VaticanFrom Good Friday to Easter: what contrasts!  From darkness to light, death to life, loss to discovery, despair to hope, defeat to victory, fasting to feasting. At Easter we “pass over”; we let go of the old and strive to embrace the new. During Lent we tried to become free from self-centredness and false hopes.  We were reminded of our own fickleness: “You will lose faith in me tonight.” (Matthew 26:31)  We were given signs.  We were told that we can choose to “see”, or to remain “blind” (John 9:1-41).  We learned that we can choose to allow others to unbind or free us or we can remain “bound” or imprisoned (John 11:44).  Read more

JCAP News

Charting a new course for the migration network

JCAP Migration Network Meeting, TokyoThe word “discernment” has become all the rage within Jesuit circles following the 36th General Congregation. Fr General Arturo Sosa has even appointed a special counsellor to oversee the process of discernment and apostolic planning in the Society.  So it was fitting that the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific’s (JCAP) migration network examined the journey so far and charted a new course at its fourth annual meeting held in Tokyo from March 23 to 26.  A new plan for the future was called for.  Read more

From the Provinces

New Regional Superior for the Jesuits in Timor-Leste

Fr Joaquim Sarmento SJFr General Arturo Sosa SJ has appointed  Fr Joaquim Francisco da Silva Sarmento SJ as the new Regional Superior of the  Jesuit Independent Region of Timor-Leste.  He will take over from Fr Mark Raper SJ who has served as Acting Regional Superior for more than six years while concurrently serving as President of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific.  Read more

From the Provinces

New project to help boys and men flourish

Jesuit Social Services' The Men's ProjectInternational Jesuit leader Fr Arturo Sosa has expressed his support for a new Jesuit Social Services programme aimed at tackling violence and helping men and boys build better relationships with those around them.  Jesuit Social Services CEO Julie Edwards announced the new programme, The Men’s Project, at the organisation’s annual dinner on March 25, which also celebrated the organisation’s 40th anniversary.  The Men’s Project aims to help boys and men live responsible, accountable and healthy lives, and build loving relationships with those around them.  Read more

Conference Calendar
April 17 to 21

In this issue

  • Passing over, the Easter journey
  • Charting a new course for the migration network
  • Fr Riyo Mursanto SJ to be Rector of Arrupe International Residence
  • New Director for the East Asian Pastoral Institute
  • Asia Pacific Jesuits in the time of Laudato si’
  • New Regional Superior for the Jesuits in Timor-Leste
  • A mini-forest to offset the carbon footprint of GC 36
  • New project to help boys and men flourish
  • Embracing diversity in spirituality

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin March 2017

JCAP News

Fr Nicolás celebrates 50 years as a priest

Fr Adolfo Nicolás celebrates golden jubilee as a priestFr Adolfo Nicolás SJ marked his golden jubilee as a priest on March 17 in a manner in keeping with his characteristic humility.  The simple celebration comprised Mass in the Oratory of the Loyola House of Studies concelebrated by Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific President Fr Mark Raper SJ and Arrupe International Residence Fr Renato Repole SJ and dinner in the AIR refectory. “It is a joy for us to celebrate you Nico. I hope you enjoy it too, even if you do not like to be the centre of attention,” said Fr Raper as he began his homily.  More

From the Provinces

Building the Philippines’ first eco-friendly school

Ateneo de Davao University Senior High School perspectiveAteneo de Davao University is building a new campus for its senior high school that is being touted as the first environmentally responsible school in the Philippines. The campus has been designed to create a contemporary, sustainable and transformative learning environment following Pope Francis’ environmental directives in his encyclical, Laudato si’.  The groundbreaking ceremony was held on February 15 and the school is expected to be completed in May 2019.  Fr Joel E Tabora SJ, President of Ateneo de Davao University, said that the new school’s facilities “will help mould its students to become environmentally aware and ecologically responsible learners”.  More

From the Provinces

Standing up for life

Ateneo de Manila broadcasts opposition to death penaltyRebuilding 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.  The congestion also increases their risk of catching all kinds of infectious diseases, but the budget for medicine is only P7 (about 10 US cents) per inmate and the budget for food is only P50 (about US$1) per day.  “What can you hope to get out of that?” asked PJPS Executive Director Fr Eli Rowdy Lumbo SJ.  More

Other Jesuit News

Fr Sosa visits India in first official trip as Superior General

Fr General Arturo Sosa in DelhiFr Arturo Sosa SJ was in India recently in his first official trip since being elected Superior General of the Society of Jesus on October 14, 2016. His choice underlines the demographic shift within the universal Society. The Jesuit Conference of South Asia accounts for close to 25 percent of the whole Society and the majority of the 4,027 Jesuits are from India. Fr General spent 11 days, from February 18 to 28, visiting his Jesuit confreres and companions in Delhi, Jabalpur, Ambikapur and Raipur. Speaking at Vidyajyoti, the Jesuit theologate in New Delhi the morning he arrived, Fr Sosa urged the Jesuits to help humanise the world saying, “it is the primary mission that is given to us”.  More

Conference Calendar
March 23 to 25

In this issue

  • Fr Nicolás celebrates 50 years as a priest
  • Rediscovering solidarity
  • Exploring new ways of promoting the Jesuit vocation
  • Building the Philippines’ first eco-friendly school
  • Jesuits to leave Toowong parish at the end of 2017
  • Standing up for life
  • Fr Sosa visits India in first official trip as Superior General
  • Promotio Iustitiae shines spotlight on the prison ministry
  • Jesuit Yearbook 2017 now available online

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin February 2017

JCAP News

Igniting excellence in education through Ignatian formation

IGNITE LogoThe Education Commission of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific (JCAP) has launched a programme designed to address the various formation needs of Jesuit primary and secondary schools in the region. The “Ignatian Initiative for Teaching Excellence” (IGNITE) programme offers a selection of workshops for faculty and staff to support them in their role as Ignatian educators. “The IGNITE programme is designed by practitioners for practitioners, in consultation with experts and specialists,” said Fr Johnny Go SJ, JCAP Education Secretary.  More

From the Provinces

New Provincial for Japan Province

Fr Renzo De LucaFr Renzo De Luca SJ has been appointed Provincial of the Japan Province of the Society of Jesus. He succeeds Fr Yoshio Kajiyama SJ, and assumes office on March 1. An Argentinian by birth, Fr De Luca enters into his work as provincial with a long history of engagement not only with the Japan Province and in the context of its origins dating back to St Francis Xavier, but also with the concrete issues facing the Society around the world today. Fr De Luca was born in Larroque, Entre Rios, Argentina on July 28, 1963 and was baptised the following day. His father is an Italian immigrant and his mother was born in Argentina of Italian parents.  More

From the Provinces

Ignacio de Loyola now available on DVD

Ignacio de Loyola DVD Those not able to watch “Ignacio de Loyola: Soldier, Sinner, Saint” in theatres will soon be able to watch it in their homes with the commercial release of the DVD on February 18 in the Philippines and in spring in North America. Produced by Jesuit Communications Foundation (JesCom) Philippines, the feature film is a modern look at the story of St Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus, often called “The Saint of Second Chances.” Aside from the regular DVD version, a collector’s edition will also be released next month, which will include behind-the-scenes featurettes and slideshow and the official international trailer.  More

Jesuit Formation

Of giving much and receiving more

JCAP Tertians Misa de Aguinaldo, comes from a Spanish phrase which literally means “Mass of the gift”. It is a series of novena Masses that are meant to prepare the faithful in celebrating Christmas. The “gift” refers to the Mystery of the Incarnation, when God, moved by compassion, willed to be present among men by becoming one with us (Jn. 3:16). St Francis of Assisi beautifully prayed, “in giving that we (shall) receive”. He teaches us that by extending a giving hand, we are receiving the grace of consolation leading us to a deeper understanding of how the Incarnate Lord was moved by his love for us.  More

Other Jesuit News

New Presidents for three Jesuit Conferences

Fr Orobator, Fr Jaramillo and Fr Janin Father General Arturo Sosa, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, has appointed new Presidents for the Jesuit Conferences of Africa and Madagascar, Latin America and Europe.  Fr Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator SJ of the Eastern Africa Province has been appointed President of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JESAM).  Fr Orobator was born in 1967, entered the Society in 1986 and was ordained in 1998. He was provincial of the Eastern Africa Province from 2009 to 2014.  He is currently principal of Hekima College University, the Jesuit School of Theology in Nairobi, Kenya.  More

Conference Calendar
February 20 to 24

In this issue

  • Igniting excellence in education through Ignatian formation
  • Irish Jesuit Province commits to “Flights for Forests”
  • New Provincial for Japan Province
  • Philippine Jesuits join bishops in opposing efforts to revive the death penalty
  • Final vows and diaconate ordination in Vietnam
  • Ignacio de Loyola now available on DVD
  • Of giving much and receiving more
  • A gift of joy from God
  • New Presidents for three Jesuit Conferences

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin January 2017

JCAP News

Inter-Conference collaboration for better understanding among Muslims and Christians

JAMIA 2016 participantsJesuits in two Jesuit Conferences have agreed to collaborate on a research project to promote better understanding and dialogue among Muslims and Christians in Asia.  The 10 Jesuits from the Conferences of Asia Pacific and South Asia came to this decision during the meeting of the Jesuits among Muslims in Asia (JAMIA) held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from December 26 to 30, 2016.  The decision was a response to the sharing of Fr George Pattery SJ, President of the Jesuit Conference of South Asia (JCSA) on General Congregation 36 and the reminder that they participate in the mission of God, the missio Dei, not their own mission.  More

From the Provinces

New book tells story of the Jesuits at Sevenhill

Sevenhill College and Church in the early 1900sThe struggles and legacy of the pioneering Jesuits in Australia have been chronicled in a handsome 200-page coffee table book. “The Vine and the Branches: The Fruits of the Sevenhill Mission” tells of the establishment and development of Sevenhill, which is considered the birthplace of the Jesuits in Australia and the start of winemaking in South Australia’s Clare Valley.  The book is the first major publication to draw together the story of the Jesuits at Sevenhill. It was formally launched on December 1, 2016 to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the consecration of the first stage of St Aloysius’ Church by Bishop Laurence Sheil in November 1866.  More

From the Provinces

Understanding the impact of migration on children

Left-behind children and the idea of the familyMuch has been written about migrant workers and their lives and trials working in foreign country.  What is often overlooked, however, is what happens to the children who are left behind by their migrant worker parents. How do the children cope with the absence of one or both parents? How are these children perceived by a society that still values traditional family and gender roles? To what extent does migration change the idea of child welfare or parenthood?  More

Jesuit Formation

Reflections from the Scholastics and Brothers Circle Workshop

Scholastics Eka Tanaya from Australia and Barnabé Hounguevou from West Africa share their reflections on migration from their experience during the Scholastics and Brothers Circle Workshop held in Seoul, South Korea from December 19 to 28, 2016. The workshop focussed on the theme, “Understanding Migration: The South Korea Experience Guided by the Ignatian Teaching Paradigm”.

SBC workshop 2016, SeoulSBC workshop 2016, Seoul
Called to be companions,
not just problem solvers
A transformative encounter
with migrants

General Congregation 36

Documents from GC 36 published

GC 36 documentsThe documents from the 36th General Congregation (GC 36) of the Society of Jesus have been published.  The 17 documents which include two formal decrees – one on Mission and the other on Governance – will be the basis of a discussion to be held this week by the JCAP Major Superiors and Directors and Secretaries of Works.  They will review and reflect on GC 36 and its implications for the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific at the province level and on its Apostolic Plan 2014 to 2019.  More

Other Jesuit News

Fr General calls for societies to welcome migrants and refugees

Fr General Arturo Sosa at the 103rd International Day of Migrants and RefugeesOn January 13, Father Arturo Sosa SJ, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, joined the community of Centro Astalli (Jesuit Refugee Service Italy) in commemorating the International Day for Migrants and Refugees at the Church of Gesù, the Mother Church of the Society in Rome.  “This moment presents an important invitation to the Society of Jesus to accompany, with its few resources, and to share in the anxieties and hopes of the refugees here in Italy and everywhere in the world,” said Fr Sosa at the event.  More

Conference Calendar
January 30 to February 2

In this issue

  • Inter-Conference collaboration for better understanding among Muslims and Christians
  • New book tells story of the Jesuits at Sevenhill
  • Understanding the impact of migration on children
  • Providing villagers with access to clean water
  • Justice in Mining Network launches global mining survey
  • Called to be companions, not just problem solvers
  • A transformative encounter with migrants
  • Documents from GC 36 published
  • Fr General calls for societies to welcome migrants and refugees

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin December 2016

We wish you a Christmas filled with the Love, Peace and Hope that the Christ child brings to us

JCAP News

Building a community of Jesuit schools

Saint Ignatius' College, Riverview#sfxjcap2016.  In October this hashtag began appearing in Instagram as students, faculty and staff of Jesuit schools in Asia Pacific posted photographs of themselves and their friends in front of the Educate Magis map in their schools. The photos were entries to the St Francis Xavier Global Network Instagram Competition.  Educate Magis is an online community that connects educators from more than 2,000 Jesuit and Ignatian schools all over the world and the map shows the rich diversity and wide reach of the global network of Jesuit schools.  More

From the Provinces

New provincial for Jesuits in Vietnam

Fr Vincent Pham Van Mam SJThe new provincial of the Vietnam Jesuit Province was formally installed on December 8.  Fr Vincent Pham Van Mam (Fr Mam) SJ succeeded Fr Joseph Pham Thanh Liem (Fr Liem) SJ who served as Vietnamese Provincial for the last six years.  Members of the province, guests and collaborators joined the Mass celebrated by the new provincial in the chapel of St Joseph Jesuit Scholasticate in Ho Chi Minh City.  In his homily, Fr Mam focussed on four important elements that he wants the Jesuits in Vietnam to pay attention to: participation, dialogue, collaboration and discernment.  More

From the Provinces

A safe house in the city

Utama Safe House volunteersThe Utama Safe House (USH) is not just a safe house. It is a community that seeks to provide a safe haven for survivors of trafficking and domestic violence, especially those who have no support and are in need of protection. The staff also assist survivors through outreach programmes. USH was initiated by Sahabat Insan, a Jesuit organisation for migrant workers in Indonesia, in collaboration with several other organisations including Pulih (a charity that provides free psychological counselling services) and MiLAP (Partnership for Children and Women Services), and individual women activists.  More

Other Jesuit News

Death of a Superior General: Fr Peter-Hans Kolvenbach SJ

Fr Peter-Hans Kolvenbach SJ, 1928-2016Father Peter-Hans Kolvenbach SJ who was Superior General of the Society of Jesus from 1983 to 2008, passed away on November 26 in Beirut, Lebanon.  He was 87 years old.  The funeral Mass was held in Beirut on November 30 attended by Fr General Arturo Sosa.  In Rome on December 2, Fr Sosa led the Jesuits based in Rome in a Mass in the Church of Gesù to celebrate the life of Fr Kolvenbach.  The principal concelebrants included members of the General Council as well as those who had been members of the General Council when Fr Kolvenbach was Superior General.  Fr Kolvenbach will be buried as he wished, under the cedars of Lebanon.  More

Conference Calendar
January 4 to 31, 2017

In this issue

  • Building a community of Jesuit schools
  • EAPI: Moving beyond the reefs
  • New provincial for Jesuits in Vietnam
  • Fr Franz Magnis-Suseno SJ bestowed Matteo Ricci Award
  • Celebrating the arrival of the Jesuits in Hong Kong 90 years ago
  • A safe house in the city
  • Puskat Film Festival gains momentum with environment theme
  • Death of a Superior General: Fr Peter-Hans Kolvenbach SJ

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin November 2016

From the President

Three images from General Congregation 36

Jesuit symbol in the Church of the Gesu in RomeIt has been almost a fortnight since General Congregation 36 finished on November 12 and three images remain with me.   The first is the image of Venice; the time the first companions lived before Ignatius went to Rome.  Learned and poor, they lived separately, begging for their food, serving the poorest people uprooted by conflicts, coming together regularly to discern their future and deciding that, though their common mission would spread them across the world, they would remain united.  This memory encourages the Society now as a diminished body, living in a world of conflicts and disparities, spread as we are across the world, to discern deeply how we live together in the joy of the Gospel, the mission to which we are called, the missio Dei.  More

JCAP News

Responding to ecological challenges in Asia Pacific

Reconciling with Creation Reflection WorkshopDrought and flooding are the two most significant ecological challenges in Asia Pacific, according to participants in the first Reconciling with Creation Reflection Workshop.  According to the workshop report released in October, drought was foremost in the minds of the participants, named by 11 people from eight countries.  Flooding was a close second, named by 10 participants from six countries.  But these are just two of the host of ecological challenges faced by the people in Asia Pacific.  In the six years since Reconciliation with Creation was made an apostolic priority of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific (JCAP), many of the provinces and regions have taken steps to respond to these ecological challenges.  More

From the Provinces

Directing greater energies to the poor and the peripheries

Participants of “Titayan: Bridging for Peace,” a seminar organised by the Ateneo de Davao UniversityWhen Pope Francis visited the Philippines in January 2015, his message to the Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus was clear: to go to the poor and the peripheries.  It shone a light on what then Fr General Adolfo Nicolás had asked of the whole Society when he convoked General Congregation 36 in December 2014, which was to reflect prayerfully on what more the Eternal King is calling the Jesuits to do. The Philippine Province’s response is the Province Roadmap, an apostolic plan to inform and guide the Jesuit ministries and communities in the country over the next five years.  More

Jesuit Formation

Eleven Jesuits ordained as deacons in the Philippines

Diaconate Ordination in the PhilippinesEleven Jesuits were ordained to the Order of Deacons on October 29 in the Church of the Gesu, Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. The new deacons are Soo Young Park, Changmo Cho, Chang-hyon Lee, Kyoung-Woong Peter Park, Anthony Ochen, Leslie Joseph Bingkasan, Stephanus Advent Novianto, Harvey Mateo, Martin Licup, Felipe Yohan Jr and Roseller Atilano Jr.  In his homily, Bishop Ruperto C Santos DD told the newly-ordained, “This is what diaconate is all about. A servant: that is who a deacon is, plain and simple.”  He urged them to be brave in the face of challenging situations, to bring Jesus and Mary with them in their ministry and to remain in the background - active yet unseen – knowing that it is Jesus who is seen and heard through them.  More

General Congregation 36

General Congregation 36 concludes

GC 36 closing sessionThe 36th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus concluded on November 12 with a Mass of Thanksgiving at St Ignatius Church, a parish run by the Society of Jesus in Rome.  That morning, after a contemplative examination of the six weeks of work, the 215 delegates voted to close the General Congregation that had begun on October 2. In the closing session, Father General Arturo Sosa thanked the Congregation for its work, using the text of Mark 4:26-29 to emphasise that it is the Lord who will grow the seed they planted.  More

Conference Calendar
December 3

In this issue

  • Three images from General Congregation 36
  • Responding to ecological challenges in Asia Pacific
  • Defining and refining Ignatian leadership
  • One foot in the air
  • Directing greater energies to the poor and the peripheries
  • Affirming engagements with Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines
  • The ordeal of a foreign spouse in Japan
  • Eleven Jesuits ordained as deacons in the Philippines
  • General Congregation 36 concludes

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GC 36 News #4

General Congregation 36

The General Council takes shape with elections and appointments

Fr General Sosa with the new Assistants ad Providentiam

One month into General Congregation 36, the delegates have elected four Assistants ad Providentiam – Fr Fratern Masawe, Fr Vernon D’Cunha, Fr Douglas Marcouiller and Fr John Dardis.  Fr Marcouiller was also elected as Admonitor to the Superior General.  As Assistants ad Providentiam, their function is to assist the Superior General on behalf of the whole Society. The assistance ranges from external matters “such as clothing, food and any expenditure touching upon the General’s person”, preventing him “from going beyond measure in labours or excessive severity”, and attending “to his soul in case necessity might arise”.  More

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin October 2016

From the President

Called to collaborate in the mission of Christ Jesus

Timor-Leste Region Meeting 2016“The Society of Jesus can develop only in collaboration with others: only if it becomes the least Society that collaborates. We want to collaborate generously with others, inside and outside of the Church, in the awareness, which comes from the experience of God, of being called to the mission of Christ Jesus.”  Our new Fr General Arturo Sosa in his first homily as Superior General spoke words to live by.  They resonate with our apostolic plan for the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific and challenge us to implement it.  More

From the Provinces

New Superior for Jesuits in Malaysia and Singapore

Fr Christopher Soh SJOn November 8, Fr Christopher Soh SJ officially becomes Regional Superior of the Malaysia-Singapore Jesuit Region (MAS), taking over from Fr Colin Tan SJ who has completed his six-year term. Fr Soh was ordained on July 30, 2005 and professed his final vows on July 4, 2011.  He is a popular homilist, and his blog, “Breaking The Word”, began as a response to people asking for a copy of his homilies.  It is not surprising then that, when he was considering the priesthood, he was initially attracted to the Redemptorists, whose ministry of preaching and hearing confessions inspired him.  More

From the Provinces

Reuniting families separated by detention

Family at the Immigration Detention Centre BangkokSeeing divided families is a painful sight and this is often the case in immigration detention centres where women and men are held in separate detention cells. For 25 years, the Jesuits have been working closely with the Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) in Bangkok to facilitate the release of detainees and help them return to a life of dignity and freedom with their families. Two years ago, Jesuit Refugee Service Asia Pacific handed over responsibility for this work to the Jesuit Foundation – Prison Ministry Thailand.  More

Jesuit Formation

The simple life as a symbol of resistance

Santris (students) living in Pesantren Ath-ThariqThere were about 20 santris (students) living in Pesantren Ath-Thariq, when we stayed there for our immersion. On our third night, one of our scholastics picked up the guitar and all of us, including the female santris, gathered around him singing cheesy Indonesian pop songs about love. We stayed up until 11 pm, singing in the hut where they learn to recite the Qur’an in the cold mountain breeze. There are no television sets in sight in the pesantren. Playing outside and socialising are highly encouraged. They take in santris as young as eight to those who are college students.  More

General Congregation 36

Pope Francis’ visit to the Congregation

Pope Francis' visit to the CongregationPope Francis joined the delegates for morning prayer on October 24 before speaking to them about the way forward for the Society of Jesus.

Read the full text of Pope Francis' message here.
See photos of the visit here.

Other Jesuit News

Rebuilding Nepal from the rubble

Golma devi School Sindhupalchowk ConstructionReconstruction efforts are gathering pace in Nepal more than a year after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the country on April 25, 2015, causing massive destruction of infrastructure and killing more than 9,000 people. The Nepal Jesuit Social Institute (NJSI) has been actively involved in relief and rehabilitation work and is now concentrating its efforts on supporting the building and rebuilding of schools, hostels, houses and women’s shelters in different districts.  More

Conference Calendar
November 5 to 6

In this issue

  • Called to collaborate in the mission of Christ Jesus
  • New Superior for Jesuits in Malaysia and Singapore
  • Dreaming of an established Church in China
  • Reuniting families separated by detention
  • A path to self-determination through education
  • The most heart-warming Mid-Autumn Festival
  • Jesuit Mission Australia provides aid in flood-ravaged Vietnam
  • The simple life as a symbol of resistance
  • Rebuilding Nepal from the rubble

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