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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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GC 36 News #3

General Congregation 36

Fr Arturo Sosa from Venezuela is the new leader of the Society of Jesus

Fr General Arturo Sosa

It did not take the 36th General Congregation long.  After celebrating Mass in the Church of the Holy Spirit early on Friday, October 14, the 212 electors were locked into the Aula to vote for the next superior general of the Society of Jesus.  Just before lunch, the first news came that the new Superior General is Fr Arturo Sosa Abascal from the Venezuela Jesuit Province.  Fr Sosa is the 31st Superior General of the Society of Jesus.  He is also the first Superior General from Latin America, in fact the first from outside Europe.  More

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GC 36 News #2

General Congregation 36

The end of a generalate

Fr Frederico Lombardi with Fr_General Adolfo NicolásThe resignation of Fr General Adolfo Nicolás on the first day of the 36th General Congregation was a profoundly moving event for all who witnessed this historic moment. Eight years ago, Fr Nicolás had been elected by a General Congregation; now, in October 2016, he needed to present his request to leave office to another General Congregation. He spoke briefly, simply and humbly, about his poor health, his failing energy and his increasingly unreliable memory. The Society, he said, needs someone with more energy and health to lead it in the complex world we live in. He ended his speech and left the dais of the presider to thunderous, prolonged applause and the first of three standing ovations from the clearly moved delegates. More

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin September 2016

From the Provinces

Eight Jesuits ordained priests in Vietnam

Vietnam ordinations August 2016The Vietnam Jesuit Province has eight new Vietnamese priests.  The new Jesuit priests, who were ordained on August 25 at the Saint Joseph Jesuit Scholasticate in Thu Duc, Ho Chi Minh City, are Fr Anthony Pham Ba Hoc, Fr Dominic Nguyen Quoc Kinh, Fr Joseph Nguyen Tuan Phuc, Fr Thaddeus Nguyen Van Yen, Fr Francis Xavier Nguyen Thanh Vu, Fr Anthony Tran Thanh Tan, Fr Vincent Nguyen Minh Phuc and Fr Peter Nguyen Van Tang. More

From the Provinces

Jesuits in Korea and Japan confront ethnic reconciliation

Korean and Japanese Jesuits in ShimonosekiAugust is a symbolic month dedicated to peace movements in Japan. Seventy-one years have passed since the defeat of Japan in the Second World War, but the dropping of the first two nuclear bombs on Hiroshima (August 6, 1945) and Nagasaki (August 9, 1945) are still vividly remembered. A group of 34 Jesuits, half of them from Korea and the rest from Japan gathered in Shimonoseki, in the west of Japan from August 23 to 26 to heal wounds occasioned by the worst historical relationship between both countries and to search for closer cooperation. More

Jesuit Formation

A beacon of hope

Scholastic Tiro Daenuwy and Abi IbangOn the morning of the fourth day of our immersion at the Pesantren Ath-Thariq, I stepped on a rusty nail that was sticking out of a small block of wood where I was gathering hay from the paddy fields to make solid compost. A sharp pain shot straight from my right heel throughout my body. In grade school we were told that tetanus infections come from rusty nails and animal manure. Perfect! I limped to find Abi Ibang, the head of the pesantren (Islamic boarding house). Abi means ‘my father’ in Arabic. More

Appointments and Opportunities

Director sought for Casa de Produção Audiovisual

CPA logo

The Jesuits in Timor-Leste are seeking a director for Casa de Produção Audiovisual (CPA), a non-profit media production organisation founded by the Fundaçao Companhia de Jesus em Timor-Leste in Dili in 2002. CPA’s objective is to help build Timorese national identity and unity through stories inspired by Timorese culture, traditions, events, achievements and experiences.

The director works closely with CPA’s clients, project partners, funders, pool of artists, and religious and lay collaborators in developing audio-visual productions that promote sustainable development, social justice and the general welfare of the people of Timor-Leste.

Applicants for the position should ideally have experience in management and institutional leadership, preferably in media; capacity for socio-political analysis and understanding of Timor-Leste’s history; fluency in spoken and written English; as well as knowledge of or willingness to learn Tetum and/or Bahasa Indonesia. 

Click here for more details.

Other Jesuit News

In Motion videos on refugee stories

Mercy in Motion video series_Peter from Myanmar“I have a big dream for my son. I myself wish to be an educated man, and I want my son to become one too.  I want him to get opportunities that we couldn’t get,” says Peter, a community organizer from Kachin State, internally displaced in Myanmar. Peter’s story is the focus of one of several videos the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) has produced as part of its Mercy in Motion campaign, launched on December 8, 2015, at the start of the Holy Year of Mercy. JRS aims to produce 25 videos, each between four and seven minutes long, in which refugees in Africa and Asia share about their past, their journey, their situation in the camp or urban setting and the hope that education gives them.  More

Conference Calendar
October 2

In this issue

  • Eight Jesuits ordained priests in Vietnam
  • Ateneo de Davao University underscores commitment to the environment
  • A whole story of gratitude, renewal and hope
  • Jesuits in Korea and Japan confront ethnic reconciliation
  • Helping to empower Filipino migrant workers and their families
  • An urgent call to stop the use of cluster munitions
  • Celebrating the Season of Creation
  • Serving the City, Serving the People
  • A beacon of hope
  • In Motion videos on refugee stories

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GC 36 News #1

General Congregation 36

Counting down to the GC 36 plenary session

On October 2, more than 200 Jesuits representing approximately 80 Jesuit provinces around the world will convene in Rome for the plenary session of General Congregation 36. A third of the delegates hail from Jesuit provinces in Asia and the Pacific, primarily those in India. Twenty-two of the delegates are from the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific. 

A general congregation is the supreme governing body of the Society of Jesus with power to review and update its laws. As Fr Adolfo Nicolás SJ has announced his intention to resign as Superior General of the Society of Jesus, his successor will be elected during the GC 36 plenary session.

In the run up to the plenary session, we offer interviews with some JCAP delegates speaking about the general congregation that most impacts their province or region and of their hopes for GC 36. Watch JCAP President Fr Mark Raper's interview here. We will also be regularly publishing updates on our GC 36 news page.

Join us in praying for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in General Congregation 36

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin August 2016

JCAP News

A new way of being a Jesuit conference

JCAP Sustainability ConferenceOne might have thought they would be exhausted after two long days of immersion, talks and group work, but the third and final day of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific (JCAP) sustainability conference saw ideas coming fast and furious on how sustainability in Asia Pacific can be increased. A bright flame had been lit in the approximately 140 participants from across Asia Pacific. The conference “A Call to Dialogue on the Sustainability of Life in the ASEAN Context” was the largest collaboration of JCAP sectors in recent years involving nine areas in which the Jesuits in Asia Pacific work.  More

From the Provinces

New Jesuit priests in Taiwan, Timor-Leste and New Zealand

Ladislas Nsengiyumva, a native of Burundi, was ordained on July 30 in Holy Family Catholic Church in Taipei, Taiwan. Fr Nsengiyumva joined the Society of Jesus after studying medicine in Beijing. He is currently finishing his STL in Moral Theology – Bioethics in Boston College, USA and will start his PhD studies in Biomedical Ethics next year.  Also ordained on July 30 was Sidelizio (Side) Ornai Pereira.  Fr Pereira, who was ordained in the Cathedral of St Anthony in his hometown of Baucau in Timor-Leste, was recently appointed Rector of Instituto São João de Brito, the Jesuit teacher training institute in the country. Finally, Justin Glyn was ordained in the Cathedral of St Patrick and St Joseph in Auckland, New Zealand on August 6. Fr Glyn grew up in South Africa but moved to New Zealand with his parents. He will soon go to Canada to study Canon Law. Click on each story to find out more.

Fr Ladi ordinationFr Side's ordinationFr Justin's ordination
 Burundian Jesuit ordained
in the Jesuit Chinese Province
A new Jesuit priest ordained
in Timor-Leste  
Fr Justin Glyn SJ ordained
in Auckland
From the Provinces

Continuing to accompany the “stranger” in Thai prisons

Khao Bin Prison, ThailandFor 25 years, the Jesuit prison ministry in Thailand has been accompanying foreign prisoners primarily through providing counselling and companionship. Today, the programme serves about 1,200 prisoners spread across in 10 prisons in Bangkok and other provinces, and two prison hospitals.This year, the team encountered a number of challenges. Two big prisons, Bangkwang and Klong Prem, changed their regulations for prison visits. In Bangkwang, each team member was allowed to visit only one prisoner a day instead of the four they could visit before. This greatly reduced the number of inmates they would visit each day from 20 to 28 to only five to seven. More

Jesuit Formation

Learning from within through Vipassana meditation

EATEP 2016 meditationWe were a group of six Jesuit scholastics and one priest from Korea, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Philippines and Indonesia in the EATEP held in Chiang Mai, Thailand this year.  In three weeks, from July 2 to 22, we covered the three important parts of the programme: introduction to Buddhism, a group study on Asian Theology and a Vipassana retreat at the Wat Tam Doi Tone Buddhist monastery. From the beginning, we were made aware that faith is not just about seeking understanding, but should also be about the capability to transform. More

Other Jesuit News

Rediscovered Jesuit journal sheds light on introduction of Western science into China

Prof Saldanha (left), University of Macau The personal journal of Jesuit priest and scientist Sabatino de Ursis (1575-1620), a successor of Matteo Ricci in the Ming court of China, was rediscovered recently in the royal library of Ajuda in Lisbon, Portugal. The journal brings a new understanding of how Western science was introduced into China during the Ming dynasty, and of his treatise, “Hydromethods of the Great West”, which was published in Beijing in 1612 and sponsored by important Ming scholar-officials. The treatise includes a preface by Xu Guangqi, distinguished scientist and collaborator of Matteo Ricci. More

Conference Calendar
Aug 30 to Sept 2

In this issue

  • A new way of being a Jesuit conference
  • Gathering as Magis Asia Pacific in Poland
  • Sustainability in the youth
  • Jesuit colleges and universities commit to promoting institutional collaboration on sustainability in Asia Pacific
  • Burundian Jesuit ordained in the Jesuit Chinese Province
  • A new Jesuit priest ordained in Timor-Leste
  • Fr Justin Glyn SJ ordained in Auckland
  • Giving up plastic straws in response to Laudato si’
  • Continuing to accompany the “stranger” in Thai prisons
  • Finding gratitude in MAGIS
  • Learning from within through Vipassana meditation
  • Rediscovered Jesuit journal sheds light on introduction of Western science into China

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin July 2016

From the President

Responding anew to the call of the Eternal King

JCAP electors for GC 36We celebrate on July 31 the feast of Ignatius Loyola, the founder and first Superior General of the Society of Jesus. His successor was elected at the first General Congregation that, delayed by a war, was held two years after his death, in 1558. In October this year, 220 electors will assemble in Rome for the 36th General Congregation, called to elect the 31st Superior General who will replace Fr General Adolfo Nicolás who, at 80 years of age, is seeking to resign. More

JCAP News

 Doing, giving and seeking the “more” in MAGIS

Magis 2016More than 200 young pilgrims from provinces and regions within the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific (JCAP) have just spent a week learning what it means to be Magis. MAGIS is a Jesuit-organised international meeting of young people from all over the world held in conjunction with World Youth Day. The MAGIS programme helps to prepare them for the experience of World Youth Day by offering them an opportunity to share in a unique experience on three distinct levels: individual growth, relationships with God and others, and intercultural dialogue. More

From the Provinces

Fostering leadership in Jesuit community life

Community as Mission workshopCommunity life is an important dimension of the Jesuit identity, which, in essence, is a relational identity. Thus, community is always an integral and fundamental element of the Jesuit mission. This was the backdrop for the gathering of 23 Jesuits from the Chinese Province, including the Provincial, Province Consultors, Local Superiors and young Jesuits, in Changhua, Taiwan for a workshop on leadership in Jesuit community life. Aptly titled “Community as Mission”, the five-day activity held from June 6 to 10 sought to help the Jesuits gain a better understanding of Jesuit leadership vis-à-vis attitudes and contexts that influence Jesuit commitment and openness to change. More

From the Provinces

Developing a deeper faith with the help of Indigenous Peoples

ACOTEP 2016 participantsA group of 17 consisting of 10 Jesuit scholastics, one priest, five Religious sisters and one lay woman came together recently to learn, re-learn and unlearn with our Indigenous sisters and brothers in Tarlac, Philippines. Their two-week immersion was part of the Asia Pacific Contextual Theology for Engagement Programme (ACOTEP) planned for students of the Loyola School of Theology but Religious sisters and lay students of the Institute of Formation and Religious Studies and Institute for Consecrated Life in Asia were invited to participate. More

Conference Calendar
July 25 to August 25

In this issue

  • Responding anew to the call of the Eternal King
  • Doing, giving and seeking the “more” in MAGIS
  • Learning from Indigenous Peoples about the sacredness and sustainability of nature
  • Ignatian Spirituality: the core of Jesuit school leadership
  • Fostering leadership in Jesuit community life
  • Three new Jesuit priests in Korea
  • Honouring four centuries of Spanish Jesuit missionaries in China
  • Developing a deeper faith with the help of Indigenous Peoples
  • When migrant workers and indigenous youth got together

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin June 2016

JCAP News

Equipping Jesuit and lay collaborators to become better leaders

JCAP Leadership Development Programme Module 2, May 2016What kind of leader do we need to continue our service of faith and the promotion of justice? First, one who understands context in leadership and next, one who is able to move forward on mission development. Which is why this was the focus of the second module of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific’s Leadership Development Programme held in Chiang Mai from May 15 to 21. The first module held last December focussed on the importance of context in leadership. More

From the Provinces

Opening our minds to unlock our potential as a society

World Refugee Day 2016This World Refugee Day, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) has called for everyone to embrace refugees as part of their communities by providing them with opportunities to grow and contribute to society. This means not only giving them a safe place to stay but also ensuring that they are protected from all forms of evil, including poverty, isolation, exploitation, misconception and neglect. More

Jesuit Formation

From Kasait to Raynouard

Rui FernandesOften, our mission is not only the aim of our efforts, but also the instrument of our own formation. We are formed for the mission, by the mission, in the mission. At least, that was how I felt about my regency in East Timor. In 2012, I was sent to East Timor to work with a team of Jesuits and lay people in order to open a new school, Colégio Santo Inácio de Loiola, in the small village of Kasait, on the outskirts of Dili, the capital of this young and charming country. More

Conference Calendar
July 1 to 22

In this issue

  • Equipping Jesuit and lay collaborators to become better leaders
  • Renewing life and mission in ecology
  • A renewed vitality and commitment
  • Islamic principles for sustainability and the environment
  • Shaping Ignatian leaders in education
  • Opening our minds to unlock our potential as a society
  • Standing in solidarity #WithRefugees
  • “Ignacio de Loyola” previews at the Vatican
  • From Kasait to Raynouard

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