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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin February 2015

JCAP News

Moving from raising funds to winning partners in mission

JCAP Development Officers Meeting, Cambodia, February 2015Development officers in our Conference left their meeting in Cambodia with renewed spirits and a fresh understanding of their work. Meeting together and sharing both successes and challenges had helped them realize that they are engaged in a common effort to support the mission not only of their own Province, but that of the Society in Asia Pacific and the world.  Fr Jorge Serrano SJ, Assistant Treasurer for Development Resources in Rome, had challenged them not to focus only on raising money, but rather on winning committed partners for the common mission.  More

From the Provinces

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 months into 2015, there are already nine new Jesuit deacons in the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific – two Koreans, six Vietnamese and one Singaporean. On January 4, Hun Jun Lee SJ and Jae Wok Lee SJ of the Korean Province of the Society of Jesus were ordained, along with Irish Jesuit Shane Daly, to the diaconate by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin in the Milltown Park Chapel in Ireland. More

From the Provinces

Responding to changing needs in Cambodian society

Banteay Prieb, a Jesuit vocational training centre in Cambodia, is launching an education program for people with intellectual disabilities next month. Banteay Prieb, a Jesuit vocational training centre in Cambodia, is launching an education program for people with intellectual disabilities next month.  The program, which begins with 11 students, builds on the centre’s 23 years of experience serving people with physical disabilities as a result of war, land mines, polio and accidents. The decision to expand Banteay Prieb’s services to include a new community reflects the changing need in Cambodian society. More

Other Jesuit News

First Jesuit community college

Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago websiteThe first Jesuit community college, Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago, is scheduled to open in August. The college will provide students with the same liberal arts core curriculum classes offered at the university, but at a more affordable cost, according to Fr Stephen Katsouros SJ, Arrupe College’s dean and executive director. Loyola University President Fr Michael J Garanzini SJ first proposed the college after assessing the needs of students with limited financial resources in the Chicagoland area. More

Conference Calendar
April 6 to 20

In this issue

  • Moving from raising funds to winning partners in mission
  • New deacons in three Jesuit Provinces/Regions
  • Buddhist and Catholic blessings for the education project land in Sisophon
  • Responding to changing needs in Cambodian society
  • A Lenten proposal from Cambodia
  • Album for Pope Francis in top 10 charts in the Philippines
  • Strengthening disaster preparedness and evacuation strategies in Payatas
  • First Jesuit community college
  • Jesuits help Scorsese with ‘Silence’
  • Kidnapped Jesuit released by Taliban

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin January 2015

From the President

Meeting Pope Francis 

Meeting Pope Francis Some 40 Jesuits met with Pope Francis at the Nunciature in Manila during his Philippines visit.  All were ecstatic at the invitation. I was privileged to be among them. 

From the beginning, the meeting was very much that of brother Jesuits coming together.  Provincial Tony Moreno SJ opened the meeting saying that Francis had been met by 40 elephants in Sri Lanka and here in Manila he was met by 40 Jesuits. To which Francis replied, "The elephants were more colourfully dressed." More

JCAP News

A gift from Timor Leste

Scholastics and Brothers Circle (SBC) meeting 2014

Working as an Indonesian regent in Micronesia, I realize the importance of our universal mission as one Society of Jesus. This sense of universality became much clearer during the SBC meeting.

I was very excited to attend the meeting. I knew it would be an opportunity to share stories and experiences among Jesuits that would help grow, shape and strengthen my ministry as a regent in Xavier High School in Micronesia.  True enough, I made many new friends not only from the provinces and regions in JCAP, but also from India and Uganda. More

From the Provinces

A pure gift of the Holy Father

A pure gift of the Holy Father

  Anticipation was high as the Philippines awaited Pope Francis’ visit to the country from January 15 to 19, 2015.  For weeks before the Pope’s arrival, national media discussed the importance of the papal visit and a 1,000-member choir practised new hymns specially composed for the closing mass by Fr Manoling Francisco SJ.

The Holy Father had a packed schedule in the Philippines yet he still found ways to deviate from his itinerary: first by bonding with former street children in Tulay ng Kabataan Foundation; and second by meeting 40 of his fellow Jesuits at the Apostolic Nunciature in Manila.  More

From the Provinces

Prayers for peace for Jeju Island

Prayers for peace for Jeju IslandResistance to the construction of a naval base at Gangjeong on Jeju Island, South Korea continues although the base is already under construction.  The Jeju Volcanic Island and  Lava Tubes are a UNESCO World Heritage site. The most recent significant effort was the Gangjeong Peace Conference and Peace Festival organized by the Jesuit Research Centre for Advocacy and Solidarity (JAS) at the Seoguipo Catholic Parish and Gangjeong Village.  Fr Francis Mun-su Park SJ, director of JAS, said the conference was organized to reignite the peace action to resist the construction of the naval base, which had been “flagging” more than a year after protests began in 2012.  JAS planned the conference in cooperation with the Jeju Catholic Diocese and Gangjeong peace activists, hoping that it would help gain renewed media attention for the cause. More 

Jesuit Formation

An unlikely moneyman in the delta

An unlikely moneyman in the deltaAt Kanyintabin village, a community nestled on the bank of the vast Pyamalaw River, Jesuit Scholastic Cyril Nay Myo Htet, better known as Phocho, sat down with a group of farmers on a hot December afternoon, a mug of sweetened instant coffee in his hand. This was the time of the year when they harvested the yields of their toil and sweat.

The discussion was mainly about how many farmers would be able to pay the loan installments from the harvest. Since May 2013, Phocho has been working with the Arrupe Resource Centre Myanmar (ARCM), a Jesuit work, to help locals maintain cash flow and free themselves from loan sharks through a microcredit programme. They have also been helping to build rice barns that can serve as shelters during storms. More

Obituary

Death of Archbishop Giuseppe Pittau SJ

Death of Archbishop Giuseppe Pittau SJArchbishop Giuseppe Pittau SJ, former provincial of the Jesuit Japan Province and former president of Sophia University, passed away at 21:55 on December 26, 2014 at the Loyola House community in Tokyo.  He was 86 years old.

More than a thousand people attended his funeral mass at St Ignatius Church on January 14.   Led by Japan Provincial Fr Yoshio Kajiyama SJ, the mass was concelebrated by more than 50 priests including Msgr Pittau’s younger brother Fr Angelo, three archbishops and two bishops.  The funeral followed a private wake on December 28 and his cremation on December 29. More 

Conference Calendar
February 9 to 12

In this issue

  • Meeting Pope Francis
  • A gift from Timor Leste
  • A pure gift of the Holy Father
  • Jesuits celebrate 400 years in Vietnam
  • Fr General visits Jesuit Chinese and Vietnamese Provinces
  • Prayers for peace for Jeju Island
  • Collaborating for prayer and action on the climate crisis
  • Providing much needed support for asylum seekers
  • An unlikely moneyman in the delta
  • Death of Archbishop Giuseppe Pittau SJ

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin December 2014

From the President

Allowing God to find us, know us and love us

Allowing God to find us, know us and love us

During Advent we are invited to remember that God came to us in Jesus.  We are invited to live in hope and to remain alert for his second Coming at the end of time. The early Christians thought this second Coming would be soon, but we have been waiting for more than 2,000 years and perhaps some of us have become less alert to this possibility. More

From the Provinces

Casa Bayanihan: Education rooted in reality

Casa Bayanihan 2014

The Jesuit-run University of San Francisco has been running an alternative study abroad program based in Metro Manila, the Philippines. Casa Bayanihan is a semester-long program rooted in the Jesuit tradition, conceived initially for undergraduates in Jesuit universities in the United States. It is modelled after a Santa Clara University sponsored program in El Salvador, Casa de la Solidaridad, which built its pedagogy around the witness of the martyrs there. Now in its third year, the program has close to 50 alumni and a current group of 17 students. More

Jesuit Formation

Called to feed the hungry

Gregory Tan SJ

One of the things that drove Gregory Tan SJ to join the Jesuits in 2005 was a concern for the spiritual hunger he saw around him. As he ordained Gregory to the diaconate at St Carthage's Church in Melbourne on November 29, Bishop Greg O'Kelly SJ said the young Jesuit was now more fully equipped to help people find sustenance in the Eucharist. A member of the Malaysia-Singapore Region of the Society of Jesus, Gregory was joined at the celebration by the Regional Superior Fr Colin Tan SJ. More

Conference Calendar
December 18 to 22

In this issue

  • Allowing God to find us, know us and love us
  • Casa Bayanihan: Education rooted in reality
  • English camp Thai Jesuit style
  • That justice may flower
  • Church for Atitjere community opens
  • Winning with a focus on inter-religious dialogue
  • Walking with the youth
  • Continuing to hope
  • Called to feed the hungry

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin November 2014

JCAP News

Jesuit brothers urged to attract vocations by living what they preach

JCAP Brothers Circle meeting November 2014Jesuit brothers must live what they preach and be good role models if they want to attract new blood to the vocation.  For Br Noel Oliver SJ, this was a key takeaway from the recent Brothers' Circle Meeting themed "Vocation of a Jesuit Brother in a Diverse World”. 

Twenty-one Jesuit brothers gathered in Macau from November 10 to 14 to discuss the role of their vocation in a time when the number of people entering religious life is dwindling.  Jesuit Brothers are members of the Society of Jesus whose vocations are to serve the Church in ways other than as priests.  There are 90 Jesuit Brothers in the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific. More

From the Provinces

Fresh perspectives in Macau on the Suppression and Restoration

Jesuit Survival and Restoration 1773-1814, Perspectives from Boston and MacauFr Fernando Mateos SJ, the 94-year-old historian of the Jesuit Chinese Province, provided an original voice at the recent international symposium on the Suppression and Restoration of the Society of Jesus.  His complete and in-depth account of the suppression and restoration of the Society in China, together with details of Jesuits, their places of work and ecclesial and diplomatic endeavours to resurrect the mission, provided participants with vivid and authentic stories of their struggles and sacrifice for the new Society.  He left the audience with little doubt of the mark these Jesuits made on the Society’s global history and its future. More

From the Provinces

We run to ban cluster munitions

Arrupe Karuna Welcome Centre fundraisingForty-five Cambodian children with disabilities will be running the Angkor Wat Half-Marathon on December 7 to call for the ban of cluster munitions.  The children are from the Arrupe Karuna Welcome Centre, a foster home for poor children with disabilities, many caused by these explosive weapons.

The run is part of a campaign to raise awareness of the issues around land mines and cluster munitions, which is promoted in coordination with the International Campaign to Ban Land Mines (ICBL), the Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC), the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and other international and local associations. More

Conference Calendar
December 20, 2014 to January 1, 2015

In this issue

  • Jesuit brothers urged to attract vocations by living what they preach
  • An opportunity for scholastics to learn about Islam
  • Fresh perspectives in Macau on the Suppression and Restoration
  • Myanmar celebrates 500 years of Christianity
  • We run to ban cluster munitions
  • JRS takes Australia government to task for shutting the door to refugees
  • Sustainability Coordinator Training programme launched
  • CAFOD chairman visits JRS amputees in Cambodia
  • Enabling Justice for prisoners with acquired brain injuries
  • Being actors, not just observers, on migrant worker rights

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin October 2014

JCAP News

Superiors should be guided by a shared spirituality of leadership

Local Superiors WorkshopWhat is the mission of a local superior?  Superiors and potential superiors from 11 of the provinces, regions and missions in our Jesuit Conference found themselves exploring and reflecting on this question during a recent workshop held in Seoul, Korea.  The 36 Jesuits were participants in a Workshop for Local Superiors organised by the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific from October 4 to 10. More

From the Provinces

Teilhard and China

TeilhardAn Association of Friends of Teilhard in China is in the process of being formed by a group of Chinese people.  Pierre Teilhard de Chardin SJ was born in 1881 and became famous as a philosopher, palaeontologist and geologist.  He worked extensively in Africa and Asia, and was part of the scientific investigation that discovered “Peking Man” in China. More 

From the Provinces

Networking for great governance of natural resources

Jesuit GNMR network core group

Issues of equity and sustainability in mining projects are receiving greater scrutiny from Jesuit entities and individuals worldwide through the growth of the Governance of Natural and Mineral Resources (GNMR) Network.

The GNMR Network, led by Julie Edwards, chief executive of Jesuit Social Services in Australia, connects members of the Jesuit community who are active in protecting the rights of communities affected by mining or who have a particular interest in the field. The network allows collaboration on advocacy, as well as the sharing of expertise, experience and ideas. More

Other Jesuit News

Magis Ignite Africa experience

Magis AfricaFor a long time Africa has been considered as a "hopeless" continent, a continent whose story is that of wars, violence, injustice, dictators, poverty, disease and a lot of other misfortunes. However, there are clear signs across Africa that this “story” is about to change as we witness a new generation of young Africans taking action. Young people in Africa constitute the majority of the population of the continent. This young population of Africa, armed with the determination to make a difference and "yes we can do" attitude represent a new dawn and hope for a better future. More

Conference Calendar
November 11 to 14

In this issue

  • Superiors should be guided by a shared spirituality of leadership
  • Being companions to indigenous peoples
  • Teilhard and China
  • Find God more easily with PrayOnline
  • Networking for great governance of natural resources
  • Jesuit education at the frontiers of greater societal engagement
  • Finding business solutions to social problems: Jesuit initiatives in social enterprise
  • Bringing inclusive development to an indigenous tribe
  • Magis Ignite Africa experience

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin September 2014 - Special Edition

From the President

A Universal Body with a Universal Mission

Jesuit Conference presidents meeting with Fr General Adolfo Nicolas SJAt our annual meeting with Fr General in Rome this month, the six Jesuit Conference presidents identified significant strategies that are bearing fruit for greater solidarity among Jesuits and our colleagues globally, and planned new cooperative measures.  Since the primary goal of conferences concerns mission, we dealt with questions such as restructuring of governance arrangements, solidarity in sharing resources across the Society, cooperation in the formation of Jesuits and promotion of studies in Ignatian spirituality. MORE

 
Other Jesuit News

Pope Francis says the Jesuits must be “brave and expert rowers”

Pope Francis hands Fr General Adolfo Nicolas SJ the Book of GospelsPope Francis celebrated a special liturgy of thanksgiving in the Church of the Gesù in Rome on Saturday, September 27, to mark the 200th anniversary of the restoration of the Society of Jesus. 

In his homily to the Jesuits, the Pope said, "The ship of the Society has been tossed around by the waves and there is nothing surprising in this. Even the boat of Peter can be tossed about today. The night and the powers of darkness are always near. It is tiring to row. The Jesuits must be 'brave and expert rowers' (Pius VII, Sollecitudo omnium ecclesiarum): row then! Row, be strong, even with the headwind! We row in the service of the Church. We row together!"  MORE

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin September 2014

From the President

Tragic irony – Peace and Restoration

Logo for Bicentennial of the Restoration of the Society of JesusDuring this month of September, many celebrate the World Day of Peace. At the same time we Jesuits and friends continue to give thanks that the Society of Jesus was restored 200 years ago.  Both events would encourage us, despite seeming evidence to the contrary, that hope can be maintained even in the face of death. 

In the story of the Prodigal Son (Lk 15: 11-32) the father says of his son that “he was dead and is alive; he was lost, and is found”.  The Society of Jesus had been dealt a deadly blow in 1773. We were dead, but 41 years later, we began to breathe again.  The Restoration of 1814 was a gift, an act of mercy. MORE 

JCAP News

Spirituality and Formation 

JCAP Formation for Formators Workshop August 2014The recent Formation for Formators programme module turned out to be a time of grace for the participants. Fittingly the theme for this second module was “Spirituality and Formation”.  Module II of the JCAP Formation for Formators programme began with an overview of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific to give context to the significance and importance of ensuring that the quality of Jesuit formation remains high. MORE

From the Provinces

Reaching out to families of international prisoners

Thai prison ministry team members in Laos with the family of two prisoners  Members of the Prison Ministry team of Jesuit Foundation (Thailand) recently made a trip to Laos to visit the families of Laotian prisoners in Thailand and share news of the prisoners.  Over six days, the team visited 22 families as well as two ex-prisoners who were released last year.

“We received a very warm welcome from the families,” said Kep Vilaiwan, one of the five prison ministry team members who went to Laos.  “This event built up our relationship with the prisoners’ families, making us feel as if we are part of their families and can be the link to their loved ones. MORE

Other Jesuit News

Pope Francis to celebrate Bicentennial of Jesuit Restoration

Restoration of the Society of JesusOn September 27, Pope Francis will celebrate Vespers and Te Deum for the 200th anniversary of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus in the Church of the Gesù in Rome.  The Society of Jesus was universally restored on August 7, 1814 after 41 years of suppression.  The celebration will be telecast live by the Vatican from 4.50 pm Rome time at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1tmyy3sl_g

Download this booklet to better follow the liturgy.  http://sjweb.info/documents/2014Restoration/libretto12.pdf

Conference Calendar
October 5 to 11

In this issue

  • Tragic irony – Peace and Restoration
  • Spirituality and Formation
  • Jesuit universities in Asia Pacific meet
  • Reaching out to families of international prisoners
  • Eureka Street and eRenlai part of global Catholic news initiative
  • A path out of unemployment
  • The need for the “heart” dimension in our living spaces
  • Pope appoints Jesuit to the post of Promoter of Justice
  • Jesuits in Africa join the fight against Ebola

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin August 2014

JCAP News

God, people and planning

Rags2RichesHave you ever seen or walked into a fancy handbag boutique selling the likes of Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Dolce and Gabbana? Even if we have never walked into one, we all know that these bags are pricey, high class, and beyond the reach of most people. What about bags branded “Rag2Riches”? You can find them in major shopping malls in the Philippines and in Anthropologie shops in Singapore, Malaysia and many countries in Europe. They are beautiful and sewn with great attention to detail – and they are produced by women who are part of a social enterprise developed to help poor families living in a Manila dumpsite.  More

From the Provinces

A concert that led to an audience with the King

King of Cambodia with the Xavier Jesuit School teamThe two concerts were organised to raise awareness and funds for Xavier Jesuit School, the Jesuit education project in Cambodia.  That they did and more.  The two nights of awe-inspiring classical music led the school project team to an audience with King Norodom Sihamoni of Cambodia.  The benefit concerts were held in Phnom Penh on June 9 and 10.  Ms Jee-won Oh (piano) and her husband Mr Mark Kosover (cello) played to packed houses for the Xavier Jesuit School project, drawing an enthusiastic response with their performances.  Miss Oh is the sister of Fr Oh In-don SJ, Delegate of the Korean Provincial to the Cambodia Jesuit Mission.  More

From the Provinces

Jesuits in the Philippines planning film on St Ignatius

Ignacio the first JesuitJesuit Communications in the Philippines is planning its most ambitious project – a full-length feature film on the life of St Ignatius, to be titled “Ignacio: The First Jesuit”.  A total of US$675,000 is needed for the project.  It is hoping to raise US$140,000 through a worldwide crowdfunding campaign that was launched on the feast of St Ignatius and closes on August 30.  More

Jesuit Formation

Found worthy to serve

LHS/AIR diaconal ordinations 2014On August 23, 2014, family, relatives, friends, and Jesuits gathered at the Ateneo de Manila University’s Church of the Gesu to celebrate the diaconal ordination of nine Jesuits, one from the Vietnamese Province (Joseph Pham Din Cu), five from the Korean Province (Seokbae Andrew An, Hyungsik Francis Jo, Do-hyun Paul Kim, Min Kim, Jaesang Jason Bonaventura Lee), and five from the Philippine Province (Ambrosio Faustino Flores, Alvin Dagooc Laput, Mark Peter Ledesma Lopez, Arnel Te Ong, Henry Cogal Ponce). Most Reverend Joseph Nacua, OFMCap, Bishop of the Diocese of Ilagan, Isabela was the ordaining prelate. More 

Other Jesuit News

Reflecting on the Restoration

Restoration bicentennial logoFor Jesuit communities across the world, the 200th anniversary of the restoration of the Society of Jesus on August 7, 2014, is not only an opportunity for celebration but also for reflection.  French Jesuit Father Pierre de Charentenay SJ guided the Philippine Jesuit Province in a Province Recollection centred on the restoration earlier this year. In his points for the Province recollection, Fr de Charentenay describes the events of the suppression and the restoration of the Society as “a sort of parable of our life as Jesuits today”.  He offers three points for meditation - first a sort of spiritual reading of the suppression and restoration, trying to understand what happened; second reading the event through the lens of a restoration of the Jesuit charism, asking what kind of restoration it should be; and third; looking at how St Peter Faber incarnates the values of the restoration and is sort of a model for our life today.  More

Conference Calendar
September 1

In this issue

  • God, people and planning
  • A concert that led to an audience with the King
  • New Provincial for the Korean Province
  • Pope receives Australian gift for anniversary of Restoration
  • Australian Jesuits take top spots in USA writing awards
  • Nine new Jesuit priests in Vietnam
  • Jesuits in the Philippines planning film on St Ignatius
  • Found worthy to serve
  • Reflecting on the Restoration
  • On Peter Faber

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin July 2014

JCAP News

The Planet Is Our Home

Pedro Walpole at the ColloquiumThere is no institution so old that it has nothing left to learn – and the Catholic Church must commit to learning about and changing its practices in relation to ecological issues. This was the message from Colombian Jesuit Fr José Mesa, Secretary of Primary and Secondary Education at the Jesuit Curia in Rome and one of the keynote speakers at the JCAP Education Colloquium in Sydney. More

From the Provinces

Five new Jesuit priests in Korea

Newly ordained priests with BishopThe Society of Jesus in Korea celebrates five new Jesuit priests.  Fathers Andrew Sung-gyoon Lee, Simon Mon-hoi Kim, Benedict On-dohk Kang, Thomas Min Han and Igwan Su-yun Park were ordained to the priesthood on July 2 at Myeong-dong Cathedral in Seoul, South Korea. More than 1,500 people participated in the ordination mass concelebrated by Most Rev Peter Chung Soon-taek OCD, Auxiliary Bishop of Seoul, and 80 priests. More

From the Provinces

The difference a boat can make

Boat DistributionRommel Villanueva is one of the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, known as Yolanda in the Philippines.  A fisherman in Barangay Binudac in the island of Culion, his boat was destroyed by Haiyan, which was one of the strongest tropical storms ever recorded.  With no boat, Rommel, 29, was dependent on other boat owners if he wanted to fish and provide for his wife and two young children.  For months he had to look for space on a boat every day in order to fish, and if no boat owner would take him, then he was not able to fish that day. More

Other Jesuit News

India’s first Jesuit university officially opens

Jesuit University in IndiaThe first Jesuit university in India was inaugurated on July 7.  Located in Bhubaneswar, the capital of the state of Odisha, Xavier University (XU) is also the state’s first Catholic university and the fourth Catholic university in India. 

In his address, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that the new university aims to be a centre of both academic excellence and sound ethical values, and thanked the Jesuits in Odisha for taking establishing it. More

Obituary

Fr John Carroll SJ: Requiescat in pace

Fr Jack Carroll SJFr John Carroll SJ, founder of the Institute on Church and Social Issues in the Philippines which was later renamed after him, died in the afternoon of July 17, 2014. He was 90 years old

Fr Jack, as he was fondly called, was born on January 16, 1924 in New Jersey and entered the New York Province of the Society of Jesus on July 30, 1943. He was a young Jesuit seminarian when he first set foot in the Philippines in 1946. More

Conference Calendar
August 4 to 15, 2014

In this issue

  • The Planet Is Our Home
  • The purpose of Jesuit studies is apostolic
  • Adaptation key to good communication
  • Five new Jesuit priests in Korea
  • Aging and the Jesuit Life
  • The difference a boat can make
  • Jesuit institute in Myanmar confers its first diplomas in education
  • India’s first Jesuit university officially opens
  • Fr John Carroll SJ: Requiescat in pace

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin June 2014

JCAP News

Creating a JCAP migration network

JCAP Migration Network MeetingA network on migration has been formed within the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific, comprising Jesuit institutions working on the issue – Tokyo Migrant Desk in Japan, Yiutsari in Korea, Rerum Novarum Centre in Taiwan, UGAT Foundation in the Philippines, Sahabat Insan in Indonesia, JRS Asia Pacific, and Jesuit Social Services Australia.

Fr Benny Juliawan SJ, the Conference’s Coordinator for Migration and Secretary for Social Ministries, convened the network’s inaugural meeting in Jakarta from June 3 to 6.   He said that the meeting aimed at two general objectives: (1) to recognise the current state of the migration services in JCAP; and (2) to kick start common programmes for the next three years. More

From the Provinces

The Society of Jesus welcomes second Cambodian Jesuit

Professing perpetual vowsOn May 31, a Cambodian national, Chour Damo, 29, pronounced his perpetual vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience in the Society of Jesus, which signify his formal entrance into the order. He is only the second Cambodian to become a Jesuit, after Ham Toeun, who is presently doing his regency in Svay Sisophon, Cambodia.  Damo made his vows at the Sacred Heart Novitiate in the Philippines, and is now a Jesuit scholastic. More

From the Provinces

Jesuit production is only Asian nomination for Best Documentary in Polish Catholic film festival

Bagong BuhayA documentary produced by Jesuit Communications Foundation (JesCom) in the Philippines was the only Asian finalist out of 74 nominees around the world for Best Documentary Film at the XXIX International Catholic Film and Multimedia Festival in Niempokalanow in Teresin, Poland. More

Other Jesuit News

Syria: daily heroism witnessed by Caritas Switzerland

JRS accepts Prix CaritasOn June 19, Jesuit Refugee Service Syria was honoured with the 2014 Prix Caritas award in a ceremony in Lucerne, Switzerland. Nawras Sammour SJ, JRS Middle East North Africa Director, received the award on behalf of JRS Syria.

The award honours JRS for its "tireless and courageous commitment for the benefit of the persecuted and suffering people in Syria. For bearing witness in the form of humanitarian aid, standing by people in need irrespective of their religious and ethnic affiliations". More

Obituary

Fr Thomas Steinbugler SJ: Requiescat in pace

Fr Tom Steinbugler SJFr Thomas B Steinbugler SJ died at about 9:30 am on June 10 in the Jesuit Residence in the Ateneo de Manila University. He had been suffering from severe pulmonary weakness for some time.  Fr Tom was born on Dec 27, 1929, entered the Society on July 30, 1948, and was ordained a priest on June 17, 1961. More

Conference Calendar
June 28 to 30, 2014

In this issue

  • Creating a JCAP migration network
  • An Asian way of doing theology
  • The Society of Jesus welcomes second Cambodian Jesuit
  • Taking steps towards a spirituality ministry in Cambodia
  • Experiencing the refugee journey in pictures
  • First senior class graduation in high school in Micronesia
  • Jesuit production is only Asian nomination for Best Documentary in Polish Catholic film festival
  • Transformative education and social engagement have great synergy
  • Syria: daily heroism witnessed by Caritas Switzerland
  • Fr Thomas Steinbugler SJ: Requiescat in pace

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