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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin May 2015

JCAP News

Learning Asian theology through an experience of Buddhism

Now on its 10th year, the 2015 East Asia Theological Encounter Programme (EATEP) will be held from July 22 to August 17 at the Seven Fountains Spirituality Centre in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  Jesuit scholastics are invited to join a four-week programme designed to guide them in examining issues of Asian theology, and understanding interreligious dialogue and the inculturation of the Catholic faith in Asia. They will do this through an intensive experience of Buddhism in the specific context of Thailand, which is predominantly Buddhist. More 

From the Provinces

The need for a compassionate refugee policy

The Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA) coordinated by Jesuit Social ServicesTwo years after Pope Francis went to Lampedusa to demonstrate his solidarity with refugees and immigrants, the compassion he showed is needed. The recent pushback of Rohingya refugees and Bangladeshi immigrant workers by Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia has made it a call to the Jesuits of our region.  Who can look unmoved into the eyes of the women, children, and men adrift on these boats as they are repelled by nation after nation? More 

Jesuit Formation

Arrupe Residence and the Parable of the Sower

Arrupe International Residence, Manila, 10 December 2015I was so grateful and excited when I found out that I was being sent to the Philippines to work with Casa Bayanihan for my first year of Regency. I grew up in Los Angeles with many Filipino friends, fell in love with the culture, and dreamed of eating delicious mangos, and now I would have the chance to live in the Philippines for one year! And God’s bountiful generosity did not stop there. More

Other Jesuit News

Committing to the rebuilding of Nepal

Relief for earthquake victims in Dhading District, Nepal (May 2015)It has been a month since Nepal suffered the deadliest disaster in its history. A 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit the Himalayan country on April 25, killing thousands and demolishing more than half a million homes, most of them in rural areas. A second major quake struck on May 12, just as the people were beginning to recover from the previous quake. According to the home ministry, the death toll from the two quakes stands at more than 8,500. More

Conference Calendar
June 27 to 29

In this issue

  • Learning Asian theology through an experience of Buddhism
  • Building a better migration network
  • The need for a compassionate refugee policy
  • Hospitality and solidarity needed in addressing Rohingya
  • It all began with SELA
  • Respecting Indigenous Peoples and their beliefs
  • Arrupe Residence and the Parable of the Sower
  • Being open to dialogue, to change, to transformation
  • Committing to the rebuilding of Nepal

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin April 2015

From the President

Praying for Nepal and Micronesia

Buildings damaged after 2015 Nepal EarthquakeThese last weeks, we have seen and heard yet again of the destruction and devastation caused by natural disasters. Typhoon Maysak at the end of March caused severe damage throughout Micronesia, displacing thousands, ruining livelihoods and food supplies, and damaging infrastructure. And just days ago, on April 25, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake has caused widespread destruction in Nepal. More than half of Nepal’s 75 districts are affected by the earthquake, which struck an area between Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara, destroying historic monuments and damaging many buildings in the Nepalese capital. More

JCAP News

Reporting on the Jesuit Conference

JCAP Annual Report 2015 What do Pope Francis’ visit to Korea, interreligious dialogue, social justice, Jesuit formation, and religious life have in common?  They are some of the significant moments for the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific in 2014 and the ones we have chosen to highlight in our 2015 annual report.  More

From the Provinces

Struggling to recover from Typhoon Maysak

Cleaning up at Xavier High School after Super Typhoon Maysak Weeks after Typhoon Maysak hit Micronesia at the end of March, the people are still struggling to pick up the pieces and recover from the destruction. Needs assessment is ongoing for Chuuk and Yap, the two Micronesian states worst affected by Maysak. Close to 7,000 were displaced in Chuuk, with most now living with relatives or staying in schools or government offices, according to USAID. Maysak damaged crops and fishing boats, fruit trees and water catchment areas, threatening their livelihood, and affecting their food and water supply. More

From the Provinces

Beijing Center study abroad program voted one of the best by US students

Student participants of the TBC China study abroad programThe China study abroad program offered by The Beijing Center (TBC) was recently ranked among the top five exchange programs for university students in the United States. In a press release announcing the results of its fourth annual Study Abroad Rankings, Abroad101 press said that the rankings are the result of compiled evaluations from US university students who attended short-term, credit-bearing study abroad programs overseas. More 

Jesuit Formation

A time of total and full integration

Timorese Jesuit Fr Venancio Pereira recently completed his tertianship in Sri Lanka.After 12 years of being ordained a Jesuit priest and 23 years in the Society of Jesus, the society of love where I began learning and loving, my tertianship program became a time of “total and full integration.” It was a time of going back to the womb of the Society that nurtured and formed me; it was also a time to see once again how much God loves me. For this, I offer my deep gratitude to the Lord who has called me, and who has been continually calling me to be a Jesuit, a part of the Society of Jesus. More

Other Jesuit News

Collaborating to promote the right to education 

Edujesuit.orgA new Jesuit initiative was recently launched to foster collaboration in making the right to quality education for all a reality across the world.  In our world today, 62 million children do not go to school, 250 million children finish primary school without knowing how to read or write due to the poor quality of education and 751 million of people aged 15 and above cannot read or write, and two thirds of them are women. The website, edujesuit.org, is intended to be a communication and participation tool for the Right to Education Network of the Global Ignatian Advocacy Network (GIAN). More

Conference Calendar
April 20 to May 20

In this issue

  • Praying for Nepal and Micronesia
  • Reporting on the Jesuit Conference
  • LST-EAPI offer new program in Pastoral Leadership and Management
  • Struggling to recover from Typhoon Maysak
  • Beijing Center study abroad program voted one of the best by US students
  • Jesuits Among Muslims in Senegal
  • A time of total and full integration
  • Collaborating to promote the right to education
  • JRS partners with Jesuit law schools to help child migrants in the USA

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin March 2015

JCAP News

Increasing collaboration on disaster risk reduction and management 

JCAP Developing Protocol Framework 2014 thumbnailThe Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific (JCAP) is developing a protocol that outlines steps for Jesuits in responding to disasters in this part of the world. Responses to catastrophic events are collaborative in nature, joining local efforts and guiding important international support. This is an ongoing process with other organisations and there is much learning from the experiences of Jesuits on the ground. The effort is also to find ways to collaborate across different phases in disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) that demand a wider range of coordination beyond disaster. More

From the Provinces

SLB renews commitment to a faith that does justice

SLB Anniversary Week Promo thumbnailSimbahang Lingkod ng Bayan (SLB), the social justice arm of the Philippine Jesuit Province marked 29 years of service to the Church and the Filipino nation recently with a week-long celebration themed “Renewing a Faith that does Justice”. Over the years, SLB has evolved and developed programs in response to the needs of Philippine society, and the celebration from February 21 to March 1 was an opportunity to showcase current programs and introduce new ones.  More

From the Provinces

A common word: An interfaith experience of Islam

10 students from Santa Clara University’s Jesuit School of Theology (JST) on a trip in January for a three-week immersion in IslamThey travelled from California in the United States to Yogyakarta in Indonesia in search of a common word.  The 10 students were from Santa Clara University’s Jesuit School of Theology (JST) and the trip in January was for a three-week immersion in Islam. The 2015 Indonesia Immersion is part of a theological immersion program the Jesuit School of Theology has run for more than a decade to provide its students with a unique opportunity to study an Asian religious tradition in its local context. More  

Jesuit Formation

Reflections from the Asia Pacific Tertianship

2014-2015 Asia Pacific Tertianship Ten tertians from nine provinces recently completed the 2014-2015 Asia Pacific Tertianship in Manila.  For six months, from September 7, 2014 to March 6, 2015, the tertians were engaged in ministries, chosen with the guidance of their spiritual directors. These were varied and included working in prisons, migrant service, orphanages, parishes, high schools, hospitals, and with indigenous people’s ministry. The tertians also made the full 30-day Spiritual Exercises, guided by tertian instructor Fr Agustinus Priyono Marwan SJ of the Indonesian Jesuit Province and assistant to the tertian instructor Ramon Ma. L. Bautista SJ. More

Other Jesuit News

Partners in protection

The Centre for Child Protection, based at the Jesuit-run Pontifical Gregorian University in RomeThe Centre for Child Protection, based at the Jesuit-run Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, is at the forefront of the Catholic Church’s global response to prevent the sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable persons. This pioneering venture offers assistance, particularly through education, to churches and religious and nongovernmental organisations, especially in Africa, Asia, and South America, to enable them to deal with and prevent abuse in their fields of responsibility. More

Conference Calendar
April 6 to 20

In this issue

  • Increasing collaboration on disaster risk reduction and management
  • SLB renews commitment to a faith that does justice
  • Building a church in the middle of nowhere
  • A common word: An interfaith experience of Islam
  • Tales from the Bangkok Immigration Detention Centre
  • Jesuit composer writes mass for ANZAC Centenary
  • Reflections from the Asia Pacific Tertianship
  • Starting theology in Belo Horizonte
  • Partners in protection

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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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