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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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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin May 2014

From the President

On our mission and new initiatives

AscensionHappy Feast of the Ascension of our Lord!

In today’s Gospel from Matthew, our Lord sends his disciples to the ends of the earth with a mission of love and service.   Within their lifetime those disciples, despite their simple backgrounds, had overcome all obstacles to tell their story and to share their dramatic message of conversion with peoples at the very edges of the known world. What courage and initiative they showed, strengthened by his parting words - “know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time”. More

JCAP News

2014 JCAP annual report now available 

JCAP annual report 2014 coverJesuits in Asia Pacific 2014, this year's JCAP annual report, is now available.  In addition to a report on 2013 by Conference President, Fr Mark Raper SJ, this year’s annual report  offers updates on our work in formation, migration, and reconciliation with creation.  Also, as the Society of Jesus is celebrating the bicentennial of its Restoration in 1814, we have an article on the Philippine Province, which recounts the history of the Society in the country before and after the Restoration.  Read the annual report. 

From the Provinces

Society celebrates two new Myanmar Jesuit priests

Titus and Aik Maung as deaconsThe recent ordinations of Titus Tin Maung SJ and Joseph Aik Maung SJ were moments of joy and unity for the hard pressed ethnic communities that claim them as their own.  They were also cause for celebration for the Society of Jesus as the two new priests are only the second and third Jesuit priests from Myanmar.

Titus Tin Maung SJ was ordained on April 27 at Christ the King Cathedral, Loikaw by Bishop Sotero Phamo who on that same day was celebrating his Silver Jubilee as a bishop.  Joseph Aik Maung SJ was ordained on May 4 by Bishop Raymond Sumlut Gam at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Banmaw in the northeast of Myanmar. More

From the Provinces

Planting trees to build bridges and peace

Jesuit Service Cambodia Planting tourThe Jesuits in Cambodia are finding that planting trees is more than an act of reconciling with creation.  Planting trees can foster peace and build bridges by bringing people of different cultures and beliefs together.

Encouraged by the experience of their first planning tour last year, they plan to expand to other communities this year, and to plant in two important places – Prey Lang, which is the largest remaining evergreen forest in Cambodia and is protected by a very organized group of villagers, and in the floodplains of Tonle Sap Lake, which is a very productive source of fish and food for millions of Cambodians. More

Jesuit Formation

Loyola School of Theology launches Asian Theology Programme

LST offers Asia Theology ProgrammeThe Loyola School of Theology (LST) in Manila has begun offering a theology programme through which students, especially Jesuit scholastics, can engage with Asian contexts. Asia Pacific is marked with great cultural diversity, extreme poverty in many countries, and minority Christian presence in most countries amidst much greater numbers of followers of other ancient religions particularly Buddhism and Islam.  In offering a contextual programme that takes into account and underlines Asian contexts, LST seeks to help meet the challenge of serving the mission of the Society of Jesus in this part of the world and within the larger Asian diaspora. More

Other Jesuit News

Father General Adolfo Nicolás announces intent to resign in 2016

Fr General Adolfo NicolasFather Adolfo Nicolás SJ, who has been Superior General of the Jesuits (the Society of Jesus) since 2008, has announced his intention to resign. Having recently reached the age of 78, Fr Nicolás says he has received the approval of his advisers and has informed Pope Francis that he intends to convoke a General Congregation for the latter part of 2016, during which he will formally submit his resignation and his successor will be elected. More

Conference Calendar
June 2 to 6, 2014

In this issue

  • On our mission and new initiatives
  • An experience of synergy among development officers
  • Society celebrates two new Myanmar Jesuit priests
  • A new Jesuit priest in Thailand
  • Planting trees to build bridges and peace
  • Loyola School of Theology launches Asian Theology Programme
  • Father General Adolfo Nicolás announces intent to resign in 2016

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin April 2014

From the President

The way to new life

Christ icon“I have risen, and I am with you still, alleluia. ... Too wonderful for me, this knowledge, alleluia, alleluia.” (Easter entrance antiphon).

The Holy Week and Easter ceremonies help us to remember. In the Passover meal Jesus celebrated the memory of Israel’s delivery.  During Holy Week we were invited to remember Jesus’ passion for humanity and for all creation. At Easter we now celebrate his victory over death.  “When you do this, remember me.” More

JCAP News

Looking through the lens of faith

WISL groupAnnie Abucay reflects on her experience of the recent JCAP Workshop on Ignatian School Leadership.

Just when the burden of administrative work was slowly choking the life out of me, when sinking deeper into the teaching ministry seemed to me a nightmare, I attended the Workshop on Ignatian School Leadership (WISL) International.   Being invited brought me much excitement, remembering how meaningful my last experience was. However, I went to the WISL extremely tired. My job as Assistant Principal demanded so much from me that I was neglecting my responsibilities as a wife and mother. I was running on empty. Looming on the horizon were bigger responsibilities. Resigning seemed the best choice, because it was the easiest. More

From the Provinces

New Provincial for the Indonesian Province

Fr Sunu Hardiyanta SJThe Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Fr Adolfo Nicolás, has appointed Fr Petrus Sunu Hardiyanta to succeed Fr R B Riyo Mursanto as Provincial of the Indonesian Province of the Society of Jesus.

Fr Sunu is finishing his doctoral studies in System Ecology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, where he did his Master’s degree in 2007.  His thesis dissertation is on the Mangrove Ecosystem under the Netherland Fellowship Programme. More

From the Provinces

Provinces collaborate to offer Sacred Space in China

Sacred SpaceThe Chinese and Irish Provinces have collaborated to make Sacred Space, the world’s leading interactive guided prayer site available in China for the first time. 

“Sacred Space is much loved around the world,” said Father Michael Kelly SJ, Executive Director of UCAN, which facilitated the collaboration between the two provinces. “Tens of thousands access the site in 20 languages and it seemed to me a real waste to have this great aid to deepening our engagement with God not available to the growing number of Christians in the People’s Republic of China.” More

Jesuit Formation

Jesuit scholastics learn about management

Management workshopHow can young Jesuits prepare themselves for future mission?  How can they develop leadership and management skills?  To begin to address this concern, the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific organized, in collaboration with the Ateneo Centre for Organization Research and Development (CORD), an Essential Management workshop for scholastics.

"This is the first time we have held such a workshop," said program coordinator Fr Norris Seenivasan SJ, JCAP Delegate for Formation. "GC 35 recognized that leadership in the Society today is a very demanding ministry and ongoing formation programs in areas such as leadership and management are very much needed, in addition to knowledge of philosophy and theology." More

Other Jesuit News

Remembering Fr Frans Van der Lugt SJ, who was killed in Syria

Fr Frans van der Lugt SJOn the morning of April 7, 2014, Dutch Jesuit Fr Frans Van der Lugt was beaten by armed men and killed with two bullets to the head in Syria. Fr Frans had worked in Syria since 1966 and, despite the dangers, insisted on remaining in the city of Homs in solidarity with the people who could not leave the city.  "I don't see Muslims or Christians,” he said a couple of months before his death. “I see, above all, human beings.”

Fr Frans worked hard to bring Syrians of different backgrounds together and encourage dialogue between them; his favourite word had been "forward." More

Conference Calendar
April 28 to May 17, 2014

In this issue

  • The way to new life
  • Looking through the lens of faith
  • New Provincial for the Indonesian Province
  • A Jesuit carbon offset programme in Cambodia
  • Provinces collaborate to offer Sacred Space in China
  • Jesuit scholastics learn about management
  • Remembering Fr Frans Van der Lugt SJ, who was killed in Syria
  • St Anchieta – a new Jesuit saint to inspire the Society
  • Fr Lombardi on refugees: Pope Francis shows us the way

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin March 2014

From the Provinces

Macau Ricci Institute holds seminar on Suppression and Restoration

MRI bannerIn March, the Macau Ricci Institute (MRI) devoted its MRI Seminar to the Suppression and Restoration of the Society of Jesus.  The one-day seminar focused first on the Suppression of the Society in Europe, and on the last Jesuits who survived in Beijing, China.  It presented the historical background and encouraged reflection on this from the perspective of the Jesuit Chinese Province and then from the Macau perspective.  It also addressed the question of the Restoration and its manifestation throughout the art and architecture of the new Society of Jesus in Macau and China. More

From the Provinces

JSS establishes international Jesuit prison network

Prison NetworkJesuit Social Services (JSS) in Australia has formed an International Jesuit Prison Network (IJPN) to facilitate collaboration and support among Jesuit organisations and individuals around the world who are working in prisons or with former prisoners.  Set up late last year, the network already has the support of all the Jesuit Conferences and various Jesuit organisations including Jesuit Networking, which has offered to assist in connecting interested people. More

Jesuit Formation

Vietnamese scholastics prepare for ministry in media

Doing a lot with very littleHaving made communication one of the Province’s priority missions, the Jesuit Vietnam Province has been sending scholastics to media outlets across the world for the Regency stage of their formation, during which they work for two or more years in a ministry. Stephen Tran Thien Kinh SJ and Anthony Nguyen Van Loi SJ are two of these Vietnamese scholastics.  They were assigned to Union of Catholic Asian News (UCAN), the leading independent Catholic news source in Asia, where they hope to acquire skills in media that will prepare them for ministry in their Province. More

Other Jesuit News

Provincials to meet in Indonesia in 2015

Yogyakarta

Fr General Adolfo Nicolás has called for a gathering of Provincials from around the world. The meeting will be held from January 18 to 25, 2015 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, which is the world’s most populous Islamic country. The location provides a "unique opportunity to become aware of the challenges that interfaith dialogue presents to the Society in its service to the whole Church and to mankind," said Fr Nicolás. More

Conference Calendar
April 5 to 12, 2014

In this issue

  • Macau Ricci Institute holds seminar on Suppression and Restoration
  • A Filipino practice of faith
  • JSS establishes international Jesuit prison network
  • JRS Cambodia celebrates World Interfaith Harmony Week
  • Fr General on mission in Asia
  • Going back to serve my people
  • Vietnamese scholastics prepare for ministry in media
  • Provincials to meet in Indonesia in 2015
  • Online Jesuit tribute launched
  • JRS Syria awarded 2014 Pax Christi International Peace Award

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin February 2014

From the President

Remembering Pedro Arrupe SJ

Pedro Arrupe SJThis month we remember Pedro Arrupe, the 28th Superior General of the Society of Jesus who died on February 5, 1991 aged 83.  An incredibly charismatic general, he spent the last 10 years of his life confined in the infirmary, patiently enduring the debilitating effects of a cerebral stroke.

At the 31st General Congregation in 1965, French Jesuit Maurice Giuliani exhorted the electors with these words: "We need a General with vision for the universal good in the world and able to cooperate in the redemption of that world." The Congregation chose in Pedro Arrupe a General who matched that profile.  More

JCAP News

Commemorating the Restoration of the Society 200 years ago

Bicentenary of the Restoration of the Society of JesusJesuits across Asia Pacific have planned various activities to commemorate the bicentennial of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus.  In 1814, Pope Pius VII ordered the restoration of the Society, which had been suppressed in 1773 by Pope Clement XIV.

Globally the year-long celebration of the bicentennial began on January 3, at the mass for the feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, which Pope Francis celebrated with fellow Jesuits at the Church of the Gesù in Rome. More

From the Provinces

Building back after Typhoon Haiyan

Wrecked house in Culion, Palawan after HaiyanThree months after Typhoon Haiyan struck, thousands of people in the islands of Visayas continue to reel from the devastation it wreaked.  Debris from wrecked houses still litters the shores of many islands. Makeshift homes made of the same rubble have mushroomed amidst the chaos despite the numerous tents and bunks provided by both local and international aid.  Many people in the largely fishing and farming communities still cannot earn a living because they have not been able to replace the boats, crops and equipment destroyed by the typhoon. More

From the Provinces

Universities discuss purpose of Jesuit higher education in Asia

Symposium on the role of Jesuit higher educationWhat is the role of Jesuit universities in Asia? What are the challenges they face in Asia where Catholics, indeed Christians, are a minority? These questions and more were discussed at the symposium organized by Sophia University as part of the university’s centennial celebration.

The symposium, which was held on December 7, was initiated by Fr Toshiaki Koso SJ, Chancellor of Sophia School Corporation. Five Jesuit universities within the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific gathered to explore the social significance and future orientations of Catholic education in Asia by analyzing the historical and social context of how Jesuit universities in Asia have faced and resolved challenges. More

Other Jesuit News

Pope Francis’ call to be eco-revolutionaries

EIA - World energy consumptionBeing a Christian involves obedience. It’s easier to obey a superior we like unless he makes the likeable somewhat difficult. Jesuits, with our special vow, think this affable Pope is easy to follow when he asks us to be revolutionaries; but, when we put “eco-” in front, is it easy? Personally, I share with Francis being a Jesuit, chemist, activist, and Facebook friend; however, he encourages me to do more: extraordinary dedication, intensive focus, and community/team cooperation. We are called to heal our wounded Earth at this time of anthropogenic climate change. More

Conference Calendar
April 5 to 12, 2014

In this issue

  • Remembering Pedro Arrupe SJ
  • Commemorating the Restoration of the Society 200 years ago
  • Building back after Typhoon Haiyan
  • Jesuit education project in Cambodia to be in Banteay Meanchey Province
  • Universities discuss purpose of Jesuit higher education in Asia
  • Attending “school” in a plantation
  • Deepening the mission of reconciliation in the work of JRS
  • Faith in media helps Jesuit TV studio crack China
  • Developing more discerning leaders
  • Pope Francis’ call to be eco-revolutionaries

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin January 2014

JCAP News

Fr General visits Korea and Timor Leste

Fr General Adolfo Nicolas SJ with the president and majors superiors of the Jesuit Conference of Asia PacificFr Adolfo Nicolás, Superior General of the Society of Jesus visited the Asia Pacific Conference in January, to attend the Major Superiors Assembly, which was held in Timor Leste.  On his way to Timor Leste, he visited the Province of Korea, a young and growing Province of the Society. During his 4-day visit from January 14 to 17, Fr Nicolás met with the members of the Province, and had a separate session with formands.  He also addressed the administrators, faculty and staff of Sogang University, the Jesuit university in Seoul.  In addition, Fr Nicolás met a number of Korean bishops, including the newly nominated Cardinal Archbishop of Seoul, Andrew Yeom. More

From the Provinces

Jesuit Education Project in Timor Leste officially opens

Jesuit education project in Timor Leste - inaugurationProjeto Educação Jesuíta was inaugurated on January 25, with a number of special guests including Father Adolfo Nicolás, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, giving the project their blessing. The distinguished guests included Minister of Education, Bendito Dos Santos Freitas; Minister of Social Solidarity, Isabel Guterres; Bishop of Dili, Alberto Ricardo da Silva; Vicar General, Fr Lucio Norberto de Deus, representing the Bishop of Maliana, Norberto do Amaral, in whose diocese the project is located; several ambassadors including the Portuguese Ambassador; local provincials of several religious congregations; all the major superiors in the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific; and Fr Mark Raper SJ, JCAP President and Superior of the Jesuit Independent Region of East Timor.  More

Other Jesuit News

With Pope Francis for St Peter Faber

Fr General Adolfo Nicolas SJ with Pope Francis, January 3, 2014 Pope Francis celebrated Mass with his fellow Jesuits on January 3, in the mother church of the Society of Jesus, the church of the Gesù, in Rome.  The Mass marked the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus and gave thanks for the enrollment of the first Jesuit to be ordained a priest, Fr Peter Faber SJ, in the list of the saints.  About 350 Jesuits were present. More 

Conference Calendar
April 23 to 24, 2014

In this issue

  • Fr General visits Korea and Timor Leste
  • Learning about liturgical music
  • Jesuit Education Project in Timor Leste officially opens
  • Celebrating 400 years since the Jesuits first arrived in Vietnam
  • First Myanmar Jesuit gathering
  • Philippine Jesuits begin commemoration of the Restoration
  • New Provincial for the Australian Province
  • With Pope Francis for St Peter Faber

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin December 2013

From the President

God is with us

Nativity scene with Joseph carrying Jesus

As I prepared to write this Christmas greeting, our fifth floor of the East Asian Pastoral Institute where I live in Manila began to rock and sway.  The tremor lasted seconds, but it was enough to remind me that the Philippines not only receives 10 to 20 tropical storms a year, but also lies on the “Ring of Fire”, the Pacific Ocean’s volcano and earthquake belt.  This year, the Filipino people have once again experienced more than their share of earthquakes and typhoons. This Christmas many in Visayas will be spending Christmas in makeshift quarters, their homes destroyed by the Bohol earthquake or Typhoon Haiyan. MORE 

From the Provinces

About China and the China mission

Tomb of Matteo Ricci in BeijingThe Chinese Province is offering a 10-day introduction to China for Jesuits interested in learning about the country and the Society’s mission there. 

China is one of the apostolic preferences of the Society of Jesus, and the Jesuit Chinese Provincial Fr John Lee SJ said that the aim of China Contact Programme is to provide young Jesuit priests and scholastics with “a better knowledge and first-hand experience of China” as well as “form better and solid young Jesuits for foreign mission in our Society today, especially for the China mission”.  MORE

From the Provinces

The role of structure and infrastructure in disaster reduction

Typhoon Haiyan - church in TaclobanThere is now an awareness that after typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit central Philippines on November 8, infrastructure broke down, and not just roads and bridges, but also communication channels, power, water, transportation. Economic structures where subsistence co-exists with poverty also broke down, and there is now the immediate challenge for people to build livable structures as their housing. Structuring a whole response of sustainable cities and villages as a reality, beyond an architectural print-out, is the challenge the country faces. MORE

Other Jesuit News

Peter Faber declared a saint

St Peter FaberMore than 140 years after he was beatified, Peter Faber is now a saint.  The announcement was made on December 17, Pope Francis’ 77th birthday, and is something of a gift to his fellow Jesuits for whom Faber is a well-loved role model. With Faber’s “equivalent canonization”, the pope extended his devotion to the universal Church and inscribed him in the catalogue of saints, bypassing the Vatican’s typical procedures for sainthood which include ascertaining two miracles to their intercession. MORE 

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January 4 to 9, 2014

In this issue

  • God is with us
  • About China and the China mission
  • Turning adversity into strength in the service of God
  • The Francis Effect
  • The role of structure and infrastructure in disaster reduction
  • Peter Faber declared a saint
  • Learning from the past for the Society’s mission today
  • Finding God in the Digital Age

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