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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 

Conference Calendar
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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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin November 2013

JCAP News

Environment Outlook 2013

JCAP Environment Outlook 2013The Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific has published an environmental report that presents a brief overview of key environmental concerns, advocacy initiatives, events, policies and discoveries in Asia Pacific. Titled "Environment Outlook 2013", the report is based on the responses of Jesuits and collaborators in reconciling with creation, as seen in visits and levels of engagement with Jesuit provinces, institutes and schools in this part of the world in the last months.  MORE 

From the Provinces

Rebuilding after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)

Typhoon Haiyan - SLB relief efforts to CulionThree weeks after Typhoon Haiyan (“Yolanda” in the Philippines) wreaked widespread devastation on the Philippines, the survivors are slowly beginning to pick up the pieces.

The official death toll of 5,500 as of November 27 makes the typhoon the deadliest storm in the country’s history – and the number of dead is expected to increase.  MORE

From the Provinces

Sophia University celebrates 100 years

Sophia University 100th anniversarySophia University, the Jesuit university in Japan, celebrated its 100th anniversary on November 1 with a memorial mass in the morning and a formal centenary ceremony in the afternoon. Some 4,200 people attended the ceremony held at the Tokyo International Forum, including Their Imperial Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan. Pope Francis sent a message through his special envoy to the ceremony, His Eminence Cardinal Raffaele Farina.  The Pope invited the university "to celebrate its historical and spiritual heritage," and "to reflect on modern society" according to a dialogue which respects and understands differences. MORE

Other Jesuit News

A call for spiritual leaders

Fr Adolfo Nicolas SJ at Loyola ChicagoIn his recent visit to the United States, Fr Adolfo Nicolás SJ, superior general of the Society of Jesus, met for the first time with all presidents and board of trustee chairs of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the country.  During this historic meeting at Loyola University Chicago on October 11, Fr Nicolás shared his thoughts on how the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola (founder of the Society of Jesus) can inspire the presidents’ and chairs’ leadership of their institutions today.  MORE

Conference Calendar
December 19 to 31, 2013

In this issue

  • Environment Outlook 2013
  • Developing Ignatian teachers
  • Rebuilding after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)
  • Corporate Social Responsibility in China
  • Solidarity with families threatened in land dispute
  • Sophia University celebrates 100 years
  • Encouraging reflection and dialogue in the Ignatian tradition
  • A call for spiritual leaders
  • The Living Word
  • Praying with paintbrushes

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin October 2013

JCAP News

Re-creating the Apostleship of Prayer in Asia

Apostleship of prayer logoWhat is the face of the Apostleship of Prayer in Asia? This was the main question delegates at the 5th Apostleship of Prayer Asian Conference had to address as they gathered to discuss how to re-create the apostolate. 

“Four years ago, Father General, who is our Apostleship of Prayer Director General, asked us to re-create this Church service that had declined worldwide and seemed no longer attractive to Jesuits and middle aged or young Catholics,” said Fr Claudio Barriga SJ, Director General Delegate, who convened the meeting held in Cebu City, Philippines from October 11 to 15, 2013. MORE 

From the Provinces

Jesuits in Mindanao: The Mission

Jesuits in Mindanao: The Mission“They march and fight and risk their lives, unknown and poorly rewarded,” said Fr Miguel Bernad SJ of the Jesuit missionaries in Mindanao in the early years.  Their lives and those of subsequent Jesuit missionaries in Mindanao is the subject of a new coffee table book titled Jesuits in Mindanao: The Mission.  The book, which shows a white-cassocked priest riding a carabao (water buffalo) on its cover, was launched in Cagayan de Oro City, Mindanao, recently.  Its publisher Ramoncito Ocampo Cruz said it was produced to honour Jesuits, past and present, who dedicated their lives to the transformation of the people in Mindanao for the greater glory of God. MORE

From the Provinces

Help Visayas

Visayas earthquake October 2013A call has gone out for donations for the relief efforts for survivors of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck in Central Visayas earlier this month, affecting more than 3 million people.  The refrain, “Tabang Visayas” (Help Visayas), is being used by Jesuit work Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan (SLB) and Ateneo de Cebu as they work together to respond to cries for assistance from the affected communities in Bohol.  Donations will be used to provide for the immediate needs of the least and unreachable communities in the province of Bohol. MORE

Other Jesuit News

On migration and asylum, and on Syria

European Jesuit Provincials with Fr General October 2013The Jesuit Provincials of Europe and the Middle East, together with the Provincials of Africa-Madagascar, issued a statement on migration and asylum on October 25, 2013.   That same day, the Provincials of Europe and Middle East also issued a declaration on Syria. MORE

Conference Calendar
November 10 to 15

In this issue

  • Re-creating the Apostleship of Prayer in Asia
  • Jesuits in Mindanao: The Mission
  • Help Visayas
  • Collaborating for education in Myanmar
  • Ateneo de Naga celebrates 75 years
  • Messages of peace from survivors
  • Learning about China at the Beijing Centre
  • On migration and asylum, and on Syria
  • An Advent pilgrimage
  • An Encyclopaedia of the Society

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin September 2013

From the President

Dialogue, discernment, frontier

Jesuit sealWith a Pope whose language and behaviour so closely reflect his Jesuit identity, the Society of Jesus is enjoying a period of encouragement in its mission.  Pope Francis models a discerning, compassionate, pastoral approach for the Church. Each day he surprises us, yet his initiatives make sense to many people, whether believers or not, whether Christians or not.  MORE 

From the Provinces

Jesuit response to Mindanao crisis

Zamboanga  crisisThe Jesuits in the Philippines have called for support for the people affected by the recent standoff between the Philippines government and a Muslim separatist group in Mindanao.  In a letter dated September 13, Philippine Provincial Fr Antonio Moreno SJ said, “I strongly appeal to our Jesuit communities, ministries and partners in apostolates to pray for peace, perhaps organizing or joining prayer assemblies, initiating or participating in discussion groups and inter- faith initiatives that promote solidarity.”  MORE

From the Provinces

Loving the Poor

Service Learning Programme 2013 completed houseXavier University undergraduate Mary Joy Conquilla never dreamt that she would ever build a house as a gift, but she recently did just that in a Jesuit education programme conceived to encourage students to apply Ignatian pedagogy in their everyday lives.  

“I never thought that in my whole existence, I'll be doing things like mixing cement, painting and cutting steel bars, putting cement on walls and those kinds of things for a family that I did not know well. … The construction experience for me was THE BEST experience for me,” she said.  MORE

Jesuit Formation

Forming Myanmar Jesuits for the priesthood

New Myanmar deacons Joseph AikMaung SJ (L) and Titus TinMaung SJ (R) with Fr Wilbert Mireh SJ (centre) William Paul knows well the challenges that come with preparing Myanmar men for the priesthood: the young man from Western Bago Division was just 21 when joined the Jesuits in 2005, and saw first hand the impact of the country’s authoritarian military dictatorship on his fellow novices.

“Here we have a fear, because of living under the military, a kind of fear to open up oneself to the other person, especially those who have authority,” he says. MORE

Other Jesuit News

Exclusive interview with Pope Francis

Pope Francis with Fr Antonio Spadaro SJJesuit journals around the world have published an exclusive interview with Pope Francis.  The interview was conducted by Fr Antonio Spadaro SJ, editor in chief of La Civiltà Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit journal, over the course of three meetings held in August 2013 in Rome.  His questions were consolidated from those sent by several major Jesuit journals includingLa Civiltà CattolicaThinking Faith and America.  In the interview, Pope Francis speaks movingly and candidly about what it means for him to be a Jesuit, and about the experiences and influences that have shaped his life, including his years as a Jesuit superior in Argentina.  READ THE INTERVIEW 

Conference Calendar
October 20 and 21

In this issue

  • Dialogue, discernment, frontier
  • Jesuit response to Mindanao crisis
  • Three new Jesuit priests in Vietnam
  • Thirteen Jesuits ordained deacon in Manila
  • Loving the Poor
  • The value of a good education
  • Eureka Street receives top prize
  • Forming Myanmar Jesuits for the priesthood
  • Exclusive interview with Pope Francis
  • Pope Francis appeals for hospitality and justice during visit to JRS
  • Hearts on Fire

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin August 2013

From the President

The fruit of love is service

Mother TeresaSince several days Manila is gripped by Typhoon Maring (Trami), resulting in widespread displacement and hardship.  The help given by the Jesuit-led Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan to many families made homeless by flooding reminds me of a story, told reputedly by the Hindu philosopher Radhakrishnan.  More

JCAP News

First formators’ training held

Formation for Formators seminarThe Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific recently held its first Formation for Jesuit Formators seminar.  Held from August 5 to 16 in the Philippines, the seminar is the first of three modules that will be conducted in three consecutive years. The 22 formators who participated are current and future formation directors and staff of novitiates, scholasticates and seminaries in the Conference. They hail from nine provinces and regions – Indonesia, Korea, China, Australia, Myanmar, East Timor, Malaysia-Singapore, Vietnam, and the Philippines.  More

From the Provinces

Australian Province issues statement on refugees and asylum seekers   

Australian Jesuit province

In a statement dated August 25, 2013, World Day of Migrants and Refugees in Australia, Australian Jesuit Provincial Fr Steve Curtin SJ says Australians need to stop being indifferent to the plight of asylum seekers and start seeing them as human beings like us, in dire need of our help.  More

From the Provinces

Walking with Íñigo - the Ignatian Camino

Ignatian camino route

 

In September, 20 pilgrims from Australia will walk the 640 km pilgrim route taken in 1522 by Íñigo López de Loyola (who later became Saint Ignatius of Loyola) from his home in Spain’s Basque country to Montserrat and Manresa.  More

Jesuit Formation

The Spiritual Exercises in installation art

Br Eric Esteba SJ, Sch Alvin Laput SJ and Sch Eric S Escandor SJThree Filipino Jesuits came up with an interactive version of the Spiritual Exercises for Ateneo de Manila University’s Ignatian Festival in July.  Using installation art, Br Eric Esteba SJ, Sch Alvin Laput SJ and Sch Eric S Escandor SJ developed CONTEMPLATIO, a 45-minute prayer exercise designed mainly for young people who want to deepen their faith and enrich their Ignatian identity.  More

Other Jesuit News

Pope Francis celebrates Ignatius’ Feast Day Mass with fellow Jesuits

Pope Francis celebrates feast day mass with fellow JesuitsPope Francis celebrated the Feast of St Ignatius on July 31 with around 300 Jesuits and close collaborators at the Gesù Church in Rome.  In his homily, he spoke to three themes, referring repeatedly to the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius, a compilation of meditations, prayers, and contemplative practices to help people deepen their relationship with God.  More

Conference Calendar
September 10

In this issue

  • The fruit of love is service
  • First formators’ training held
  • Australian Province issues statement on refugees and asylum seekers
  • 70 years a Jesuit
  • MAGIS “nation” of God’s children
  • Walking with Inigo - the Ignatian Camino
  • Caring for Burmese refugees in Mae Sot
  • The Spiritual Exercises in installation art
  • Pope Francis celebrates Ignatius’ Feast Day Mass with fellow Jesuits

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