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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin - March 2013

From the President

By deeds and words

Pope Francis

From his very first words as Bishop of Rome, our new Pope Francis revealed a gracious respect for the religious belief, freedom of conscience and dignity of each person – values and behaviour so essential for Christians in Asia Pacific.  His first blessing was a simple, modest acknowledgement of the conscience of each person:  "Since many of you are not members of the Catholic Church, and others are not believers, I cordially give this blessing silently, to each of you, respecting the conscience of each, but in the knowledge that each of you is a child of God. May God bless you!" Read more.

JCAP News

JCAP is on Facebook

FacebookThe Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific now has a Facebook page.  Like it at www.facebook.com/JesuitConferenceAsiaPacific.

From the Provinces

RJM collaborators in Timor-Leste

Jesuits with RJM collaboratorsIn February, the Jesuits in Timor-Leste welcomed their latest collaborators in their education mission – the Religious of Jesus and Mary (RJM).  On February 2, Sr Rosaria Pimenta, Provincial of the Religious of Jesus and Mary (Gujarat Province) arrived in Timor-Leste with Sr Selma D’Souza and Sr Mary Francis, who are the congregation’s first sisters to be based in the country. Read more.

Other Jesuit News

The Society and Pope Francis

Fr General Adolfo Nicolas with Pope FrancisPope Francis is the first Jesuit Pope.  In a statement issued on March 14, Father General Adolfo Nicolás SJ gave thanks to God for the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio SJ as the Pope, which he said “opens for the Church a path full of hope”. We republish here Fr General’s statement, Pope Francis’ response, and Fr General’s report of his visit with Pope Francis on March 17. Read more.

Conference Calendar
April 4 to 5, 2013

In this issue

  • By deeds and words
  • Challenging times for the Myanmar Mission
  • Water for all
  • EATEP 2013
  • RJM collaborators in Timor-Leste
  • Forty Years of Indigenous Ministry
  • Helping ethnic minority children get an education
  • Teacher turns builder to realise education dream
  • The Society and Pope Francis
  • Deliberation for Social Action

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin - February 2013

From the Provinces

Jesuit university proposed in Hong Kong

Proposed Jesuit Liberal Arts College - public seminarPlans for a Jesuit Liberal Arts College (JLAC) in Hong Kong reached a new level in January with the convening of a two-day inaugural College Board of Trustees meeting. The trustees gathered in Hong Kong to discuss the academic and strategic planning of the JLAC and visit the Queen’s Hill site, where the Jesuits hope to locate the university. Read more.

From the Provinces

Planting trees at the Killing Fields

Planting together for Interfaith Harmony Week in CambodiaOn January 27, Buddhists, Christians, and Muslims, both foreigners and Khmer, gathered together at Choeung Ek, otherwise known as the Killing Fields of Cambodia, to remember and pray for the thousands of innocent Cambodians who were executed there under the Khmer Rouge regime.  The remembrance of the genocide victims that afternoon was part of the commemoration of World Interfaith Harmony Week, which concluded with the planting of several trees within Choeung EkRead more.

Other Jesuit News

On Global Ignatian Advocacy Networks

Global Ignatian Advocacy NetworksThe Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat has released "Promotio Iustitiae no.110", a document dedicated to the Global Ignatian Advocacy Networks, which are centred on five areas – Ecology, Right to Education, Management of Natural Resources and Minerals, Migration, and Peace and Human Rights.  Read more.

Conference Calendar
April 4 to 5, 2013

In this issue

  • Jesuit university proposed in Hong Kong
  • Vietnam Province looks to the future
  • Fun and learning as Jarjum opens
  • Planting trees at the Killing Fields
  • Media training Taiwan’s bishops
  • On Global Ignatian Advocacy Networks

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin - January 2013

From the President

JCAP Report – January 2013

major superiors palau 2013If the JCAP major superiors needed a reminder of the extent of and differences in our Conference, the last two locations for our biannual meeting certainly provided that.  The island Republic of Palau, population 20,600, is a vastly different locale from that of our previous assembly held last July in Macau, a part of China, population over 1.4 billion.  As we gathered in Palau, from January 21 to 25, the striking contrast provided a fitting backdrop to our reflection on the Year of Faith and our discussion of how the Society of Jesus can better serve the universal mission amidst the immense diversity of our Conference.  Read more.

JCAP News

Update on JCAP’s strategy on ecology

Healing a broken worldThe Jesuit Conference Asia Pacific (JCAP) continues to seek venues to strengthen reflection, and network through participation in formation programmes, and institutional and province reviews.  In Asia Pacific, there are continuous challenges of social and environmental injustice, limited basic education for the poor, and the needed revision of values in a culture of consumerism.  Read more.

From the Provinces

Colégio Santo Inácio de Loiolá opens

Fr Plinio Martins SJ conducting orientation for first day of schoolNot all children look forward to the first day of school, but for the 74 first students of Colégio Santo Inácio de Loiolá, January 15 was a much-anticipated day.  Nearly all of them arrived one hour before the school day began at 8.30am. For the Jesuits in Timor-Leste, the day marked the realisation of a 10-year dream of having an education apostolate in their country to serve the needs of the people.  Read more.

From the Provinces

Responding to the flooding disaster

Distributing relief supplies to Jakarta flood victimsThe torrential rain that hit the Indonesian capital and its surrounding areas for two consecutive days (January 16 and 17) caused massive flooding in Jakarta, Bekasi and Tangerang. According to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), 32 people have died and 33,502 people have been displaced.  Read more.

Jesuit Formation

Cardoner Week

Cardoner week batches 1974-1976“To be man of the Spiritual Exercises and of the Constitutions” is the grace asked by those participating in the Cardoner Week, a new on-going formation programme in the Indonesian Province, for Jesuits of batches 1963 to 1999 (the year they joined the Society of Jesus).  Read more. 

Appointments and Opportunities

Philippine Provincial

Father Antonio Moreno has been appointed Provincial of the Philippine Province (PHI). Fr Antonio is at present Superior and President of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University in Zamboanga City, Philippines. Fr Antonio takes over from Fr Jose (Jojo) Cecilio Magadia, who has been appointed General Counsellor for Formation.  Fr Jojo will take assume oversight for the formation of Jesuits and vocation promotion in October 2013. 

Other Jesuit News

International Jesuit networking

Jesuitnetworking.org home pageAt the end of April 2012, a group of Jesuits and lay partners from all over the world gathered at Boston College, USA to reflect on the matter.  On December 17, 2012 the final document of the conference was released and sent out to the whole Society of Jesus to share this systematisation and promote reflection on this new organizational challenge posed to our international body by the demands of our universal mission.  Read more.

Obituary

Remembering Fr James Reuter SJ

Fr James Reuter SJFr James B Reuter SJ passed away at the age of 96 in Our Lady of Peace Hospital in Manila on December 31, 2012.  Jesuit Communications in the Philippines remembers Fr Reuter, to whom it owes a debt of gratitude for founding the Jesuit Communications Foundation and for championing Jesuit and Church presence in the mass media in the Philippines.  Read more.

In this issue

  • JCAP Report – January 2013
  • Update on JCAP’s strategy on ecology
  • Colégio Santo Inácio de Loiolá opens
  • New Jesuit priests and deacons in Vietnam
  • Supporting the Myanmar Church with ARC
  • Responding to the flooding disaster
  • Helping survivors of Typhoon Pablo (Bopha)
  • A Boat Without Anchors
  • Cardoner Week
  • SBC reflects on healing a broken world
  • Philippine Provincial
  • Delegate of the Provincial of Korea for the Cambodia Mission
  • International Jesuit networking
  • Remembering Fr James Reuter SJ

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific News: New Year message

Companions of Jesus in the new year

Shepherds visit Chinese drawing

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific eNews: December 2012

From the President

A message at Christmas

Giotto Flight into EgyptLove is born in the most unlikely places.  A star gives hope to the most unlikely witnesses. Gifts are carried by the most unlikely guests.

Even at heavy year’s end, the Christ Child’s coming may evoke in us love, hope and gift.

We may see our lives and events inside the mysteries of Christ. The joys, hopes, sorrows and anxieties of our times are celebrated in the birth of Christ.  He entered our lives so that we might enter his.  He became what we are so we might become what he is.  He is present in the places where we have always been. May we enter his mystery so that he may enter our lives.  Read more.

JCAP News

Missioned to the Conference

JCAP logoThe Conference team is expanding and strengthening.  Consultations between the President and Provincials over several months have resulted in the missioning of Jesuits from various Provinces to core positions in the Conference.  This generosity of spirit will greatly help the Conference to keep the Society in Asia Pacific oriented towards the service of faith and the promotion of justice.  Read more.

From the Provinces

Timor Leste school on track to open in January

Jesuit school in Timor LesteColégio de Santo Inácio de Loiolá, the new Jesuit secondary school in Timor Leste, is on track to open as scheduled on January 15, with its first batch of students in Year 7. On December 15, 79 boys and girls were informed they were successful in their application to the school. They had undergone a three-stage selection process that began in August.  Read more.

From the Provinces

Whither the way in education

JSC mini-school in village in OudongThe Jesuits and partners in Cambodia continue to discern the way forward in education.  In October, four educators from the various parts of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific visited Cambodia as part of the Cambodian Mission’s Preparatory Planning Mission (PPM) team.  The local members of the PPM included three Jesuits, Frs OH Indon and Gabby Lamug-Nanawa and Br Ham Toeun, and two partners, Sr Ljudmila Anzic (Salesians) and Br Terry Heinrich (Marists).  Read more.

Other Jesuit News

The Ignatian Way

Fr James Martin SJ and Fr Roger Haight SJ Two American Jesuits recently discussed the genius of the Spiritual Exercises in an interview with America magazine.  Fr Roger Haight SJ and Fr James Martin SJ recently published books on the Exercises.  Fr Haight's book, Christian Spirituality for Seekers, was published this summer, and Fr Martin's “The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything is now out in paperback.  Read more.

Conference Calendar
Dec 20, 2012 to Jan 2, 2013

In this issue

  • A message at Christmas
  • Missioned to the Conference
  • EAPI sets up Centre for Effective Mission
  • Timor Leste school on track to open in January
  • World’s oldest teacher
  • Suffering for Christ
  • Jesuits in Micronesia
  • Catholic Shanghai
  • Whither the way in education
  • Moving the tides of education in Ranong
  • Searching for a state to belong to
  • The Ignatian Way

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JCAP eNews November 2012

From the President

Structures for mission

Fr Mark Raper SJIn September, the six Conference Presidents gathered in Rome for their annual meeting with Fr General. Although we came from very different parts of the world, we could experience much in common in our roles of service to the Society’s global mission. Read more
JCAP News

Forming Jesuits for our time

dynamics of Jesuit formationRectors and Formation delegates across the Conference of Asia Pacific gathered in Manila recently to discuss how to form Jesuits for the needs and contexts of the globalized, interconnected world we live in today.  Read more
From the Provinces

Xavier relic on pilgrimage of grace in Australia

veneration of Xavier relic

A relic of St Francis Xavier has begun a three-month “Pilgrimage of Grace” in Australia.  The relic is Xavier’s right forearm, which has been kept in the Church of the Gesu, the Society’s mother Church in Rome for the past 400 years. Read more

From the Provinces

Promoting the First Spiritual Exercises

First Spiritual Exercises prison pix

The Christian Life Community in Australia has made giving and promoting the First Spiritual Exercises an apostolic work.  For the last six years, the First Spiritual Exercises have been given in Australia and Malaysia, by Jesuit, religious and lay teams in parishes, spirituality centres and other groups. Read more

Jesuit Formation

Think greenly, act locally
Billy Aryo Nugroho SJReconciliation with Creation is a priority for the Society of Jesus and a key concern of the Indonesian Province.  Scholastic Billy Aryo Nugroho SJ reports on a Go Green course that was conducted for Jesuit scholastics in Jakarta. Read more

Other Jesuit News

do believe, but help the little faith I have
Year of Faith logoIn a letter to Major Superiors on the occasion of the launch of the Year of Faith, Fr General Adolfo Nicolás, superior general of the Society of Jesus, welcomed the Holy Father’s call “to focus more explicitly on the gift of faith, and the witness and service we give to it”. Read more

Obituary

Rev Fr Ismael G. Zuloaga SJ, November 2, 1927 to October 8, 2012
Ismael Zuloaga SJWe know that death comes to everyone, nothing is more certain. Yet somehow, Zulo has been with us forever and why should that change?  Yet death, so common, so utterly usual, normal, has come to claim him and to surprise us.   Even in his diminishment these last 5 or 7 years the essential Zulo was ever present.  Read more

Conference Calendar
Dec 20, 2012 - Jan 02, 2013

In this issue

  • Structures for mission
  • Forming Jesuits for our time
  • Xavier relic on pilgrimage of grace in Australia
  • Re-imagining the Filipino soul and story in education
  • Loikaw - a timeless land
  • Loikaw Church - a journey of faith
  • Promoting the First Spiritual Exercises
  • Leading for mission
  • “Greening” Jesuit houses in the Philippines
  • Think greenly, act locally
  • I do believe, but help the little faith I have
  • Fr General on New Evangelisation
  • Rev Fr Ismael G. Zuloaga SJ, November 2, 1927 to October 8, 2012

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JCAP eNews Bulletin June 2012

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