Side bar: A magical time

Credit: Preparatory Committee of the Pastoral Visit of Pope Francis to KoreaFor Fr John Che-chon Chong SJ, the papal visit from August 14 to 18 last year was a magical time.  For those five days, he was Padre Juan to Pope Francis, as he served as the Holy Father’s personal translator an

An Amazing Gift to the Korean People

In August 2014, the Jesuits in Korea welcomed Pope Francis to their country with hope, hope that, in the words of then Korean Jesuit Provincial Fr John Won-sik Sin, his visit would “bring Korean society, presently so stained by greed and division, a dynamism to unity and new hope”.

It was Pope Francis’ first visit to Asia. Why South Korea, some people asked? The simple answer was that the Holy Father was going to celebrate the sixth Asian Youth Day and beatify the 124 martyrs of Korea.

Living and Acting with Anger and Courage

JCAP Major Superiors in Davao, Philippines 2014 “Hope,” remarked St Augustine, “has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage: anger at the way things are and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.”  Courage teaches us to be angry in ways that are fruitful.

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 Koreans, six Vietnamese and one Singaporean.

Prayers for peace for Jeju Island

Resistance 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 Villag

Jesuit universities in Asia Pacific meet

What is the role of Jesuit universities in social justice?  This was a question that participants at the recent meeting of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in Asia Pacific (AJCU-AP) were asked to consider.

New Provincial for the Korean Province

Fr John Che-chon Chong SJ assumes office as Provincial of the Korea Province of the Society of Jesus on September 1, 2014.  He was appointed in May by Fr Adolfo Nicolás, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, to succeed Fr John Won-sik Sin SJ, who has served as Korean Provincial for six years from September 2008.

Found worthy to serve

On 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).

The purpose of Jesuit studies is apostolic

Solid formation of Jesuits is critical for the Society of Jesus to effectively carry out of its mission. It was with this uppermost in mind that 20 Jesuits came together in the annual JCAP Formators’ Circle meeting held in Singapore from June 27 to 30. The Jesuits were mainly Formation Delegates of the provinces, regions and missions within the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific as well as rectors of colleges and other key personnel in the area of formation.

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