Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin April 2017

Easter Greeting

From the President

Passing over, the Easter journey

Resurrection scene from a chapel in the VaticanFrom Good Friday to Easter: what contrasts!  From darkness to light, death to life, loss to discovery, despair to hope, defeat to victory, fasting to feasting. At Easter we “pass over”; we let go of the old and strive to embrace the new. During Lent we tried to become free from self-centredness and false hopes.  We were reminded of our own fickleness: “You will lose faith in me tonight.” (Matthew 26:31)  We were given signs.  We were told that we can choose to “see”, or to remain “blind” (John 9:1-41).  We learned that we can choose to allow others to unbind or free us or we can remain “bound” or imprisoned (John 11:44).  Read more

JCAP News

Charting a new course for the migration network

JCAP Migration Network Meeting, TokyoThe word “discernment” has become all the rage within Jesuit circles following the 36th General Congregation. Fr General Arturo Sosa has even appointed a special counsellor to oversee the process of discernment and apostolic planning in the Society.  So it was fitting that the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific’s (JCAP) migration network examined the journey so far and charted a new course at its fourth annual meeting held in Tokyo from March 23 to 26.  A new plan for the future was called for.  Read more

Fr Riyo Mursanto SJ to be Rector of Arrupe International Residence

Fr Riyo Mursanto SJFr General Arturo Sosa has appointed Indonesian Jesuit Fr Riyo Mursanto as Rector of Arrupe International Residence in the Philippines.  Fr Riyo takes over from Filipino Jesuit Fr Renato Repole who has been Rector since February 2011. 

Fr Riyo is no stranger to Arrupe Residence where he lived for three years when he was Socius to Fr Adolfo Nicolás, who was then President of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific.  He was also responsible for the Juniorate programme during that time.  Read more  

New Director for the East Asian Pastoral Institute

Fr Peter Pojol SJFr Peter Pojol SJ has been named as the new Director of the East Asian Pastoral Institute (EAPI) to succeed Fr Arthur Leger SJ who has held the position since 2011.  The appointment was announced by the President of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific, Fr Mark Raper SJ, following the endorsement of the EAPI Board of Trustees.  Fr Pojol, a Filipino, is a familiar face in EAPI where he has been a popular lecturer over the last five years.  He is currently Vice President for Academic Affairs at Loyola School of Theology.  Read more

Asia Pacific Jesuits in the time of Laudato si’

JCAP Reconciling with Creation workshop 2016Environmental research and ecological action across the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific (JCAP) takes many forms, as Jesuit works are only beginning to engage these concerns and still have much to learn.  Jesuits and their collaborators are moving towards greater environmental awareness and have recognised the urgent need to communicate and work with others strategically and more broadly for the sake of greater ecological accountability and sustainability.  Read more  

From the Provinces

New Regional Superior for the Jesuits in Timor-Leste

Fr Joaquim Sarmento SJFr General Arturo Sosa SJ has appointed  Fr Joaquim Francisco da Silva Sarmento SJ as the new Regional Superior of the  Jesuit Independent Region of Timor-Leste.  He will take over from Fr Mark Raper SJ who has served as Acting Regional Superior for more than six years while concurrently serving as President of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific.  Read more

A mini-forest to offset the carbon footprint of GC 36

The Jesuit Service Cambodia team plant a mini-forest to offset GC 36 carbon footprintAcross the world from Rome, a mini-forest is growing to help offset the carbon footprint of the 36th General Congregation (GC 36).  As the 215 delegates from 62 countries met in the aula of GC 36 last October, members of Jesuit Service Cambodia and Banteay Prieb, a Jesuit vocational school for persons with disabilities, planted 400 seedlings of native hardwood trees, including several locally endangered species, on one-hectare of land owned by the Jesuits near the school. The seedlings are growing well and there are plans to plant more on the site when the wet season arrives in a month or so.  Read more 

From the Ministries

New project to help boys and men flourish

Jesuit Social Services' The Men's ProjectInternational Jesuit leader Fr Arturo Sosa has expressed his support for a new Jesuit Social Services programme aimed at tackling violence and helping men and boys build better relationships with those around them.  Jesuit Social Services CEO Julie Edwards announced the new programme, The Men’s Project, at the organisation’s annual dinner on March 25, which also celebrated the organisation’s 40th anniversary.  The Men’s Project aims to help boys and men live responsible, accountable and healthy lives, and build loving relationships with those around them.  Read more

Embracing diversity in spirituality

Sacred Springs launchIt was a celebration of spiritual and cultural diversity as representatives of different faith traditions came together for the launching of Sacred Springs, a dialogue institute of spirituality and sustainability located in the Loyola School of Theology in Manila.  Themed “Shared Spirit Healing Sacred Earth”, the event on March 22 opened with the blessing of the Zen garden in LST’s Laudato si’ Terrain led by LST President Fr Jose Quilongquilong SJ.  This was followed by intercessory prayers from different communities.  Each prayer was an expression of gratitude to Ruach Elohim, the creative Spirit of God who sustains life in creation.  Read more 

Conference Calendar
April 17 to 21Workshop on Ignatian School Leadership, Tagaytay, Philippines
May 11 to 18Leadership Development Programme IV, Seoul, South Korea
May 21 to 24Chaplains and Campus Ministers Meeting, Singapore
June 11 to 14Brothers’ Circle Meeting, Dili, Timor-Leste
June 17 to 19Formators Meeting, Cha'am, Thailand
June 26 to 29JesCom-AP Meeting, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

In this issue

Passing over, the Easter journey

Charting a new course for the migration network

Fr Riyo Mursanto SJ to be Rector of Arrupe International Residence

New Director for the East Asian Pastoral Institute

Asia Pacific Jesuits in the time of Laudato si’

New Regional Superior for the Jesuits in Timor-Leste

A mini-forest to offset the carbon footprint of GC 36

New project to help boys and men flourish

Embracing diversity in spirituality