Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin January 2017

JCAP News

Inter-Conference collaboration for better understanding among Muslims and Christians

JAMIA 2016 participantsJesuits in two Jesuit Conferences have agreed to collaborate on a research project to promote better understanding and dialogue among Muslims and Christians in Asia.  The 10 Jesuits from the Conferences of Asia Pacific and South Asia came to this decision during the meeting of the Jesuits among Muslims in Asia (JAMIA) held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from December 26 to 30, 2016.  The decision was a response to the sharing of Fr George Pattery SJ, President of the Jesuit Conference of South Asia (JCSA) on General Congregation 36 and the reminder that they participate in the mission of God, the missio Dei, not their own mission.  More

From the Provinces

New book tells story of the Jesuits at Sevenhill

Sevenhill College and Church in the early 1900sThe struggles and legacy of the pioneering Jesuits in Australia have been chronicled in a handsome 200-page coffee table book. “The Vine and the Branches: The Fruits of the Sevenhill Mission” tells of the establishment and development of Sevenhill, which is considered the birthplace of the Jesuits in Australia and the start of winemaking in South Australia’s Clare Valley.  The book is the first major publication to draw together the story of the Jesuits at Sevenhill. It was formally launched on December 1, 2016 to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the consecration of the first stage of St Aloysius’ Church by Bishop Laurence Sheil in November 1866.  More

From the Ministries

Understanding the impact of migration on children

Left-behind children and the idea of the familyMuch has been written about migrant workers and their lives and trials working in foreign country.  What is often overlooked, however, is what happens to the children who are left behind by their migrant worker parents. How do the children cope with the absence of one or both parents? How are these children perceived by a society that still values traditional family and gender roles? To what extent does migration change the idea of child welfare or parenthood?  More

Providing villagers with access to clean water

Jesuit Social Services Timor Leste water projectIn the two years since it was set up, Jesuit Social Service (JSS) in Timor-Leste has embarked on several projects to promote community development and empower the poor to become self-sufficient.  Water and sanitation is one of four priority areas and a key project aims to provide communities with access to clean water. JSS has built wells in five aldeias (villages) in and around Dili.  These areas face serious water shortages during the dry season that runs from April to November, and JSS is currently assisting 235 households in Hera 7 kilometres east of Dili and Kasait about 13 kilometres west from Dili.  More

Justice in Mining Network launches global mining survey

Global Mining SurveyThe Justice in Mining Network is conducting a survey of mining activity and related issues in communities where Jesuits have a presence either individually or through institutions. The survey, which is open to Jesuits and Jesuit institutions, seeks to identify the key concerns around mining and its related impacts in areas where there is a Jesuit presence. The network works to protect human rights and the environment, and seeks to ensure that issues of equity and sustainability are addressed in the governance of natural resources.  It is coordinated by Jesuit Social Services Australia and is part of the Global Ignatian Advocacy Network of the Society of Jesus.  More

Jesuit Formation

Reflections from the Scholastics and Brothers Circle Workshop

Scholastics Eka Tanaya from Australia and Barnabé Hounguevou from West Africa share their reflections on migration from their experience during the Scholastics and Brothers Circle Workshop held in Seoul, South Korea from December 19 to 28, 2016. The workshop focussed on the theme, “Understanding Migration: The South Korea Experience Guided by the Ignatian Teaching Paradigm”.

SBC workshop 2016, SeoulSBC workshop 2016, Seoul
Called to be companions,
not just problem solvers
A transformative encounter
with migrants

General Congregation 36

Documents from GC 36 published

GC 36 documentsThe documents from the 36th General Congregation (GC 36) of the Society of Jesus have been published.  The 17 documents which include two formal decrees – one on Mission and the other on Governance – will be the basis of a discussion to be held this week by the JCAP Major Superiors and Directors and Secretaries of Works.  They will review and reflect on GC 36 and its implications for the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific at the province level and on its Apostolic Plan 2014 to 2019.  More

Other Jesuit News

Fr General calls for societies to welcome migrants and refugees

Fr General Arturo Sosa at the 103rd International Day of Migrants and RefugeesOn January 13, Father Arturo Sosa SJ, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, joined the community of Centro Astalli (Jesuit Refugee Service Italy) in commemorating the International Day for Migrants and Refugees at the Church of Gesù, the Mother Church of the Society in Rome.  “This moment presents an important invitation to the Society of Jesus to accompany, with its few resources, and to share in the anxieties and hopes of the refugees here in Italy and everywhere in the world,” said Fr Sosa at the event.  More

Conference Calendar
January 30 to February 2Development Officers Meeting, Manila, Philippines
February 4 to 7Vocation Directors Meeting, Taipei, Taiwan
February 20 to 24GIAN Migration Meeting, Jakarta, Indonesia
March 16 to 18Collaborative Research Seminar, Loyola School of Theology, Manila, Philippines
March 23 to 25Migration Meeting, Tokyo, Japan
March 26 to 27JCAP Consult, Manila, Philippines

In this issue

Inter-Conference collaboration for better understanding among Muslims and Christians

New book tells story of the Jesuits at Sevenhill

Understanding the impact of migration on children

Providing villagers with access to clean water

Justice in Mining Network launches global mining survey

Called to be companions, not just problem solvers

A transformative encounter with migrants

Documents from GC 36 published

Fr General calls for societies to welcome migrants and refugees