Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin July 2017

Happy Feast of St Ignatius!


Learning in Myanmar about reconciliation and justice in natural resource management

Screen grab from "Jade and the Generals"“You name it – we have it. Jade, gold, gas, rivers, teak … But this nation is like a blind beggar begging with a golden plate.”  With these words, Charles Cardinal Bo, Archbishop of Yangon, set the stage for the four-day Social Apostolate meeting of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific.  The picture drawn by Cardinal Bo in his keynote address was eye-opening for many of the 38 delegates and it made clear the need for reconciliation and justice in natural resource management, the theme of the meeting.  Read more

VIDEO: Fr General Arturo Sosa SJ in Cambodia

Fr General Arturo Sosa in Metta Karuna Reflection CentreWatch highlights of Fr General Arturo Sosa's visit to the Metta Karuna Reflection Centre in Siem Reap, Cambodia from July 14-16, 2017, where he met with the Jesuits and partners in mission. It was his first visit to a predominantly Buddhist nation and Fr Sosa also met with some Buddhist monks to learn about Buddhism and Buddhist work on peace and reconciliation in Asia.  Watch video

From the Provinces

A mass stole to celebrate Laudato si

Laudato si' Mass stoleThe Jesuit mission in Cambodia has designed a new mass stole to mark the second anniversary of the proclamation of Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato si’ on June 18.  Intended for use by priests during Ordinary Time, the green stole is meant to integrate the spirit and teachings of Laudato si’ into the celebration of the sacraments, especially the Eucharist.  “We hope that this new stole will be helpful in guiding us in praying and caring for creation, our common home,” said Fr Gabriel Lamug-Nañawa SJ, Country Coordinator of Jesuit Service Cambodia, who was part of the team that designed the stole.  Read more

Six new Jesuit priests in Korea

Korea ordinationThe Society of Jesus in Korea celebrates six new Jesuit priests: Fr Park Soo-young Theodore, Fr Choi Jun-yeol Damianus, Fr Lee Chang-hyon Pius, Fr Cho Chang-mo Simon, Fr Jeon Chan-yong John Bosco and Fr Park Kyoung-woong Peter. They were ordained to the priesthood on June 28 at Myung-dong Cathedral in Seoul, South Korea.  More than 1,200 people participated in the Ordination Mass concelebrated by Most Rev Son Hee-song Benedictus STD DD, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Seoul, and about 150 priests.  Read more

Six Jesuits ordained priests in Indonesia

Fr General joins the ordination in IndonesiaThe Society of Jesus welcomed six new priests from the Indonesia Province with the ordination of Fathers Antonius Dhimas Hardjuna SJ, Ferdinandus Tuhu Jati Setya Adi SJ, Gerardus Hadian Panamokta SJ, Stephanus Advent Novianto SJ, Thomas Septi Widhiyudana SJ and Thomas Surya Awangga Budiono SJ.  They were ordained by the Archbishop of Semarang, Msgr Robertus Rubiyatmoko, on July 13 in the Church of St Anthony of Padua in Yogyakarta.  Emeritus Archbishop of Jakarta Julius Cardinal Darmaatmadja SJ and Fr Arturo Sosa, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, concelebrated the Ordination Mass as did Indonesia Provincial Fr Sunu Hardiyanta SJ and St Ignatius College Rector Fr Andreas Sugijopranoto SJ.  Read more

From the Ministries

Preparing a way for youth to leave a mark through Asian Youth Day

Asian Youth Day 2017 volunteers and committee

For the last year, Magis Indonesia has been helping to prepare volunteers for the 7th Asian Youth Day.  With Asian Youth Day taking place from July 31 to August 6, the volunteers are now in the thick of things, doing their part to ensure that the more than 2,000 youth from all over Asia leave Indonesia prepared to leave a mark on the world.  “Being a volunteer for Asian Youth Day is a means for the youth to leave a mark,” said Fr John Nugroho SJ, Coordinator of Magis Indonesia.  “Moreover, through their work, the volunteers are also encouraging other youth participants to leave their own mark by getting involved in Asian Youth Day related activities prior to the actual event.”  Read more

Jesuit Formation

A chance to love

Sch Justin Claravall SJ renews his vows in the chapel of the New Bilibid Prisons Reservation“But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have?” Matthew 5:44-46  “He’s in the bartolina now!” said Ivan, an inmate-teacher, while he escorted me to the chapel for Mass. I hate hearing bad news.  “What happened?” I asked exasperated. The person in the bartolina, Dmitry, was one of my smartest inmate-students.  “He stabbed someone,” said Ivan with a smile, almost laughing.  Read more

Other Jesuit News

Rare Jesuit maps in Christie's Auction

Matteo RicciTwo exceptionally rare manuscript maps made by the Italian Jesuit missionary to China Matteo Ricci (1552-1610) for the Chinese imperial court, went under the hammer at Christie’s in London.  The maps show the fusion of western and eastern cartography, iconography and mythology.  In 1582 Ricci  established the first permanent Jesuit mission in China in Macao, travelling to Shaoking in Kwantung province the following year. He reached Beijing in 1598.  Read more

Conference Calendar
August 7 to 18Formation for Formators Workshop, Manila, Philippines
August 7 to 11Jesuits among Muslims, Surabaya, Indonesia
August 9 to 13Buddhism Workshop, Siem Reap, Cambodia
August 18 to 20AJCU-AP Meeting, Chiang Rai, Thailand
August 21 to 23Tertian Masters Meeting, Girisonta, Indonesia
August 28 to 31Treasurers Meeting, Manila, Philippines
August 29 to September 2Education Secretaries Meeting, Singapore
September 10 to 12TCWG Meeting, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
September 24 to 30Workshop on Ignatian Spirituality in Education, Chiang Mai, Thailand

In this issue

Learning in Myanmar about reconciliation and justice in natural resource management

A mass stole to celebrate Laudato si’

Six new Jesuit priests in Korea

Six Jesuits ordained priests in Indonesia

Preparing a way for youth to leave a mark through Asian Youth Day

A chance to love