Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin June 2017

JCAP News

Forming Ignatian leaders for mission

LDP participants with the Hti Htau Hki VillagersAre leaders born or made? This question has long been debated by experts around the world.  Some claim that some people are natural leaders while others insist that becoming a leader is a process.  Whichever the case, it cannot be denied that there are no perfect leaders and that, whether you are a born leader or had to learn how to lead, there is always room to become better at leading.  This is the premise that grounds the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific’s Leadership Development Programme (LDP) launched in December 2015.  Read more

Working together to form young persons of faith in our schools

Fr Stephen Chow SJ on the joy of being missionaries to young peopleHow do we accompany young people in the mission of reconciliation and justice? How do we engage students in this digital age?  Who are we in what we do?  These were some of the questions discussed in the first JCAP Meeting of Chaplains and Campus Ministers.  The four-day meeting held in Singapore from May 21 to 24 brought together 31 Jesuit and lay educators from schools across the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific. JCAP Education Secretary Fr Johnny Go SJ said that one of the goals for the meeting was to establish a network of school chaplains and campus ministers for possible collaboration in the future.  Read more 

The joy in being brothers

Jesuit brothers It was 6.40 pm when we came back from our museum tour in Dili and a very fruitful day in Kasait and Hera where we met for our last Mass together. The hall was silent, the corridors dark and the wind paid its respects to the holy presence of our Almighty God. We sat waiting for the Mass to start knowing that a happy and meaningful meeting of Jesuit brothers was coming to an end.  There were 14 of us brothers from the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific who met in Timor-Leste to discuss the relevance, mission and the renewal of our vocation and ministries as Jesuit brothers. A main topic was the 36th General Congregation (GC 36) of the Society of Jesus where for the first time ever, Jesuit brothers were among the electors.  Read more

From the Provinces

Australian Jesuit Province to divest from fossil fuels

World Environment Day 2017

Australian Provincial Fr Brian McCoy SJ has committed the Australian Jesuits to divesting from fossil fuels. “In the light of our commitment to reconciliation with creation, we believe that divestment is an ethical, impactful and valuable opportunity to consider not only for the Australian Province but for all Australian companies,” said Fr McCoy in a statement released for World Environment Day on June 5.  Fr McCoy said that the Province would be working closely with its external asset managers to develop strategies to divest in fossil fuel or tier 1 companies – as detailed in the Australian Institute March Report ‘Climate proofing your investment: Moving funds out of fossil fuels’ – with the view to adding this to its screening requirements.  Read more 

Three Jesuits awarded Timor-Leste’s highest honour

Fr Jaime Coelho SJ receives his awardThe Government of Timor-Leste has conferred the country’s highest honour on three Jesuit priests.  Fr Tarcisius Dewanto SJ, Fr Karl Albrecht (Carolus Albrecht Karim Arbie) SJ and Fr Jaime Coelho SJ were awarded the Ordem de Timor Leste (Order of Timor-Leste), in two ceremonies held in May to recognise the contribution of priests, religious men and women and missionaries to the country’s struggle for peace and independence.  In a ceremony held at the Presidential Palace in Dili on May 12, then President Taur Matan Ruak, whose term ended on May 19, paid tribute to priests, and religious men and women who died in the East Timorese crisis in 1999.  Read more

“They are God’s flock not yours”

Philippine Province ordination 2017Four Jesuits from the Philippine Province were ordained on June 3 at the Oratory of St Ignatius of Loyola, Loyola House of Studies.  Fr Roseller L Atilano SJ, Fr Martin A Licup SJ, Fr Harvey C Mateo SJ and Fr Felipe B Yohan Jr SJ were ordained by His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila.  In his homily, Cardinal Tagle reminded them that as priests, they need to listen to the voice of the Good Shepherd who is Jesus Christ.  “You are not supposed to replace the Good Shepherd. You are there to be bearers of his Good News,” said the Cardinal, adding that the love of the Good Shepherd is all encompassing and universal.  Read more  

Remembering Fr Jerry Martinson SJ

Fr Jerry Martinson SJ 1942-2017Fr George Gerald “Jerry” Martinson SJ died on May 31 in Taiwan, 50 years after he first arrived in 1967 from the California Jesuit Province.  At the age of 25, he was sent to Taiwan and began working at the Jesuit-run Kuangchi Program Service (KPS).  He became a renowned television producer and host, known to many in Taiwan and China as Uncle Jerry, his screen name in an English teaching television programme he hosted.  In celebration of his life spent evangelising through television and film, here are five things for which Fr Martinson is most remembered.  Read more

Promoting reconciliation and justice among Indigenous Peoples in Mindanao

Philippine Province IP Ministry meeting in CabanglasanIn recent months, Indigenous Peoples in Cabanglasan, Bukidnon in Mindanao have had the opportunity to voice their concerns regarding their rights in a series of gatherings organised by the Philippine Province Jesuit Indigenous Peoples (IP) Ministry, the local government of Cabanglasan, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and other civil society organisations.  The most recent of these was held on May 16 and 17.  At the event in Cabanglasan, tribal leaders actively participated in discussions on the peaceful resolution of conflicts, implementation of their customary laws, confirmation of their tribal leaders, and the claiming of reservations by the rightful occupants.  Read more

Other Jesuit News

Global Magis Mannequin Challenge

Global Magis Mannequin ChallengeThe Jesuit Education Commission of Asia Pacific and Educate Magis have launched the Global Magis Mannequin Challenge to celebrate the Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola on July 31.  All Jesuit and Ignatian schools are invited to participate in the competition which challenges them to film in the most creative and original way a two-minute frozen scene that depicts a day in the life of their school. The scene should also exemplify the essential characteristics of Jesuit education such as magis, finding God in all things and being men and women for others. The deadline for entries is July 15. Find out more at https://www.educatemagis.org/mannequin-challenge/.

Conference Calendar
July 3 to 5JesCom AP Meeting, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
July 4 to 7Social Apostolate Gathering, Yangon, Myanmar
July 15 to 17Safeguarding Workshop, Singapore
July 18 to 21Major Superiors Assembly, Singapore
August 7 to 11Jesuits among Muslims in Asia, Surabaya, Indonesia
August 7 to 18Formation for Formators Workshop, Manila, Philippines
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 Sep 2Education Secretaries Meeting, Singapore

In this issue

Forming Ignatian leaders for mission

Working together to form young persons of faith in our schools

The joy in being brothers

Australian Jesuit Province to divest from fossil fuels

Three Jesuits awarded Timor-Leste’s highest honour

“They are God’s flock not yours”

Remembering Fr Jerry Martinson SJ

Promoting reconciliation and justice among Indigenous Peoples in Mindanao