Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin September 2016

From the Provinces

Eight Jesuits ordained priests in Vietnam

Vietnam ordinations August 2016The Vietnam Jesuit Province has eight new Vietnamese priests.  The new Jesuit priests, who were ordained on August 25 at the Saint Joseph Jesuit Scholasticate in Thu Duc, Ho Chi Minh City, are Fr Anthony Pham Ba Hoc, Fr Dominic Nguyen Quoc Kinh, Fr Joseph Nguyen Tuan Phuc, Fr Thaddeus Nguyen Van Yen, Fr Francis Xavier Nguyen Thanh Vu, Fr Anthony Tran Thanh Tan, Fr Vincent Nguyen Minh Phuc and Fr Peter Nguyen Van Tang. More

Ateneo de Davao University underscores commitment to the environment

1st Mindanao Environmental Summit 2016

The southern Philippine island of Mindanao is home to an abundance of natural resources, chief among them are forests and aquatic resources that sustain and nourish ecosystems. But big agricultural developments and large-scale mining activities have resulted in land dispossession of indigenous communities, violence and environmental degradation. These challenges set the stage for the environmental summit organised by the Ateneo de Davao University, one of three Jesuit universities on the island, and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). More

A whole story of gratitude, renewal and hope

LST-LHS Golden Jubilee 2016“There are a lot of stories we can tell about these two institutions, but they are a whole story of gratitude, renewal and hope”. The two institutions are Loyola House of Studies (LHS) and the Loyola School of Theology (LST) which this month concluded their yearlong golden jubilee celebration.  At the closing dinner on September 11, Fr Antonio Moreno SJ, Philippine Jesuit Provincial and Loyola School of Theology Vice-Chancellor, described the story of LHS and LST as a tale of appreciation and optimism. More

From the Ministries

Jesuits in Korea and Japan confront ethnic reconciliation

Korean and Japanese Jesuits in ShimonosekiAugust is a symbolic month dedicated to peace movements in Japan. Seventy-one years have passed since the defeat of Japan in the Second World War, but the dropping of the first two nuclear bombs on Hiroshima (August 6, 1945) and Nagasaki (August 9, 1945) are still vividly remembered. A group of 34 Jesuits, half of them from Korea and the rest from Japan gathered in Shimonoseki, in the west of Japan from August 23 to 26 to heal wounds occasioned by the worst historical relationship between both countries and to search for closer cooperation. More

Helping to empower Filipino migrant workers and their families

LSE Graduation Hong Kong 2012Filipino Mayette G has lived in Rome, Italy for almost 25 years. She is a single mother of three grown children, two of whom are in the Philippines. She is also living testimony of the strength of a programme conceived to empower Filipino migrant workers when they finally return to the Philippines for good. In 2008, Mayette was one of the first in the eternal city to take the Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship (LSE) Course for migrant Filipino workers. The course is a joint undertaking of the School of Government (ASoG) of the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines and several civil society organizations in Italy. More

An urgent call to stop the use of cluster munitions

Campaign to Ban Landmines and Cluster Munitions“It is outrageous that new cluster munitions are still killing people in Syria and Yemen in 2016 and causing so many new refugees,” said Sr Denise Coghlan RSM, Director of Jesuit Refugee Service Cambodia. The Cluster Munitions Monitor for 2016 released on September 1 documented this use and also the progress being made in stockpile destruction, clearance and assistance to enhance the quality of life of the survivors. The Cluster Munitions Coalition (CMC) reported that cluster bomb remnants still contaminate 27 countries, and that three of the four most contaminated countries are in Asia Pacific – Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. More

Celebrating the Season of Creation

Youth in Bendum, PhilippinesIn one sense it is strange that we should have a “season” of Creation. All seasons are of Creation; they are its very life, the process of sustaining all lives.  But, thanks to Pope Francis, the Catholic Church celebrated the Season of Creation for the first time in 2015. The Holy Father asks that we join with Patriarch Bartholomew of the Orthodox Church and other Christian Churches and communities in the celebration of Creation and the Season of Creation from September 1 to October 4, the Feast of St Francis of Assisi, each year. More

Serving the City, Serving the People

Service Learning Programme 2016Thirty-eight students from Jesuit universities in four Asian countries gathered in Yogyakarta, Indonesia for this year’s Service Learning Programme (SLP), hosted by Sanata Dharma University.  The theme this year - Serving the City, Serving the People: Developing Youth Social Movement within the Urban Communities - was inspired by a growing concern that city development is happening without citizen involvement. The programme employed the Ignatian Pedagogy Framework of Context-Experience-Reflection-Action-Evaluation. More

Jesuit Formation

A beacon of hope

Scholastic Tiro Daenuwy and Abi IbangOn the morning of the fourth day of our immersion at the Pesantren Ath-Thariq, I stepped on a rusty nail that was sticking out of a small block of wood where I was gathering hay from the paddy fields to make solid compost. A sharp pain shot straight from my right heel throughout my body. In grade school we were told that tetanus infections come from rusty nails and animal manure. Perfect! I limped to find Abi Ibang, the head of the pesantren (Islamic boarding house). Abi means ‘my father’ in Arabic. More

Appointments and Opportunities

Director sought for Casa de Produção Audiovisual

CPA logo

The Jesuits in Timor-Leste are seeking a director for Casa de Produção Audiovisual (CPA), a non-profit media production organisation founded by the Fundaçao Companhia de Jesus em Timor-Leste in Dili in 2002. CPA’s objective is to help build Timorese national identity and unity through stories inspired by Timorese culture, traditions, events, achievements and experiences.

The director works closely with CPA’s clients, project partners, funders, pool of artists, and religious and lay collaborators in developing audio-visual productions that promote sustainable development, social justice and the general welfare of the people of Timor-Leste.

Applicants for the position should ideally have experience in management and institutional leadership, preferably in media; capacity for socio-political analysis and understanding of Timor-Leste’s history; fluency in spoken and written English; as well as knowledge of or willingness to learn Tetum and/or Bahasa Indonesia. 

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Other Jesuit News

In Motion videos on refugee stories

Mercy in Motion video series_Peter from Myanmar“I have a big dream for my son. I myself wish to be an educated man, and I want my son to become one too.  I want him to get opportunities that we couldn’t get,” says Peter, a community organizer from Kachin State, internally displaced in Myanmar. Peter’s story is the focus of one of several videos the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) has produced as part of its Mercy in Motion campaign, launched on December 8, 2015, at the start of the Holy Year of Mercy. JRS aims to produce 25 videos, each between four and seven minutes long, in which refugees in Africa and Asia share about their past, their journey, their situation in the camp or urban setting and the hope that education gives them.  More

Conference Calendar
October 2General Congregation 36 plenary session begins, Rome
November 5 to 6Theological Cooperation Working Group Meeting, Quezon City, Philippines
November 6 to 13Advanced Ignatian Teaching Programme, Kamakura, Japan
November 13 to 19Leadership Development Programme III, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

In this issue

Eight Jesuits ordained priests in Vietnam

Ateneo de Davao University underscores commitment to the environment

A whole story of gratitude, renewal and hope

Jesuits in Korea and Japan confront ethnic reconciliation

Helping to empower Filipino migrant workers and their families

An urgent call to stop the use of cluster munitions

Celebrating the Season of Creation

Serving the City, Serving the People

A beacon of hope

In Motion videos on refugee stories