Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin November 2016

From the President

Three images from General Congregation 36

Jesuit symbol in the Church of the Gesu in RomeIt has been almost a fortnight since General Congregation 36 finished on November 12 and three images remain with me.   The first is the image of Venice; the time the first companions lived before Ignatius went to Rome.  Learned and poor, they lived separately, begging for their food, serving the poorest people uprooted by conflicts, coming together regularly to discern their future and deciding that, though their common mission would spread them across the world, they would remain united.  This memory encourages the Society now as a diminished body, living in a world of conflicts and disparities, spread as we are across the world, to discern deeply how we live together in the joy of the Gospel, the mission to which we are called, the missio Dei.  More

JCAP News

Responding to ecological challenges in Asia Pacific

Reconciling with Creation Reflection WorkshopDrought and flooding are the two most significant ecological challenges in Asia Pacific, according to participants in the first Reconciling with Creation Reflection Workshop.  According to the workshop report released in October, drought was foremost in the minds of the participants, named by 11 people from eight countries.  Flooding was a close second, named by 10 participants from six countries.  But these are just two of the host of ecological challenges faced by the people in Asia Pacific.  In the six years since Reconciliation with Creation was made an apostolic priority of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific (JCAP), many of the provinces and regions have taken steps to respond to these ecological challenges.  More

Defining and refining Ignatian leadership

LDP Module 3 participantsLike old friends catching up after some time apart, 32 Jesuits and two laypersons reconnected for the third module of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific’s Leadership Development Programme (LDP).  This module held from November 13 to 19 built on the earlier modules on understanding one’s leadership style, strategic planning and team building.  Managed by the Ateneo de Manila University’s Center for Organizational Research and Development (CORD), the four-module programme aims to form and groom effective and competent leaders in Jesuit ministries who are rooted in Ignatian tradition of service.  More

One foot in the air

Advanced Ignatian Teaching Programme 2016 One foot on the ground, another in the air – always on a journey to serve God.  This is an image Fr Ross Jones SJ, President of Saint Ignatius’ College, Riverview in Sydney, Australia uses to show what it means for students and teachers in a Jesuit school to be contemplatives-in-action.  And it is this image that Guy Masters, Riverview’s Adult Formation Co-Coordinator, offered to the participants of the recent Advanced Ignatian Teaching Programme (AITP) workshop in his talk, “A burning fire in the heart”.  More

From the Provinces

Directing greater energies to the poor and the peripheries

Participants of “Titayan: Bridging for Peace,” a seminar organised by the Ateneo de Davao UniversityWhen Pope Francis visited the Philippines in January 2015, his message to the Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus was clear: to go to the poor and the peripheries.  It shone a light on what then Fr General Adolfo Nicolás had asked of the whole Society when he convoked General Congregation 36 in December 2014, which was to reflect prayerfully on what more the Eternal King is calling the Jesuits to do. The Philippine Province’s response is the Province Roadmap, an apostolic plan to inform and guide the Jesuit ministries and communities in the country over the next five years.  More

Affirming engagements with Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines

Philippine Province IP Summit An important area of concern for the Philippine Jesuits is the continuing poverty and marginalisation of indigenous peoples, the largest concentration of which can be found in Mindanao, southern Philippines.  The island is home to 18 indigenous tribes whose lives and cultures are threatened by pervasive military conflicts between government and rebel groups, and the degradation of their natural environment.  Following the promulgation of the Philippine Province Roadmap that identifies Mindanao as a province priority for apostolic work, the Jesuits held for the first time a Province Indigenous Peoples Ministry Summit from July 11 to 12 at the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU).  More

The ordeal of a foreign spouse in Japan

Divorce imageAnastasia* is from Latin America. A few years ago, she married a Japanese man in her country and in April 2015, they took their toddler son to Japan to visit his grandparents. While they were in Japan, they took their son for a general medical check-up and found out that he had a heart problem. They went to the United States and Latin America for second and third opinions, but could not decide on the best treatment for their son.  When they returned to Japan, problems arose between Anastasia and her in-laws almost immediately, such as when she wanted to keep breastfeeding her 20 month-old son.  More

Jesuit Formation

Eleven Jesuits ordained as deacons in the Philippines

Diaconate Ordination in the PhilippinesEleven Jesuits were ordained to the Order of Deacons on October 29 in the Church of the Gesu, Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. The new deacons are Soo Young Park, Changmo Cho, Chang-hyon Lee, Kyoung-Woong Peter Park, Anthony Ochen, Leslie Joseph Bingkasan, Stephanus Advent Novianto, Harvey Mateo, Martin Licup, Felipe Yohan Jr and Roseller Atilano Jr.  In his homily, Bishop Ruperto C Santos DD told the newly-ordained, “This is what diaconate is all about. A servant: that is who a deacon is, plain and simple.”  He urged them to be brave in the face of challenging situations, to bring Jesus and Mary with them in their ministry and to remain in the background - active yet unseen – knowing that it is Jesus who is seen and heard through them.  More

General Congregation 36

General Congregation 36 concludes

GC 36 closing sessionThe 36th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus concluded on November 12 with a Mass of Thanksgiving at St Ignatius Church, a parish run by the Society of Jesus in Rome.  That morning, after a contemplative examination of the six weeks of work, the 215 delegates voted to close the General Congregation that had begun on October 2. In the closing session, Father General Arturo Sosa thanked the Congregation for its work, using the text of Mark 4:26-29 to emphasise that it is the Lord who will grow the seed they planted.  More

Conference Calendar
December 3EAPI 50th Anniversary Culminating Programme, Manila, Philippines
December 5 to 6JCAP Consult, Quezon City, Philippines
December 19 to 28Scholastics and Brothers Circle Meeting, Seoul, South Korea
December 26 to 30Jesuits Among Muslims in Asia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
December 27 to 30Dialogue with Buddhists Steering Committee Meeting, Siem Reap, Cambodia
January 4 to 31, 2017Asia Pacific Theological Encounter Programme, Jakarta and Yogyakarta, Indonesia
January 10 to 15Novice Masters Meeting, Semarang, Indonesia
January 20 to 21 JCAP Major Superiors, Secretaries and Directors of Works Meeting, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
January 22 to 25Major Superiors' Assembly, Chiang Mai, Thailand
January 23 to 24Social Ministry Core Team Meeting, Chiang Mai, Thailand

In this issue

Three images from General Congregation 36

Responding to ecological challenges in Asia Pacific

Defining and refining Ignatian leadership

One foot in the air

Directing greater energies to the poor and the peripheries

Affirming engagements with Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines

The ordeal of a foreign spouse in Japan

Eleven Jesuits ordained as deacons in the Philippines

General Congregation 36 concludes