Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin May 2017

JCAP News

JCAP 2017 annual report highlights leadership development, youth ministry

JCAP Annual Report 2017This year’s annual report puts the spotlight on two firsts for the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific.  The JCAP Leadership Development Programme was launched in December 2015 and the fourth (and final) module was held in Seoul, South Korea in mid-May 2017.  The Jesuit Conference-wide youth ministry also began in 2015, with the core team pulling off a successful Magis Asia Pacific gathering in Yogyakarta, Indonesia from December 26, 2015 to January 3, 2016 and another during World Youth Day 2016 in Poland.  The next Magis Asia Pacific gathering will coincide with the 7th Asian Youth Day to be held in Yogyakarta from July 30 to August 6, 2017.  We also have a four-page spread of the top 12 milestones for the Jesuit Conference last year.  Read More

The End or the Beginning?

JCAP Leadership Development Programme Module 4“Two years seem to be very short!”  This remark by Korean Jesuit Fr Michael Ku captures well what many of the participants of JCAP’s Leadership Development Programme felt after completing module four on May 18.  The programme began in Quezon City, Philippines in December 2015, continued in Chiang Mai, Thailand in May 2016, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in November 2016, and concluded with the module on Change and Continuous Learning held at the Salesian Center in Seoul, South Korea from May 11 to 18, 2017.  Read more

Communal discernment for Ignatian decision making in schools

Workshop on Ignatian School Leadership 2017Ignatian educators from four countries in Asia Pacific recently gathered in the Philippines to learn how to apply communal discernment as an added dimension to the decision making process in their schools.  The “Workshop on Communal Discernment and Ignatian Decision Making” held from April 17 to 21 at the Good Shepherd Spirituality Center in Antipolo was the second module of the Workshop on Ignatian School Leadership (WISL) offered by the Ignatian Initiative for Teacher Excellence of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific (JCAP).  Read More

From the Provinces

In the footsteps of Matteo Ricci

Fu Jen Faculty of TheologyFour centuries after Matteo Ricci arrived in China, Jesuits continue in the way he forged for engaging with the country.  Where Ricci shared his expertise in mathematics, cosmology and astronomy, and brought to the Emperor’s court Western clocks, musical, mathematical and astronomical instruments and cosmological, geographical and architectural works with maps and diagrams, today’s Jesuits share their knowledge of philosophy, ethics and history in a university or research setting.  Read More

Rebuilding for greater resilience against disasters

Culion Ecoville model houseJoy.  That is what 25-year old Crisanto Lacaba feels as he looks forward to the completion of San Ignacio Culion Ecoville at the end of this year. Finally, he and a hundred others living on Culion island in Palawan, all survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda in the Philippines) in 2013, will be able to move into new homes built inland.  “My family can feel secure even when the typhoons come,” he said, remembering his family’s experience when Haiyan destroyed their home situated along the coast of Barangay Osmeña, along with almost 5,000 other homes.  Read More

From the Ministries

Helping small farmers in rural Cambodia succeed

CROAP teamLife in rural Cambodia is hard, especially for small farmers.  Each year, they struggle to get a decent yield to provide for their families.  This is why the Centre for Research on Optimal Agricultural Practices (CROAP), a demonstration farm located a few kilometres from Pursat City, is introducing to farmers in the village of Keov Mony in Pursat a promising new method of rice farming.   The method, which is called System of Rice Intensification or SRI for short, enabled the three farmers in the pilot group to improve their annual yield from 1 to 1.5 tonnes per hectare to between four and seven tonnes per hectare last year.  Read More

Students hear the voices of refugees first hand

JRS Australia Voices ProgrammeJesuit Refugee Service Australia has teamed up with Refugee Council of Australia to create a programme that gives young people the chance to meet a refugee and hear first hand the reasons why people are forced to flee their homes.  “We’re seeing the biggest migration crisis since WWII, and yet, it’s not the voices of those being forced to flee their homes we hear, but the voices of the powerful.  At JRS we believe this needs to change,” said JRS Australia in its website.  Read More

Other Jesuit News

Promoting a culture of safety and protection for minors

Safeguarding Conference, HungaryEstablishing protocols and procedures for the safeguarding of minors is not as easy as installing a software application.  Protecting minors in Jesuit institutions from sexual abuse needs careful evaluation of how Jesuits and collaborators operate in their apostolates, discernment on policies and steps to take when cases arise, reparation when mistakes and harm have been done, and willingness to change and provide structures for children to grow fully.  The Jesuit Conference of European Provincials held its second Conference on Safeguarding in Pilisszentkereszt-Dobogókö, Hungary from March 26 to 29, with 19 participants from Europe and three representatives from other Jesuit Conferences.  Read More

Irish Jesuit Fr John Sullivan beatified

Beatification of Fr John Sullivan SJFr John Sullivan SJ, noted for his untiring attention to the sick and the poor, was beatified on May 13, 2017 in Gardiner Street Church in Dublin.  The ceremony, attended by almost 2,000 people, consisted of a mass during which a formal request for beatification was made publicly.  In an unprecedented ecumenical gesture, the request was made jointly by the Church of Ireland and the Catholic Archbishops, reflecting the fact that Fr John was Anglican for the first half of his life and Roman Catholic for the second.  In fact, the entire event was unprecedented, as there has never been a beatification ceremony in Ireland before.  Read More

Jesuit networking and collaboration survey 

Jesuit Networking global surveyThe Jesuit Networking Project is asking Jesuits, collaborators, staff, teachers, students, CLC members, alumni, and friends the world over to participate in a survey about collaboration and networking in the Jesuit world. The results will help with future research and the design of collaborative proposals. The results will be presented at the World Union of Jesuit Alumni meeting in June in Cleveland, USA.  Take the survey here: http://jesuitnetworking.org/survey-on-collaboration-and-networking/

Conference Calendar
June 11 to 14Brothers’ Circle Meeting, Dili, Timor-Leste
June 17 to 19Formators Meeting, Cha’am, Thailand
June 26 to 29JesCom-AP Meeting, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
July 4 to 7Social Apostolate Gathering, Yangon, Myanmar
July 15 to 17Safeguarding Workshop for Major Superiors, Singapore
July 18 to 21Major Superiors' Assembly, Singapore

In this issue

JCAP 2017 annual report highlights leadership development, youth ministry

The End or the Beginning?

Communal discernment for Ignatian decision making in schools

In the footsteps of Matteo Ricci

Rebuilding for greater resilience against disasters

Helping small farmers in rural Cambodia succeed

Students hear the voices of refugees first hand

Promoting a culture of safety and protection for minors

Irish Jesuit Fr John Sullivan beatified