Author: 爵醒

A special café opens at Banteay Prieb

Banteay Prieb, the Jesuit vocational training centre in Cambodia, has opened a café managed and staffed by young people with intellectual disabilities. The café provides these young people with practical skills that can help earn a living. The café serves traditional Cambodian coffee and tea, and Khmer breakfast and lunch menus. It also offers typical Italian coffees, such as espresso, Americano, cappuccino and latte, fruit smoothies and juices. It was built with funding support from the Korean Jesuit NGO Joy of Sharing Foundation and inaugurated on July 2. “We hope that after they finish the Banteay Prieb café training, our students will become more financially independent. After the training they can start a small business to support themselves and their family,” said Phalla Kim, Special Education Programme Manager at Banteay Prieb. Banteay Prieb (Home of the Dove) began its Special Education Programme in 2015 to help young people with intellectual disabilities who are often at risk of social exclusion. “These are persons who suffer great neglect back home and in their villages,” said Br Noel Oliver SJ, who was part of the original team that set up Banteay Prieb in 1990 to help landmine victims and those affected by polio. In the years that have followed, the number of people with physical disabilities has greatly declined and a number of the centre’s students now are accident victims. The fewer number of physically disabled students inspired Banteay Prieb to expand its services to helping people with intellectual disabilities. The Special Education……

Process for canonisation cause of Fr Pedro Arrupe underway

The Society of Jesus has taken the first steps towards the beatification cause of Fr Pedro Arrupe SJ, who was Superior General from 1965 to 1983. Fr General Arturo Sosa SJ announced this at the International Association of Jesuit Universities meeting in Bilbao, Spain when he addressed the 300 Jesuit and lay participants. “We are still at the beginning of the process, but the Cardinal Vicar of Rome, Angelo de Donatis, has given the approval that the Diocese of Rome open the process of beatification”. Fr Sosa described Fr Arrupe as “a man of truth rooted in Christ and dedicated to the mission, whose greatest miracle is that we are here today”. He asked for prayers for Fr Arrupe’s cause and the collaboration of anyone with useful information about religious devotion to the former Superior General. This massive task of compiling a list of 120 witnesses, especially those who personally knew Fr Arrupe, should “be finished in about a year,” Fr Pascual Cebollada SJ, General Postulator of the Society of Jesus, told Catholic News Service on July 13. Fr Cebollada, who is responsible for overseeing the sainthood causes of Jesuits, will also collect all of Fr Arrupe’s writings. Once he has the list of potential witnesses and all the writings, the formal opening of Fr Arrupe’s sainthood cause will be opened by the Diocese of Rome, which is the diocese where Fr Arrupe died. “I can tell you that these witnesses will be from various places: from Spain where he……

Chinese Jesuit Province launches prayer podcast

People praying in Chinese now have a new prayer resource with the launch of a daily prayer podcast by the Chinese Jesuit Province. The audio podcasts are based on Sacred Space, which was begun by the Irish Jesuits and is today the world’s leading interactive guided prayer site with the daily prayers available in more than 20 languages. The Chinese language version of Sacred Space has been available since 2014. On May 2, the Chinese Jesuit Province launched the podcast service, which combines narration of the daily Sacred Space prayer in Mandarin with soothing music to draw the person into contemplative stillness. Each episode or prayer session has six stages and each stage is designed as a meditation on God’s presence in our lives. Since it was launched, the podcasts have been played more than 4,600 times. “Although this kind of service is not a first in the Chinese area, it is a new attempt by the Society of Jesus,” said Zoe Hsieh, an editor in the communication office of the Chinese Province, which comprises China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. Chinese Jesuit Province launches prayer podcast[/caption] “People strain their eyes by staring at the computer or mobile phone too much. Our eyes tend to get hurt by the blue light of the screen,” Hsieh explained. It is also easy to get distracted while looking at our computer or mobile phone, she added. “We need to quiet down to fully immerse ourselves in the spiritual experience.” An elderly follower of……

Call for Papers of Coming Symposium

Symposium 2018: Exploring The Silk Road Economic Belt And The 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road: The Challenge Of Cross-Cultural Exchange And Communication Main Themes At the dawn of this 21st century, Peter Drucker made this observation about the common good: “This is not the first pluralist society in history. But all other earlier pluralistic societies destroyed themselves because no one took care of the common good. They abounded in communities but could not sustain community, let alone create it. If our modern pluralistic society is to escape the same fate, the leaders of all institutions will have to learn to be leaders beyond the walls.” (Peter Drucker, “The New Pluralism,” Leader to Leader, No. 14 Fall 1999). Date: 22-23 November 2018 Languages: English & Chinese Context for the Call for Papers China’s Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road (B&R), announced in 2013, has clearly become a major focus for the country’s efforts to sustain and further develop cooperative relationships with its neighbours near and far, and to work out mutually beneficial policies of economic development for Asia, Europe, and Africa. Most of the public discussion so far has focused on infrastructure development, that is, construction projects particularly aimed at facilitating communications, travel, and international trade. Yet the “B&R” also intends to promote greater appreciation of China’s own cultural and religious diversity, respect for its neighbours’ cultural achievements, and a realization of cultural values that we share through our common humanity. The “B&R”, quite properly, appeals to the……

World Refugee Day: 4 Words to Open the World

Rome, 20 June 2018 – Pope Francis has urged the global community to adopt a shared response to the global refugee situation that may be articulated in four words: welcome, protect, promote and integrate. This World Refugee Day, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and Entreculturas are building upon Pope Francis’s words to advocate for refugee education with the campaign 4 Words to Open the World. In countries such as Lebanon, South Sudan, Chad, and the Central African Republic, JRS and Entreculturas give concrete expression to these four words in our service to forcibly displaced persons, particularly through educational projects. With programmes ranging from formal to informal education, and early childhood schooling to teacher-training, we provide education that meets the needs and inspires the hope of refugees. Education plays a critical role in sustaining, and sometimes even saving, lives. In emergencies as well as in protracted situations, where refugees are displaced for long periods of time, entire generations can be lost because of a lack of education. “I really like going to school,” says Ali, a Syrian refugee attending one of our schools in Lebanon. “I don’t want to leave it. My only hope for the future is being able to read and write.” Schools are safe places where children can bond with their peers, thrive after trauma, and regain a sense of normalcy and stability despite their displacement. Education is a way to monitor and foster their safety and wellbeing. Attending school protects children from being exposed to risks such……

Thanking God for two new Jesuit priests in Taiwan

Holy Family Church in Taipei City was filled to overflowing on Saturday, June 9 as hundreds of people gathered for the ordination of Romio Brahma SJ and Aloysius Ming-te Hsu SJ to the priesthood. It was a momentous occasion and some, especially the relatives and friends of the new priests, were moved to tears by the melodious choir and sacred ritual. Archbishop of Taipei John B Shan-Chuan Hung SVD officiated at the ordination. During the ceremony, Archbishop Hung praised the two new priests for their determination to respond to the call of their vocation and their wholehearted pursuit of perfect sainthood. He also inspirited them to start the mission of spreading apostolic devotion, stressing that ordination is not a completion, but a beginning. Fr Stephen Sau-Yan Chow SJ, Provincial of the Chinese Jesuit Province, welcomed the two new priests to the Society of Jesus, and encouraged them “to empty oneself in order to serve others in the Lord”. Fr Brahma, who is originally from India and belongs to the Kohima Jesuit Region, was very happy to see so many of his relatives and friends at his ordination. He wants to serve the poor and people in need, and asked all gathered to pray for him as he continues to strive to be a servant of God. Fr Hsu, who is Taiwanese and from Kaohsiung, thanked all those who accompanied him in his vocation journey. He urged the youth present “to carefully discern, to courageously answer the call from God”. After……

A new moment of communication in the Society of Jesus

The Society of Jesus is in a new era of communication in service of the mission, and Fr General Arturo Sosa SJ made it clear recently that he is leading the efforts to make this new era an apostolic one. “We want to be focussed, urgent, passionate and strategic [in our communication] … and with a real sense of mission,” he told the heads of communication for the six conferences and the Roman Curia communication team at the start of their four-day meeting in Rome on April 17. “My main point this morning is to stress my commitment to communication,” he told them. Communication is in the Jesuit DNA, it was “almost an obsession” for St Ignatius and it has been a key principle for the Society of Jesus since its foundation. “A communicated universal apostolic body is an indispensable dimension of our way of proceeding,” Fr Sosa stressed, and he is keen to build a new culture of communications in the Society. Fr General is determined that the Society take advantage of the many opportunities he sees in modern culture. “That is what St Ignatius would want from us,” he declared, adding that despite there being a lot of fake news, “we need to discern how to get involved but we should not hang back and be afraid,” he said. If our mission is to “go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good News”, we have to take part in public discourse to bring the Good News……

The way forward for JCAP

Discernment. Collaboration. Mission. These three words were used frequently during last week’s Major Superiors Assembly of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific. From beginning to end, the meeting was a period of grace, a time for the major superiors to step aside from their province concerns and come together to discern how best to move forward as one Jesuit Conference of provinces, regions and missions in the Asia Pacific region. From this prayerful beginning, they covered considerable ground over the rest of the week. They spent time talking about how they would discern the universal apostolic preferences in their provinces and as a Jesuit Conference, as requested by Fr General Arturo Sosa SJ in recent documents. They reviewed a self-assessment of JCAP’s Way of Proceeding as asked in General Congregation 36, Decree 2. The underlying aim of this study is to ensure that governance in the Society of Jesus is constantly renewed to “better serve and support the Society’s mission, the Missio Dei”. “The self-assessment showed us our giftedness, but we also realised our weaknesses and the invitations of the Spirit to move forward,” said Fr Tony Moreno SJ, who took over as President of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific in November 2017. “We will continue to assess ourselves as a conference as we discern the way forward for JCAP.” Fr Oh In-don SJ shared a proposal to Father General for the development of a structure for collaboration in the universal Society of Jesus. He was JCAP’s representative at……

Jesuits in formation re-imagine Jesuit education

“How can we innovate our education ministry to respond to the 21st century, while remaining faithful to our tradition?” This was the big question that 33 scholastics and brothers in formation from 11 countries in Asia Pacific tried to address during the Scholastics and Brothers Circle workshop held in Cebu, Philippines from December 18 to 28. The participants were taken through the history and tradition of Jesuit education, including the 4 Cs (Competence, Conscience, Compassion and Commitment), and even tried using Ignatian Pedagogy as a design process. Technology was embedded in the workshop to give them an experience of learning in a technology-integrated environment. JCAP President Fr Antonio Moreno SJ was also with them for part of the workshop. He told them: “In the last General Congregation, Pope Francis asked us to discern. Therefore we cannot rest content in the way we run our schools and the way we do things in the classroom and even in management. There is this push to re-imagine, to be more creative in the way we run our institutions, our schools. We hope this will redound to the benefit of our future Jesuits.” Fr Moreno spent an evening dialoguing with the participants enabling the young Jesuits in formation to see beyond their own regions and provinces. He also participated in a panel discussion along with JCAP Formation Delegate Fr Riyo Mursanto SJ and Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu President Fr Manny Uy SJ. Fr Joseph Haw SJ, President of Ateneo de Iloilo-Sta Maria Catholic……

Thirty years of serving at the frontiers of humanity

Thirty years ago, a 74-year-old Spanish Jesuit priest had his first encounter with a community of persons affected by leprosy in China. Moved by the terrible situation of the leprosy-affected persons in Taikam Island in Guangdong Province, Fr Luis Ruiz SJ decided to work with local governments and church communities to change the conditions of leprosy patients in China. That was the beginning of Ricci Social Services, a social service network created to bring relief, dignity and social justice to the poor and marginalised people in mainland China and Macau. Since then, Ricci Social Services has journeyed far and wide in China, going to the remotest places to be with and serve persons and communities in need of solidarity, healing, friendship and support. “The ones who opened the door to us were not business persons, the powerful or the learned, but persons affected by leprosy and those living with HIV/AIDS,” shared Ricci Social Services Director Fr Fernando Azpiroz SJ. “It was because of them that more than 50 local governments from more than10 provinces invited Ricci Social Services to go to their places, to serve them in their needs.” Today, Ricci Social Services collaborates in more than 40 programmes in 10 provinces that serve around 5,000 people, including adults and children affected by leprosy or living with HIV/AIDS, women at risk (such as sex workers), or people dying without support in the hospitals. These programmes are organised as a network of “communities of solidarity”. “These are communities where people learn……