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Announcement: CHN New Provincial

Dear Brothers, I am very happy to announce to the Province that Fr. General has missioned Fr. Stephen CHOW Sau-yan (周守仁) as the new Provincial. Fr. Stephen Chow will begin his new mission on January 1, 2018. He will continue to be Supervisor of the two Wah Yans and Chairman of the Commission for Education. Fr. Stephen Tong Chak-long (董澤龍) will replace Fr. Chow as Formator of Scholastics in Hong Kong and as member of the Province Commission for Formation, starting from Sept. 1, 2017. We are very grateful to Fr. John Lee Hua (李驊) for his dedication and zeal during these past six years as Provincial. After finishing his term as Provincial, Lee Hua will have a well-deserved sabbatical. Fr. Stephen Chow will surely need our prayers and fraternal support as he prepares himself for his new mission. May all of us continue to be fully available for mission! Fraternally in Christ, Luciano Socius

Promoting a holistic dialogue between Jesuits and Buddhists

Jesuits from different parts of the world gathered in Cambodia recently to dialogue with Buddhist monks, engaging them on three levels – academic, spiritual and practical. This holistic approach to inter-religious dialogue is one that has prevailed in the regular Christian-Buddhist Workshop of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific for many years. It also provides an opportunity for “networking, friendship and fellowship among Jesuits engaged in Buddhist studies and dialogue,” as first time participant Fr Jaroslav Duraj, a Polish Jesuit based in Macau, discovered. This year’s workshop, held from August 8 to 12 in Siem Reap, saw 16 Jesuits come from Korea, Philippines, United States, Japan, India, China, Thailand, Nepal and Myanmar. They were joined by four Cambodian Buddhist monks, a former Jesuit and Buddhist activist, a former Buddhist monk and a Maryknoll priest. Meditation and chanting with Buddhist monks at Wat Svayromeath Fr Jerry Cusumano SJ from Sophia University in Japan presented on Zen and Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius Loyola, showing how Zen and the Spiritual Exercises complement rather than contradict each other. Fr Bernard Senecal SJ from Sogang University, South Korea spoke about “Christ as the Awakened One”, describing Buddhism and Christianity as religions of awakening. He pointed to Christ’s mystical experiences, times of prayer and docility to the Holy Spirit as evidence of his enlightenment. Fr Thierry Meynard SJ from Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China presented on “Beyond Religious Exclusivism: The Jesuit Attacks against Buddhism and Xu Dashou’s Refutation of 1623”, examining the dynamics of……

A path to magis for young people

In 2014, the major superiors of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific decided that the youth had to be a priority for the Jesuit Conference. They saw a clear need to accompany young people in the way of St Ignatius, which is marked by cura personalis (personal care), discernment and magis (more).

Remembering Fr Jerry Martinson SJ

Fr 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.

Wisdom Story – 285

A member of a certain church, who previously had been attending services regularly, stopped going. After a few weeks, the pastor decided to visit him. It was a chilly evening. The pastor found the man at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire. Guessing the reason for his pastor’s visit, the man welcomed him, led him to a big chair near the fireplace and waited. The pastor made himself comfortable but said nothing. In the grave silence, he contemplated the play of the flames around the burning logs. After some minutes, the pastor took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth all alone. Then he sat back in his chair, still silent. The host watched all this in quiet fascination. As the one lone ember’s flame diminished, there was a momentary glow and then its fire was no more. Soon it was cold and “dead as a doornail.” Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting. Just before the pastor was ready to leave, he picked up the cold, dead ember and placed it back in the middle of the fire. Immediately it began to glow once more with the light and warmth of the burning coals around it. As the pastor reached the door to leave, his host said, “Thank you so much for your visit and especially for the fiery sermon. I shall be back in church next Sunday.” Source.    

Increasing collaboration on disaster risk reduction and management

The Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific (JCAP) is developing a protocol that outlines steps for Jesuits in responding to disasters in this part of the world. Responses to catastrophic events are collaborative in nature, joining local efforts and guiding important international support. This is an ongoing process with other organisations and there is much learning from the experiences of Jesuits on the ground. The effort is also to find ways to collaborate across different phases in disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) that demand a wider range of coordination beyond disaster. While people in many Jesuit institutions are doing great work in DRRM, having a protocol taps and develops the great potential for magis as more people are reached, networks are broadened, impact multiplied, and response is deepened. A protocol for coordination amongst people provides a system for decision-making and action that outlines procedures and actions to be followed in a particular situation. The JCAP protocol is a work in progress to guide Jesuit collaborative action and is presently part of a review in the Philippine Province. Hopefully, the protocol can be used and improved by other Provinces in their areas of concern given the appropriateness of context and emerging networks. It is presently focused on floods and landslides but will be easily adapted to facilitate collaboration in the case of earthquakes, tsunamis, fires, volcanic eruptions, and droughts. While the disaster management cycle is generally described as having four phases (mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery), there is an increasing realisation……

【R.I.P.】Bro. Gérard Aubin went peacefully to the Lord

Dear Brothers in Christ, Bro. Gérard Aubin went peacefully to the Lord on December 25, 2015 at the Cardinal Tien Hospital, Taipei, at 1:42 p.m. Bro. Aubin was born in Upton, Québec, Canada, on May 11, 1921. He entered the Society in Montréal, Canada, on Apr. 15, 1941, and made the last vows on Aug. 15, 1951 in Québec. All priests of the Chinese Province will celebrate one Mass first intention for Bro. Aubin’s eternal rest. Those who are not priests will offer one Mass and Communion and recite one “corona”. The members of St. Robert Bellarmine community will offer two Masses, etc. Yours in Our Lord, Luciano Morra, S.J.SociusDecember 25, 2015AUBIN Thibault, Gérard, S.J., Bro. (歐 斌)Year/M/Day1921-05-11 Born in Upton, Québec, Canada 生於加拿大魁北克UptonParents: Hervé Aubin and Emilia ThibaultBrothers and sisters: Theresa, Gérard, Lawrence, Dollard1921-05-21 Baptized at St. Ephrem in Upton1928-1932 Elementary education in Upton1932-1939 Helping his father in their farm1939-1940 Secondary education in St. Hyacinthe Minor Seminary He left because of his difficulty in learning Latin and because of headaches 1940-1941 Postulant Brother in the Society of Jesus (1940/10/15 – 1941/04/14)1941-04-15 Entered the Society of Jesus as Novice in Montréal, Canada 於加拿大蒙特羅進入耶穌會1943-04-16 First Vows in Montréal1943-1952 In different houses, humble service1951-08-15 Final Vows in Québec. FF 在加拿大魁北克矢發末願1952-1953 Studied Mandarin at Chabanel Hall, Manila, Philippines (Oct-07- ) 在菲律賓馬尼拉加伯內讀中文1953-1979 Taipei, Taiwan, at Holy Family, as sacristan, in charge of health care…(Nov 08-) 在台北聖家堂管理輔祭團與管理團體健康1966-1966 Sabbatical Year in Canada1979-1981 Huakuang, Kuanhsi, Hsinchuhsien, as ass. minister, prefect of kitchen,… 在新竹縣關西華光擔任理家1981-1983 Taichung Infirmary, as assistant……