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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……

【R.I.P.】Fr. Norman Walling went peacefully to the Lord

Dear Brothers in Christ, Fr. Étienne Wang Kui went peacefully to the Lord on November 18, 2015 at the Cardinal Tien Hospital, Taipei, at 10:58 p.m. Fr. Wang was born in Xuanhua county, Chahar (now Hebei) province, on Jan. 5, 1925. He was ordained to the priesthood in Rome on Dec. 21, 1951, entered the Society in Aix-en-Provence, France, on Oct. 16, 1961, and professed the last vows on Feb. 2, 1976 on Manila. All priests of the Chinese Province will celebrate one Mass first intention for Fr. Wang’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. Socius November 18, 2015