The missionary enterprise of the Jesuits in Asia is comprehensible only against the background of three foundational principles. The first two are from the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the order: Following Jesus as a Jesuit entails missionary outreach, and being a missionary implies cultural adaptation because Jesus adapted himself to the human condition. 

Who We Are

Jesuit Conference of South Asia

JCSA (Jesuit Conference of South Asia) represents the conference and the governing body of the conference.

It is one of six conferences of the Society of Jesus worldwide; one of the two conferences in Asia, the other being the Asia Pacific Conference (JCAP).
The presence of the Jesuits in Asia began with the coming of St Francis Xavier, and two young companions, in the year 1542 to Goa.

It encompasses the eight SAARC countries of: India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and the Maldives; consisting of 20 administrative units: 18 provinces and 2 regions, with a total strength of 4056, amounting to one fourth the entire Society.

The 4056 Jesuits, ably supported by a wide array of collaborators, men and women of all persuasions, undertake diverse engagements from education to social uplift, research to application of science to the rural areas. Its services are at the disposal of all, with a special emphasis on the poor, and marginalized of society.

JCSA also stands for the governing body of the conference. All its members are ex-officio part of this body. They are: the 20 Major Superiors, two Regional Assistants/General Assistants, President/Provincial of South Asia and the Socius. They meet biannually (Feb & Oct) to plan, evaluate, and deliberate on matters pertaining to the conference, so as to collectively own up all the works of the conference.

 

Our Vision & Mission

Vision
To reconcile: with God, one another and creation;
To reorient: mission priorities and governance structures

Mission
To re-launch: on the pathway to God, with the marginalized and the young, in our common home – the earth.

In the light of GC 36 (2016), the REGAE (Reorienting for Greater Apostolic Effectiveness) process underway in the Assistancy for the last five years and now with the promulgation of the Universal Apostolic Preferences (Feb, 2019), the key insights they offer will influence all of our lives and our mission. These three streams coming together form the horizon, point of reference, and the orientation from which we view, plan and evaluate all our apostolic preferences local and universal.

The four UAP’s and the single most important thrust of GC 36 and the mechanisms of spiritual conversation will be the guiding force for the Jesuits in South Asia for the coming decade. The four Universal Apostolic Preferences are:

  1. Walking with the Lord, by promoting Discernment and the Spiritual Exercises.
  2. Being in Solidarity with the Excluded.
  3. Caring for our Common Home.
  4. Accompanying the Youth.

The UAP’s have as their end goal, the threefold reconciliation of the Gospel, between God, Human Beings and Creation, as laid down by GC 36, D1. The means to realize this reconciliation is through Discernment, Networking and Collaboration.

Jesuits South Asia Team

The missionary enterprise of the Jesuits in Asia is comprehensible only against the background of three foundational principles. The first two are from the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the order: Following Jesus as a Jesuit entails missionary outreach, and being a missionary implies cultural adaptation because Jesus adapted himself to the human condition.

The third theological principle is that missionary activity should reflect the shared life of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) as documented in the Formula of the Institute and Constitutions.

The nascent Society of Jesus was yet to receive full papal approbation (September 27, 1540) when a request arrived from João III the Pious, king of Portugal, for Jesuits to work in the Portuguese domains of Asia.

Where We Work

The missionary enterprise of the Jesuits in Asia is comprehensible only against the background of three foundational principles. The first two are from the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the order: Following Jesus as a Jesuit entails missionary outreach, and being a missionary implies cultural adaptation because Jesus adapted himself to the human condition. 

The third theological principle is that missionary activity should reflect the shared life of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) as documented in the Formula of the Institute and Constitutions. 

The nascent Society of Jesus was yet to receive full papal approbation (September 27, 1540) when a request arrived from João III the Pious, king of Portugal, for Jesuits to work in the Portuguese domains of Asia. Ignatius of Loyola chose two of his first companions, Simão Rodrigues and Nicolas Bobadilla, for the mission. However, before they could leave for Portugal, Bobadilla fell ill. Providentially, Francis Xavier was then in Rome and Ignatius decided to send him instead. The king of Portugal, impressed by the two Jesuits, decided to keep Rodrigues in Lisbon. Xavier, accompanied by Micer Paul, a secular priest recently admitted into the Society of Jesus, and Francisco Mansilhas, a Jesuit aspirant, set sail for India. 

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