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The second anniversary of LIPI and Malayalam literary Magazine called Ezhuthu Magazine, which is a Kerala Province initiative,  was celebrated at the Ernakulam Town Hall on January 26. Dr. Alexander Jacob, IPS (Rtd.) inaugurated the event, and Sri. M. Mukundan, a leading literarist, delivered the keynote address. Daya Bai, C. Radhakrishnan, Prof. M. Thomas Mathew, Dr. K. Babu Joseph, Prof. V.G. Thampy, Dr. Muse Mary George, Fr M.K. George (Provincial), Dr. Jacob Thomas, IAS, and Fr Augustine Pamplany were present on the occasion. LIPI released its first publication, the first volume of Daya Bai’s biography, during the ceremony. Two other books titled “Ezhuthu Vaathil,” by M. Krishnan Namboothiri, and “Television: Bhashayum Bhashanavum” by Dr. T.K. Santhoshkumar were also released on the same day. The winners of the inter-collegiate short story competition were given awards. The ceremony started with a Keerthanam by Sree Sankaracharya Sanskrit University, Kalady and ended with a flute concert by Dyan Darpan and team.

10 Mar 2018 - 17:53

In terms of distance, there is little that separates India from Sri Lanka. At Park Strait – what is also termed as Adam’s bridge or Rama Setu, the distance between Rameswaram (the South Eastern tip of Tamil Nadu - India) and Talai Mannar (on the North Western side of Sri Lanka) is only 50 kms or 18 nautical miles. Prior to the 15th Century (1480) when a cyclone broke up the land mass the route was passable on foot.

For the JCSA a small hop into neighboring Sri Lanka turned out to be a giant step. It connected us not only to Sri Lanka but the other countries that constitute the South Asian Assistancy – Pakistan to the North West and Bangladesh to the North East of India.

In a historic meeting representatives of Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh were able to present before the JCSA: The Secular History of their countries; The History of the Jesuit presence there; and The Challenges and Opportunities they faced. For Fr General Arturo Sosa, three of his general councellors and the JCSA members, it was a time out from their busy schedules to listen attentively to the needs and aspirations of the Jesuits in these countries. It was also a time to discern what and how the Lord was calling them to respond to the apostolic needs there.

The presentations threw up many avenues for apostolic collaboration and networking. Let it suffice here to present one significant area from each of the countries. For Sri Lanka it was in the area of Reconciliation: After the long drawn out 30 year civil war, there is a crying need for reconciliation based on justice and forgiveness, to restore the shattered trust between the communities. For Pakistan it is the need to feel supported amidst the threats of being engulfed by majoritarian politics, but at the same time without playing the victim card, reaching out to build bridges of peace, non-violence, and amity with the Muslim majority. For Bangladesh it is finding their footing as a Jesuit mission. Through a good strategic plan; building themselves up as a united team scattered as they are around the country; and emphasizing more strictly on the Jesuit way of proceeding.

Fr General’s presence was stimulating and encouraging. He spoke to us on rededicating ourselves to the goals of GC 36 and had pertinent guidelines for a couple of other issues related to governance. Fr Victor Assouad (the General Councellor for Western Europe) and a native of Alleppo – Syria, gave us a good picture of what has happed and is happening in Syria and the Middle East these days.

In all the meeting enabled us to reach out in solidarity to the South Asian Countries on the margins. To include them and express the will of the JCSA to engage in the development of the Jesuit mission there.

Report: Fr Keith Abranches, SJ (Socius JCSA).

3 Mar 2018 - 08:34

Mangaluru, March 01, 2018: The Superior General of Society of Jesus Rev Fr. Arturo Saso, visited St. Aloysius College on his tour to coastal city of Mangaluru, here on Thursday.

Addressing the gathering Fr. Arturo Sosa said, "We need to focus on three types of reconciliation namely reconciliation of humans, reconciliation of nature and reconciliation of god. We need to make our roots stronger by excluding violence and hatred." "Biological sensitivity and sustainable development is a important orientation", he added. His also touched upon several other topics such as education, sense of collaboration and practicality of life.Fr. Sosa was greeted according to the Indian tradition with a garland, tender coconut and cultural procession. Later the students of St. Aloysius Institutions rendered an array of coastal folk art and dance form. His delegation included Fr. Stanislaus D’Souza Provincial of the Karnataka Jesuits, Fr. Lisbert D’Souza, Regional Assistant South Asia, Bombay Province and reverends from Rome.. Fr. Sosa was joined by the Rector of Aloysius institutions Fr. Dionysius Vas SJ, Principal of the college Fr. Dr. Praveen Martis SJ for a formal function.

 

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2 Mar 2018 - 05:52

Thirty three Jesuit Scholastics of the Vidyajyoti College of Theology from 13 Jesuit Provinces of South Asia were ordained Deacons on Saturday, 24 February by Archbishop Anil JT Couto at the Millennium Hall, St Xavier's School, Delhi. The men who were ordained chose "prophetic shepherds for transformation" as their theme for the Eucharistic liturgy. 

The principal concelebrants were Fr Michael T. Raj SJ, the rector of Vidyajyoti Jesuit Faculty who presented the candidates to the Archbishop and Fr. P.R. John SJ, the principal of Vidyajyoti College of Theology. 

Archbishop, himself a visiting professor at Vidyajyoti, in his homily reminded the candidates the giftedness and the demands of their vocation. He encouraged them to give themselves fully to the mission they are called. 

"While the choir sang mellifluously the litany of saints the deacons prostrated prostrated before the altar. I felt deeply moved to pray for many such wonderful vocations to serve the mother Church", remarked Mr. Vinay Kullu a friend of one of the newly ordained deacon. 

 

Victor Edwin SJ

26 Feb 2018 - 05:03

Holy Father Returns to Vatican after Final Retreat Meditation

February 23, 2018

 

Pope Francis returned to the Vatican on February 23, 2018, after the conclusion of the week’s spiritual exercise, but not before hearing challenges by Fr José Tolentino Mendonca, preacher of the retreat.

Echoing the Pope’s words, Fr. Tolentino urged those in the retreat to listen to the thirst of those living on the periphery, according to Vatican News.  In that way, “the Church will rediscover herself.”

In his talk the afternoon of February 22, Fr. Tolentino recalled that “the voice of God should always confront us with the primordial question: ‘Where is your brother’?”  And he reminded the retreatants that 30 percent of the world’s people do not have clean drinking water in their homes.

He suggested that “the periphery is in the DNA of the Christian.”  In fact, he pointed out that Jesus was born on the periphery, in Nazareth, “a name so insignificant that it is one of the rare places in Palestine that was never named anywhere in the Old Testament.”

In his final meditation, the morning of February 23, Fr. Tolentino spoke of the Beatitudes, calling them not just words or laws, but the key to Jesus’s life. In Jesus, we see a model of living out each of the beatitudes.

For Christians, the Beatitudes are a “self-portrait of the one who pronounced them,” according to Fr Tolentino. Jesus presents “an image of himself which he is constantly revealing to us and imprints on our hearts.” It gives us a model to “transform our own image.”

Sunday afternoon, Feb. 18, 2018, Pope Francis departed the Vatican to participate in his annual Lenten Spiritual Exercises at Casa ‘Gesù Divin Maestro’ (the Divine Master House) in the town of Ariccia near Rome. Originally, the Spiritual Exercises took place in the Vatican, but Pope Francis moved them to the retreat house, 16 miles outside of Rome.

Fr. José Tolentino Mendon, who led the meditations, is a Portuguese priest and Biblical theologian and vice-rector of the Portuguese Catholic University in Lisbon.

25 Feb 2018 - 13:30

https://www.ucanews.com/news/young-photographers-zoom-in-on-christian-life/81497

Magisbangla, a Jesuit-run youth movement in Bangladesh, held a photography competition and exhibition to feature Christian life that also attracted Muslim and Hindu photographers.

The event, titled "The face of Christ in the faces of faithful," was held at the Catholic Church-run Bottomley Home Girls' High School in Tejgaon, central Dhaka, on Feb. 10-11.

A total of 69 photographs were showcased in the exhibition out of 164 images submitted by 48 young photographers.

Magisbangla coordinator Jesuit Father Pradeep Perez said the initiative drew inspiration from the teaching of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus.

"St. Ignatius initiated the spiritual practice of finding God in all things. Artistic inspiration and expression are significant in Christian spiritual life. It is in this context that Magisbangla tries to give a new dimension of Christian life and living to all, especially young people," Father Perez said.

"The Jesuits were always great promoters of aesthetic excellence in images. Former Jesuit General Father Pedro Arrupe said an artist can touch the wellspring of the human heart and release energies of the soul that the rest of the world does not suspect."

MAGIS (Marching and Growing in Solidarity) is a global youth movement sponsored by Jesuits and active in up to 87 countries. Magisbangla started in Bangladesh in 2007.

22 Feb 2018 - 05:46

The Magis Bangla Team has arranged a new camp for this year. The camp will be for 6 days and 7 night.The members are very much excited about the camp. The place of the camp is Ranikhong, Birishiri which is about 300 miles apart from the city of Dhaka. And the location is on the side of Mymensing district. There are about 75 Young people will attend on the camp. This will be a another waving camp on the banner of the Magis Bangla Team.

22 Feb 2018 - 05:32

 

 

Father General is visiting the Jesuit Conference of South Asia (16 February - 3 March). He will attend the meeting of South Asia provincials in Sri Lanka; visit the Jesuits and works of the Society in the Jesuit Province of Sri Lanka, and then later travel to India to visit the Jesuits and works of the Society in Karnataka Province. He is accompanied on the trip by Fr Victor Assouad, the Assistant for Western Europe, as well as the two Assistants for South Asia, Frs Lisbert D'Souza and Vernon D'Cunha.

22 Feb 2018 - 05:05

 

A workshop on Discernment and Apostolic Planning was organized from 5-10 February in the Jesuit Curia, Rome by the office of the General Counsellor for Discernment and Apostolic Planning with 28 participants from the six conferences across the world. The workshop convened to help the Society of Jesus implement GC 36’s recommendations​ r​regarding communal discernment and apostolic planning, highlighted in Father General’s requests to the whole Society in his letters dated July 10, 2017, September 27, 2017 and October 3, 2017.   

Opening the workshop, Father General noted that the Society is a multicultural apostolic body journeying in fulfilment of her mission in the Church. "We want to walk together, religious and lay people, to incarnate the Church-people-of-God (Vatican II). The Society across the world is facing key choices. There are many calls. And yet, we Jesuits and our mission partners cannot keep reaching out to an indefinite number of needs. We have to make choices. That is why discernment in common is urgently needed." Father General called on the workshop to "come up with key principles, tools and methodologies for discernment in common." He acknowledged that it is an enormous task, nevertheless, reminded the participants "if we have that common base, that common foundation, we can move forward."

 

The workshop was also intended to share tools and resources pertaining to discernment in common and apostolic planning in a more systematic way throughout the Society. Thanks to the presentation of these tools and the gathering  of resources in a common online database.

The first two days were dedicated to sharing of personal experiences, to inputs  regarding previous experiences of communal discernment in the Near East and  African provinces, the  history of the use of discernment in common in the Society of  Jesus and the presentation of principles, methods and tools for communal  discernment and apostolic planning modelled on the ISECP and ESDAC   2 3 approaches. During the remaining two days, participants met in their respective conference teams, spoke with the President of the conference and with the Regional Assistant  to hear about needs and to discuss possible ways forward, and drafted proposals  about possible next steps. 

Raj Irudaya, SJ, Brian, SJ, Siji, SJ and Ms. Astrid represented the Conference of South Asia. During the workshop the South Asian participants interacted with Fr. George Pattery, SJ (POSA) through skype and had direct interactions with Fr. Vernon, SJ (General Assistant).   Fr. John Dardis, SJ was the Chief Organiser of the programme. The Coference of South Asia has planned to take the learnings forward through engaging Jesuits and Collaborators though a sustained plan of action. The programme planning and design is underway.

By Siji Varghese, SJ

(Also included some inputs from http://www.sjweb.info)

20 Feb 2018 - 15:34

 

By Matters India Reporter

Mumbai: Jesuit Father Irudya Jothi, director of Udayani (awakening), bagged the “Social Activist Award” at a function in Mumbai, western India.

“I am extremely happy to receive an award called Modi Making Of Developed India from the Economic Times Now group along with World Corporate Social Responsibility groups at Taj Land Mumbai,” Father Jothi told Matters India after received the award on February 17. “The award was in the Individual category as social activist, he added.

Dr. R.L Bhatia, head of the World CSR day award who organized the event along with Economic Times Now and others said their full-time researchers came out with 1284 names after strenuous research among those innovatively contributing to the development of India. The jury then selected 184 individuals and companies for the final list of this award.

Father Jothi got the award in the individual capacity as ‘Social Activist Award.’ He was the only one in this category who was awarded a trophy and a citation.

He also received another award “World CSR Congress Awards” on February 18 at the same venue, Certificate of Merit for Udayani. “We were selected I guess for our holistic approach in our intervention among villagers,” he added.

Father Jothi said they were selected for ‘Kolkata NGO Leadership Award in November 2017. “When we received it we were delighted and wondered how we were selected for such a prestigious award,” the Jesuit priest said.

The latest awards have made Udayani activists and women beneficiaries “extremely happy” and proud, Father Jothi said.

“Now when we are awarded for Social Activist and World CSR Congress award, our joy has multiplied. Honestly, we neither expected it nor worked for it,” he clarified.

The young Jesuit priest said he always encouraged his people telling them, “If Jesuit run schools and colleges are the best in the country, there is no reason why an NGO run by the order should not be the best. Such words enthused my activists and colleagues.”

The priest said he dedicated the recognitions to the Dalit and Tribal women “who give me strength and courage to move ahead. I thank the Lord who has been guiding us through all the risks.”

He also noted the awards came at a time when their women’s groups were registering as NGOs and hope to become independent in future. “This CSR recognition is very helpful for their future support and sustainability,” he added.

Udayani has programs such as ‘small savings’, ‘unity and peace-building’, ‘Rights-based Work.’ It played a key role in the making of legislation, National Food Security Act. It takes up ‘environmental issues’ by opening nursery and solar housing and solar lantern assembling projects. It also celebrates “Women’s Day’ and ‘Human Rights Day’, besides, taking an active part in tackling some of the corruption locally in the administration.

Udayani Social Action Forum is the social outreach arm of the Calcutta province of the Society of Jesus. It works with schools, parishes, spiritual centers, international immersion groups, NGOs, and other organizations to foster a faith that does justice. It also serves as a link between the Jesuit social apostolate in India and the priorities of the Jesuit Conference of the South Asian Assistancy.

19 Feb 2018 - 04:41

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