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Vol. XIX, No. 12 06 July 2015
FROM THE PROVINCES
BRITAIN: For a more just and sustainable future
On June 17, 2015 scores of Jesuit Missions supporters were among the thousands who took part in the Climate Coalition rally in Westminster. They were joined by students and staff from Jesuit schools, as well as Jesuits from Britain and overseas. Jesuit Missions is one of 100 organisations that make up the Climate Coalition, which is raising concerns over the threat posed by climate change and highlighting its impact on the world's poorest communities. Addressing the campaigners in Farm Street Church Hall, Mayfair, before they set off, the British Jesuit Provincial, Fr Dermot Preston SJ said their primary task was to raise awareness among politicians and decision-makers in Westminster. He said it was easy to take the beauty of the natural world for granted, stressing that it was important to recognise not only threats to the environment but also opportunities to improve our relationship with it.
BRITAIN: Heythrop College
Heythrop College's governing body recently met to discuss the future of the college. This meeting was the culmination of detailed work over the past three years, as Governors, working in close collaboration with the Society of Jesus, and in consultation with the Higher Education Funding Council of England, have been researching ways in which Heythrop's mission and work might continue in today's higher education environment. At its meeting, the governing body concluded that the college in its current form, as a constituent college of the University of London, will come to an end in 2018, although its mission and work will not. Both the Governors and the Society of Jesus are committed to finding a way in which the mission and work of the college, including the ecclesiastical faculties, which are most important for the mission of the Catholic Church in Britain and beyond, will continue in a new form.
CPAL: Delegates of the Social Sector Meeting
Fifty-six Jesuits and collaborators recently participated in a meeting of Delegates for the Social Apostolate of the Latin American provinces in Guayaquil, Ecuador. The meeting included representatives from the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JESAM), the Secretariat for Social Justice and Ecology in Rome, the Province of Spain, Fe y Alegría, Alboan and Entreculturas. Three main topics were covered. First, spirituality of social action. Second, the need and challenge for finding ways of having greater public and political impact at various levels of society. And third, the urgency of letting "the youth", their reality, their challenges, their capabilities and proposals come through the doors and windows of our apostolic works as true collaborators and just not as the object of our Mission.
JCAP: Education, the engine of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific
The education secretaries within the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific (JCAP) are increasingly acting and growing as a network. Participation from provinces and regions with schools is strong and the meeting has shifted from mainly sharing updates to discussing areas of possible collaboration and matters of common concern. The recent Education Secretaries meeting in Macau drew representatives from Hong Kong, the Philippines, Cambodia, Japan, Indonesia, Timor-Leste and Australia. It was chaired by Fr Christopher Gleeson SJ, JCAP's Coordinator for Basic and Secondary Education. Also in attendance was JCAP Socius and experienced educator, Fr Eric Velandria SJ.
LATIN AMERICA: Spiritual walk and meeting of indigenous people
Members of the Jesuit Indigenous network in Latin America participated in the Spiritual walk and meeting of indigenous people that brought them from El Salvador to Mexico denouncing the environmental damages they are suffering and the discrimination they are exposed to in their own countries. They finished with a declaration where they demanded that governments, as well as social and religious groups, defend their rights.
PHILIPPINES: Environment-friendly Jesuit houses
The Jesuits in the Philippines have committed to making their various houses environmentally friendly as part of reconciling with creation. They have begun by setting up waste management activities in their houses. This is a simple yet practical step that contributes to the broader initiative of living a simple lifestyle. At the Loyola House of Studies (LHS), steel cages have been installed at the back of the kitchen to facilitate proper segregation of waste. With the help and support of kitchen employees and scholastics, plastic and glass bottles, tin cans and cardboard boxes are now collected for recycling, and kitchen waste is now properly dumped into a compost pit. The waste management activities at LHS started at the end of December with the support of the Father Superior and other priests in the community, the scholastics and staff. They were initiated by Fr Mark Lopez SJ, who was the House Ecology Coordinator with Cesar Aguinaldo of the Jesuit-run Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC) providing technical support and labour, as needed.
POLAND: Novices of Central and Eastern Europe meet in Gdynia
Delegations of Central and Eastern Europe novitiates came to Gdynia, northern Poland, for an annual meeting. The event took place in the Jesuit College of Gdynia and was organized by the novices of the Greater Poland Province (PMA) and the Independent Region of Russia (RUS). The attendants took their chances to share experiences of being a part of the Society of Jesus, to improve their English and to integrate with their brothers from other countries. The schedule included many team-building activities (ropes course, paintball, water park) and some sightseeing, of course.
ROME: Communications and Public Relations Office (Curia)
On June 30, 2015 the office of Communications and Public Relations of the General Curia bade farewell to Marina Cioccoloni. Having arrived in time for GC32, Mrs. Cioccoloni worked in the Office of Communications for nearly 41 years. At a special party organized in her honor, several members of the General Curia, Jesuits and collaborators, expressed gratitude for her many years of service. As a parting gift, she received an image of Madonna Della Strada, a special gift that Father General usually gives to visiting dignitaries.
UNITED STATES: Legal challenges facing Central American migrants
In recognition of World Refugee Day on June 20, the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and 13 US-based Jesuit law schools announce the release of A Fair Chance for Due Process: Challenges in Legal Protection for Central American Asylum Seekers and Other Vulnerable Migrants. This report captures efforts by Jesuit law schools to assist asylum seekers and migrants from Central America and challenges they face in delivering these services. In the summer of 2014, the number of Central Americans migrating to the United States reached peak numbers. Of particular concern was the high number of unaccompanied and separated migrant children, originating primarily from the Northern Triangle of Central America - Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.
New book on Lainez, 2nd General of Society of Jesus (1558-1565)
Diego Lainez SJ succeeded Ignatius Loyola as general of the Society of Jesus and served from 1558 until his death in 1565. A Spaniard of Jewish family roots, he was one of the first companions who formed the Society, and was sent as a theologian to the Council of Trent. The Swiss Jesuit Paul Oberholzer SJ has edited a volume of 31 essays entitled Diego Lainez (1512-1565) and his Generalate (1074 pages), published by Institutum Historicum Societatis Iesu, Rome, 2015. North-west and central Europe, Spain, Italy, Africa and Asia are the geographical contexts of the collection, while the arts, education, the Council of Trent, letter-writing, and the Jewish dimension are among the themes covered.