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Vol. XIX, No 21 December 21, 2015
FROM THE PROVINCES
BELGIUM: Climate Policy in Europe
On November the 18th 2015, the Jesuit European Social Centre (JESC) organized a public debate on the objectives and responsibilities of climate policy in Europe. Hosted by the Hanns Seidel Stiftung in Brussels the members of the round table were: the Minister of Environment of Bavaria Ms. Ulrike Scharf; the sustainability consultant to the European Commission and former Chief Negotiator on Climate Change for the EU Mr. Karl Falkenberg; the renowned specialist in the economics of climate change Mr. Ottmar Edenhofer, Director of the Potsdam Institute; and Mr. Andrea Tilche, Head of Unit of Research and Innovation, European Commission. The content of the encyclical, Laudato Si', was introduced to the audience by Fr. John Dardis SJ, President of the Conference of European Provincials. The debate was moderated by Bernd Nilles Secretary General CIDSE (International Cooperation for Development and Solidarity), the umbrella organization of Catholic development agencies. More than two hundred people gathered in the Bavarian representation in Brussels to attend this roundtable. Prof. Edenhofer was the main speaker and highlighted how the forecasts of climate change will have a direct and negative impact on economies, particularly in developing countries. All the participants praised the timely encyclical Laudato Si' as a strong appeal to decision makers, but also to all citizens, to take strong action to confront climate change.
FRANCE: Integral formation - a workshop for the Parisian Scholastics
On Sunday 1st of November, the 70 Scholastics who are studying in Paris Centre Sèvres gathered in the Provincial house to reflect about Jesuit integral formation. The Delegate for Formation, Xavier Nucci, and the Provincial, Jean-Yves Grenet, coordinated the workshop. The workshop was set rolling with the joint opening statement of Xavier Nucci and Louis Lorieux saying: "We, Superiors of the French communities, want to think about the integral formation of the Jesuits. But we won't do it without you the Scholastics. That's why we invited you today, to brainstorm together and initiate the process. We must be clear, this won't be a revolution. But we can find new ways together to better prepare us to the mission of Christ in our world." With a critical eye on issues of formation in the documents of General Congregations 31 and 32, the workshop proceeded in an open manner that allowed a free exchange about the joys and sorrows, lights and shadows of the scholastics in the various stages of formation. The internationality of the gathering provided an important richness to the sharing.
GREAT BRITAIN: Hopkins' Letters to receive USA Award
Two volumes of correspondence by the 19th century Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins, SJ are to be awarded the 13th Morton N. Cohen Award for a Distinguished Edition of Letters by the Modern Language Association (MLA) of America. The Collected Works of Gerard Manley Hopkins, volumes I and II: Correspondence have been edited by R.K.R. Thornton, of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and Catherine Philips, of the University of Cambridge. They are published by Oxford University Press. The Cohen Award was established in 1989 by a gift from Morton N. Cohen, professor emeritus of English at the City University of New York. The committee's citation for the winning edition reads: Gerard Manley Hopkins's letters offer glimpses into the mind of one of the most original English poets, from his first letter to his mother at age eight until the last, dictated shortly before his death at age forty-four.
INDONESIA: Jesuit-run school's alumni sponsor fundraising run
The annual Run4PIKA race in Jakarta is for serious runners, with a top distance of 64 kilometres. But the race also has a serious goal, raising money for the Jesuit-run Vocational School of Woodworking Technology of PIKA. The name of the race, "PIKA," is an acronym for pendidikan industry kayu or wood shop education. Four hundred alumni of the college and supporters have registered for the race, covering distances of 64, 33, 16, and 6 kilometres. According to the school's director, Jesuit Father Walterus Teguh Santosa, PIKA is the only school focussing on woodworking technology in Indonesia. PIKA was established in 1953 in Semarang. The Vocational School of Woodworking Technology was founded in 1972. The school has 1,200 alumni so far.
PHILIPPINES: Manila starts beatification process of U.S. Jesuit
The Manila Archdiocese has officially opened the process for the beatification and canonization of a U.S. Jesuit priest credited with building up the presence of the Knights of Columbus in the Philippines during the last century. Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila accepted the nomination for the beatification of Jesuit Father George Willmann during a December 7 Mass marking the formal opening of the archdiocesan process. Father Willmann was granted Philippine citizenship during the rule of Ferdinand Marcos in the 1970s. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, on June 29, 1897, and is considered the "Father of the Knights of Columbus" in the Philippines. Father Willmann arrived in the Philippines as a scholastic in 1922. He taught at the Jesuit-run Ateneo de Manila University before returning to the United States in 1925 to continue his theological studies. He returned to the Philippines in 1936 and helped establish various organizations. He died of a heart attack in New York on 14 September 1977. His remains were brought back to the Philippines and interred at the Jesuit cemetery in Quezon City.
POLAND: Spirituality Course in Czestochowa
November is the traditional month when Jesuit scholastics in Cracow to take part in the Annual Ignatian Spirituality Course in Czestochowa. This year the focus was on Ignatian terminology. Polish masters of the Ignatian Spirituality, who included Fathers Krzysztof Dyrek, Waclaw Królikowski, Boguslaw Steczek, Tadeusz Kotlewski, Artur Wenner, Aleksander Jacyniak and Józef Augustyn helped the scholastics deepen their understanding of Ignatian expressions such like: ordenar, agere contra, magis, sentir, examinar, praesupponendum, tantum quantum. Among the participants in the workshop were scholastics from the Provinces of North Poland, South Poland, Bohemia, Slovakia, and Lithuania.
POLAND: Stanislaw Majcher SJ awarded by the city of Nowy Sacz
Father Stanislaw Majcher SJ received the "Merit for the City of Nowy Sacz." City councilors decided to grant this honorable award unanimously. This year marks Fr. Majcher's 50th anniversary jubilee of priesthood. Father Stanislaw Majcher SJ was born on 17 July 1938, in Bukaczowce. He joined the Order on 18 August 1956. He studied philosophy and theology in Krakow and Warsaw. He was ordained June 25, 1965. He worked in Nowy Sacz for many years. One of the key elements of Father Stanislaw's ministry was service to prisoners.
SPAIN: New "Magis" groups in Galicia
In November the first Magis groups have been launched in Galicia (Vigo, Coruña and Santiago). 13 university students met in a workshop on volunteering and solidarity. "Each one of us reflected about our life story from the eyes of God and the way we share it in a deep moment to strengthen friendship. In the evening, we shared a moment of magic and walk. On Sunday, we collaborated with the Jesuit NGO Entreculturas in a Popular Running in Santiago with workshops for children and for public awareness about education campaigns and refugees."
SWEDEN: Stockholm Dialogue
The Jesuit European Social Centre (JESC) as member of Global Ignatian Advocacy Network (GIAN)-Ecology co-organized the Stockholm Dialogue, an international conference on Sustainability Science and Values. The Stockholm Environmental Institute hosted the conference from 24-25 November, looking to understand better the need to integrate sustainability science and values. The effort aimed at promoting greater engagement and understanding among those doing environmental science and those working with local communities for sustained initiatives on resource management, transformative education and simple lifestyle. Several European Jesuit institutions took part in the event including, Aggiornamenti Sociali (Milan), Centre for faith and justice (Dublin), Universidad Pontificia Comillas (Madrid), Instituto Quimico (Barcelona), Namur University (Belgium) and Heythrop Institute (London). Fr. Michael Garanzini SJ, from the Secretariat for Higher Education of the Society and Fr. Michael Czerny SJ (Pontificial Council of Justice and Peace) also participated in the conference.
The Jesuítica Collection, as a joint Project of UARM (Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya) and the Peruvian National Library, published its first work, entitled Párroco de Indios (The Parish Priest of the Indians). This is the second volume of the famous Thesaurus Indicus written by Fr. Diego de Avendaño, S.J., which includes sections XIV-XVII of this work.
Diego de Avendaño (1594-1688) was a native of Segovia who entered the Society of Jesus in Lima in 1612, later becoming Provincial and Rector of Saint Paul's College.
This work, forgotten for centuries, was made available to scholars by Ángel Muñoz García, a Venezuelan academician who translated it in Spanish. Muñoz García already published the First Volume and other sections of the Second Volume of the Thesaurus at the University of Navarra in 2001, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012. He will publish these most recent sections in the Jesuítica Collection, which will start a sequence of distinguished authors of the Jesuit past in Peru, making it available to Peruvian scholars.
This publication has also an intriguing and erudite Introduction of the same author, entitled La conducta del Clero (The Clergy's Behaviour), which presents different aspects of the clergyman's life of that time.
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