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Vol. XVIII, No. 5 5 March 2014
Pope Francis has appointed:
- Father Ernesto Giobando bishop of Appiaria and Auxiliary Bishop of Buenos Aires (Argentina). Father Giobando, at present Superior of the Residencia Regina Martyrum of Buenos Aires, was born in 1959, entered de Society of Jesus in 1978 and was ordained a priest in 1990.
FROM THE PROVINCES
AFRICA: AJAN for Young People
Pope Francis' conditional seal of approval of the internet, in his message for 2014 World Communications Day, comes as AJAN (African Jesuit AIDS Network) launches a webpage for young people. Pauline Wanjau, the AHAPPY manager, writes: "The AJAN HIV & AIDS Prevention Program for Youth (AHAPPY) is a successful package of educational material that focuses on the integral development of young people. AHAPPY will launch its webpage as a sub-section of the AJAN site in March 2014. This webpage will be an online resource platform for young people. They will be able to look for and get support where and when they need it - as long as they have an internet connection. The AHAPPY webpage will feature accurate facts about HIV/AIDS, as well as stories and videos that help young people to realize when a small problem might develop into a big one. And there will be tips on how to sort things out. Tools and apps will help them build on their strengths and develop their skills. Blogs will offer the opportunity to connect and interact with others. In short, the webpage will be a place to which young people may turn to find reassurance, guidance and the support of their peers." See: www.ajanweb.org/
CANADA: Jesuits and Ecology
The Provincial of English Canada has written a letter to the Province on Integrating Our Relationship with Creation into the Mission of the Jesuits. The following are some excerpts to encourage and inspire. ". . . two years ago, Jim Webb SJ initiated a process of collective discernment about our corporate commitment to ecology, in line with GC 35's discernment. Among the fruits of that process have been two specific recommendations: the establishment of a Commission for Mission and Ecology, and the adoption of some shared, Province-wide practice of ecological solidarity. With regard to the first recommendation, I have established a Mission and Ecology Commission to help prepare the Province for the new ways of perceiving, praying, discerning, thinking and acting that are appropriate to the ecological dimension of our mission recognized by GC 35 . . . With regard to the second recommendation, I would like to propose to the Province a concrete step in fulfillment of this call to ecological responsibility. I invite each community in the Province to commit itself to a diet without meat and fish, one day a week. Several of our communities have already made such a commitment, and we can strengthen our fraternity by joining them . . . In addition to the traditional motives, today we have a new motive to recover the practice of abstinence from meat and fish: solidarity with the global poor and with a plundered creation. Consumer demand for meat has become a very significant factor in environmental degradation. Thus the practice I propose is an efficacious act of hope and a step toward reconciliation with the poor and the earth, as part of Christ's ongoing reconciliation of us with God."
ITALY: The Jesuit-Education Foundation
In Milan on 17 February, the Jesuit Educational Foundation (Fondazione Gesuiti-Educazione) was set up. This will oversee the network of Jesuit schools in Italy and Albania. Seven schools are involved in this initiative. They are located in Turin, Milan, Rome, Naples, Palermo, Messina, and Shkoder in Albania. They cater for about five thousand students, from kindergarten to high school level. There are also 600 school staff, teachers and other ancillary professionals. In the future, the network will most likely extend to other educational endeavors inspired by the pedagogy and spirituality of the Society. Such a development is already taking place in other parts of Europe, in France, for example. The network will enable Jesuit schools to cooperate in a coordinated and organic way. The benefits of collaboration will follow. The network will promote the particular focus of Jesuit education, as well as the centuries-old pedagogical method of the Jesuit tradition. The network will respect the autonomy of each institution, and build on the growing collaboration between Jesuits and lay people. Fr Vitangelo Denora SJ, the delegate to Jesuit schools in Italy noted: "At this time, western society imposes on educational institutions, and on schools in particular, a crucially important role to form the new generation in a way which will impact for the good on the future of our world. The Foundation is an effective response to the challenges inherent in this mandate." The Foundation will cooperate with its other Jesuit counterparts. One of its purposes will be to make our schools more accessible to needy and deserving students. It hopes to do this through new funding and grant arrangements.
ITALY: Painting of the Martyrs of Nagasaki on Display
The exhibition - Seventeenth Century Lombard Art in Brera - was recently held in the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan. It offered the opportunity to admire forty-six works which are otherwise usually held in storage. Among these was an important canvas by Tanzio da Varallo (1580?-1633). It was entitled "The Martyrdom of the Franciscans in Nagasaki", and recalled a period of religious persecution in Japan. Forty years after St Francis Xavier arrived in Japan on 15 August 1549, there were already about two hundred thousand Christians in the country. This was the result of Francis' preaching, the commitment of his Jesuit brothers, and the support of the Franciscans initially, followed by the Dominicans and Augustinians. Shogun Toyotomi Hideyoshi, instigated by the monks eager to protect Buddhism and Shintoism, issued the decree which outlawed Christianity. The first three decades of the seventeenth century was a time of bitter persecution in Japan. It culminated in the execution of about two hundred Christians in Nagasaki. When news of their martyrdom arrived in Europe, it created quite a stir. In 1627, when Pope Urban VIII beatified the martyrs, a first print of their suffering was published. This was later taken up by Tanzio de Varallo, who replicated the scene with greater visual impact. His painting emphasizes perspective: there are three rows of crosses, each seventy meters long, with dramatic close-ups of faces and bodies, both of the martyrs and of their persecutors. Before their crucifixions, the martyrs had their left ears cut off. They had traveled for twenty-six days from Kyoto to Osaka, on to Sakai, and then to Nagasaki. There, all suffered martyrdom because not one denied his faith. Three Jesuits were among them.
PERU: Meeting of Jesuit Universities
The annual meeting of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) was held in Peru for the first time from 24 to 26 February. The University of the Pacific and Ruiz de Montoya University hosted the gathering. More than 60 representatives - from Jesuit universities in the US, as well as a number of representatives of AUSJAL (the Association of the Jesuit Universities of Latin America), and from universities in Japan, Korea, France and Spain - gathered for the meeting. The Globalization of Superficiality was the theme of this year's meeting. The program consisted of one day of presentations in the University of the Pacific, and a second day in the Ruiz de Montoya University. During their day in Lima, participants visited SEA (Educational Services) in the El Augustino district, the Colegio Fe y Alegría No 3, and the Colegio de la Inmaculada. There they lunched, and reviewed the educational program of the college, and the work of CCAIJO (Centro di Capacitación Agro-Industrial Jesús Obrero). On 27 February, many of the participants, together with Fr Juan Dejo, moved to Cuszo to see the impact of the work of CCAIJO in the Quispicanchis district, and to visit the Baroque Route.
USA: Special Lent Video
Loyola Productions, Inc., Los Angeles, through its online platform, IN Network, is launching a Lenten Film Series via the original show The INNdustry with Sister Rose. Hosted by Sr. Rose Pacatte, FSP, the series features film and TV clips from mainstream programming to highlight Lenten themes and foster reflection and conversation. "Through the Lenten Film Series, we meet the faithful where they are - online and through social media," says Fr. Eddie Siebert, SJ, executive producer, Loyola Productions. "Pope Francis said the Internet is a gift from God that facilitates communication, and we are proud to offer online Lenten programming that we believe Pope Francis would welcome." The series consists of seven episodes, each of which includes interviews with the media makers, including writer Barbara Hall, director Tom Shadyac, actor Martin Sheen, and actor/director Emilio Estevez. Questions for reflection and commentary are also offered. Premiering online on Ash Wednesday, March 5th, the Lenten Film Series releases an episode every Wednesday afterward, till the Paschal Triduum. The Lenten Film Series is ideal for use in prayer groups, young adult ministry, retreats, classrooms, and individual Lenten preparation for Easter. To watch the Lenten Film Series on The INNdustry with Sr. Rose or to get more information, please visit http://getinn.tv/lent-2014 or search for IN Network on the iTunes store, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
ZIMBABWE: Arrupe's Double Celebration
To mark a 'double' celebration - twenty years of the existence of Arrupe College, and two hundred years after the Restoration of the Society of Jesus in 1814 - the Jesuit Province of Zimbabwe, together with many other religious and lay people, gathered to celebrate at Arrupe, Harare. Mass was followed by the presentation of the history of the Zambesi Mission. Sports, adoration, dinner and an awards ceremony followed. Fr Chuks SJ, the rector, said: "Today we remember who we are and the person after whom our College is named, Fr Pedro Arrupe, the former Superior-General of the Society of Jesus. Arrupe College offers its services not only to Jesuits and to members of other religious congregations, but also to lay people from Zimbabwe and beyond. Our place in society as a College is to serve humanity. Currently, we have 115 students from about 25 countries. The students are mostly from Africa, but the staff comes from all over the world. We are blessed to be a multi-national, global institution. To our students, I say that the Lord is calling us to serve him and humanity with much dedication, love and humility. Our studies here should equip us to serve the Lord and his people wherever we find ourselves." Emphasizing the role played by the College, Fr Mike Lewis SJ, President of JESAM (Jesuit Superiors of Africa and Madagascar), proudly stated: "Arrupe College is one of the five formation houses in Africa. Arrupe, the man, was very keen that there be formation in Africa, and he worked hard towards that. And I think that today, we are actualizing his desires for Africa."
1814-2014 RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF THE SOCIETY
China: The Bicentennial at Macau Ricci Institute. The Macau Ricci Institute (MRI) is organizing a seminar on 12 March. It will be devoted to the Memory of the Suppression and Restoration of the Society of Jesus in its Bicentennial Year of Commemoration 1814-2014. Mr Albert Wong, Academic Assistant of the MRI, will chair the seminar. It will firstly focus on the suppression of the Society in Europe, and then on the last Jesuits who survived in Beijing, China. The seminar will focus and reflect on the historical background of these events, with an eye on the Jesuit Chinese Province, and from the perspective of Macau. Finally, the seminar will consider the Restoration, and how this manifested itself through the art and architecture of the restored Society of Jesus in Macau and China.
Colombia. Fr Jorge Enrique Salcedo S.J., professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences of Javeriana University, is the coordinator of the commission set up by the Province to take care of the celebrations for the bicentenary of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus. The Colombian Province, with the support of Javeriana University, has developed a blog. All Jesuits and collaborators can find information on various activities and events that have already taken place, or will take place during this year. The blog consists of the following sections: in actividades, one can find all radio programs that have been devised by expert Jesuit historians. In destacados are found all the activities, events and the most important facts that have taken place, or will take place. In documentos, one can find fundamental texts to understand the historical reasons for the Suppression and the Restoration of the Society of Jesus. In bibliografia, there is a complete bibliography of the holdings of the two libraries at Javeriana University: these are publications about the colleges, the missions, and others books about the Society of Jesus and about Jesuits. In algo de historia, one can find information on the history of the Society of Jesus, and of Colombia. In publicaciones are found the front and back covers of the books on the history of the Society of Jesus which have been published in the last ten years. See: www.jesuitas.org.co.
Spain. The main purpose of the activities planned in this bicentennial year of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus is the ever deeper study of this period of history. A better knowledge of history will inform present and future apostolic works. This deepening will take place in different sectors. In some of the sixty eight schools of the Spanish Jesuits, specific courses on the Restoration have been taught since last September. Exhibitions, and research on the colleges and their past leaders are under preparation. Centers and places where Jesuits were present in the past, but which no longer belong to the Society, are not being forgotten. Extensive information has been published in Agenda Ignaciana 2013-14. This has been distributed in the colleges. The university sector (UNIJES) has organized a comprehensive program of lectures and round table discussions in Comillas, Deusto, etc. This sector will collaborate with the universities of Alicante, Galicia, Granada, Malaga, Salamanca, Valladolid, Autónoma de Madrid. In collaboration with the Autónoma de Madrid University, a congress will take place in Madrid next year. It will deal with the years 1815-1820 (29 May 1815 marks the Restoration in Spain). Many books on the expulsion, extinction, and restoration of the Society of Jesus have been published, or are about to be published. More documentation, photographs and detailed information can be found on the following webpages:
- A section on the webpage of the Spanish Society of Jesus: www.jesuitas.es
- University of Alicante: www.cervantesvirtual.com/portales/expulsion_jesuitas
- Blog with documents on the expulsion: http://blogs.ua.es/eltiempodelosmodernos/expulsion-y-exilio-de-los-jesuitas//
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