Vol. XX, No. 13 July 5, 2016
Father General will visit Poland from July 15 -17 where he will officially open the Magis2016 program. The Magis Program is an Ignatian spiritual experience for youths from different Jesuit ministries around the world. The experience is an immediate spiritual preparation for the young people who are preparing to participate in the World Youth Day. Father Tomasz Kot, the Regional Assistant for Central and Eastern Europe (ECO) will accompany Father General to Poland.
FROM THE CURIA
SJES (GIAN): "Right to Education, Right to Hope"
The Global Ignatian Advocacy Network (GIAN) launched on the 9th of June a campaign called "Right to education, right to hope". Its mission is to highlight the importance of education as a Human Right, deepen awareness on the inequality of educational issues around the world and raise awareness on the responsibility everyone has in its promotion, defence and enforceability. It is intended for children and young people from 4-18 years, teachers and educators from Jesuit educational and social centres, and all those communities and parishes interested in reflecting on the right to education. The Campaign is available in four languages (English, Portuguese, Spanish and French) in didactic units for children and youth and activities for grown-ups. The materials are available for free download and work on the GIAN website, http://www.edujesuit.org.
Father General has appointed:
- Father Christopher Soh Yeow Fook (MAS) as the New Regional Superior of the Dependent Region of Malaysia-Singapore. Father Soh was born in 1967, he entered the Society in 1994, and was ordained in 2005. He is currently the parish priest of Saint Ignatius Church à Singapore. Father Soh will take over from Father Colin Tan Chin Hock (MAS), the present Regional Superior, on 8 November 2016.
"Ignacio de Loyola" previews at the Vatican
A special screening of the new film on Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus, was held at the Filmoteca Vaticana in Vatican City on June 14. An ambitious project by Jesuit Communications Foundation in the Philippines, Ignacio de Loyola is set to be released in cinemas in the Philippines on July 27. An international release is still being planned. According to the film's Art Director, Philippine Jesuit Fr Rene Javellana, the film was conceived as a response to the lack of contemporary material on St Ignatius Loyola. The last feature on the saint was a black and white Spanish language film in the 1940s. The new film is intended primarily for youth struggling to make crucial life decisions.
FROM THE PROVINCES
GREAT BRITAIN: Awards for Students from St. Aloysius' College
The Scottish Catholic Education Service has this year awarded its prestigious Caritas Award to nine students from the Jesuit run St Aloysius College, recognising their service to others and their active commitment to faith during their final year at school. The Caritas Award invites young people of any faith to explore the idea that "the love which God lavishes upon us must in turn be shared with others". Throughout their final year at school, the Aloysians dedicated at least 40 hours of their time to promoting active faith within their College and Parish communities whilst some were recognised as going 'above and beyond' with their dedication to groups such as the College's Children's Fund.
POLAND: Beatification process of Jesuit Piotr Skarga (1536-1612)
On 21 June 2016, the diocesan stage of Piotr Skarga's beatification process ended in the St. Peter and Paul's church in Krakow, Poland. A solemn session of the beatification commission was held with participation of Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, the archbishop of Krakow and Father Jakub Kolacz, the Jesuit provincial of the Southern Polish Province of the Society of Jesus. The next stage of Piotr Skarga's beatification will proceed when the Vatican receives the documents of the diocesan stage. Piotr Skarga was a Polish Jesuit, preacher, hagiographer, polemicist, and leading figure of the Counter-Reformation in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
UNITED STATES: 31 Days with St Ignatius
Loyola Press in Chicago flagged off its seventh annual 31 Days with St Ignatius on July 1 2016. This popular month-long celebration of Ignatian spirituality leads up to the feast day of its St Ignatius on 31 July. Hosted at IgnatianSpirituality.com, 31 Days with St Ignatius features a calendar of inspirational Ignatian articles by accomplished authors. Bloggers this summer will explore ways of encountering God through using the five senses, inspired by the new book Taste and See by Ginny Kubitz Moyer. Featured contributors include Moyer; James Martin SJ; Becky Eldredge; Joseph Tetlow SJ; Tim Muldoon; Gary Jansen; Casey Beaumier SJ; and Kerry Weber. The hashtag is #31DayswithIgnatius.