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Vol. XXII, No. 10 June 5, 2018
Father General Arturo Sosa speaks to Salt and Light Television
"Fall in love with Jesus Christ. That is the bottom line in order to be a Christian and to be a Jesuit," said Father General Arturo Sosa in his interview with Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation in Canada during his visit to Jesuit communities in the country. Click to watch the video here...
FROM THE PROVINCES
AUSTRALIA: Season of the Spirit resource to promote faith and justice
The Australian Jesuit Province has a new prayer resource that focuses on important faith and justice issues that the country will mark from late May to the end of June. Developed by Jesuit Communications Australia, "Season of the Spirit" provides weekly prayers throughout this "season". Beginning with Pentecost, "Season of the Spirit" encourages people to reflect prayerfully on how God is calling us to be his people in the world today, and to consider how the coming of the Holy Spirit encourages us and invites us to consider our relationship with God, with each other and with creation. Read more...
KENYA: Jesuits focus on governance, peace human rights
Jesuit in Africa and Madagascar have come up with a five year strategic plan committing themselves to the promotion of good political governance and human rights, sustainable development, peace, equitable sharing of natural resources, climate change and food sustainability. The strategic plan was outlined in a meeting that the heads of the social centres held at the beginning of May in Nairobi (Kenya). In Africa, Jesuits have eleven social centres in Benin, Chad, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Malawi, Madagascar, DR Congo (one in Kinshasa and one in Lubumbashi), South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Read more...
THAILAND: A new JCAP network inspired by the Spirit
The Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific (JCAP) has a new network that aims to foster a more active and organised sharing of Ignatian Spirituality in Asia Pacific. The Ignatian Spirituality Network (ISN) formally came into being at its first official meeting held in Chiang Mai, Thailand in May. The network has identified three priority initiatives: 1) to compose a spiritual profile of Jesuit ministries, that can be used by apostolates of all types at all levels. 2) to create a template for apostolic planning and discernment rooted in the Spiritual Exercises. 3) to sponsor theological study of the application of the Exercises in interreligious encounters. Read more...
Fr Wilhelm Eberschweiler, SJ (1837-1921), declared Venerable
On 21 May 2018, Pope Francis recognized the heroic virtues of the German Jesuit Wilhelm Eberschweiler, and declared him Venerable. Born in 1837 in Püttlingen (Saar, Germany), he entered the novitiate of the Society of Jesus in 1858, was ordained a priest in 1868 and pronounced his final vows in 1872. Three of his other brothers were also Jesuits. He was novice master and rector of the juniorate in Prussia, the Netherlands and England, where the Society went into exile when Jesuits were expelled from Germanic lands. In this way, he contributed for almost 50 years to the spiritual accompaniment and formation of hundreds of young lay people, religious, Jesuits and candidates for the priesthood, while at the same time being an extraordinary example for them. He was considered an "apostle of the joyful love of God", which he experienced in his daily life. Some of his preserved writings show his deep union with God. He died in Exaten (Holland) in 1921. In 1958, his remains were transferred to Trier (Germany), where they are located in the "Church of the Jesuits" in the present major seminary of the diocese. There is great devotion to him there.
Pope Francis has appointed:
- Mons Milan Lach (SVK) as Bishop of the Ruthenian Eparchy of Parma, which encompasses a large portion of the Midwest region of the United States. The Ruthenian Catholic Church is an Eastern Catholic Church and in full communion with the Bishop of Rome. Bishop Lach was born in 1973, entered the Society in 1995, and was ordained in 2001. He was named auxiliary bishop of the Archeparchy of Presov of the Byzantines by Pope Francis in June 2013. In 2017, he was named apostolic administrator of the Parma eparchy when the former bishop, John Michael Kudrick, retired.