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  • To build bridges between the rich and the poor, and establish advocacy links... (GC 35, # 3.28)

  • South Asian Conference Social Coordinators 2012

  • Let us be protectors of creation, protectors of God's plan inscribed in nature (Pope Francis, 2013)

  • 'Friends of the Lord' means 'Friends with the poor'(GC 34, # 2.9)

  • Move beyond doubts and indifference to take responsibility for our home, the Earth (GC 35, # 3.31)

  • To respond today to pressing needs of our complex and fragile world, many hands are surely needed (GC 35, # 6.30)

  • To discover new horizons and to reach new social, cultural and religious frontiers... (GC 35, # 1.6)

  • Asia Pacific Conference Social Apostolate gathering 2013

  • Love of God which does not issue in justice for others is a farce (Pedro Arrupe SJ, 1973)


The Joy of Service

Erik John J. Gerilla, SJ (ETR)

I entered the Novitiate in Manila in 2003 and at that time I don't have any other inclination on what particular ministry I will be in except that I was hoping to become a priest someday and might end up in a parish. But little did I know that the apostolate assignments I was given as a novice and as a scholastic would eventually shape my interest and desire to engage in Social Apostolate for the most part of my Jesuit life. In the Philippines we have a wide menu of social apostolate where the Jesuits are involved. The Catholic Social Teachings and other tools I learned in formation has altogether primed up my desire to explore more deeply this often complex ministry ridden with a good mix of joys and pains.


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