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Vol. XXI, No. 10 June 6, 2017
Father General has appointed:
- Father Damian Howard (50) as provincial of the British Province.
- Father Andrew Fernandes (49) as provincial of Pune Province.
- Father Leonard Chiti (49) as provincial of Zambia-Malawi Province.
- Father Dalibor Renic (40) as provincial of Croatia Province.
- Father Danis Ponniah (54) as provincial of Madurai Province.
Training in Ignatian Spirituality
The Gregorian University's Institute of Spirituality will offer a diploma course in Ignatian Spirituality for the 2017-2018 academic year. The program consists of required courses, optional courses, seminars, guided experiences of spiritual and vocational accompaniment and teamwork. The course contents will highlight the life, conversion, personality and mystical experiences of Saint Ignatius of Loyola in their historical context. Course materials used include the book of the Spiritual Exercises, the Constitutions of the Society of Jesus, and other important Ignatian sources, which focus on Spiritual Discernment, the pedagogical dimension of Ignatian Spirituality, and the spiritual contribution of various Jesuits. Special emphasis will be given to the practical aspects of seeking, finding and doing God's will, according to equitable proportions in all courses and seminars. Courses and seminars for obtaining the Diploma in Ignatian Spirituality take place in two semesters, for a total of 60 credits.
FROM THE PROVINCES
AUSTRALIA: Students hear the voices of refugees first hand
Jesuit Refugee Service Australia has teamed up with the Refugee Council of Australia to create a programme that gives young people the chance to meet a refugee and hear first-hand the reasons why people are forced to flee their homes. "We're seeing the biggest migration crisis since WWII, and yet, it's not the voices of those being forced to flee their homes we hear, but the voices of the powerful. At JRS we believe this needs to change." Through the JRS Voices Programme, students are given the opportunity to examine the situation of forcibly displaced people on the global level, and to critically examine Australia's response, while also identifying ways they can actively be involved in alleviating the crisis. Read more...
EL SALVADOR: Jesuits seek freedom for ex-colonel in 1989 murders
Jesuits in El Salvador have asked the government to commute a former military colonel's prison sentence for the 1989 killings of six priests from their order and one female employee and her daughter. In presenting the request to the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, the Society of Jesus also reiterated that it forgives former Col. Guillermo Benavides, who has 26 years remaining on his 30-year sentence. "We make this petition on the basis that, from our perspective, the process of truth, justice and reparations has been fulfilled," said Fr. Andreu Oliva, a priest who also is director of Central American University (UCA). Spanish priests Segundo Montes, Ignacio Ellacuría, Ignacio Martín-Baró, Armando López, Juan Ramón Moreno and Salvadoran priest Joaquín López were killed in November 1989 along with the employee, Elba Ramos and her 15-year-old daughter, Celina. Read more...
UNITED STATES: Washington - Jesuits call on the Trump Administration and Congress to support the Paris Agreement!
Jesuits in the United States have called on the government to remain committed to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. A statement from the Jesuit Conference of Canada and USA says, "The United States must remain committed to caring for creation and helping the poor. [...]As a global leader, it is our moral responsibility to provide a positive example of caring for our brothers and sisters around the world, particularly for the most vulnerable. Addressing climate change demands an international effort, and a withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Agreement would effectively discourage many other nations from remaining committed." Read more...