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Vol. XVI, N. 15 4 October 2012
Pope Benedict XVI has appointed:
- Mgr Pedro Ricardo Barreto Jimeno S.J., archbishop of Huancayo (Perù), member of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Mgr Barreto was born in 1944, entered the Society of Jesus in 1961, was ordained a priest in 1971 and consecrated bishop in 2002.
- Fr. Felix Körner S.J. (GER), professor of the theology of religions at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, as consultor of the Commission for Religious Relations with Muslims within the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue. Father Körner was born 1963, entered the Society of Jesus in 1985 and was ordained a priest in 1995.
From the Provinces
AUSTRALIA: The Missionary History
The internet is providing opportunities for organizations such as the Jesuits to make publicly available material that previously might only have resided in archival collections. The Irish Jesuits' online archive, containing records of their history from 1575 to 1980, now also features a collection of materials on the Australian Mission. The collection, which contains photographs of the first Jesuit churches and schools, a will, several letters regarding the mission and its work, maps and advertisements, gives an account of the mission's history from 1865 to 1931. Frs William Lentaigne and William Kelly were the first Irish Jesuits to arrive in Australia in 1865, following the arrival of the Austrians in 1848. The Irish began their work immediately to establish a vibrant Catholic community and system of education, when they opened schools in Melbourne and Sydney. The Austrian and Irish missions merged in 1901, and the work continued. Australia became a vice-Province in 1931, and a Province in 1950, with Fr Austin Kelly as its first Provincial. Fr Kelly helped establish university colleges around Australia, as well as the Australian mission in India. The archival collection is available on http://www.flickr.com/photos/jesuitsireland/sets/72157626090480847/.
CANADA: A New Website
Canadian Jesuits International (CJI) has launched its new website at www.canadianjesuitsinternational.ca The colourful new site showcases CJI, its educational advocacy in Canada, and the work of its partners overseas. There are feature articles, news, testimonies, updated country profiles, videos and other resources. The site holds invitations too: visitors can pray, volunteer, learn and read about social justice issues, and they may make donations as well. The site is uncluttered and easy to navigate. Seamless integration with social media featured on the site will help CJI widen its audiences and significantly improve its online presence. The inaugural home page features a tribute to the late Fr Jim Webb SJ, former Provincial of the Jesuits in English Canada. There are also a report and videos of the talks given in Toronto by Fr Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator SJ, the Provincial of Eastern Africa, who is a noted theologian.
CHINA: A Museum for Matteo Ricci
A museum dedicated to Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci has recently been set up in China. It is located in Zhao Qing, a city of Guangdong province, where Matteo Ricci with his companion Fr Michele Ruggeri arrived in 1583, when they set foot on mainland China for the first time. The official and complete name of the museum is: "Museum of the Exchange between China and the West by Matteo Ricci". It is located near Xian Hua Si (the temple of the flowers of the saints), the first church, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, built by Matteo Ricci in China. Besides manuscripts, clothing and astronomical instruments, the museum displays objects and photographs associated with other missionaries.
COLOMBIA: Meeting of Latin American Socii
The Socii of the Provincials of Latin America and the Caribbean met from the 24th to the 29th September in Bogotá, Colombia. The Socii of Ecuador and Puerto Rico were not able to attend. The representatives of the General Curia were Fr Ignacio Echarte, the Secretary General of the Society, and Fr Benjamin Crespo, Secretary of both Latin American Assistancies. Colombian, Fr Fernando Mendoza, who will be the new assistant to the Attorney General, was also present. The secretaries who came from Rome spoke about the General Curia (its work, practical themes, various issues), using the web page of the Curia itself. The issues they raised centered on the database of the Society, correspondence, statistics, Practica Quaedam, and the universal catalogue. The secretary for CPAL (the Conference of Latin American Provincials), Fr Miguel Zaldua, from the Venezuela Province, spoke about CPAL and its mission. Fr José Adolfo González, the former Provincial of Colombia, and Fr Luiz Fernando Klein, Socius to the Provincial of Brazil, focused on the work of the Socius as the first collaborator, consultant and admonitor of the Provincial, as well as on his relationship with the Provincial himself and with the Province. This second meeting of the Socii of CPAL (the first one was held in 2007 in Rio de Janeiro) provided a clearer understanding of both the General Curia in Rome and CPAL. It strengthened the sense of inter-provincial collaboration, and of commitment to the realization of the Common Apostolic Project of the Society of Jesus in Latin America and the Caribbean.
ITALY: Conference on Cristophorus Clavius
Jesuit Fr Cristophorus Clavius, one of the teachers of Matteo Ricci at the Roman College, is often called the "second Euclid". This year we mark the 400th anniversary of his death. To celebrate the occasion, the Pontifical Gregorian University has organized, on 19th October, a day of study on the astronomer. The title of the conference is: "Christophorus Clavius (1538-1612) at the Threshold of Science: his Teaching and his Networks." Clavius is widely known and respected as the outstanding mathematician of the pontifical commission which reformed the calendar, known today as the Gregorian Calendar. Clavius epitomizes perhaps the best example of the dialogue between science and faith. During the conference, a number of digital items, drawn from the Historical Archives of the Gregorian, will be presented in collaboration with Fondazione Rinascimento Digitale and the National Council for Research (CNR).
MICRONESIA: Jesuits in Video Series
Jesuits in Micronesia is a video series on the Jesuits of the New York Province who minister throughout the many islands in the Pacific. It made its debut this September. The series consists of an introductory episode, followed by five others. Jesuits in Micronesia: An Introduction, is about the history of the New York Province Jesuits in Micronesia, and it presents an overview of their work today. The first episode, on Faith & Spirituality in Action, concerns some of the Jesuits who serve in the parishes and schools on the islands of Yap and Chuuk. The second episode is on Jesuits in Formation: two Jesuit novices, who work at Yap Catholic High School and Xavier High School on Chuuk, discuss their faith and experiences. In episode three, on Preparing Tomorrow's Leaders, you will learn about Jesuits and their lay collaborators as they prepare a new site for Yap Catholic High School. Also featured are those who are preparing young men and women to serve others at Xavier High School, as well as Jesuits who work in some of the parishes of the region as they provide spiritual guidance and the sacraments. For more information on the history and culture of Micronesia, and the Jesuits' presence on the various islands, visit the Micronesian Seminar website at http://www.micsem.org/
SPAIN: One Province in 2014
At the suggestion of the Jesuit Provincials of the five Provinces of the Society of Jesus in Spain, Father General, Adolfo Nicolás, has approved setting the definitive integration of them all to 2014 instead of 2016. That is when the new "Province of Spain" will be born. The current five Provincials of Aragon, Andalusia, Castilla, Loyola and Tarragona, and the Provincial of Spain, Francisco José Ruiz Pérez SJ, recently proposed to Father General the desirability of this development. For them, "it need not be necessary that the diverse transformations be fully fulfilled to unite our five Provinces. Some of these changes will have to be extended and completed in the early phases of the Province of Spain." The decisions of recent years "suggest that we should not unduly delay the passage of the moment of integration." "Setting a deadline for this final phase will activate the energies in the direction of greater decision-making. The Provincials would then have a clearer calendar of governance and clearer foresight to plan more steps which are still unavoidable. " Father General, in his letter dated 21 September 2012, has accepted this proposal and offers to the Provincials his "full support to the proposal to consider the year 2014 as the time of the creation of the unified Province and the appointment of a Provincial." The two years that lie ahead will involve, on the one hand, the consolidation of the choices made so far and, on the other hand, will provide space for the development of other very important options that have been part of the preparation. In both cases, affirm the Provincials, "2014 is sufficiently close enough to indicate to us as Jesuits and as Provinces that our common future will soon become our present in our shared lives and in our vocation."
USA: Review for Religious Online
Review for Religious, a journal published by the Missouri Province Jesuits from 1942 through January 2012, has made its complete archives available online. The collection documents the dramatic changes that have taken place in religious life over a span of 70 years. The journal published articles of interest for women and men religious across the spectrum of religious life, from active apostolic communities to contemplative monastic communities. Articles covered a range of topics pertinent to religious life, including prayer and spirituality, current best practices and canonical guidelines. The digital archives provide a unique window into religious life during the 30 years leading up to Vatican II, and document the impact the Council has had on religious communities during the 40 years that followed. Browse the archives here: http://cdm.slu.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/rfr
VATICAN CITY: Ratzinger Prize to a Jesuit and a Layman
An American Jesuit theologian, Fr Brian E Daley, and a French layman and scholar, Rémi Brague, are the winners of Ratzinger Prize 2012, awarded by "Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Foundation": in its own way, this prize can be seen as the "Nobel" for theology. Rémi Brague, born in 1947, is married and the father of 4 children. He is emeritus professor of medieval and Arabic Philosophy at the Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1), and the professor of philosophy of European religions at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Bavaria. He studied philosophy and classical languages at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, and went on to study Hebrew and Arabic later. He taught philosophy for two years at the University of Bourgogne (Dijon), followed by twenty years at the Sorbonne. Fr Brian E Daley has the chair of theology, funded by "Catherine F. Huisking", at the University of Notre Dame (Indiana, USA). In 1961 he graduated from Fordham University (New York), and later, from 1961 to 1964, he studied ancient history and philosophy at Merton College in Oxford. In 1964, he entered the Society of Jesus.
ZAMBIA: Farmers to Benefit from Training
In a new three-year project by the Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre (KATC), one hundred young farmers in Zambia will successfully complete a course which is focused on sustainable and organic agriculture. Women comprise half the participants in the course. Zambia is one of the world's poorest countries, where poverty and food insecurity are widespread in both rural and urban areas. The KATC is a farmer-training institution run by the Jesuits in the Chongwe District. It was set up in 1974 by Br Paul Desmarais SJ. In 1990, the Centre changed its emphasis from conventional agriculture to organic, sustainable farming. Thousands of farmers have benefited from the short courses which KATC has offered over the years. The government of Canada, through the International Development Agency (CIDA) and CJI, supports the new project.
New in SJWEB
- There is a new slide show of Fr. General's visit to Poland, from 23 to 30 September. Please click on the link below : http://www.sjweb.info/ss/index.cfm
- There is a new podcast of Fr. General's homily (in English) in Poland on 30th September 2012. Click to listen: http://www.sjweb.info/jesuitvoices/index.cfm