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    Vol. XX, No. 16 December 23, 2016



    Father General has appointed:


    - Father Anselm Ekka (RAN) as Assistant General Treasurer of the Society. Father Ekka was born in 1965, he entered the Society in 1987, and was ordained in 2002. He will arrive in the General Curia in January 2017 to take over from Father Dexter Gray (SRI) who was recently appointed Provincial of Sri Lanka.


    Pope Francis has appointed:


    - Father Michael Czerny (CDA) as one of two under secretaries of the newly established Section for Migrants and Refugees in the Vatican department for the Promotion of Integral Human Development. The other appointee is Fr. Fabio Baggio, a Scalabrini priest. Father Czerny was born in 1946, entered the Society in 1964 and was ordained in 1973. He currently works in the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Previously, he worked as the Society's Secretary for Social Justice. He also spent several years in Nairobi, Kenya, where he helped to found the African Jesuits Aids Network.




    AUSTRALIA: Student leaders gain insight into Ignatian life

    The community at Loyola Senior High School, Mt Druitt, NSW, welcomed various Jesuit and Ignatian companion schools from all around Australia to the 8th Annual Ignatian Student Leadership Conference. Aside from Xavier College, Kew (who were unable to attend due to a clash), all of the Jesuit and Ignatian companion schools of Australia sent two to four student leaders to participate in the conference. The conference was an opportunity for students to share their ideas, deepen their awareness of the Jesuits and their mission, and to ultimately form a better understanding on what it is like to be a Christian leader. During the conference there were countless opportunities for the student leaders to reflect on their deepest desires for their schools and for themselves.


    INDIA: The Saint Xavier's University Bill Passed in the Assembly

    The West Bengal Assembly recently passed the St. Xavier's University Kolkata Bill 2016, paving the way for a new university at New Town, Rajarhat, to meet the growing need for quality facilities in the state's Higher Education. The bill provides that the St. Xavier University may have several constituent colleges situated within Bengal that are established and administered by the Jesuits. St Xavier's College Kolkata Educational Trust is the sponsoring agency of the university. It will have the power to manage all higher education institutions run by the Jesuit Trust across the State. The trust will provide instruction, teaching, training and research in various disciplines and specialised fields of science, technology, law, management, social sciences, medicine, education, humanities, performing arts and several other areas. The Jesuit Provincial of the Calcutta Province of the Society of Jesus will be the Chancellor ex-officio as the President of the Trust. He will appoint the Vice-Chancellor from among the Jesuits in consultation with the Governing Board. The university will start operating from the 2017-2018 academic year. 




    We wish all our friends and readers a Merry Christmas

    and a New Year filled with joy and peace.

    We wish to inform you that the next Electronic Bulletin

    will be released around the middle of January 2017.

    In February, it will resume its regular Bulletins.