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Dear Companions,

Both these feasts seem quite significant for us after the dramatic election results and the new style of governance that we are witnessing these days. We may need to reflect not only on the need for greater clarity on “what” our mission today is but also on “how” we do it. During the JCSA in September 2013, we had a preliminary discussion on this topic following the input by Fr. T.K. John on “New Evangelization and Hindutva”. It may be worth reading the summary in the JCSA-Delhi report to refresh your memories. In the recently concluded JCSA we took another step by discussing the reports of the four Zones in response to the letter of Fr. General on the “Renewal of Province Structures in the Service of Universal Mission”. In the course of the discussions it was evident that we needed to promote synergy and collaboration among the provinces and shoulder our share of responsibilities for Universal Mission of the Society. There is a lot more work that needs to be done on this front by the provinces and Zones.

Another important task of the JCSA Bhubaneswar was to discuss the needs and challenges facing the Conference today. This was done in view of proposing a “terna” for a new POSA. It was felt that the new leader should be able to grasp and engage the rapidly changing scenarios in South Asia, in the Church and the Society of Jesus. This task was successfully completed and now we wait expectantly for the name to be announced by Fr. General.

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Founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491 -1556) in the year 1533 in Rome, with the original purpose of defending the Catholic Faith at the time of the Reformation. Coming from a military background, Ignatius gave the Society he founded the discipline that made its members distinguish themselves by their obedience to the Pope, as well as to the Religious Superior.

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