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XIDAS, Jabalpur, MP, 6th May 2019: A five day Capacity Enhancement Workshop started off on 6th of May at XIDAS Campus, Jabalpur, MP. The workshop conducted at the initiative of Assistancy Development Office, New Delhi will focus on enhancing skills of the Jesuits and collaborators of provinces to develop result oriented project proposals. This workshop is the third in the line of workshops till date addressing the larger goal of raising funds to sustain the current and future projects.

The workshop covers aspects like Context and Problem Analysis, Problem Tree, Solution Tree, LFA, GNATT Chart, Activities, Budget, Risk analysis and Sustainability Planning etc.

The workshop is conducted under the supervision and guidance from ADD, Treasurer, JCI, ED and Manager, PPS of ADO. The HR Officer, ADO is coordinating the logistics and facilities. Mr. Nabarun Sengupta, an expert on the subject having more than 25 years of experience in development sector is the prime resource person for this workshop. 

Proposal WritingMr Raphael Pradhan, Ranchi Zonal office, ADO, welcomed the guests, Fr. Ranjit, Director, XIDAS, Dr Namrata, Training and Capacity Building In charge from XIDAS and Mr Nabarun Sengupta, Resource Person for the Training Programme and all the participants. Fr Ranjit, Dr Namrata, Mr Nabarun, took the honors of lighting the lamp which was followed by Fr Sebastian Lakra SJ from XISA introducing the workshop. 

 

 

Fr Ranjit, in his short speech highlighted the history of XIDAS and its formation. Dr Namrata informed about the importance of proposal writing and emphasized on taking this training program with a professional attitude.
The twenty participants who are attending the workshop are as follows, Ms Priska Kandulna from Darjeeling Province, Mr Joseph Hembron from Hazaribagh, Fr Alex from Delhi, Frs Rakesh Kerketta, Ranjit Lakra and Schol Sudhir from Ranchi, Frs Fulchand and Sebastian from MP, Ms Anju, Mr Kamal from XISA, Profs Cecil Anthony, Kamna Michael, Namrata Williams and Dr J Pathak representing XIDAS, Officer PPS from four zonal offices of ADO.

JCI and ADO are grateful to the Director and Team at XIDAS for their excellent support and cooperation in conducting this programme.

10 May 2019 - 08:20

Former Supreme Court Judge Joseph Kurian felicitated by Fr George Pattery at the Assembly

 

By Julian S Das

Pune, April 30, 2019: A group of South-Asian Jesuits has expressed the joy of rediscovering the richness of an Ignatian spiritual tradition.

President of the Jesuit Conference of South Asia, Father George Pattery, called the ‘spiritual conversation’ as “a rare fruit.”

Some 200 Jesuits from 19 provinces and regions of South Asia attended the April 25-28 assembly on ‘Interculturality for Reconciled Life and Mission,’ held at the Jesuit philosophy-theology center, Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune, the cultural capital of the western Indian state of Maharashtra.

Father Pattery said that the Jesuits continue to rediscover the Ignatian treasure that is always present.

He said that the technique of ‘spiritual conversation’ conserved energy. There was no arguments no fighting, and everyone was listened to, with deep respect for one another’s culture, he added.

He invited the Jesuits to sharpen and nuance the tool of ‘spiritual conversation’ and use it in their communities.

Father Pattery, a member of the Calcutta Jesuit province, said the Ignatian tool for discernment introduced ‘respectful listening’ providing a true democratic space for those engaged in it.

Father Wendell D’Cruz, a member of the Bombay province, explained that the focus of the ‘spiritual conversation’ was to look at the interior movements, how the presentations affected them and triggered ripple-effect in them.

The two most important components of spiritual conversation, according to him, are ‘intentional speaking’ and ‘active listening.’

The participants held four sessions of ‘spiritual conversation’ in groups of 10 members, each session lasting an hour.

Father Prince Clarence of Kerala province said the assembly presented him a new way of inter-relatedness and the beauty of spiritual conversation.

He also said that the discussions challenged him not to be in his comfort zone with peace and reconciliation.

Kohima Jesuit Scholastic Joseph Zoliana said the spiritual conversation helped him get bonded with different delegates during the assembly.

Social scientist and columnist Shiv Visvanathan, who attended the seminar and presented a paper on the Intercultural Context of South Asia, said he found the Jesuits’ spiritual conversation a fascinating “ability to listen and reinvent Jesuit identity.”

The ‘spiritual conversation’ and the search for interculturality had added an element of praxis, an act of faith, to the intellectual aspect of the Jesuits, the former Jesuit college student said.

Convener of the workshop, Jesuit Father Joe Arun said that the General Congregation 36 of the Society of Jesus had stressed reconciliation and justice, based on understanding the cultures operative in mission.

He said Jesuit Superior General Father Arturo Soso had invited his men to explore interculturality as a way of life and mission, leading to reconciliation and justice.

Father Arun said that in future the approach of the Jesuits’ life and mission would be characterised by the way they feel, think and act interculturally.

According to the organizers, seven Jesuits who were expected to attend the assembly from Sri Lanka, had cancelled their trip after the serial bombing on the Easter Sunday.

The participants of the assembly had sent a signed-message of ‘Solidarity with Sri Lankan People and the Jesuits’.

The Jesuits had sent the note to condemn in the strongest terms the heinous terror attack and the gruesome serial blasts in the Churches and hotels of Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday 21 April, 2019, killing many innocent children, men and women.

They also expressed their “deepest empathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Sri Lankan Church and the Jesuits of Sri Lanka.”

1 May 2019 - 07:47

By Julian S Das

Pune, April 27, 2019: A group of South Asian Jesuits has paid homage to the massacred people in Sri Lanka on Easter day.

Inaugurating a four-day seminar on “Interculturality for Reconciled Life and Mission” at Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune, April 25, the Jesuits observed one -silence in honor of the slain in the serial bomb blasts in different parts of Sri Lanka.

More than 200 Jesuits from 19 provinces and regions of South Asian Assistancy are attending the April 25-28meet to discuss on Interculturality.

Convener of the seminar, Jesuit Father Joe Arun said that due to the carnage, representatives from Sri Lankan Jesuit province had cancelled their participation in the seminar. Seven members from Sri Lanka were expected, he added.

Father Arun said that later the participants of the seminar would draft a letter of empathy for the Jesuits of Sri Lanka and forward the same to them.

At the inaugural Mass, presided over by Jesuit Father George Pattery, president of the Jesuit Conference of South Asia and the Zonal Chairs, said that in the midst of carnage and violence, Jesuits are called to promote reconciliation and justice, the theme for the seminar.

The Sri Lankan province forms part of the Jesuit Conference of South Asia, with its headquarters in New Delhi.

According to Sri Lankan police officials, as many as 359 have been killed by the serial bomb attack, carried out by the Islamic State group, which had claimed responsibility for the same.

 
 
 
 
 
29 Apr 2019 - 07:06

India(Maharashtra):Retired Justice Kurian Joseph of Supreme Court of India addressed over 200 Jesuits representing 19 provinces.

Retired Justice Kurian Joseph

A former Supreme Court judge of India has invited the Jesuits of South Asia to open schools for those who are below the poverty line. 

Retired Justice Kurian Joseph of Supreme Court of India addressed over 200 Jesuits representing 19 provinces and regions of the South Asian Assistancy, assembled at Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune, April 26.

Lauding the contributions the Jesuits in the Assistancy have made in the field of education, the former judge invited the Jesuits to explore the possibilities of opening up schools exclusively for those below the poverty line.

Justice Joseph spoke to the Jesuits, who have gathered for their four-day seminar, April 25 to 28 on Interculturality for Reconciled Life and Mission, on ‘Challenges to Secularism’.

He said that the country which had withstood the onslaught of anti-secular movements in the past is experiencing moves to shake its tectonic base.

The true nature of Indian secularism is to mold an Indian into a responsible citizen, as Mother Teresa made a Hindu a better Hindu and a Muslim into a better Muslim, he added.

Introducing Justice Joseph, the newly appointed General Assistant Jesuit Fr M. K. George said that the former judge had been a member of All India Catholic University Federation from his younger days, and was best known for his ‘credibility’.

Explaining Article 25 of the Indian Constitutions, Justice Joseph said that it gave the right to all its citizens to profess, practice and propagate their religion.

He said that one has been called to propagate what one practiced, and not what one professed, and that is an area where the Church in India was at fault, he added.

The 66-year old Catholic from Kerala had given the August 22, 2017 historic verdict against the controversial Triple Talaq.

He also wondered if the Jesuits with all their educational institutions had failed to inculcate in their students the true nature of secularism in the country.

29 Apr 2019 - 06:58

ECO POLICY STATEMENT- JEA SA

22 April, 2019

Hearing the call of the Lord of History for serving and protecting His creation, our Mother Earth, through various recent documents and deliberations, JEA, with the help of a task force, has formulated the following eco policy for immediate implementation in our institutions.

I. Call for Ecological Action:

  1. More than half of the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), adopted by the international community in 2015 through the UN focus on or address concerns of sustainability. It would mean that without particular attention to the implementation of the environmental dimension these goals cannot be attained.
  2. Pope Francis, in his Encyclical Laudato Si, calls for education towards ecological citizenship which will “bring about deep change” as “certain mindsets do influence our behaviour.”
  3. Several General Congregations (GCs), have called for our commitment to the defence and protection of nature and environment. GCs 35 and 36 have called us, Jesuits, to promote a right relationship with creation, the same way and with the same urgency with which we handle our relationship with God and other human beings.
  4. By integrating Ecology with the Social Justice Secretariat, Fr. Adolfo Nicolas, our former General, confirmed that Ecology is an integral component of Jesuit mission today.
  5. Fr Arturo Sosa, Superior General, in his address at the International Congress For Jesuit Education Delegates [JESEDU-Rio 2017] in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on October 20th, 2017 stated:

      “…respect and care for our “common home” demands that our institutions train our students in the environmental dimension of reconciliation. All human beings share responsibility for our planet, for its future viability, beyond our national, local or generational interests. It is important that we join in the efforts of many to create a sustainable society and economy, so that human beings and the environment are both protected. Our institutions should reflect this attitude in their actions and their physical Structure”.

In response to Fr General, the Education Delegates from the six Jesuit regions of the world along with others in Jesuit educational apostolates articulated in their Action Statement:

“The delegates commit to promoting an environmental and social policy for each of our schools and to proposing ways regional networks can clearly integrate justice, faith, and care for the environment within the curricula of the schools… highlighting critical thinking, political awareness, and social engagement – all to be reflected in classroom and school practices” [JESEDU-Rio 2017, C #8, p.3].

II. Action Plans:

A. Assistancy/Zonal Level:

  1. Organise at least one training programme a year for school administrators and selected lay collaborators, to be held preferably in Sacred Heart College, Shembagannur, Attappady Bio-reserve in Kerala, Tarumitra, Patna, GJEM (Gujarat Jesuits Environment Mission) or Goa.
  2. Create a resource centre: design, develop resource materials (posters, videos, films, clippings, books, booklets etc.) for dissemination; they should be easily accessible.
  3. For a core team to plan, monitor and evaluate, act as a think tank for all the ecological initiatives.

B. Province Level:

  1. A core cum resource team to be appointed to plan, monitor, evaluate and do periodic green audit (water, energy, waste, land, air, food etc.). This team will visit all the institutions and assist the implementers with practical helps and guidelines. This team also can conduct the annual orientation to the Jesuits, collaborators, students, etc., and evolve action plans collectively.
  2. The Provincial writes to all superiors/ work directors regarding the implementation of this programme.
  3. Provinces or Zones move to setting up bio reserves or ecosystems for eco-education.

C. Institutional level:

  1. The Jesuit community to be a model, eco-friendly community; lifestyle of the individuals and community to be in harmony with nature.
  1. Actively employ alternative energy sources like solar energy.
  2. Model in conservation measures, such as rain water harvesting, waste water recycling, judicious use of electricity, etc.
  3. Waste reduction, appropriate disposal and recycling.
  4. Farms/ gardens to be fully organic.
  1. Institutions:
  1. A core team to plan, execute, monitor and evaluate in a time-bound manner. Evolve an accountability structure locally.
  2. Ecology action plan to be displayed in prominent places in the campus.
  3. Expose the students to some of the positive, best alternative practices like organic farming, compost making, bio-gas production, waste recycling, sewage treatment plants etc.
  4. Each institution to ensure conservation and efficient management of energy especially water and electricity: maximum utilization of solar energy for heating, cooling and lighting, rain water harvesting, waste segregation and disposal, compost pits etc.
  5. Promote clean, green, plastic-free, and litter- free campus.
  6. Greening of the campus: creating herbal gardens, planting local varieties of plant species. Involve students in the nurturing of the saplings for the first few years.
  7. All students, irrespective of their religious affiliations, to be exposed to eco-spirituality and thus made to feel and personalize their interconnectedness and interdependence with nature and with one another. Ignatian Pedagogy Paradigm with its spiralling experience-reflection-action cycles is best suited to this as pedagogy.
  8. Resource materials available for eco-spirituality and eco-education in Jesuit circles can be accessed and teachers trained to utilise these materials creatively and effectively.
  9. At least one day a week/ month, no-vehicle-day could be observed, all to use public or shared transport or bicycles.
  10. Mark one week in July (or another rainy month) as eco solidarity week or nature harmony week: competitions, exhibitions, plantations, field visits, debates, special assemblies, parents’ meetings, cultural programmes, mass cleaning programmes, prayer services etc. be conducted during this week.
  11. Monthly thematic focus: themes like plastics, afforestation, rain water harvesting, noise, water conservation, energy conservation, ozone protection, climate change, environmental audit, agriculture etc.
  12. Organise plantation drives within and outside the campus; clean-up of public places in the vicinity of the institution; rallies and campaigns to create public awareness on eco issues.
  13. School annual day celebration to focus completely or partially on this theme.
  14. Awareness to the parents on eco issues thorough PTA meetings.
  15. Identify a local problem, which can be taken up for involvement and collective action.
  16. Identify, actively network and collaborate with other religious or secular groups, organizations and NGOs at the local level and collectively take up programmes for the protection of the local environment. (Identify and join hands with at least one such group).

Members of the Eco policy Drafting Team

  1. Dr. John Kennedy, S.J. (MDU)
  2. Dr. Lancy D’Cruz, S.J. (GUJ)
  3. Lumnesh Swaroop Kumar S.J. (KAR)
  4. Dr. P. J. James (HAZ) (Coordinator)
  5. Robert Athickal S.J. (PAT)
  6. Simon Fernandes (GOA)
  7. Stephen L. Pragasam, S.J. (MDU)

 

Sunny Jacob SJ

Secretary, JEASA

23 Apr 2019 - 07:04

The calm of Easter Sunday was shattered by gruesome bombings that killed at least 290 people and injured more than 500 innocent people, in Sri Lankan churches and hotels.

Though it's not clear who's behind the eight explosions that forced the country of 21 million people to go on lockdown, they are "certainly acts of terror," said Manisha Gunasekera, high commissioner of Sri Lanka to the UK.

An intelligence memo warning of a possible attack had circulated 10 days earlier, raising questions about whether more preventative measures could have been taken.

"Serious action need to be taken as to why this warning was ignored," Sri Lanka's Minister of Telecommunications, Harin Fernando, tweeted along with a photo of the memo. The document, titled "Information of an alleged plan attack," is dated April 11 and signed by the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Priyalal Dissanayake.

The explosions blew out the tiled roofs of churches and hotel windows, killing worshippers and hotel guests in the process.

Images and footage showed bloodied pews, broken glass, and plumes of smoke.

"You can see pieces of flesh thrown all over the walls and on the sanctuary and even outside of the church," Father Edmond Tillekeratne, social communications director for the Archdiocese of Colombo, told CNN from St. Sebastian's Church, one of the explosion sites.

He estimated that more than a thousand people had come to the church for Easter Sunday "because it is a special day." Many came from villages afar, he said. 

"This is an attack against the whole of Sri Lanka because Sri Lanka is (a) multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural country, and the whole country comes together in celebration of Easter Sunday," Gunasekera said.

The violence punctured a decade of relative peace in the country following the end of its civil war in 2009 -- where attacks were common during the 25-year struggle. (Curtesy CNN)

The POSA, Fr. George Pattery SJ, and the entire Jesuits in South Asia condemns the brutal attack on innocent people on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka and appeal all to pray and work for peace and reconciliation.

A view of damage near the Dehiwala zoo in Colombo.

 

23 Apr 2019 - 06:36

A set of small posters that reminds you about the preferences:

 

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20 Apr 2019 - 15:12

Welcome to a series of short guides designed for those who wish to enter more deeply into the journey of renewal offered by our new Universal Apostolic Preferences. Each guide offers brief selections taken from one section of Fr. General’s letter on the Preferences. These excerpts are meant to be contemplatively read and pondered in conjunction with companion texts from Scripture and our recent congregations. After each selection, questions are provided as aids for personal prayer and communal spiritual conversation. The hope is that these guides can serve as first step to inspire individuals and communities to listen to the Spirit in their local context, and to begin to imagine how they might respond in their own unique way as they embody the preferences in their own lives and communities.
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20 Apr 2019 - 14:42

POSA SPEAKS

Electing a Government that cares The word ‘election’ has special significance for Jesuits. The Spiritual Exercises is oriented towards making the right choices, and a good election. “In every good election, insofar as it depends on us, the eye of our intention ought to be single. I ought to focus only on the purpose for which I am created... anything whatsoever that I elect ought to be chosen as an aid towards that end” [169, 2-3]. Certainly, ‘election’ in the Spiritual Exercises is oriented primarily towards one’s way of life or choices within the chosen way of life. These elections have much to do with personal or community lives. Can we stretch Ignatian election, which focuses primarily on personal choices, to bear upon elections in public life and governance? Has it got any bearing on political elections? India is facing a crucial election in a few weeks. It is crucial because ‘powerful corporate and communal lobbies, for partisan and vested interests, polarize societies plagued by eroding identities, a sense of alienation and ridden by individual and collective fears.’ The Jesuit Provincials and Regional Superiors of South Asia reflected on the situation and have mandated to themselves and to the Assistancy, to effectively respond to the forces of fundamentalism through all their ministries. “Any Jesuit response is founded on our mission to promote justice and reconciliation in our broken world of which dialogue with the poor and with people of other cultures and religions is an essential part. Our mission as Jesuits in South Asia is to build counter-cultural human communities of solidarity that will be instruments of peace and reconciliation to respond to the danger of this region turning into a region of hate and violence” (JCSA Statement on ‘Contesting Hindu Rashtra” July 2017). We focus on our end: to promote justice and reconciliation in our broken world. We make choices accordingly. We collaborate with men and women of goodwill through networking with civil society and other organizations that share our common values. ‘We shall join all people of goodwill to defeat the forces of hate and violence by promoting a politics of pluralism and inclusion that ensures justice, equality, liberty and fraternity.’ As Gandhiji advocated and practiced, the means that one employs should be in conformity with the end. If our end is ‘reconciliation’ in the deepest sense, then the means that we adopt should reflect the same reconciling, non-violent and compassionate way.

20 Apr 2019 - 09:26

Rev. Fr. Arturo Sosa SJ, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, appointed Fr. Dr. Ranjeet Tigga SJ, current Director of XIDAS Jabalpur, as the New Provincial of MAP. JCSA wishes him all the best and assures him all our prayers.

3 Apr 2019 - 19:35

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