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About Us

JIVAN means ‘life’ in most Indian languages, and the acronym stands for ‘Jesuits in India: Views and News’, a very fortuitous meaning indeed.

The magazine Jivan was meant to foster a link among the twenty provinces of South Asia (India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Nepal) in terms of information, opinion, and visual record. So not just India, but its neighbouring countries as well, wherever the Jesuits have a presence.

But not just Jesuits, Jivan features their wider world as well, through the variety of ministries and peoples that the Jesuits involve. All this comes to you through the pages of Jivan.

Under several editors, Jivan has done this every month, ten times a year, for close to four decades. Next year 2019, our magazine will be 40 years old.

This service of communication [for this is what Jivan really is] has had eminent Jesuit precedents. The first printing press in India was operated by a Jesuit brother in Kerala in the 16th c., and since that time Jesuit books, maps, periodicals and leaflets have flooded the market in almost every Indian language.

More recently, Jesuit institutions in media training are among the best in the country.

Today electronics dominates the media, giving it speed, accessibility, wider impact and affordability; so Jesuits have not been slow to use the computer screen, the smart phone and the podcast to reach the most diverse audiences.

The web page, for instance, disseminates information; but it also shares opinion of every kind, and encourages quick and easy responses. All this makes for participatory communication, and so impinges on Jesuit governance.

Then again, the web page is not a print-heavy wall-paper: it comes laden with photos and graphics, sound and voice bytes, video and cinematic animation which makes for an engaging learning experience. So something must change in Jesuit formation.

The new media are the key to a new society, not always good, not necessarily bad. The principle is: discernment, always!

But one thing is sure: in interacting with Jivan online, the Society of Jesus in South Asia will re-design itself.

Let’s all hope this comes sooner than later!

Jivan Team

01 George Pattery, SJ

George Pattery, SJ
(Owner)

Provincial of South Asian Assistancy. Contact: jcsa.prov@gmail.com

02 Antony Pitchai

Anthony Pitchai, SJ
(
Printer and Publisher of Jivan)

Rector of Jesuit Community Anand, Manager of Anand Press and Director of Gujarat Sahitya Prakash. Contact: booksgsp@gmail.com

03 Vinayak Jadav

Vinayak Jadav, SJ
(
Editor)

Teaches Gujarati Literature and Journalism at St Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad and publishes ‘Adilok’, Tribal Magazine.
Contact: jivaneditor@gmail.com

08 Vincent Saldanha, SJ

Vincent Saldanha, SJ
(
Copy Editor)

Professor Emeritus of English Literature, St. Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad.
Contact: vincysaldanha@gmail.com

04 Myron Pereira

Myron Pereira, SJ
(
Member- Editorial Board)

The author lives at Campion School, Colaba, Mumbai, where he is writer-in-residence. Contact: pereira.myron@yahoo.in

05 astrid lobo

Astrid Lobo Gajiwala
(
Member- Editorial Board)

Director, Regional Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation, Government of India. Contact: asklobog@gmail.com

07 joe Arun

Joe Arun, SJ
(
Member- Editorial Board)

The author is a former Director of Goa Institute of Management (GIM) and currently Director of St Joseph’s Institute of Management (JIM), Trichy. Contact: cjarun@gmail.com

09 Job Kozhamthadam, SJ

Job Kozhamthadam, SJ
(
Member- Editorial Board)

The author is currently Director of IISR (Indian Institute of Science and Religion) Delhi and Professor Emeritus of Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune. Contact: jobksj@gmail.com

Sr Evelyn Monteiro

Sr. Evelyn Monteiro, SCC
(
Member- Editorial Board)

Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune and visiting faculty at other national theologates. Contact: srevelynm@gmail.com

Dharmesh

Dharmesh Barot
(Editorial Administrator
)

Contact: jivanteam@gmail.com

ernesto copy

Vinod Kuriakose
(
Designer)

Contact: ernesto.vinod@gmail.com