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Pascha’s Coming: A Plea to Cease Conflicts

Dust you are and to dust, you return,Proclaim Christ in your short sojourn.Exodus from the desert of despairing disgrace,Lent shall quench you at the oasis of grace. [auth] Prayer shall reach you to the Supreme…

Being Close to the Poor

As part of the ongoing reflection on our ministries in the Conference, the February JCSA took up the Social Action Ministry for discernment, came out with specific proposals and initiated a process to prepare guidelines…

From Gethsemane to Galilee

A ‘4G’ Path to the Fullness of Life As we prepare ourselves to commemorate the passion, death and resurrection of our Lord in a world torn asunder by the Russia-Ukraine war, feeling ourselves the victims…

Do Jesuits Neglect their Health?

The scenario: Pandemic, both the first wave and the second wave, created fear and the recurring death news of our brethren gave us jitters. The statistics proved that in South Asia the highest number of…

The Healing Touch

Remembering Fr. Britto Joseph, SJ who brought health to thousands of patients across the country. [auth] John Britto Joseph was born near Madurai, Tamilnadu, into a large Catholic family. His mother, a traditional healer, was greatly respected…

Alternative Medical Care – A Holistic Approach

The word ‘Alternative Medical Care’ brings to our minds the idea of one or more choices available to restore health or wellness that is alternative to the existing conventional system of medicine. Dr. Samuel Hahnemann…

Healthy Ageing

Because I spent my entire professional life as a geriatric internist and psychiatrist, I chose to add the question of aging and old age to the suggested title "A Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body." …

Love-Giving and Life-Gifting

It was a Lenten Sunday that year. Manjula had lent her voluntary service at a blood donation camp organised at her parish belonging to Coimbatore diocese. Along with several others, she donated blood and also…

The Green Medicines

Herbal medicine has its origin in every home. The book of Wisdom says, “The Lord created the medicinal herbs which grow on the earth, and these a sensible person will not despise. The physician uses…

Every Area Starts to Enter Renewal

Doubt and disillusionment, discouragement and despair, dread and fear are emotions that are common to all of us at some point or other in our lives. When we are confronted with the death of a…

Palliative Care in Life-Limiting Condition

When suddenly faced with a diagnosis of a life-limiting condition, many would be completely devastated; "How could this happen; I have done nothing wrong!" they cry. Others are made of sterner stuff; "One has to…

The Commission on the Role of Women

The Commission on the Role of Women in Jesuit Apostolate observed its first anniversary on 8th March 2022, expressing its resolve to facilitate the worldwide Jesuits and their collaborators in their efforts to align themselves…

A Tale of One Township – Bandra

The book is a tribute to the author’s birthplace Bandra, a suburb of Mumbai. Its title is Bandra Boy, and it’s a historical novel -- or better, four short stories about Bandra’s past, starting in…

How Anthropology Developed in India

Indian Anthropology: Anthropological Discourse in Bombay 1886–1936 is an important contribution to the history of Indian anthropology, focusing on its formative period. It looks at the political economy of knowledge production and the anthropological discourse…

Recollections of a Jester

Rudi Heredia’s memoir, A Clown for God, a Clown for Others - a take on P. Kolvenbach’s Men of God, Men for Others - is a collection of personal anecdotes and reflections on various aspects…

The Platinum Year of Jamshedpur Jesuit Province

On 12th March, all roads led to Loyola School, Jamshedpur wherein Jesuits, Collaborators and well-wishers, gathered together for the Inaugural Eucharist at 10.30 a.m in Loyola School, Jamshedpur, to ‘REMEMBER, REJOICE AND REIMAGINE”, as the…

Jesuits in Science meet in Bengaluru

The biannual meeting of Jesuits in the Science Forum of the South Asian Assistancy, took place on 5th and 6th March 2022, in St Joseph’s Arts and Science College, Bengaluru (soon to be University). Twenty-seven…

Islamic Studies Association marks 40th Anniversary

“A Call to Dialogue: Christians in Dialogue with Muslims” edited by Prof. Ambrogio Bongiovanni and Joseph Victor Edwin SJ was presented at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome on 23rd February 2022 by Prof. Bryan…

Autism Sunday at JAICARE Hospital, Madurai

JAICARE is an acronym for Jesuit Antonyraj memorial Inter-disciplinary Centre for Advanced Rehabilitation and Education. It is the only hospital run by Madurai Jesuits. The hospital has not only a long acronym but also a…

Fr. Jose Luis Arana, SJ (GUJ) 1930-2022

Whenon 8 January 2022, Fr. Jose Luis Arana, was called, at the age of 91(73 years in the Society) to his eternal reward, it was not only the Gujarat province but the Universal Society who…

Fr. Viaguladasan Manickam, SJ (MDU) 1938-2022

Fr. Viaguladasan Manickam, fondly called Fr. Vima Dasan, was born in Michaelpattinam on 23rd January 1938. He joined the Society of Jesus on 1st July 1957, and was ordained a priest on 15th March 1970. After teaching…

What is your Goal and Purpose in Life?

We are all aware of the trauma Ignatius went through after the “cannonball incident,” the shattering of his knee in the battle of Pamplona against the French. Though more in a purely physical form at…

Solar Energy on Wheels

Solar Panels in the field attract the attention of miscreants, panels are stolen or damaged. This issue was identified by Pradeep Kumar (35) who was running a solar panel installation business. [auth] Generate electricity anywhere…

A Drive for Humanity

Is it safe for a woman to walk in a city after 10 pm? You will say, no. But what about driving an autorickshaw at night? I know, you will say, that is dangerous. You…

‘Her’ Story

Though unable to hold the expanse of the mystery,This work is a microscopic view of her Calvary.This puny effort to narrate her story,I know, won’t even at least be a summary. [auth] Sorrow fills her…

Restructuring

I am sure you remember the famous letter of former Fr General, Adolfo Nicolás, ‘Renewal of Province Structures in the Service of Universal Mission’. Do you know that this letter is now ten years old?…

A Synodal Lent

A synod is not merely an ecclesial event but a celebration of a new charism in the Church. [auth] The synod on Synodality is an even greater occasion for the renewal of the Spirit within…

Challenges to Religious Life Today

That there is a ‘crisis’ in consecrated religious life is there for everyone to see. Look at the drop in entrees. Those who leave religious life are plenty. ‘Disobedience’, and ‘calls for justice’, are becoming…

Losing God in the Religious Life

A Personal Reflection [auth] This may sound like an oxymoron – losing God in the religious life. One joins the religious life thinking one can come closer to God and dedicate one’s life to what…

Being an Astronomer Brother

[auth] “How were you inspired to give up a prestigious career in astronomy, supported by NASA, to enter the Jesuits?” In fact, the assumptions behind the question are mostly wrong. It didn’t happen like people…

The Relevance of Religious Vows

“I don’t feel the need of vows” Margaret Rossi (name changed), an Italian laywoman, is one of the finest human beings I have ever met.  She was also deeply God-centred—but not in the “traditional” ways.…

Called To Be Women Of The Resurrection

Musings On Religious Life Today [auth] I have been pilgrimaging from the self to the selfless, while working for an NGO in Mumbai for the past 25 years. Because of this particular setting, mine is…

Catholic Religious and Mainstream Politics in India

Religious life faces serious challenges Changes in society emanate from three basic sources: State, Market and Civil Society. All three are deeply interrelated and are in a constant state of flux.  A deep understanding of…

The ICT-friendly Religious

It was a hot summer noon in Bangalore. Sr Nirmala and Sr Jyothi sat with their mugs in a popular café, sipping their favorite beverages. They were discussing the prohibition of mobiles, laptops, and the…

JCSA Meeting Online

The first JCSA meeting of the year was held online from 20th to 25th February 2022. Fr General addressed the Major Superiors of the Conference online. In his address, he stressed the importance of integration…

Jesuits Celebrate Human Fraternity Day

The Islamic Studies Association, Delhi, and the Jesuit Secretariat for Service of Faith in South Asia, jointly organized a series of webinars to celebrate Human Fraternity Day. The Human Fraternity day is celebrated on 4th…

Fr. Lucas Rayappan, SJ (GUJ) (1662-2022)

Lucas had consistency and commitment right from his childhood till he breathed last on 27th January 2022. He was an excellent student, effective teacher, energetic principal, efficient administrator and a hard worker in the vineyard…

Fr. Lawrence Pinto, SJ (KAR)

Fr. Lawrence Pinto was born on 20th April, 1933, the youngest among six children. After graduating from St Aloysius College, he joined the Society of Jesus on 1st July 1955; he did his novitiate at…

Peace Rally of 2008

The Ignatian spirituality is dynamic and we are recipients of many gratuitous graces.  These graces do not commence from our novitiate.  When we are directed in the one month of the Spiritual Exercises, we recall…

Not Child’s Play

Do you know that in India 27 per cent of children are married off at an early age and live through violent and abusive lives? Can you imagine that this happens in digital India? It…

A Conversation for Conversion

[auth] When I’m full of me and none of thee,When I’m mindless to miss thy graceful glee,When I’m crippled to reach out to my near,When I’m blind to the plight of thy dear,When I’m deaf…

The Four Pillars of Meaning

We have entered the New Year 2022. All of us know that the New Year does not come with a change of a page in the Calendar. It is the result of a discovery of…

World Interfaith Harmony Week

More Relevant now than ever [auth] The first week of February every year usually passes by without our taking any particular note. It is the World Interfaith Harmony Week originally proposed by King Abdullah of…

Keeping Stan Alive

The unforgettable legacy of Bhima Koregaon [auth] “No words would suffice to thank these powerful people's lawyers Vrinda Grover, Sudha Bharadwaj and Mihir Desai who continue to remain steadfast to democratic rights, civil liberties, constitutional…

We are Our Ancestors

How does one describe a soul like Fr. Stan Swamy or even grasp or make sense of his life lived in its entirety? It is a mammoth challenge to integrate the essence of this larger…

Come out of your Comfort Zones: Call to…

The month of December 2021 for me saw Indian democracy reaching a new low, perhaps unparalleled in recent times. Just a month earlier, we were celebrating in a year that was otherwise difficult the withdrawal…

The Stan Saga: Retelling it is an Imperative

The arrest and incarceration of Stan Swamy, and his death in a Mumbai hospital while in custody during a raging pandemic, had triggered shock, outrage and sorrow singeing the conscience of those who believe in…

Rekindling the Stan Spirit

How does the story of Stan Swamy (1937-2021) affect our lives as Jesuits, our involvement with the civil society and the marginalized poor in a new and surprising way? Stan lived his Jesuit life true…

The Enviable Stan

I am very jealous of youYou stood tall in frailtyDeath cannot hold youCoz you were always life-giving. They wished you were deadA message of intimidation to the worldThe banner of victory is unfurledNow you are…

Need More Swamies like Stan

I want to begin with lines about Father Stan Swamy which I read in the journal Vasudha sent to me by my comrade Vineet from Indore. Written by Megha, these lines defy translation. [auth] Aaj…

Entrepreneurship and Higher Education

JHEASA Meeting, 26-29 November, 2021, XIM University, Bhubaneswar [auth] For most, the long journey to Bhubaneswar for a JHEASA Meeting on matters, naturally, of Higher Education, meant that there would be a heady roam through…

Inauguration of LIBA’s New Building by Chief Minister…

LIBA’s efforts of re-strategizing its future, gained further strength in the formal inauguration of the state-of-the-art LIBA building by the Honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu - Thiru M.K. Stalin on October 15th, 2021, in…

COP 26 – A Renewed Call to Solidarity

South Sudan is a precarious place to live. For Deborah and her seven children, it has become a dangerous one because of climate change. To feed her family, she grows groundnuts, kale and pumpkins. While…

Handbook on Community Mobilisation in 10 languages!

Indian Social Institute, Bangalore, in collaboration with Caritas India, sponsored by Caritas Germany, has come out with a handbook on Community Mobilisation, titled “Development Anchored in Community Intelligence”. The handbook - published in English and…

Inauguration of the Consortium of Minority Schools in…

The Consortium of minority schools in Tamil Nadu was inaugurated on 28th November in Loyola College, Chennai. About 170 leaders, consisting of diocesan education managers of the CSI dioceses, superintendents of schools of the RC…

Do Cannonballs Boomerang?

The carrying of a Faith-propelled love in our conscious awareness, lies at the heart of our ability to coolly and courageously handle the effects of one cannonball after another, thereby growing evermore steadier as we…

Mir of Kashmir: Wildlife Rescuer

Aaliya Mir, a resident of Srinagar, spends her days rescuing deadly vipers from Kashmiri homes, saving bear cubs and reuniting them with their mothers. [auth] The 42 year old former Maths teacher, with sports shoes,…

AIDed Transformation

In 2005, a transwoman, Noori, who ran an NGO, called Solomon to say "I have an abandoned child, he is HIV+". Solomon was hesitant initially. Later he contacted many organisations only to get a negative…

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The Greatest Christmas Gift of All

Year after year, Christmas comes and goes, and we busy ourselves in the merry festivities that come with it. I once saw a hoarding on a busy freeway in New Jersey: Bring Christ back into…

Synod and COP 26: Reading Signs of Time

Two historic events are taking place simultaneously on the world stage: the first is the Synod, and the second, the Glasgow ‘COP 26. Both are historic in the sense that all – leaders and commoners…

PM Modi meets Pope Francis

On the possibilities for Catholic politics in India [auth] Prime Minister Modi’s recent meeting with Pope Francis in Rome, prior to the former’s participation at the G-20 meet in the same city, generated huge amount…

Christmas from the Lens of St Joseph and…

[auth] St. Joseph is not mentioned in the Gospel of Mark. In the Gospel of John, Joseph is mentioned twice and both times only with reference to Jesus (Jn 1:45; 6:42). In the Gospel of…

See With the Eyes of Christ – Blessed…

Note: The beatification ceremony of Blessed Grande will be held on 22 January 2022, in El Salvador. [auth] On the solemnity of the Transfiguration of Our Lord, 6th August 1970, Father Rutilio Grande concluded his…

Christmas With Migrants

[auth] As students of  Vidya Jyoti College of Theological studies, we annually organized Christmas and New Year Masses for the domestic workers, popularly known as Ayaa Bahnen in  Delhi. They came for Christmas and New…

From Jesus Christ to Pope Francis

A lesson in effective preaching of the word of God. [auth] Looking back at our years of training for priesthood, there were three things that were not much discussed, or touched upon only in passing.…

Bombay’s Utterly Brotherly Lot from Spain

“Lay Religious life … is … complete in itself” – (Renewal of Religious Life, 10). It didn’t take long for Jesuit General Arrupe himself to confirm that, when he said, “The Brother’s Vocation is a…

A Jesuit Christmas

A Jesuit Christmas is profoundly simpleExtraordinary happens in an ordinary wayGod becomes Man!Heaven and Earth are now holy!(Incarnation)[auth]A Jesuit Christmas is here and nowLocked in libraries or in open oceanHe finds Him everywhere and in…

Obscure Guest at Christmas

At a Christmas party he would not be missedHe was of common stock to be noticedSilent was his ways and deliberately obscureYet for two thousand years he continues to allure [auth] Nothing good came from…

No Christmas Please

(on hearing children are sold in Afghanistan) [auth]Christmas is about the CHILDTo be cuddled and treated mild.Today they are sold for foodHeartless can it get so crudeChristmas is about the ChildAngels gathered and smiledNow demons…

Towards Him All Time

Waited and waited for thousand years,Yet, sought Him only in the king’s palace.Blind to look down to the lowTo see Him who came down from above. [auth] Be not, the men, closed and stubborn,But to…

The WORD in the World

O Mother! Wasn’t the incarnation a privilege?For your womb became the holy carriage. [auth] O Heavens! Wasn’t the incarnation a time to rejoice?As the Lord came down to give a surprise. O Earth! Wasn’t the…

Your Goal was to Save Souls

Francis, Go set the world on fire.The only mission you did aspire,Nothing could urge you to retire,For only Christ was your life entire. [auth] Without conditions, no ifs, no buts, you left.Only your companions’ names…

A Thought-Provoking Collection

Khichdi, as is well known, is a cheap and nutritious dish, a favourite in South Asian cuisine. Khichdi is also Jesuit Father Myron J. Pereira's fourth collection of essays on sacred and secular topics, and…

More than Soul-Searching

The human soul is still an enigma, especially its genesis, nature and evolution. Most religions, particularly Christianity, still follow essentially the Platonic view, or a variant of it. Following Platonic dualism, the traditional Christian view…

Know the Indian Jesuit Scientists

The Jesuits have been known for their intellectual contribution to the world, specifically through science. This book ‘Contribution of Jesuits to Science in India’ by S. Ignacimuthu, SJ, summarises the scientific output of 68 Jesuits…

Jesuits and Higher Education

St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, celebrated its 150 years in 2019. To commemorate this occasion, the College had organized a conference on “Jesuit Initiatives in Indian Higher Education”. This book is the outcome of this effort.…

When Faith Meets Reason

Many youth today, and thinking adults too, find the Bible ‘weird,’ since several discoveries of science apparently make more sense to the modern mind. A fundamentalist version of Creation, Adam and Eve, etc., is no…

JCSA Meeting in Secunderabad

The bi-annual JCSA meeting was held from 24th to 29th October 2021, at Satyodayam in Secunderabad.  The in-person meeting was held after two consecutive online JCSA meetings. Both Fr Vernon and Fr M.K. George were…

JCSA AT COP26 – CARING FOR OUR COMMON…

At a time when the world is looking to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on lives, livelihoods and economies, heads of governments, people’s movements and policymakers explored the opportunity to ‘build back…

Three-day Workshop on Green Journalism

As part of implementation of the second PAP - preserving and protecting environment - the Communication Commission and Youth commission jointly organised a three-day intensive workshop on environmental writings. Around 25 Students from three Jesuit…

Fr. Hermann Bacher, SJ (ECE) 1924-2021

Fr. Hermann Bacher entered the novitiate of the Swiss Vice-Province in 1946 and was missioned to the Pune Province in 1948, together with three co-novices, Hans Belser, Henry Volken and Dominik Zemp. After ordination, he…

Fr. Lalit Kumar Ekka (MAP) 1971-2021

Fr. Lalit Kumar Ekka, S.J. [MAP] was born in a remote village called Kendapani, surrounded by hillocks. He was among five brothers and a sister. After his primary education, he went to Loyola School, Kunkuri,…

Fr. Marianus Kullu, SJ (DAR) 1960-2021

Fr Marianus Kullu entered the heavenly abode peacefully at 11.00 a.m., on 11th October 2021, in the Palliative Care Centre, Hatighisa. His funeral Mass was held the next day at St Peter’s Church, Gayaganga, presided…

Fr. Pablo Gil, SJ (GUJ) 1926 – 2021

Fr. Pablo Gil was the quintessential Jesuit. When he was called to his eternal reward on 20th October 2021 at the ripe age of ninety-five, he left behind a rich legacy. Pablo’s family was closely…

Br. Bernard Singh, SJ (PAT) 1932 – 2021

Br. Bernard Singh, SJ was an ‘exceptional Jesuit’ in many ways: though hailing from a Hindu family of Bihar that considers religious and caste identity as of supreme value, Baijnath Singh defied his family and…

Fr. Sebastian Thengumpallil, SJ (KER) 1962-2021

Fr. Sebastian Thengumpallil, left for his eternal reward on 27th October, 2021. During a 35-year long ‘calvary experience’, that followed a severe attack of Guillain Barre Syndrome in 1985 at the early years of college…

Fr. Aemilianus Lakra, SJ (MAP) 1936-2021

After his Tertianship, Aemilianus was appointed Parish Priest of Jhingo in 1972. He wanted to be with the people. From Monday to Saturday he moved from village to village meeting people, staying with them. This…

The Sun of Abba

My cannonball moment happened on a local train in Mumbai, on my way to St. Xavier’s school community. It was almost around midnight in the summer of 1982. [auth] After my tertianship in Hazaribagh, I…

Farmer’s Unique Marketing Idea

By switching to organic farming, Purushottam Sidhpara from Junagadh, Gujarat, cut down his input costs by 40% and water usage by 20% while earning export orders from 10 countries. He invites potential dealers/customers to his…

From Labour Pain to Saviour’s Gain

Dhamodharan was a dalit child labourer who worked in a brick kiln to support his family who struggled to have three square meals a day. Today he holds a PhD degree in anthropology. [auth] Although…

MAGIC MAGIS

(MAGIS in Latin mean ‘More and More’-one of the Ignatian values) [auth] I want ‘more and more’, ask me, ‘Why?’To try and try and reach the sky,To fall and rise until I fly,To search and…

Wear Glasses, Feel Pulses

Do you know that Gandhiji was attached to three of his material possessions — a pocket watch, a pair of spectacles and a pair of two-strap slippers? Yes, he was. Each one had a special…

In Gratitude- En Agradecimiento

When the first group of 18 Gujaratis was baptized on 11th December 1893, the Spanish Jesuits had not yet arrived in Gujarat.  The first Spanish Jesuit, Fr. Grau, reached Gujarat in 1921, exactly 28 years…

From a Foreign Mission to a Local Church

The universal Church is composed of local churches. In the history of the Christian revelation, the local church is not born by spontaneous generation. It is born, as Saint Paul says, “ex auditu”, by the…

Spanish Jesuits and their Education Ministry

Evangelization ministry among the local Gujarati population did not begin in Gujarat nor was it initiated by priests. The work was begun by the Daughters of the Cross in St. Joseph’s Convent, Bandra, Mumbai. Towards…

Up Until the First Spanish Missionary Arrived

In the year 1893 the Propaganda Fide had issued an instruction urging the Bishops to activate evangelization work in their territories, and asked them to report in six months. This urgent request rang a bell at the…

They Came: To Serve With Love

The ‘Man of La Mancha’ is a 1965  Broadway musical  adapted from a  1959 teleplay ‘I, Don Quixote’; this in turn, was  inspired by the 17th-century novel Don Quixote by the Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes. It is the story…

Viva La Espana Misionera

The Spanish Jesuits of Gujarat are celebrating the centenary of their missionary endeavors in Gujarat. I wish to contribute my grain of sand to felicitate them. I find myself in a unique position to do…

Spanish Jesuits, the Early Communicators

The Bombay Mission was entrusted to the Spanish Province of Aragon, by the Jesuit Superior General, Fr. Ledokowski, on March 4th, 1921. The first Spanish Missionary, Father Ramon Grau, landed in Anand, which was part…

The Band of Brothers, the Unsung Heroes

This year is the 100th year of the Spanish Jesuits coming to Gujarat, a landmark year in the history of service to mankind by the Society of Jesus. Of the 95 Jesuits, 18 were Brothers.…

Lighting Small Lamps to Lessen the Darkness

The journey of the Spanish Women Missionaries [auth] "Who does not dream of doing great things in life?Of leaving a blazing trail across the heavens?Like everybody else, we too had our hopes and dreamsTo make…

Etched in my Memories

The first time I met Fr. Isudas Cueli was way back in 1973, when I joined the Jesuit pre-novitiate in Ahmedabad. When the pre-novitiate in charge, Fr. Castiella, asked me who my ‘spiritual father’ was,…

As I Knew Them

As we celebrate 100 years of the arrival of Spanish Jesuit missionaries in Gujarat, I recall memories from fifty years ago. I was studying at St. Xavier’s School, Mirzapur, and Fr Pablo Gil was the…

The Spanish Humour

Gujarat state is ever grateful to its enthusiastic, committed and hardworking Spanish missionaries. They were\are a bundle of joy too. They lived their life joyfully and went about spreading that joy through their jokes and…

Follow Which Leader? A Rethink of Leadership

THE STORY OF FORMAL LEADERSIn both secular and religious organisations leadership is expected from one or other member who has assumed formal office. The person assuming office is greeted with accolades about her qualities from…

Grow Environmentally Sustainable

Environment is given greater attention in the world today due to the realization that climate change and pollution are affecting our lives. The Jesuits have chosen the decennial (2019-2029) Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs) in which…

Finding God in Day to Day Life

This book on prayer has something for everyone; children, teenagers, and adults. It addresses the spiritual needs of a wide variety of people who find themselves in a variety of situations in life. Fr. Learoy…

Fr. Rosario Rocha, SJ (GOA) 1952 – 2021

A Jesuit Polyglot and Scholar of Buddhism Fr. Rosario Rocha SJ, a Jesuit polyglot, scholar of Buddhism and former Provincial of Goa Province, left this world in the evening of 18th October 2021, at Rubi Hall…

Fr. Jerry Sequeira, SJ (GUJ) 1947 – 2021

Fr. Jerry Sequeira was the 5th Gujarat Jesuit victim of the dreaded coronavirus. He was an exceptionally talented person, a leader, an educationist, a formator, a sensitive care-taker and a publisher. As Pre-Novitiate Director, he…

Fr. Jean Englebert, SJ (CCU) 1929-2021

In January 2017, for health reasons, Fr Englebert decided to return to Belgium. There were several farewell functions at the Prabhu Gisur Girja where he had spent the largest part of his apostolic life. Above…

Fr. Gregory Naik, SJ (GOA) 1933-2021

The long life of Fr. Greg Naik of 88 years, is best captured with the metaphor of a pilgrim - Greg the pilgrim. That is who Greg was from birth until the end of his…

Fr. Andrew Francis, SJ (CEN) 1961-2021

The Lord called Fr. Andrew unto Himself on 10th Sep 2021, when he was in Jalandhar as a member of the NAAC Committee visiting Hans Raj Mahila Maha Vidyalaya. He died in his sleep. He…

Keeper of Kerala’s Silent Valley

The Silent Valley National Park in Palakkad is one of the most well-known tropical forests in India, with a wide variety of rare species of flora and fauna including the endangered lion-tailed macaque. [auth] In…

Enrolling Model

Is it possible for a few village girls to transform a backward region? You will believe it, if you meet Rinku Kumari, Nisha, Puneeta and Pinky from the villages of Shahpur Khalwapatti and Mishroli, in…

The Floral Trail

At the edge of the palm-fringed fields she stoodGazing at the flowers in gold arrayWhile the children of the neighbourhoodRomped in the stream, all beginning to play. Stooping she culled the jasmines brightAs her son,…

Our Common Houses and Works

Common Houses of Formation, Common Apostolic Works… Do they ring a bell? That’s it. They are De Nobili College, Satya Nilayam, Vidyajyoti, ISI, Sadhana … [auth] Well, at times, we forget not only these houses…

Synodality in the Church : Both a Gift…

The Holy Father Pope Francis convoked the Synod 2023 on the theme of “Synodality”. What did he mean? The popular meaning of synod is an “assembly or council of Church officials”, but the etymological meaning…

Synodal Spirit, lead us on!

Let’s Listen while ‘Journeying Together’: Thanks to Pope Francis, the Catholic Church is in synodal mode. Many ask: What does ‘synod’ mean? Synod comes from two Greek words: ‘syn’ + ‘hodos’, literally ‘with’ + ‘path’…

The Spanish Jesuits in Bombay (1921-2021)

A Quick Look at their Enormous Contribution to the Local Church The Jesuits of three different countries planted and nurtured the Faith in Bombay and along India’s west coast. The first were the Portuguese in…

Go, Set the World on Fire

It is said that “the most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire”. The Pamplona event where the flames of the cannon ball turned St. Ignatius from the “Knight” in Loyola to…

Psalm and Ignatius

Conversion of St. Ignatius In the light of Psalm 23 [auth] At the stroke of a cannonballAttuned to the vocation callShedding honor, pride and all - inShepherding Lord, ‘I shall not want!’Precious castle costs nothingPasturing…

Our Master, St. Ignatius!

May your vision illuminate our mission of reconciliationwith your tears of pain, of conversion and of consolation,by accompanying our impulses mostly impatient,by purifying our souls swiftly penitent,[auth]by rebuilding our minds often negligent,by healing our wounds…

ST. IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA

On God’s chosen journey he never looked backFor God’s greater glory strive bravely he didThe spirits discerning the while learned and taughtSeeking always to do the Lord’s bidAs he saw God’s love working along all…

Inigo, Canonball, Crossroads and the Jesuits

Speaking about the Ignatian Year, Arturo Sosa, the General of the Society of Jesus stated “We desire that the inspiration of the process of personal conversion that led Ignatius to share his spiritual experience and…

Musings on the Conversions of Saint Ignatius of…

In an interview with Pope Francis in August 2013, Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro, editor of Civilta Cattolica, began with an unscripted question, asking the Pontiff point-blank: “Who is Jorge Mario Bergoglio?” Spadaro notes: “The pope…

Ignatian Heritage and Ashram Ministry

Jesuits have always been pioneers in meeting new challenges of the times. When science challenged religion, they met that challenge as scientists, and so also in the social fields as lawyers and social workers. In…

Waves from the Sea of the Heart

Waves – Story Bank, is Father Felix Raj’s tenth book, published by the St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata Alumni Association. The book contains 75 inspirational stories. In his Foreword Prof. Suranjan Das, Vice-Chancellor of Jadavpur University,…

Who was Stan Swamy really?

The death of the 84-year-old Tribal rights activist, Fr. Stan Swamy in the judicial custody on July 5th, 2021, is considered by millions in India and abroad an institutional murder orchestrated by the Indian State.…

Webinar on ‘Dialogue of Life’

The Secretariat for the Service of Faith [SoF] organized a webinar on Dialogue of Life: Challenges and Opportunities in Our Troubled Times on 23rd August, 2021, with Joseph Victor Edwin SJ as the resource person.  Fr. Arun Kumar SJ,…

Inauguration of Jesuit Media Centre – JEMCEN

The long-awaited dream of starting a media centre came true in July 2021, when Fr. Jebamalai Irudayaraj SJ, the first Provincial of the Chennai Province, formally blessed and inaugurated the centre in the Viscom Block…

From Storm to Stillness

My childhood days peppered with mischievous pranks were a pleasant memorable experience with the privileges of being the single darling son amidst five girls, to my parents. Even with their minimum income as middle school…

Urban Jungle on Terrace

A retired Engineer from Bengaluru, Nataraja Upadhya has created an urban jungle on his terrace with many trees, and lots of butterflies and birds. Bengaluru is a concrete jungle now. Waiting for a hot summer,…

Teaching the Unreachable

The school, Agasthya Ega Adhyapaka Vidyalaya, is located atop the hills within the area of the Agasthyarkoodam, which is a 1,868-metre (6,129 ft)-tall peak in the Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary of Kerala. You can’t reach the…

Fr. Placido Fonseca, SJ (BOM) 1937-2021

Fr. Placido Fonseca (Placie) has truly been a pioneer of child rights in India. He received the National Award for Child Welfare from the Government of India in 1985.  He was also Chairperson of the…

Fr. Arputham Jesuraj, SJ (GUJ) 1960-2021

In June 1978, Jesuraj and I arrived at Ahmedabad around the same time, as pre-novices. Introducing himself, he said, “I am Jesuraj.” I asked, “What does the name mean?” He replied, “Jesus, King!” True to…

Fr. Maxim Crasta, SJ (GUJ) 1966 – 2021

Maxim was born on 27th December, 1966, at Loretto Parish in Mangalore Diocese. His parents, Ligoury and Christine, were devout Catholics. Maxim was the younger of their two sons. He came to Gujarat in 1984…

The Jesuit Principal

The task of a Jesuit Principal is monumental because he has to ensure the integral formation of the students under his care. He has to see that the institution is functioning according to the Ignatian…

The Mindful Education

Let me note a few remarks on Jesuit education. It is mostly on Tamilnadu Jesuit education—though it can apply to all of India--and it is not about all grades of education, only about the University…

Covid Beckons New Teaching Perspectives

“Everyone who remembers his own education, remembers teachers, not methods or techniques.  The teacher is the heart of the education system.” - Sidney Hook. [auth] Read More

Protecting our Educational Rights

The National Education Policy (NEP) – 2020, was released by the Central Government on 29th July with the cabinet’s approval. We immediately plunged into action and formed the National Federation for the Protection of Educational…

Speaking Truth to Power

An 86-page book titled ‘It's High Time: Women Religious Speak Up on Gender Justice in the Indian Church’ is set to create a storm in the Indian Church. [auth] Read More

Women in Islamic Religious Thinking

The cover story in the March 2020 issue of Jivan entitled 'Will Women's Struggle for Dignity Ever End?' by Professor Shalini, focusing on the place of women in Christian faith and practice, made an interesting…

Exploring New Frontiers in Interreligious Dialogue

“To be religious is to be interreligious.” This inclusive, integral insight of General Congregation 34 (130) served to widen the frontiers of interreligious dialogue in Jesuit circles. While GCs 32 and 33 focused on the…

Zoom Masses Unite a Faith Community

“We all lost our hope as the fear of Corona surrounded us. I was the front-line caregiver in the Emergency Room of North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset. I am the breadwinner of the family. Everyday awful thoughts, fearful…

O God, Where are You? – A Post-pandemic…

This pandemic has been a testing time for all. Every aspect of life is challenged. We are learning from experience that to live is to make many adjustments. No permanency for anything. Nothing as before!…

Covid Trekking

She is a healthcare worker. Yes, of course, she is paid by the government. But she has gone beyond the normal duty to save five villages from COVID-19. Please meet Suman Dhebe, in Pune Zilla…

My Manresa Experience!

At the age of 28, during a crisis of faith caused by unexplainable failures three times in a chemistry examination at the University of Bombay, God entered my life in a special way. One morning…

Fr. Paul Valappila, SJ (GUJ) (1943 – 2021)

Fr. Paul Valappila was born in Kerala. Fr Miguel Urrutia, who was vocation promoter for the Gujarat Jesuits, recruited Paul for the Gujarat Province. Paul joined the apostolic school at Loyola Hall, Ahmedabad, in 1956.…

A Conference Webbing together the Ignatian Spirituality and…

JaMiA [Jesuits among Muslims in Asia] organized a web-conference on August 11th and 18th with the theme "The Ignatian Spirituality and Islamic Teachings/Muslim Communities in Asian Contexts". Twelve papers that were presented by Jesuits and their collaborators in…

People of All Faiths Pledge to Pursue Stan’s…

On 28th July 2021, the progressive denizens of Jamshedpur City and its vicinity observed National Justice Day with a unique gusto and grandeur. Avidly reminiscing the incredible legacy and contributions of Fr. Stan Swamy, people…

Nashik based Jesuit NGOCares for the Covid Affected…

Maharashtra Prabodhan Seva Mandal (MPSM), a Jesuit NGO, working in the Nashik district of Maharashtra, arose to the needs of the tribal communities who were badly affected by the second wave of COVID-19. Though medical…

The Eucharist that Really Was

The book, Seven Baskets Full: The All-Embracing Lord’s Supper, my study of the Christian texts of the first three centuries was a real surprise. The Lord’s Supper was different in so many ways from the…

Gender Justice for Women Religious

This slim volume packs a powerful punch. Released in June 2021, it is a report of a survey commissioned by the women's section of the Conference of Religious India (CRI), to ascertain the truth of…

Will we Allow our Democracy to Collapse?

In January this year the United States Capitol was attacked and vandalized by supporters of the outgoing  President, who claimed that the election was “being stolen” from him. Read More

Dare to be on the Move

The 12th century poet-saint of Karnataka, Basavanna, in his popular Kannada poem says: “The rich will make temples for Siva. What shall I, a poor man, do?My legs are pillars, the body the shrine, the…

Not a Silent Spectator…

They (the people) were in painand it pierced your flesh…There were tears in their eyesand the agony was yours… [auth] They were not yours, yetyou pitched your tent among them…You stood with them, the oppressed,so…

The Prophet of Our Time

Boundaries ne’er deterred youLanguage was ne’er a bar for youFragile body despite, ne’er weakened youThe Almighty ne’er abandoned you! [auth] You stood up to the powerfulYou questioned the mightyYou protected the weak, helped the needyYou…

NOBLE STAN (Modeled on St Ignatius’ March)

Noble StanLeader of a jailed arrayLead us on O lead us onWe protested your jailingevery day [auth] Though the powersmenaced so nearYou did not fear,never did fearYou didn’t hide,you did not quitThis was your pledge…

Exploring Shia-Catholic Dialogue

Iran Culture House, New Delhi organized a luncheon to explore Shia and Catholic dialogue in Delhi. Joseph Victor Edwin SJ, Secretary, Islamic Studies Association, Delhi was invited to participate in the meeting in which Ayatollah…

Renaming Xavier University as ‘XIM’ University

Xavier University is now renamed as XIM University. On 3rd April, 2021, the Xavier University, Odisha (Amendment) Act 2021 was passed in the Odisha Legislative Assembly, renaming Xavier University as XIM University. Thus, the Gazette…

The Three Jesuits who Bridged Christianity and Islam

The three Jesuits pioneers of Christian-Muslim dialogue in India presented by Joseph Victor Edwin are: Victor Courtois from Belgium, Christian W. Troll from Germany and Paul Jackson from Australia. He describes their high caliber academic…

Meet the Joyful Jesus

Fr. Fio is well known as a writer and preacher of biblical and charismatic spirituality. Here he writes as a ‘happy son of St. Ignatius’, to invite us to enter deeply into gospel scenes by…

Democracy to Defend, Not to Destroy

Democracy is rightly defined as “the government of the people, by the people and for the people.” Real power in a democracy is vested in the hands of its citizens by the exercise of their…

THEOLOGY ONLINE – Encountering God in Cyberspace

The year-long curfew imposed due to Corona, turned out to be a dark period for all the educational institutions, students and those interested in learning. However, the saying ‘Not all the classrooms have four walls’…

Vows in the time of the Pandemic (aka…

Our world has been traumatically transformed over the last few months. On the one hand due to the Covid pandemic, we have faced an unpredictable illness, death, fear, uncertainty, loss of livelihood, and mental health…

Father Stan Swamy and the Bagaicha Movement

Bagaicha means a garden in which all kinds of flora and fauna flourish. Jharkhand’s Adivasi lands are sprinkled with such gardens, the mango orchards being the prominent and distinct feature of its landscape. According to…

For Stan, the Secular was the Sacred

18th July 2021 was a landmark day for thousands of Adivasis of Jharkhand. In a statement tweeted earlier, the Jharkhand Janadhikar Mahasabha (a coalition of progressive organisations, formed to facilitate efforts to defend peoples’ rights…

Stan: An Icon of Adivasi Articulation

Stan’s death: A loss for AdivasisIn the death of Father Fr. Stanislaus Lourduswamy, popularly known as Stan Swamy, the Adivasis of India in general and those of Jharkhand in particular, have lost their friend, philosopher…

Johar Stan!

On 6th July 2021, as I blessed the mortal remains and said, “Stan, Rest in Peace”, I asked myself, what do I carry with me? I approached him with a sense of reverence. He inspired…

Walking humbly with God… and with Stan Swamy

Theologian Jon Sobrino, lone survivor of the Jesuits martyred in El Salvador in 1989, recalled the prophet Micah in a video interview about the suffering and killing of innocent people. Journalist Elizabeth Carr also quotes…

Introduction to the Mass in memory of Fr…

Introduction to the Mass celebrated on 10 July 2021 by Fr. General at the General Curia, Rome in memory of Fr. Stan Swamy, SJ [auth] On behalf of the South Asian Jesuits here in Rome,…

Instruments for Liberation

Is it possible to give the marginalised children a future by musical instruments? If you happen to listen to Dr Luis Dias, Goa, you will realise that it is possible.  He is an obstetrician and…

A Chapel with a Cosmic Countenance

When we, the Good Shepherd Sisters, decided to build our new Provincialate in 2018, in Nagpur, I dreamt of a chapel which would reflect emerging spirituality. I wanted it to embrace the Universe and its…

When Tribal Land Matters and their Lives do…

It happened in 1921…. ‘Traders from other parts of India, knowing the improvidence of these simple aboriginals, have settled among them to exploit it and trade upon it. Their stocks are always well provided with…

The Spiritual Exercises – A Handbook for Lay…

Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ, the Jesuit General, has called this year, 2021-2022, “the Ignatian Year”, as it marks the 500th anniversary of the conversion of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Fr. General invites us ‘to see…

A Service Truly Auto

A Bhopal auto-driver has turned his three-wheeler into an ambulance. That too, free of cost. Javed Khan from Bhopal has put his livelihood on hold, but the lives of many on an oxygen cylinder. Before…

The Pandemic and the Big Challenges

Are we equal to the tasks? The Pandemic is not primarily about a virus, or a family of mutating deadly viruses. It is fundamentally about us! [auth] The first wave of the Pandemic (2020) wreaked…

IGNATIAN YEAR: A Call to be Partners in…

Does God have a dream for our world?  God certainly has one.  [auth] “Let us work the redemption of the human race.” [SE 107] This statement of the Holy Trinity clearly indicates God’s dream for…

The Conversions of Ignatius of Loyola

On the third floor of the Loyola family mansion –La Santa Casa- there is a room now known as the “Chapel of the Conversion”. It is believed that in those scarcely 30 square meters, Ignatius…

An Ignatian Moment of Conversion

The Society of Jesus plans to observe the year 2021 – 2022 as Ignatian Year during which she would relive the conversion experience of St. Ignatius. [auth] The Society traces her origin, charism and spirituality…

The Divine in the Face of the Other

As a young girl I remember the catechism class teacher asking me “Where is God?” I responded in faith by saying that God is everywhere.  Back then, I didn’t fully comprehend the full implication of…

The Mysticism of St. Ignatius

“The Christian of the future will be a mystic or not a Christian at all” - (Karl Rahner). That future has already arrived but not fully yet. Ignatian spirituality properly comprehended has a critical place…

Hope in the Valley of Tears : The…

Every pastor is called to walk alongside the people of God, guiding them, learning from them, journeying with them in struggles and successes. [auth] Pope Francis through his life, writings and concrete initiatives, shows how…

ARMY OF HELP

He failed to quality for defence exams. But Silu Nayak from Arakhadu village of Odisha trains so many youth that aspire to qualify for the defence service examinations. [auth] His height was 1cm less than…

The Face of the Face-less

When attacked with acid she had just turned 19. The reason was that she was beautiful. A man in her village forced her for months and stalked on her. She has now a disfigured face…

JCSA Meeting

February 2021 [auth] The JCSA had an online meeting from 22nd- 26th February 2021. It was the second JCSA meeting in a row in the online mode. The Major Superiors of the Conference along with…

Centenary Celebration Jiffies

The concluding commemoration of the Patna Jesuit Mission Centenary was held on March 3, 2021, at XTTI, Patna.  Though, the pandemic situation did not permit any kind of elaborate celebration, it was a year-long spiritual…

Christian Faith as a Co-pilgrim in Bihar: A…

During his apostolic journey to India in 1964, the first ever by a Pope, addressing the representatives of different religions on December 3, 1964, Paul VI had said “Yours is a land of ancient culture,…

Dreaming into the Future

Interview with Fr. Provincial, Donald Miranda, SJ [auth] Father Provincial, how do you feel as Patna province celebrates its centenary year?  The fact that Patna Jesuit Mission is celebrating One Hundred Years is a joyful…

Social Action: Glorious Past yet Searching for a…

The development of social action in the Patna Jesuit Province was spectacular. The beginnings qualify as a case study for understanding the meaning of three terms which Jesuits consider as defining characteristics of their mission:…

Patna Jesuits on the National Frontiers

Patna Mission, later to become the Patna Jesuit Mission, was entrusted to the Society of Jesus by Pope Benedict XV in 1919. The then General Vladimir Ledochowski commissioned the Missouri Province of the USA in…

Educating for a Stronger Bihar

It was 1921, and history will change for the better in Bihar. Five American Jesuits had arrived in Patna and they would make immense contribution to the life and education of the people of Patna…

Our Province, Our Vision

We Jesuits, motivated by the deep personal love of Jesus, have a strong desire to imitate our Creator and the Lord Jesus Christ as He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. [auth] The…

Patna Jesuits: as I saw them

I am glad to share my experiences and impressions of the Jesuits down the years. I limit my sharing to the Jesuits who came to Patna during or after the 1960s.  [auth] They were given…

Collaborating with Jesuits of Patna

As the invitation to share my experience of collaboration with the Jesuits in their varied ministries of Patna Diocese came to me, the image that flashed in my mind was that of the gospel image…

Recalling my Jesuit associations

Ever since I gained my senses, I have been associated with the Jesuit missionaries for my upbringing. The first Jesuit priest I had encountered was Fr. Vervaraken, who was from Belgium. Further, I had the…

They have shaped my Life

I am Prem Manjhi. My father is Mr. Suresh Manjhi and mother is Mrs. Tileshwaridevi. I hail from Jamsaut, a village in the outskirts of Patna. I belong to the Musahar community, the most backward…

In Love with the Mission

I  can never sum up in such a short article what the entire Patna Mission means to me, nor the incredible growth that has occurred in the past 100 years. Here are a few of…

Easter: from Despair to Hope

Easter is the ultimate Solemnity and greatest Feast and is the longest among the liturgical seasons. It celebrates the crowning, central truth of our faith in Jesus Christ. Easter is the most important day of…

A Century of Patna Jesuit Mission: 1921-2021

Christian mission in Bihar is 400 years old, first begun by Jesuit missionaries in 1620, a short-lived mission, later by Capuchins from 1706-1919. In 1919, Patna Diocese was created and entrusted to the management of…

Man of Letters

In the world of social networking, there is a postman still delivering posts to the poor people who live in inaccessible terrains. Plantation workers who live in difficult terrains in the Nilgiri Hills do not…

Smashing Gender Norms

Kerala Woman Climbs Coconut Trees to Support Her Family [auth] The lockdown forced Sreedevi Gopalan, 25, a final year B.Ed student to return home in Malappuram, Kerala. Her father has been a coconut tree climber…

Theology Emerging from Below

South Asian Jesuit Contribution to Contextual Methodology [auth] I. First Stirrings of Indigenization: After Vatican Council II, especially after the emergence of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) in 1974, the topic of indigenization…

Jesuit Response to Feminist Concerns in South Asia

South Asia remains a global hotspot where women are still considered second-class citizens: educationally backward, culturally suppressed, economically dependent and politically powerless. Discrimination against girls and women results in a high rate of female foeticide,…

Building Bridges across Religions

South Asian Jesuit Pioneers in Interfaith Dialogue [auth] Dialogue is an indispensable ingredient of Asian Theology. Hence, I present a glimpse of South Asian Jesuit engagement with Hinduism and Islam, briefly discussing contributions of Jesuits…

Echoing the Cries of the Cosmos

South Asian Jesuit Influences in Tribal Theology [auth] Tribal theology is contextual and incarnational by nature—born out of the experience of various forms of injustice and exploitation of tribal peoples and their worldview (God-nature-human relationship)…

Wrestling with Indian Casteism

Jesuit Contribution to Dalit Theologies [auth] The Jesuit contribution to Dalit Theologies must be seen against the backdrop of their wrestling with Indian casteism. The endless struggles of one-fifth of the Indian population reduced to…

Jesuit Mission in the field of Ethnophilosophy

In the context of post-colonialism, the concept of ‘ethno’/ ‘ethnic’ is becoming popular. Especially in ‘third’ world countries, researches are done on ‘ethno-medicine’, ‘ethno-chemistry’, ‘ethno-botany’, ‘ethno-history’, ‘ethno-economics’ and so on. But unfortunately, ‘ethno-philosophy’ is an…

St. Joseph: model of faith, hope and love

St. Joseph is one of the very few Saints who has two feast days to honour him. The scriptures don’t say much about this silent saint. In fact, St. Joseph does not speak in the…

Transforming Ashes into Fire

Age old symbols and practices characterise the season of Lent.  Among the symbols ash, desert and fire stand out and the triad of practices drawn from the Gospels that the church recommends are prayer, penance-fasting…

From Desk-Bound to Deshi Theology

Assessing the South Asian Jesuit Role in Theologizing [auth] Sab-Jannewalla—Hindi, meaning, know-all—is an epithet jokingly used for Jesuits. Overstated though the label be, there’s some truth about Jesuit wisdom in the intellectual arena, theology being…

In a Different Farm

What comes to your mind when you think of a government official? Bribes for a sign on your certificate? Delay in registering your sale deed? Meet Taslima Mohammed, 34, a sub-registrar working in Mulugu and…

Digital Jesuits: The #Hashtag Ministry

Fr. Stan Swamy, an octogenarian Jesuit priest, hailing from Jamshedpur Province, was arrested by the National Investigating Agency (NIA) on 8 October 2020. 15 January 2021 marks 100 days since his illegal arrest.  [auth] The…

Wiring the Universal Apostolic Body

Jesuit Strategic communications and networking in the COVID era. [auth] W e may be experiencing one of the key global turning points of our time. This juncture, despite the serious impact it has on so…

Jesuit communications during Covid-19

An overnight nationwide lockdown announced on the 24th day of March, 2019 set off a series of events that confused, confounded, and challenged each one of us. That night, a maverick virus that flew into…

Farmers on the Roads: An Opportunity for the…

As the world’s attention is riveted on the ‘largest protest in history’ that is being played out on the streets leading to the political Capital of India, there is a churning happening.  Indian democracy is…

Assessing Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

Articles 48A and 51A (g) in the Constitution of India spell out the imperatives for the state and its citizens, namely, protection and improvement of the environment. Article 48A states, “The State shall endeavour to…

Go! Set the Web on Fire!

Historians of science regard the 15th and 16th centuries as an age of reason that steered science and art to great heights. It was driven by a vision to create a new world! [auth] Moreover,…

Online JCSA | Oct, 2020

Online JCSA: JCSA meetings take their name from the place they are held in. This JCSA held in cyberspace, was baptized, as ‘Online JCSA’. [auth] Being an online meeting, members had to familiarize themselves with…

From Babri Mosque to Ram Temple

This 5th August (2020), the Prime Minister of India did the ground-breaking ceremony (Bhumi Pujan) for Ram Temple in Ayodhya. The Prime Minster compared the 15th August when India got freedom, to the 5th August…

Christmas in the time of COVID-19

Can we celebrate the feast of Christmas this year in the midst of a pandemic and the scourge of COVID-19?  [auth] If our idea of celebration is restricted to physical participation at various events, then…

The Birth of Hope to Heal the World

Stanley Weintraub in his “Silent Night: The Story of the World War-I Christmas Truce,” illustrates an extraordinary moment in the history of the world.  [auth] During the first World War, British soldiers and German soldiers…

NEP 2020 Structural Changes in School Education

On the 29th July 2020, the Union Cabinet approved the third National Education Policy (NEP), 2020, which is aligned to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and hopes to address the many growing development priorities…

Challenges Raised by the Jail Custody of Fr.…

Fr. Stan Lourduswamy SJ, aged 83, who was working for the Adivasis of Jharkhand for more than three decades, was taken into custody and imprisoned on October 9th in the Taloja prison in Mumbai. Along…

Infirmary in the Pandemic

Ireturned from visiting the hospital, dog-tired and ravenously hungry.  I collected my dinner from the hot box in the kitchen and ate in the reading room. The T. V. streamed news of the Corona situation…

Fratelli Tutti in the light of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam

The hallmark of the papacy of Pope Francis has been his persistent efforts and inexorable courage to address the issues that touch the grass-root realities of the contemporary human life, dignity, full-flowering of inter-dependent relationships,…

Yamraj: The God of Life

Yam Raj, aged 49, is a farmer by profession, and dedicates two months during the monsoons every year, to help people cross flooded rivulets in Uttarakhand, India. He literally carries travellers on his shoulders to…

Kiran Nidhi Yojana

Piplantri was a Rajasthan village of barren and dusty hills. From 2005, Marble mining completed its desolation. Heat and dust, water scarcity and droughts made young people migrate. Girl children were considered a curse, many…

Silent Crackers

When Diwali comes, crackers will fill the sky. But for decades, two Tamil Nadu villages - Kollukudipatti and Singampunari - in the Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu have not burst crackers during Diwali festival. The…

Organic Fruits from Drought-Prone Beed Dt.

This farmer of Beed Dt. switched to organic fruit farming after attending a seminar. He made a fortune growing organic papaya and watermelon. [auth] Marginal small farmers do not easily experiment with alternative crops or…

Martyrdom and Jesuits of South Asia

A few years ago, just after I had given a quick rundown of the many international honours the Jesuit scientists have achieved for their accomplishments – 35 lunar craters, 11 asteroids, the first credited scientific…

Let us together make a difference

In Conversation with the Newly appointed President of JCSA. [auth] Hearty Congratulations, Fr. Stany, on being appointed the President of JCSA. As you assume this important responsibility, what are your first feelings, rather your consolations…

Contemplation in Political Action

We live today in cataclysmic times! If one goes by the experience of the last couple of years, and particularly since the pandemic COVID-19 gripped the world, one realises there is not much positive happening…

JRS-South Asia: 40 years of Accompaniment

As Jesuit Refugee Service enters into 40 years of existence in November 14, 2020, it is not a time to triumphantly celebrate its achievements but to trace out God’s footprints and His providential accompaniment with…

The Heaven I Imagine

What is heaven like, is a question whose answer we do not know but are keen to know. Based on the following 4 faith-linked premises, I make the following imaginative presentation of heaven [auth] Heaven…

Blessed Emilio Moscoso, SJ: First Martyr of Ecuador

Emilio Moscoso (1846-1897) was beatified in his birthplace Riobamba, Ecuador, on November 16, 2019. His feast-day is on 21st November, together with Blessed Miguel Agustin Pro. [auth] Emilio Moscoso was born in Cuenca, Ecuador, on…

Moves and Halts in South Asia: 2014-2020

It is always a welcome Ignatian Exercise to review our life-mission as it unfolds before us. How did the last six years unfold before the Conference of South Asia? What are the ‘moves and halts’…

Of a different Kind-ness

Do you want to know what it means to be kind to others? You should talk to Manisha (22), a lecturer at the Nandha College of Nursing in Erode District, Tamil Nadu. She has made…

Unique Bamboo Houses Survive 7 Assam Floods in…

Almost every Monsoon, the Brahmaputra floods Assam, sweeping away everything they encounter — human settlements and paddy fields. In 2016, the soil erosion due to floods in Golaghat district wrecked more than 40 residential shelters and schools.…

Gandhian and Christian Martyrs

In the year 1965, war was going on between India and Pakistan. India was dropping bombs on various targets. We were about sixty five seminarians doing theology in Kurseong on the Himalayan hills. With the…

The NEP 2020: Reforms tilted towards the Rich…

“Education is a dynamic reality; it is a movement that brings people to light.” - Pope Francis  [auth] The vision of the new National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 envisions “creating the education system holistic, flexible,…

Facing Corona with Meditation

It is already eight months! Corona is still ruling the nations! So much suffering, death, and uncertainty. Many scientists, doctors, social workers, government and private agencies and individuals are trying their best to cope up…

Rohingya: fast becoming a lost tribe?

Unlike the 2019 peace rally at Kutupalong Mega camp, when over 200,000 Rohingya refugees converged together to mark the second anniversary of their exodus from Rakhine state, the third anniversary on 25th August 2020 was…

Can our forerunners inspire us?

Education has been an important tool in the hands of Jesuits almost from its very inception in 1542.  Within a few years of the founding of the Society of Jesus, it became clear that one…

Humour as a Way to Face the Vicissitudes…

Three aspects of humour are highlighted here: 1. Humour softens the existential suffering and also acts as protest against injustice and discrimination; 2. It’s an antidote to what cannot be changed in life; 3. Humour…

‘Lockdown’ student cultivation

Teacher Saritha Vijaykumar found Covid-19 lockdown a perfect opportunity to explore ways to engage children in more creative and healthy pursuits than just sitting at home and getting bored! “When the lockdown was implemented, children…

Thinking Out of the Gender Box: Challenges to…

Moving into the 21st century, gender is a familiar expression in ordinary parlance besides becoming a tool of critical inquiry in key analytical questions. Though gender concerns are generally seen as synonym for women’s concerns,…

Jesuits and Gender Equality

For thousands of years patriarchal attitudes persisted in human society wherein the male was considered the norm and the female as created to be at his service. Women were accorded an inferior position and were…

Women Religious and Ignatian Spirituality

Ignatian spirituality is a significant source and motivation for many women religious Congregations as well as lay associations. Many Congregations include the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola with their particular practice of spirituality.…

Showing the Way to God : Spiritual accompaniment…

In her book, Women at the Well: Feminist Perspectives in Spiritual Direction, Kathleen Fisher writes, “It is often said of women’s spirituality that ‘we do not yet know what it looks like’.” The same could…

Rewriting the Jesuit Narrative on Women

This year marks a quarter of a century since the Society of Jesus issued the ground-breaking official document titled ‘Jesuits and the Situation of Women in Church and Civil Society’. The Jesuits committed themselves to…

Go to the Frontier Mission

It was in April 2017 my Provincial Fr. Sebastian Jeerakassery showed me a letter from Fr. George Pattery that Port Blair Diocese needs a Spiritual Director. He asked me whether I was ready to go…

Jesuit Community among the Planets

Pope Benedict XVI, addressing the 35th General Congregation in 2008, praised Jesuits as those who reach “those physical and spiritual places which others do not reach or have difficulty in reaching.” This is best illustrated by…

Loretos turn green

The Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM), known as Loreto Sisters, was founded by Mary Ward in 1609. She was a resilient person of great faith and strength of character.  She was labelled a heretic in her…

Baptism by Covid-19 Has it changed the Church?

I don’t know whether Covid-19 will change our theology or our churches, but it has certainly changed our homes. Today we are thinking of God and the Church differently, and expressing our thoughts differently.  [auth]…

A Psychological perspective on the Pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic may be best described as a disaster which began in Wuhan China and has now spread to many countries in the world. A disaster is a sudden, calamitous event that seriously disrupts…

The Virus of Hate

In his recent message calling for “responsibility and solidarity”, Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary-General, said that we all face one common threat – the Corona virus. However, he said that together we can change the…

Violence against the Dalits in Nepal

On 23rd May in Nepal, reports broke out about the lynching of Navaraj BK and five of his friends. According to journalistic accounts, Navaraj, a 21-year-old Dalit man, along with his companions had gone to…

‘Thatha Sami’ Fr. Louis Lèveil

Born on 6th April 1884 at Laille, France, Louis Marie Lèveil was the youngest of ten children. Next to his mother, Julianee Lebine, Lèveil was very close to his sister Victoire, who sowed the seed…

Marching with the Migrants

Best for the Least The Bible, as the history of liberation from repression, crystallizes that the rights of the poor  are the rights of God. It has now dawned on the Jesuits the realization that…

Transforming Education after Covid-19

Defining moments strike us when we least expect them, especially during times of uncertainties and crises. They trigger our imagination and propel us into action. [auth] On a casual evening walk a few days back,…

Love Bomb

Albert Einstein, who we all know as a great genius, wrote some letters to his daughter Lieserl back in 1938. He said, “Please hold on to these letters because I’m not sure that humanity is…

Jesuit Resource and Response Hub (JRH)

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented waves of devastation across the globe. Apart from being a threat to lives, the lockdown that followed brought misery and despair to millions of people, especially the poor. Migrant…

The SWAN Girls: Prophetic Witness of the Youth

Then the LORD said, “I have certainly seen the oppression of my people...I have heard their cries of distress... Yes, I am aware of their suffering.” (Ex. 3:7) [auth] These words that set Moses on…

The Rights of Stateless Citizens

The plight of migrant workers walking thousands of kilometres to their homes carrying their children on the shoulders and their meagre possession on their back, braving heat and hunger will haunt us for many years.…

Pandemic: A call to Indigenous way of life

“We don’t want sympathy, we want dignity; we work hard to earn our living, and we don’t beg, borrow or steal. We may be poor but we are also citizens of this country with equal…

Migrant Solidarity Centre, Bagaicha

Soon after the sudden and shocking announcement of the lockdown, and in the absence of Government help, worried and frustrated migrants began to leave for their distant homes. Images of thousands of men, women and…

“I can’t breathe” in India too

Breathing is such a natural activity that we do not even pay attention to it most of the time, unless of course, we are practising pranayama or yoga. What is more, breath is free! For…

The Person of Ignatius

There are many ways to approach the life of St. Ignatius. [auth] One could focus on his writings, his vision, or his leadership qualities. One could trace the path of his life in chronological order,…

A Prelate not too late

On April 24, the call centre of the Municipal Corporation of Kannur in Kerala had a Catholic Bishop attend the calls. Bishop Alex Vadakkumthala of Kannur was seen noting down a list of essentials requested by…

Beyond the peripheries – among the Transgenders

Corona virus has destabilized millions of people in our country. The most affected are the daily wage earners and the migrants. Of these, the ‘blacklisted’ and the ostracized from society are the ‘secluded minority’ -…

Reaching out to distressed migrants

India’s nationwide lockdown exposed the vulnerabilities of over 4 crore distressed internal migrants. The lockdown left hundreds of thousands of migrant workers stranded far from home without employment, shelter, food and social security. The disturbing…

First Jesuit Brothers

May 1—The Memorial of Saint Joseph ‘the Worker’ has been observed as ‘Religious Brothers’ Day annually in the U.S. since its inauguration in 2017 in recognition of the life and ministry of brothers. [auth] A…

Living in solidarity with the environment

When the Government asked all educational institutions and other establishments to close down, one of our KG girls went back home happily. Her mother asked her why she was so delighted to come home before…

Online Retreat: A Lifeline experience

We consider the present COVID-19 pandemic as the ‘Cross of Christ’, which to humankind is folly but to God is wisdom. Amidst such an unprecedented crisis when the entire world is reeling under the spell…

Coping Apostolically with COVID-19

Pondering over the uncertain interval between two regimes of ancient Rome, Antonio Gramsci wrote from a Fascist prison in 1929, “The old world is dying and the new world struggles are yet to be born.…

Slumdog hero of slab school

Parents in Delhi slums work in the fields and their children remain uneducated since they have no time to drop and pick up the children from school. But an informal school started by Satyendra Pal responded…

Toilets with plastic bottles

Inspired by the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Rashmii Tiwarii, an architect from Hyderabad, reuses PET bottles to construct public restrooms. [auth] Did you know the Indian cricket team’s jerseys are made from recycled PET bottles? To…

Easter in the time of COVID-19

Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Jesus was willing to go to his passion and death despite being afraid, only because he believed it was the will of his Father. [auth] The…

A story of Hope: Educating the rural poor…

Looking back now, the story of the Jesuit schools in Northeast India has been one of unsolicited hope. Things happened unexpectedly; certainly not as the village folks had anticipated or, for that matter, even the…

Our Growing Numbers

In Kohima Region, the growing number of local vocations must surely be reckoned as a sign of God’s singular favour. God confirms our mission in Northeast India by calling young men, and he invests in…

Whither the next fifty years of the Kohima…

Fifty years are gone and the next fifty are beckoning the Kohima Jesuits. Where do they stand today as they ‘Read the Past to Write the Future’? They have ventured confidently into multiple areas of…

The vision of Kohima scholastics

When I asked the Kohima Region scholastics about their vision for our future, their responses endorsed my sense that the UAPs are constitutive of the next ten years. As described in the UAPs, our Region…

Post-Jubilee Musings

Celebrations are like binding knots of a community that is alive and animated, sensitive and thriving. It builds strength, invigorates a process, and enriches its potential. The Golden Jubilee celebration of Kohima Jesuit Region was…

The Easter Egg

Many symbols are part of our traditional ways of celebrating feasts. Thus we have the Christmas tree and the Easter egg. Many of our modern Easter eggs have become as barren as the unfertilized eggs…

Missionary in our streets

Murukan was once an orphan left in the streets. But now he runs Theruvora Pravarthaka Association. He has rescued thousands of homeless children, elderly, and ailing people from various cities in Kerala and has given them…

The Core of Christianity

We have received in our Christian Spirituality that the foundation of our relationship with God is based on, ‘Love God with your whole being and love your neighbour as yourself.’ Pope Francis through his Encyclical…

9th National Congress of JAAI- Trichy

The 9th National Congress of the Federation of Jesuit Alumni/ae Associations of India (JAAI) was held from January 17-19, 2020, at St. Joseph’s College, Tiruchirapalli and was jointly hosted by St. Joseph’s College and St.…

Are women not givers and mediators of life?

Every step forward for women is a step forward for humanity as a whole - Pope Francis. [auth] On a sunny summer’s day in 2014 I boarded the Duranto Express at the Howrah railway station…

A Lenten Roadmap

Somehow, the Lenten season always makes a big appeal, even though it is an annual and familiar feature. People get into its spirit and sense rather effortlessly. So much so, practically every parish community anywhere…

The First Woman: Cursed forever

Isn’t it paradoxical that the joys of parenthood, the blessing of motherhood, cherished by most societies and psyches, are in orthodox biblical perspective, curse and punishment? What kind of neurosis could have stigmatized the most…

Integral Proclamation of the Word of God

The ‘Word of God’ Sunday on January 26, 2020, coincided with our Republic Day, the day on which our Indian Constitution was promulgated in 1950. Given the present scenario of the promotion of Hindutva in…

A balance of Ecology and Ecosophy

The question that I keep asking myself is ‘how can we do justice to our ecology and make our world fit for others to live in?’ We all live in one world and in one…

Will Women’s Struggle for Dignity Ever End?

A few years ago five of my Jesuit students prepared and presented an assignment during the course on Feminist Theology. They began their power point presentation with the following words:  Woman cries and says,“Why did you…

Jyoti breaks through

The First Prize Winning Story of JIVAN creative writing contest-2019 [auth] Jyoti walked down the road in a pair of heeled slippers modern in design and matching a chic, ethnic salwar kameez set. She looked…

Ekta Chappal Ghar

You definitely remember the above two images from the 2002 Gujarat riots; one of Qutubuddin Ansari with a sobbing face and folded hands begging for mercy from an attacking mob, and the other of Ashok…

International Year of Plant Health, 2020

On December 20, 2018, the General Assembly of the United Nations passed a Resolution to declare 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health. One may ask, “Are plants so unwell that they need global concern…

Should we not ‘Walk the Talk’?

India is in a mess; the economy is in shambles! On January 20, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) lowered the growth estimate for India to 4.8 per cent for 2019, citing stress in the non-bank…

The Citizenship Bill and the Northeast

The anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) fire lit in Assam spread to the rest of the Northeast and to Peninsular India but with different priorities. Its focus for the protesters in Peninsular India is discrimination based…

CAA and its implication on refugee communities

The passing of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in 2019, have stoked the embers of the identity of people and their future existence. The scale and intensity of…

Protest and Resistance

Youth are challenging the iniquitous Citizenship Amendment Act. What about us, Jesuits? [auth] As persons committed to journeying with the youth, we should take part in this ongoing debate on inclusion and exclusion. As Jesuits…

Christian love is neither deaf nor blind

Imagine a plot written by George Orwell, the India-born author of the novel 1984. This time it is 2025. It has no meaning other than two minor ones. The simpler one is that it marks…

Are we short of “vocations”?

Our Provinces work earnestly at the task of getting ‘vocations’. Among routine activities vocation promoters travel far and near to meet possible candidates, subsidise exposures to varied apostolic works, foster prayer and spirituality, try to…

Begged Life

In 1992, he had just failed his class 10 examinations, and had decided to take his life. Twenty-seven years later, Murugan runs an organisation that takes care of the homeless and provides them with meals…

Expanding Eco Education Network

God’s Creation is a web: everything in Creation is linked. It is this Creation Web that sustains the Universe. [auth] Last month, GJEM (Gujarat Jesuit Ecology Mission) began creating a web of Eco Education across…

JCSA STATEMENT ON THE EMERGING SITUATION IN JHARKHAND

The recent developments in the state of Jharkhand are a cause of concern for every citizen of India. The democratic institutions and rule of law have collapsed in Jharkhand, resulting in efforts to amend Chotanagpur/Santal…

Expressive Club: Philosophical Implication of Language

“With globalization, the so called less important traditions, cultures, languages, and even species,” said Mrs. Sofie as introduction to the gathering of the Expressive Club in a building she owned. [auth] Her husband, a social…

A Language that could not be Written |…

A Foundational Grace The desire to learn, promote and empower languages is a foundational grace that the Society of Jesus has enjoyed from its very inception. Throughout the history of the Society of Jesus, Jesuits…

A ‘Labour of Love’ in Indigenous Languages

The UN General Assembly’s declaration of 2019 as the ‘International Year of Indigenous Languages’ echoed joyfully in the tribal heartland of Gujarat on 21 February 2019, when the Hon. Governor of Gujarat, Shri O. P.…

God’s Presence, God’s Present

For some years now I have received Christmas cards from some friends that have no reference to Jesus. On the outer page you see a bouquet of flowers, or a tree covered with buntings; on…

The Dawn of a New Life

A spiritual journey is a unique experience. Christmas inherently promotes spiritual growth and development, and is a time for spiritual rebirth and the dawn of a new Life. [auth] Jesus was born, and His birth…

Jesus: A name St. Ignatius Carried in His…

The titular feast of the Society of Jesus, celebrated on 3rd January, is one of three solemnities in the Society; the other two are the feasts of St Ignatius and St Joseph. The importance the…

Responding to REGAE II and Looking at the…

To, All Jesuits of the Conference of South Asia    15 Nov, 2019                                                                   POSA Circular 2019/06                                                                                                                                   Dear Friends in the Lord, Greetings of Peace! This circular brings you the responses of JCSA to the long process of…

The Synod of the Amazon

Personally, I believe that for those who are born or live in the Amazon, the Pan-Amazon Synod was a time of kairos, for all our communities to see how much the Church, led by Pope…

Delivering goodness

Twenty one children who once begged for food and money on Kolkata’s roads now study in government schools. This is not the work of an NGO or a Government scheme. It is the initiative of…

Jesuit contribution towards Tribal Identity and Culture

Fr. John Baptist Hoffmann started the Chotanagpur Catholic Mission Co-operative Society which helped the Adivasis stand on their feet economically. They were saved from the clutches of money lenders and profiteers through this well managed…

Caring for our common home

Jesuit ministry for environment protection [auth] Across countries we see humankind (young and old) entering into a paradigm of promoting and embracing an environmentally friendly lifestyle and spirituality. Green activism, research on climate issues, eco-friendly…

Inter-State Migrants (ISMs) in Kerala

Social integration has been recognized the world over as the key issue affecting the life of migrants. Social protection measures of both central and state governments and social support from host communities could become more…

Society of Jesus on its global mission

Two interventions of 2019 invite the Church and the Jesuits to serious personal and collective deliberation, action and assessment. The first is Pope Francis’ declaration of October 2019 as an Extraordinary Missionary Month. The second…

Arrupe helps us ride the waves

To mark the 200th anniversary of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus in 1814, Pope Francis presided over Vespers on 27th Sept., 2014, in the Church of the Gesù in Rome. “The ship of…

Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat

A Journey of Justice and Reconciliation: 50 Years and Beyond… [auth] In 1968 Fr. Pedro Arrupe on an official visit to Chotanagpur, India, entered an office in Ranchi and met Fr. Francisco Ivern, SJ, from…

Ecumenism and the Society of Jesus today

Every two years since 1969, the International Congresses of Jesuit Ecumenists have provided a forum for encouraging exchange among Jesuits drawn to the ecumenical dimension of the Ignatian charism. The ecumenical dimension was evident in…

Receptive Ecumenism

The communiqué from ARCIC III’s (the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, Phase 3) first plenary meeting in 2011 declared the Commission’s intent to use the method of receptive ecumenism which it described as seeking “to make…

Promoting Christian Unity in the Divided World

The World Evangelical Alliance General Assembly to be held in Jakarta in November 2019 has the theme “Your Kingdom Come! Our heart’s Cry - Advancing God’s Kingdom Together.” For the eleventh Assembly of World Council…

Women and Ecumenism in India

The ecumenical movement has its origin in Jesus’ poignant prayer on the eve of his death, his yearning for the unity of all - “that they may all be one as I am in you”…

REGAE II – a destination already and not…

In October-November 2014 the Major Superiors of the Jesuit Conference of South Asia (JCSA) met in Phesama, Nagaland, and moved by “a palpable experience of the Spirit at work among us”1 , responded boldly and…

Two years on: ‘No light at the end…

Second repatriation attempt failed As the second and latest repatriation attempt failed to take off on 22nd August, there is now cause for more gloom and despair among the 1.1 million Rohingyas currently sheltered in…

Mahatma and Saint

Come October 2019 and the world will be celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi (2nd Oct.) and the canonization (13th Oct.) of Cardinal Newman. [auth] What is little known, however, is the connection…

Ageless value

A first-aid kit containing all the emergency requirements - bandages, antiseptic lotion, cream for burns and paracetamol; with basic knowledge of administering first aid having gone through formal training, this is no ambulance or an…

One man’s Eco dream – lived!

Purushothaman was a technician in the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Bangalore. He saw the rapid growth of industry, population, and the consequent explosion of filth in the ‘garden’ city of India! He dreamt of living…

Spring Offensive

 Note: The term ‘Spring Offensive’ refers to the attacks by insurgents on the government in Afghanistan. The poem deals with the hope that the children of a conflict-ridden country place in education. More precisely, in a land where there is…

Interview with Fr. Markus Schmidt, SJ

President of the International Society of Jesuit Ecumenists (Fr Markus Schmidt, the President of the International Society of Jesuit Ecumenists was interviewed on behalf of JIVAN by Fr. Cedric Prakash. Fr. Schmidt is an Assistant…

Not All Crap! – Selling waste Online

Hyderabadis, listen! Want to earn from your household scrap while helping the environment? This start-up not only offers a free pick-up service, it also uses part of the profits to educate underprivileged children. [auth] Making…

Sacral Interculturality: a visit to a Sufi Dargah

Cultural diversity has emerged as a key concern in the pluralistic context of our county. Culture embraces the totality of people’s life - language, religion, cuisine, social habits, music, art, etc. Homogenization of cultures has…

The changing face of Inter-religious dialogue

I have been interested, if not actually engaged, in interreligious dialogue for the last 65 years. Looking back, I am amazed at the manner in which it has changed over the years. Sharing that story…

Promotion or Denial of Education? – a critical…

The Government of India released the Draft New Education Policy (DNEP) – 2019 on 31st May for public response. India has a population of 1.3 billion and the Constitution recognises 22 official languages. The DNEP…

A journey into the heart of the ‘religious…

My Superiors missioned me to ‘Apostolate among Muslims’. This mission placed on me a twofold responsibility: explore, find and establish contacts with Muslims in order to help them understand the Church and her love for…

Everyone is a victim – therein lies our…

Fundamentalism and Inter-faith dialogue in South Asia [auth] The persecution of the Christian community is the single most noxious common factor among the eight states of South Asia – in Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri…

Dialogue with Sikhs

Guru Nanak Dev, born in 1469, moved by compassion for his suffering people started Sikhism, to liberate his people from socio-religio-cultural oppressive systems and divisions based on caste, social hierarchy, and economic inequality in society.…

The Zen faith

Yamada KounRoshi, one of the renowned Japanese Zen masters of our times once said, if a Christian practices Zen, he/she will become a better Christian; deep in Christianity as well as in Zen. Zen is…

Christians and Yoga

This year International Yoga Day was celebrated on 21st June in many countries led by India. But there was a hiccup among Christians caused by a controversy with regard to the legitimacy of celebrating this…

Inter-religious couples: A new Inter-faith dialogue

This article is restricted to marriages between a Catholic person and a partner belonging to another faith. These are known as ‘Inter-religious’ or ‘Disparity of cult’ marriages. The focus of the article is on couples…

Fr. Angelo Benedetti, SJ Swami Shubhananda

Swami Shubhananda was born in Barcelona, Spain, in 1928 and named after an Austrian Jesuit priest, Fr. Angelo Barbaria, who was his father’s spiritual guide. Angelo attended a flourishing Jesuit school in Barcelona in 1938.…

Ministry of fostering integrity and integration

Nowadays the ministry of inter-religious dialogue is referred to as the ministry of promoting inter-religious relations which enhance mutual understanding, co-operation, peaceful co-existence and communal harmony among people of different religions living side by side…

The Dragon King of Bhutan

My first encounter with my King who is admiringly called the Great Fourth was on the basketball court. He was an avid basketball player and we were privileged to play with him on a regular…

Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam an Eminent…

Popularly known as the “Missile Man of India”, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam is one of the most distinguished and rarest jewels among Jesuit Alumni in India, especially St. Joseph’s College, Trichy. He was born on…

Nothing beyond those years

Forty years on, the morning is as crisp as it was then: a 17 year old youngster, full of trepidation and nervousness, quietly slipped into the hallowed portals of St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta, as a…

The Xaverian ethos

My years at St Xavier’s (1969-71) were among the happiest in my life and helped shape me definitively for the challenges that followed in adulthood. On this auspicious occasion, I join my fellow Xaverians in…

Confession by Mr. Lakshmi Narayan Mittal

In 2013 I met Mr. Lakshmi Mittal, the Steel Baron, in London. We conferred the “Global Xaverian” award on him at a public function in the British Museum. Our interaction began with Mr. Mittal’s spontaneous,…

Where I fell in love with sport

Walking into St. Joseph’s Boys’ High School for the first time was a bit overwhelming. It was different from the small St. Antony’s where I studied till 4th standard. I was so excited to discover…

My golden decade

Childhood memories are the most precious possessions of a person. Recollection and retrospection fill one’s present with valuable lessons learnt, and with the joy of contentment. [auth] The years in school were crowded with relentless…

I look on all Jesuit priests with respect…

My children and my grand children studied in various schools, but I was a student of just one – St Xavier’s School, Fort, for decades the best known Jesuit school in South Mumbai. I am…

He believed I had the ability to do…

While I was at St. Xavier’s, Mumbai, I started Akanksha. One of our first centres was located at St. Xavier’s in the boys’ hostel. We had a tiny office right under the staircase there. [auth]…

My years at St. Xavier’s College

I would like to say a few words that I have long wanted to about my association with St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. I entered the College as a science student in 1950 at the young age…

From XLRI to Mozambique

‘ Mozambique’ may invoke in many minds the thought of some prehistoric monster! Far from it! It is a scenic African nation with a 2,400 kilometre stretch off the Indian Ocean on its eastern border.…

To be a Xavierite is to be a…

St Xavier’s High School changed me forever. From a shy, reticent, awkward young boy I metamorphosed into a bold, confident, vibrant young man. This transformation was, in large part, due to the ethos of the…

Loyola legend Vijay Amritraj

Vijay Amritraj, the tennis legend who played outstanding tennis at the international level during 1970s and 1980s is truly an epitome of the education, training and discipline imparted at Loyola College, Chennai. He attributes all…

Murali – the Missionary

He is not a missionary. But he has done more than any missionary could have done. In his two decade long journey of bringing education to one of the most remote tribal regions in Kerala,…

Shedding Light on Clerical Closets

Musings on Pope Francis’s Motu Proprio [auth] Need to relight our lives “In the Light of the Master” is the title of chapter three of Pope Francis’s March 2018 ‘Gaudete et Exsultate’– Rejoice and Be…

Innovative Interreligious Initiatives Fulfil UAPs

The Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs) promulgated by Fr. Arturo Sosa, the Superior General of the Jesuits, on 19th February 2019 can be summarized as follows: [auth] 1. Spirituality 2. Walk with the Excluded 3. Accompany…

A Walk to Remember

“Are you blind? Do you need spectacles? The ball just went above your head!” I shouted at Vincent, the goalkeeper, who refused to admit that the penalty shot was a goal. The argument became more…

Towards becoming Transformative Leaders

The training programme for Vice Principals of Jesuit Colleges of South Asia was held from 4th to 6th May, 2019 at JMJ Residence, Sirumalai Hills, Dindigul. The programme aimed at empowering the participants holding important…

A Call to appreciate a Call

Fr. Pedro Arrupe in his letter ‘On the Preparation for Ordination’ initiating the Pre-Ordination Programme (POP) in the Society of Jesus, terms the entire month as a time of “an appropriate spiritual preparation before the…

Drawing from Nature – Art and Mother Earth

An Art Workshop was organized by CARP (Company of Artists for Radiance of Peace), LIPI (Loyola Institute of Peace and International relations, Kerala), and GJEM (Gujarat Jesuit Ecology Mission). Nineteen professional artists from India and…

Jesuit South Asian Assembly (JESAA), Pune

The Jesuits of South Asia, two hundred plus, gathered in Pune from 25th to 28th April for a South Asian Jesuit Assembly (JESAA 2019) to explore ways to make their life and mission intercultural, viewing…

Easter Sunday Horror

It is with sadness and helplessness caused by the tragedy on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka, that brought mourning and pain to those who went to church for Easter services and to other places to…

Jesuits and Geographical Exploration

Geographical exploration is a process that investigates the physical, terrestrial properties of a region so that one gets correct and reliable knowledge of the area. Perhaps many may be surprised to know that the Jesuits…

In the Spirit, from the Heart, to Practice:…

More than capturing our imaginations and awakening our desires, the Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs), in my view, redefine and reconstruct Jesuit identity - who we are, and what we do; our being and our doing.…

Ensuring ‘No One is Left Behind’: The Call…

On 25th September 2015, the United Nations (UN) declared the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the ‘global agenda’ to be achieved by 2030. On 19th February 2019, the Society of Jesus adopted the Universal Apostolic…

Religion: Peace, Fraternity, Dialogue

Pope Francis said, “Religions cannot renounce the urgent task of building bridges between peoples and cultures” (Speech in Abu Dhabi on 4th Feb). And this urgency was experienced as the Holy Father sent a video…

Two Thesauruses by a Jesuit ‘wordsmith’

The abundance of synonyms and near synonyms in a language offers wondrous possibilities for the precise expression of diverse shades of meaning. It also reveals and makes available to the user, the word-wealth of a…

Let him become what he desires to become

His flippant answers infuriated them. They smacked him, repeatedly punched him on the face causing him to lose consciousness, suffer a fractured cheek-bone, laceration on his cheek and bleed profusely. He ran for his life,…

No Odds Unbeatable

The perception persists that the scientific world is alien territory for religious leaders and scholars, particularly for women. But this is fast changing, especially in the Indian Catholic Church. In this “Road Not Taken” episode…

A ‘Green Parish’

In a city mainly known for noise and air pollution, the Parish Pastoral Council of Holy Family Church has taken a stand for ecological awareness. [auth] Fr. Vincent Vaz, the Parish Priest, has taken inspiration…

JCSA at Pedro Arrupe Institute, Raia, Goa

After three momentous events: the cause for the beatification and canonization of Fr. Pedro Arrupe, introduced in Rome on 5th Feb; the promulgation the UAPs to the whole Society on 19th Feb; and the meeting…

UAPs: Possibilities and Challenges to Formation

UAPs Echoing the Dynamism of the Society The Society of Jesus has been dynamic and has endeavoured to respond creatively to the signs of the times from the very beginning. The four Universal Apostolic Preferences…

India’s elections: Learning the hard way

Utopia? The 2019 massive exercise elections in India will peak in May with the casting and counting of votes, and the declaration of the results. This exercise flows from democracy which struggles to make sure…

An Indian Christian response to emerging India

Emerging India provides the Church an opportunity to understand the socio-economic, political, cultural, religious, etc. possibilities and challenges around. The Church in India can play a major role in upholding the constitutional and Gospel values…

The Resurrection: A message of Hope in a…

The Resurrection is a unique event. It is not the resuscitation of a dead body as in the case of Lazarus (Jn. 11.43) or the widow’s son (Lk. 7.11-14). It is a total transformation of…

A Vote for Good Governance

The Indian General Elections 2019 have been announced and on 23rd May the nation will know who will rule for the next five years! After more than seventy years of independence, the coming elections have…

Em-PAWAR-ed Village

It is Pawar that empowers a village. When Popatrao Pawar was elected the Sarpanch of the village in 1990,his family was upset as it wanted him to stay in the city. “But I felt that…

The Cause for Pedro Arrupe

The cause of Pedro Arrupe (1907-1991) to be canonised has been introduced recently in Rome. This is an occasion to recall his inspiring life and work. [auth] He has been credited with re-founding the Society…

Jyoti of the Musahar community

When her parents left her in a residential school for poor children, she was just five. [auth] But Jyoti, one of seven siblings, didn’t cry over being ‘abandoned’. Even when many other girls her age…

The non-Christian initiatives for inter-religious dialogue

Soon after the Second Vatican Council (Vat. II) inter-religious dialogue reached its peak. Church documents kept encouraging Christians to enter into religious dialogue with the non-Christians. Theological periodicals published numerous articles in praise of this…

The Lenten Triangle

The liturgy is not simply worship but also catechesis. It instructs us not only through words, but more specifically through symbols, symbolic space and time, symbolic actions and narratives. Hence, it is very important that…

Mary Magdalene: Re-reading a ‘sinful’ woman

Arguably, the one most misrepresented woman in the Bible is Mary Magdalene. Her characterisation in the Gospel narratives is fuzzy, and if one only went by her legendary confused, suppressed identity, she could well be…

Do Women Count? A Teilhardian Perspective

Teilhard de Chardin proposes a dynamic evolutionary theory in which the universe is evolving towards a final point – the Omega Point. He identifies Christ as the Omega Point in whom and towards whom the…

Counterculture Education

One could call the way of Jesus Christ, a counter-culture movement because in many ways it contrasts with what the world considers human advance or fulfilment. The opponents of Jesus who tried almost successfully to…

Udaybhai: an Auto-matically Great Man

Udaybhai, as everyone calls him, is a unique auto rickshaw driver in Ahmedabad. The auto has facilities that are not even found in cabs. You find newspapers, magazines and other literature to read, and two…

Plastic Man

Prof. R Vasudevan is a retired chemistry professor of a Madurai Engineering college. He has spent the last two decades researching and implementing the reuse of waste plastic. [auth] “Plastic is my resource,” he says. Eighteen years…

Fr. Benjamin Henry Miller, SJ (SRI) (1925-2019)

Rev. Fr. Benjamin Henry MILLER of the Society of Jesus arrived in Sri Lanka, then Ceylon, on 4th September, 1948 just eight months after Sri Lanka celebrated its independence fromcolonial rule. He is an American…

Nation at Peril

On 19th December 2018, over 80 ex-bureaucrats wrote an open letter to Adityanath Yogi asking him to resign as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh for the following reasons: the killing of a police officer by…

Displacement Studies and Social Research

It began one morning in May 1982 when we read in the newspapers that the Supreme Court (SC) had appointed three ombudsmen to study the working conditions of the 1982 Asian Games construction workers. [auth]…

Social Sciences in Bombay Province – A Brief…

Bombay Province has had Jesuit intellectuals who taught the social sciences, chiefly in St Xavier’s College, Mumbai. They encouraged their students to go beyond the classroom and do ‘action-research’ that familiarised them ‘social analysis’. This…

Reiterating our perspective on Adivasi studies

For several decades academic studies on Adivasis in India were clouded by a perspective promoted by a prominent right-wing nationalist and academician G.S. Ghurey who, motivated by his Hindu nationalist sentiments, had stated that the…

Papal Seminary: Home of Love

Last year Papal Seminary, Pune, India, entered the 125th year of its service in forming and moulding priests for the Universal Church, especially the Church in India. It is the formation house for about 190…

Stephen Hawking’s Missed Love-God Linkage

Stephen Hawking, the Wheelchair Scientific Genius, who is almost universally acclaimed as the Second Einstein of our times, is most noted for his brilliant intellectual rationality and incredible scientific acumen. [auth] Among other contributions to…

CHRISTMAS with a difference

It is indeed the ‘Christmas’ story of 2018. While India was celebrating Independence Day on 15th August, a new-born baby was found in a Chennai gutter, wailing loudly. The umbilical cord was around his tiny…

Dhartari, Kansari and the Warli Woman

“I am a firm believer that the way women of colour are treated within society is a reflection of the way we treat our precious home, the earth.”1 [auth] The Warli tribes of Palghar District…

Eco-Spirituality and Novitiate Formation

Till the age of twenty one I lived in a village and enjoyed everything rural life in Kerala could provide. Fresh water, clean air, vegetables, fruits, rice and other cereals, coconut oil, milk from cows/goats…

Gujarat Jesuit Ecology Mission (GJEM)

‘Concern for the Environment’ was one of the five themes identified by Gujarat Province as a result of the Strategic Apostolic Planning (SAP) process. The Province document, “Vision, Mission and the Action Plan” of May…

Drawing from Nature

Fr. Pedro Arrupe, in his inspiring talk on ‘Art and the spirit of the Society of Jesus’ (1972), succinctly articulates the role of artists and works of art: “What was the purpose of art in…

Green Ignatius of Loyola

Ignatius was born in the green, mountainous Basque country. He grew up next to the perennial stream Urola, in the shadow of the rocky mountains - El Izarraitz. The Basque shepherds spend much of the…

#WeToo: The Ecological abuse and Justice

I told the students in the class, “Your grandchildren will ask you ‘Grandpa/ma, what is this thing called rain?’ and you will attempt to explain, ‘Beta, rain is like the shower in our bath but…

A Christmas after Christmas

It was a week after Christmas; nothing more than an ordinary winter afternoon. The sky was ocean blue. I could feel a slight touch of the cool breeze on my cheeks. I felt lucky wearing…