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Dawn at Dusk

I watched the teens running with friends along the riverFlowing from the snows of the Himalayas,They jumped into the water, they collected pebblesThat captivated their eyes and their senses.They ate, they drank, they made merry…

Hope and humour

Are you and I doomed to watch helplessly the eclipse of the India we know and take for granted?  Or will God work a miracle to preserve what we have cherished for nearly 73 years…

The right to hope

‘When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed; When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost …’ You have heard this hymn many times, and, I am sure, you have sung it sometimes. Don’t you…

JCSA meets at Calicut

All the major superiors of the Jesuit Conference of South Asia (JCSA), headed by Fr Stanislaus D’Souza, along with the General Assistants, Frs. Vernon D’Cunha and M K George gathered at Christ Hall, Calicut, Kerala…

This is how I discern God’s plan

Thy kingdom come! Thy will be done! [auth] These lines from the Lord’s prayer sit again and again at the heart of discernment for me. Fr Fernando Franco, SJ introduced me to Thomas Green’s The…

Seek Fellowship, not Confrontation

The 7th Victor Courtois Memorial Lecture, organized by the Islamic Studies Association in Delhi, was held at the Millennium Hall of St. Xavier’s School, Delhi on 23 February 2024. The lecture titled ‘From Morocco to…

We have only one common home

We are all aware of what an addict goes through. First and foremost, s/he may not be aware of the addiction or s/he may be aware of it but is not willing to give it…

When Jesuits had to go, she took over

This newly-minted saint has a surprising, delightful connection with Jesuits. She was raised to the altar on 11 February 2024. She is the first woman from Argentina to be honoured as a saint and the…

Dr Ambedkar should inspire us to save Our…

Every year 14 April invites us to remember Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar and his unique contribution to our country.  But this year Ambedkar Remembrance Day reminds us of our duties as Indian citizens, at a time…

Easter asks us to hope

The Synoptic Gospels contain three Passion, Death and Resurrection predictions. It is important to note that these are not just Passion predictions as they are sometimes referred to. Every one of them includes also a…

Why should we never forget Chernobyl?

On 8 December 2016 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution,  designating 26 April as ‘International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day’. [auth] The reason is that the world should never forget the Chernobyl disaster which occurred…

Mary, Mother of the Society of Jesus

Mary, Ignatius, and Jesuits: Even a quick glance at the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola would amply attest to Mother Mary’s presence and significance in his call, conversion, and mission. It is therefore little…

#MysticBanter

“I had joined college but was going through one of the darkest phases in my life. Everything was happening so fast that it overwhelmed me to the point where I started panicking. I was trying…

100 years of Patna mission

Fr. Jose Kalapura, SJ talks of his new book A History of Patna Jesuit Mission (1921 – 2021) By Jose Kalapura, SJ Patna Jesuit Society Price: Rs. 500/- 1. What made you come up with this book?I…

All that we do here in India

Fr. S. Ignacimuthu, SJ talks of his new book The Works of Jesuits in India By S. Ignacimuthu, SJGujarat Sahitya Prakash, Anand Pages: 252 Price: Rs.220/- What made you think of such a book?I thought…

The most staggering light

The earth was dark twice. Once at the original creation before God first created light. But later there was an even deeper darkness, on Good Friday, between the 6th and 9th hour, when we were crucifying God,…

Life of an exceptionally gifted neurosurgeon

Film: Gifted Hands (2009)Director: Thomas CarterRun time: 86 minutes Adapted from the autobiography of Dr Benjamin Carson Sr. a famous pediatric neurosurgeon, distinguished academic, and author, this biopic is a tale of faith, dedication, perseverance,…

No one could make him unhappy

Khejok Tulku Rinpoche was one of the diminishing numbers of “old teachers” in the Tibetan tradition. Born in the 1930s, he was installed as Abbot of the second oldest monastery, Dhe Tsang, in Eastern Tibet.…

Any Woman

I am the fire upon the hearth,I am the light of the good sun,I am the heat that warms the earth,Which else, were colder than a stone. [auth] At me the children warm their hands;I…

Do you have your own tower?

As I was returning from my visit to Sri Lanka province recently, I hit upon a book, Deep Work by Cal Newport. Attracted by the title, I picked it up from my co-passenger to have…

Learning to laugh

What do you think a young man will do, when he sees a young woman sitting in front of him in the train compartment? But what does he actually see? He sees her meticulously painted…

Magis 2024 award to Fr Felix Raj

Fr John Felix Raj, SJ, Vice-Chancellor of St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata (SXUK) was honoured with the JHEASA Magis 2024 award on 27 January 2024 at St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata at the National Jesuit Higher Education…

HES sows seeds of peace in Jamshedpur

Human Ecology Society (HES), Jamshedpur established by Fr. Joseph Kalathil, SJ organized an Interfaith gathering and prayer on 30 January 2024 on the martyrdom day of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. The ‘Human…

West Zone’s seminar draws 40 participants

The West Zone’s Service of Faith Commission, led by Fr James Vaz, SJ (GUJ), Fr Joe Monteiro, SJ (GOA), Fr Joe Gaikwad, SJ (PUNE), and Fr Wesley D’Costa, SJ (BOM), organized a 3-day seminar at…

Jesuits and St Joseph

The close bonding between the Society of Jesus and St Joseph is deep-rooted. In the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola there are six explicit references (SE 111, 114, 264, 265, 269, 270) to…

Where has all the JESUIT HUMOUR gone?

There exists, among Jesuits, a folklore of humour, handed down to them and others alike from time immemorial. In fact, what is available in the public domain may just be the tip of the iceberg…

Jivan Short Story Contest – 2023: Results

Here are the results of the Jivan Creative Writing Contest - 2023. The contest elicited short stories from 22 young writers, from all the different regions of India. Jivan thanks all the Rectors or Superiors…

The letters that Jesuits wrote and their significance

Introduction [auth] Right from the beginning of the Society, the pioneers, starting from Ignatius of Loyola, saw correspondence as a means of uniting the members for effective governance. Given the difficulties of communication and travel…

Looking at the World (Short Story – 1st…

“Tintintin, Yatrigan kripya dhyan dijiye, Gaadi number 16576 Mangalore ko jaane wale” [auth] He found himself running as the train’s departure was just two minutes away. As usual, the typical Indian mother’s farewell was a…

In Search of a Lost Shepherd

Recently I had a unique experience of searching and finding a ‘lost shepherd’ in the faraway land of Australia. My friends and I had not imagined it would really happen one day. It was a…

#OMGIts100Years!

Initially, it was just a small group of a few college-going students and a Jesuit in a college. They called themselves a ‘guild.’ They came together, studied, informed themselves of the societal injustice and grappled…

Jesuit Education: Can we really nurture values?

Are Jesuit institutions still committed to provide quality education infused with Jesuit values? While some of our institutions have excelled in forming individuals who are convinced it is their mission to serve others, the pervasive…

She becomes Moses to the enslaved

Film: Harriet (2019). Director: Kasi Lemmons. Cast: Cynthia Erivo ,Leslie Odom Jr, Joe Alwyn, Clarke Peters, Vanessa Bell, Calloway, Omar J. Dorsey. Runtime: 125 minutes. This Academy award winner recaps the heroic life of the…

Good Friday

It was not good for the treeWhose only guilt was to grow tall,To grow strong, To grow straight. [auth]It was not good for the soldierWhose duty was already stained redAnd now whose heart was black.…

Benedict Rosario, SJ (KAR) 1948-2024

Br Benedict Rosario SJ, fondly known as Br. Benna, passed away at the age of 76, leaving behind a legacy of unwavering dedication and service to the Jesuit community and beyond. Born on 2 January…

George Hilarion Thakur, SJ (PAT) 1955-2023

Fr. George Hilarion Thakur, SJ was born on 23 July 1955, in Bettiah, Bihar. He died at Asha Deep Community, Muzaffarpur, Bihar, on 16 December, 2023. The funeral Mass on 18 December at the XTTI…

Ignatius Fernandes, SJ (BOM) 1948-2023

Ignatius Fernandes was my classmate in school. In fact, in our last year in school we sat on the same bench. But we did not know that we were planning to join the Society. We…

Jose Panadan, SJ (GUJ) 1969-2024

Fr. Jose Panadan was an extraordinary human: a compassionate priest, an excellent teacher and a great Jesuit companion! He was called to his eternal reward on 13 January 2024 in Ahmedabad, at the fairly young…

Leo Florent Tirkey, SJ (MAP) 1942-2024

Fr. Leo Florent Tirkey, S.J., passed away on 13 January 2024, at Holy Cross Hospital, Ambikapur. The Funeral Mass, held on 14 January at the chapel of Christ Milan Ashram, Namna, Ambikapur, was presided over…

Lourduraj Arokiasamy, SJ (CEN) 1945-2003

Fr. Lourduraj Arokiasamy was born on 12 June 1945 in Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu. While he was studying at St. Joseph’s, inspired by the life and works of the Jesuits, he entered the Society of Jesus…

Shall we make a difference?

There is a story about emperor Akbar and his minister, Birbal. One day, when Birbal came to the court of Akbar, he found the king lost in deep thought. Birbal asked the king, ‘Your Majesty,…

Harnessing for God the energies of love

Is it true that we live unloved and die unmourned? Intelligent and educated though we are, do we fail to grasp something that psychologists and psychiatrists repeatedly affirm today? We choose to live single lives,…

Our institutions and houses are to be Models…

“‘Destruction of our environment is an offence on God and His Creation,’ says Pope Francis in his recent encyclical on ‘Laudate Deum’. Hence we have to work resolutely and unitedly for the protection of our…

Can we really fall in love with God?

Several people these days, ask, perhaps implicitly, whether it is possible to fall in love with God who is beyond our senses?’ In other words, ‘Is it meaningful to have an intimate relationship with God…

Sri Lanka: Navigating a Rocky Road to Recovery

Sri Lanka, nestled in the cerulean embrace of the Indian Ocean, prepares to celebrate its 76th independence day on 4 February 2024. Yet, the festive air is choked by the lingering stench of its worst…

PATHWAYS TO HEALTH AND HAPPINESS

What is it that contributes to health and happiness in the later years of life? The answer to this question is something that psychology has been searching for years. The answer is now clear, with…

Lourdes: a byword for healing and hope

Thousands of apparitions of the Virgin Mary have been reported by Christians across the world, from fourth-century Asia Minor, which is now Turkey, to contemporary California. Of all of these, the most renowned are the visions of Our Lady…

IGNATIUS – THE GOD SEEKER

What moves the Jesuits at their core? The classical answer to this question is: “The Spiritual Exercises” of St Ignatius. But what are they about? What happens in the Spiritual Exercises? The film Ignatius -…

Did your heart leap for joy?

Something unprecedented will take place on International Women’s Day this year, 8 March 2024. The Commission on the Role and Responsibilities of Women in the Society of Jesus will complete three years of discernment and…

What did COP 28 achieve?

The context: For the past three decades, the discussion on climate change and global warming has taken center stage on the world’s platform. Ever since the 2015 Paris Agreement, limiting global temperature rise to within…

All of them became her children

Film: Lena: My 100 Children (1987) Director: Edwin Sherin This docudrama is adapted from the memoir of Lena Kuchler-Silberman (1910- 1987), the underground Jewish resistance volunteer during the Nazi Holocaust. Her efforts helped to save…

2000 years of Christianity in India in 800…

John Chathanatt, SJ talks of a volume on Christianity which he edited for an Encyclopaedia on Indian Religions Christianity Ed. by John Chathanatt, SJSpringer Link Fr. John, is the book you edited part of a…

St. Paul completes the four Gospels

Fr Fio Mascarenhas, SJ talks about the new book he has co-authored with Dr. Renu Rita Silvano, OCV. The Full GospelFr Fio Mascarenhas, SJ & Dr. Renu Rita Silvano, OCV St. Paul’s, Mumbai128 ; ₹…

Joseph Chittooparambil, SJ (KER) 1928-2023

Born on 8 Dec 1928, at Cheranalloor, in the diocese of Ernakulam–Angamaly, Fr Joseph Chittooparambil, SJ was ordained a priest on 11 March 1958. A year after his Ordination, he joined the Jesuit Novitiate at…

Joseph Karunaidass, SJ (AND) 1946-2023

Fr. Joseph Karunaidass Durairaj was born on 29 May 1946. He entered the Novitiate on 20 May 1963; was ordained a Priest on 2 May 1976 and took his Final Vows on 3 Dec 1981.…

Mathew Kannadan, SJ (KER) 1938 – 2023

Fr Mathew Kannadan was born on 16 December 1938, in Nedumgapara, Ernakulam District. Joining the Society of Jesus on 17 May 1958, he did his Novitiate at Beschi College, Dindigul and pronounced the First Vows…

Peter Marandi, SJ (DUM) 1946 – 2023

Fr Peter Marandi was born at Dumria near Bounsi in Bhagalpur Diocese on 22 June 1946. He entered the Society of Jesus on 02 February 1970 at St Stanislaus, Sitagarha, Hazaribagh, to be a Jesuit…

Vijay Kumar Ekka, SJ (MAP) 1962 – 2023

Fr. Vijay Kumar Ekka, SJ was born on 24 November 1962, in Khijurbahar, and he grew up with two brothers and a sister. Fr. Ekka dedicated the major portion of his life to the educational…

Xavier S. Arockiasamy, SJ (MDU) 1931-2023

Br. Xavier S. Arockiasamy (92), the oldest member of the Jesuit Community of St. Joseph’s College, Trichy, was his usual self at supper on 2 December 2023. However, the next morning, the cook who went…

Spirituality demands selflessness

Kiran is just 29. But he is a very different young man. He looks forward to a challenge. He is ready to explore closely other religious traditions. He has discovered a sense of transcendence through…

We can live if we have love

Henry Drummond once wrote a celebrated essay on love which he titled ‘The Greatest Thing in the World’. I have never met anyone who disagreed with the axiom that love is the greatest thing in…

Out to dance

[auth] - By Christine Evangelou And that’s the thing about hopeShe springs out of nowhereAt the glimpse of possibilityOn the breeze of a beliefThe faint chatter of faith…‘Cause hope is far mightierThan a passing pauseAnd…

Coordinators of school education meet in Ahmedabad

The annual meet of the Province Coordinators for school Education (PCEs) was held at St. Xavier’s High school, Loyola Hall, Ahmedabad 0n 22-25 October ’23. All the coordinators, including the one from Sri Lanka, participated…

An old psalm for a new year

Psalm 23 is the world’s favourite psalm. With just 6 short verses it is simple and beautiful.  It has won hearts for two and a half millennia. It has found its way into century upon…

My experiences at the Synod

Jim, thanks for talking to Jivan about your experiences at the Synod. We were happy to hear you were invited by Pope Francis to attend the Synod. How did it begin? [auth] We began with…

Jesuit Communicators meet in Chennai

The JESCOM Annual Meet 2023, a gathering of Jesuit communicators, took place on 23-25 October ’23 at Dhyana Ashram, Chennai. Delegates from 15 provinces/regions participated in the three-day event, delving into the profound intersection of…

His warm smile and kind eyes…

Since I happen to be the President of the Xavier Board of Higher Education, the Vatican Dicastery of Education and Culture invited me to join their conference on ‘Time for Listening”. I was one of…

Democracy Dreams for 2024

It is widely accepted that it was the Greek city-states, particularly Athens, which gave to the world, as early as the 5th Century BC, a political system which is the forerunner of modern-day democracy. [auth]…

#XplodUrCreativity

Ms. Candice says, “It was back in 2000 that I met Fr Cyril Desbruslais, SJ, a charismatic yet simple Jesuit. Little did I know that he would become a friend, philosopher and guide to me…

Jesuit office publishes book on Pastoral planning in…

The Office of Discernment and Apostolic Planning of the Society of Jesus has published a new book on pastoral planning authored by Dr Christina Kheng, a Singaporean laywoman and planning consultant of the Jesuit Conference…

The only Jesuit institution in China celebrates 25…

To mark the 25th anniversary of the only Jesuit institution in mainland China, the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies (TBC) gathered friends and alumni on the evening of 28 November ’23 to cherish the sweet…

‘The Face of the Faceless’ – a powerful…

The way the film opens is intriguing. It highlights the water crisis faced by the villagers. The director’s deliberate choice to start the film with this scene is a clever way to emphasize the context…

The Shrine of St. John de Britto is…

The shrine of St. John de Britto, erected at the spot where he was martyred, at Oriyur, Tamil Nadu, India has been declared a Minor Basilica by the Church. Bishop Lourdu Anand of Sivagangai read…

Joe Velinkar, SJ (BOM) 1930-2023

For me, Fr. Joe Velinkar’s, life had three strong dimensions. Dr. Joseph Velinkar the Scholar, Prof. Velinkar the teacher, and Fr. Joe the pastor. He was 93 years old and 77 years a Jesuit. Quite…

Vijay K. Kachhap, SJ (JAM) 1956-2023

Fr. Vijay k. Kachhap was born at Sindri in Dhanbad District, Jharkhand on 4 September 1956. He joined the Jamshedpur Province and went for his Novitiate to Newman Hall, Ahmedabad in 1976. He did his…

Living simply so that others can simply live

Madam Ibu Gedong Bagoes Oka was a prominent Indonesian intellectual, who established the Ashram Gandhi Canti Dasa in 1976. Internationally acknowledged as a devotee of Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy, she dedicated herself to finding ways by…

Beginning Anew

Eight years ago I organized a retreat for American veterans of the Vietnam War. Many of the men and women at that retreat felt very guilty for what they had done and witnessed, and I…

Shall we begin a renewed journey?

Have you had the experience I had recently? I was taken aback when I heard the word ‘sexy’ while flying on the Indigo Airlines for the first time. [auth] After the initial uneasiness I realized…

For hope when it is hard to hope

Have you come across people who seriously think that these are the end times? But why would they think so? If you ask them, they will be ready with a long list of recent catastrophes,…

To whom do God’s angels sing?

[auth] These are ‘the shepherds’ in His sightWho keep watch over ‘flocks’ by night;The milkman, watchman, paper-boys,Who forego many of life’s joysTo stay on watch beside their ‘sheep’,And to their tasks devotion keepThe nurses, mothers,…

A pioneer of Christian art in the Indian…

Delio Mendonca talks about his book on the pioneering Indian artist, Fonseca Délio Mendonça, Fonseca, Goa, Architecture Autonomous,2022, pp. 252, images 126. (www.angelofonseca.com) What made you write this book? A good, complete book on this…

A model of fraternity and friendship

Joseph Victor Edwin talks about a book he edited on a saint who lived among Muslims Edited by Joseph Victor Edwin, Orbis Books,2022, pp. 128. Congratulations! Your book has won an award from the Catholic…

To script a new beginning

Christmas is upon us once again at a time when “the still sad music of humanity,” that William Wordsworth talked about has become a screeching scream. This is so obvious in the context of the…

What will I do for Mary’s babe?

His unfathomable love gently flowedAmong the least, the last and the lostThe shepherds and the Magi bowedBefore Mary’s babe, the Lord of hostsWhat have I done for the One who is born? [auth] From heavenly…

Christmas reveals God’s disponibility

By choosing the Incarnation as the way to involve themselves in the world, the three divine persons - the Father, Son and Spirit - placed themselves at the mercy of human beings. Of the many…

To empower rural school teachers

In order to address the challenges faced by teachers in rural schools, CSSE (Conference Secretariat for School Education) came up with a new initiative, called TEEP (Teacher Effectiveness Enhancement Program). These teachers play a crucial…

JCSA meets at De Nobili, Pune

The biannual meeting of the major superiors of Jesuit Conference of South Asia held on 22 to 27 October ‘23 was hosted by the Pune province, and accommodation was provided by De Nobili College, Pune.…

Vocation Promoters & Prenovitiate Directors meet in Goa

The annual meeting of the Jesuit Vocation Promoters and Prenovitiate Directors (VPND), was held in Pedro Arrupe Institute (PAI), Raia, Goa, on 5-8 October 2023. Besides Fr Somy Mannoor (JAM), the new Secretary of the…

Did the Synod succeed?

Although everyone understood the historical importance of the Synod on synodality that began in Rome on 04 Oct 2023, many wondered if it will succeed. [auth] Well, the first Session ended on 29 October. Did…

Opened: VJ’s renovated library

Archbishop Anil Joseph Thomas Couto, Archbishop of Delhi and Fr. Stan  D’Souza SJ, the President of the Jesuit Conference of South Asia blessed the renovated library of Vidyajyoti Institute of Religious Studies, Delhi on 18…

Juniorate Staff meet in Mumbai

The annual Juniorate Staff meeting of the South Asian Jesuit Conference was held from Sept 19 to 21 at Vinayalaya in Mumbai. Twelve participants were present. The newly appointed CSIF, Fr Somy Mannoor, unfortunately could…

“The Christmas I still cherish”

The star was hung and candle lit - M.K. George, SJ [auth] This is an old memory. To be precise, five decades old. The setting was a village in central Kerala, where life was still…

#BelieveInUs!

“See, I can simply say Jesuits inspire me. But I don’t feel comfortable with it because what I am in love with is your ‘mission - the service of faith and promotion of justice.’ I…

Christmas in a world of war, death and…

As I write this, the media are full of the sad, shocking, sickening news of the Hamas-Israeli war in the very land Jesus was born. The Ukraine war is still going on, with no hope…

Jesuits organize Conference to protect the rights of…

A Jesuit organization took the initiative to organize a Conference to demand that the State government of Tamil Nadu, India extend to the minority schools special schemes it offers to the government schools. JCERT (Jesuit…

Relishing theOrdinary

I have a vivid memory of the annual Christmas plays at my school, where I often found myself cast as one of the shepherds. On one occasion, I confided in my mother, expressing my desire…

“Tell me a Christmas story!”

Once upon a time, as all good stories begin, a young man, displaced from his village, found himself in a strange town with nowhere to stay. He was anxious, and rightly so. He was from…

Messengers and messages of peace

We are entering into the Christmas season again. The Christmas narrative tells us that the Lord was born in the darkness of a silent night, with animals for company. Was it only because his parents…

Christmas ironies

Can you think of a sadder tragic irony than this? He is hailed as ‘the Prince of Peace’. But the land, where he was born and brought up, where he wandered preaching God’s fatherly love,…

Avellino Remedios, SJ (BOM) 1930-2023

Remedios was a ‘People’s Person’: friendly; one who enjoyed meeting and talking with people. He would always begin any conversation with ‘What’s Up?’. These two words had a beautiful alchemy of endearing him to others.…

Dionysius Lobo, SJ (BOM) 1945-2023

Dion died as he lived - peacefully on the morning of Sunday 24 September 2023. Dion was 78 years old and 62 years in the Society. His entire priestly ministry of 48 years was in…

John Britto Bonaventure, SJ (MDU) 1946-2023

Fr. John Britto Bonaventure’s’s association with Higher Education, first as a student and then as professor, research scholar and administrator, began and ended at St. Joseph’s College, Tiruchirappalli. His years of active ministry were mostly…

Joy John Arackal, SJ (DEL) 1944-2023

 Fr. Joy John Arackal breathed his last at 5.00 pm on 7 October 2023, at Jivodaya Hospital, Delhi. Hailing from Thuruthy, Changanassery, Kerala, as a teenager, he had an intense desire to become a priest…

Mani V. Nedumattam, SJ (DEL) 1935-2023

Fr. Mani V. Nedumattam, SJ was born on 18 February 1935 in a devout Catholic family. Wanting to be a missionary in North India, he joined the Patna Province in 1955. At Bettiah,northern Bihar, he…

A garden can bring you God’s messages

Once I turned for guidance to the late Dom Bede Griffiths, a British Benedictine monk, who lived for many years and died at Shantivanam, also called Saccidananda Ashram, near Kulithalai in Tamil Nadu, India. As…

In the inn of the world

I arrived in Bali, Indonesia on the day before Christmas. December was a good month for Bali, with hot days, balmy nights, and long afternoons ending in spectacular sunsets. The palace of the Agung was…

Things hard to understand

Did you notice it? If you did, you deserve a pat on your back, because it shows you are a careful reader of Jivan. [auth]             The first one to alert me to the mix-up…

Re-imagining the Society in South Asia

When TV Narendran, the global CEO and Managing Director of Tata Steel, was asked how big Tata Steel expected to be by the end of this decade, he said: ‘…We have doubled our production in the…

50 Golden years of the Sadhana Institute

- Interview with Fr. Vincent Crasta, SJ, Superior, Sadhana Institute, Lonavla [auth] What exactly do you celebrate in October 2023? We had planned to celebrate 50 years of the Sadhana Institute in October this year. Due…

Jivan Short Story Contest – 2023

We are happy to announce the Jivan Short Story Contest for this year. The cash prizes to the winners come from a generous grant offered in 1997 by the family of Fio Mascarenhas, SJ and…

Life and vision of Tony de Mello, SJ

- The Founder of Sadhana Institute [auth] Mario Correia, SJ I had the privilege of meeting Fr Anthony de Mello, SJ (fondly called ‘Tony’) first as a novice in 1967, at Vinayalaya, Andheri, Mumbai. He…

Novice Masters meet at CIS, go on a…

The annual meet of Jesuit Novice Masters of South Asian Assistancy (JeNMaSA) was held at the Centre for Ignatian Spirituality (CIS), Beschi Illam, Dindigul, Tamil Nadu, on 20 -28 August, 2023. All 14 Novice Masters…

MAGIS 2023 & World Youth Day 2023 in…

Lisbon, Portugal became the youth hub of 2023, as it held two grand events, MAGIS 2023 and World Youth Day 2023. Youth from across the world huddled together to express their faith in Christ and…

Jyoti Kumari inspires Jerry

– how a 15-year-old girl from Bihar influenced a Jesuit [auth] You may recall reading this last year. Jyoti Kumari was just a 15 year-old girl from a remote village in Bihar, studying seventh standard.…

India yearns for a Mahatma!

India and the world will observe 2 October as ‘Gandhi Jayanti’, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, who was born in 1869, in Porbandar, Gujarat. [auth] Gandhiji’s contribution to the world and its relevance can…

If you respect women and give them a…

Perhaps I was lucky to be born in a family where my parents encouraged us to make our own decisions. My father’s unique philosophy was that we make our own choices about our specializations, our…

At this age what do I expect from…

[auth] Much still abides James Rodrigues, SJ (CEN) Loyola College, Chennai  The Society has given me more than what I expected in my long journey. The superiors have been very kind and generous to me…

#PrayMore!

“Do I like a Jesuit? Or do I like the ‘Jesuits?’ Hmm, that’s a tough one… But is there a difference? Hmmm! I am not sure… Forget it. I have been associated with the Jesuits…

Jesuits banned, their assets confiscatedin El Salvador

On 23 August ’23 Nicaraguan authorities banned the entire Society of Jesus from the country and ordered the confiscation of all its assets, claiming they failed to comply with tax reporting. After shutting down the Central American…

His mission was to fight slavery

Film: Amazing Grace (2006) Director: Michael Apted. Cast: Ioan Gruffudd, Romola Garai, Benedict Cumberbatch, Albert Finney and others Run time: 120 minutes. Modern colonialism brought back the ancient practice of slavery in Christendom long after…

A Jesuit among Muslims

The fact I was trained and ordained and sent among Muslims nourishes my heart with joy and gratitude and gives me energy and consolation. I am grateful to God for the unmerited gift of life…

“I want to see this new world”

As a twelve-year-old boy I stared at my grandfather, who lay on his back on a thin carpet in his house in New Delhi, his eyes closed, his arms resting peacefully across his chest. My…

Alexander John Robinson, SJ (DUM) 1968-2023

Fr John Robinson was admitted to Paramount Nursing Home, Kolkata for appendicitis. Unfortunately, he suffered a massive heart attack in the hospital and breathed his last. Robinson was born in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, on 24…

Francis Mathias, SJ (HAZ) 1940-2023

Br. Francis Mathias came from a devoutly religious family. After having worked for some time as a welder, Br. Francis Mathias took a big life decision. Instead of working with metals, he decided to work…

Joseph Thadavanal, SJ (PAT) 1943-2023

Fr. Joe Thadavanal was born on 10 April 1943 in Teekoy, Kerala. He was ordained in 1975. He was Rector of XTTI, Patna, Papal Seminary, Pune, Khrist Raja High School, Bettiah and St. Xavier’s College…

Patrick Tirkey, SJ (HAZ) 1992 – 2023

The sudden loss of Sch. Patrick Tirkey, S.J. has brought pain and tears to many, including children. Patrick was born in a loving Oraon tribal family with two younger brothers. His father is a daily…

Susai Raj, SJ (PAT) 1955-2023

Fr. Susai Raj remained quite active till the end of his life. Though he had a heart problem, none of us thought that he would say goodbye to us so suddenly. So, his death on…

Beneath Your Blue Veil

[auth] Beneath Thy protracted blue veil52 euphoric saints call thee ‘Hail’Diverse ethos, stories, all kneeling as oneWith the triumph of Thy heavenly mission doneOnce sinners, none spurned and punishedSins and history now chiefly erasedA dream…

Your Attention Please!

Jivan is our magazine. It is your magazine. So feel free to write for it. Number of words: Please keep in mind that it is the magazine of the entire South Asian Assistancy and so…

A Gift that can be Snatched Away

It looks like the coming months are going to be crucial. [auth] All who truly love this great nation, - woman or man, whatever may be their religion, region, caste, race or economic status, -…

JCSA Socii Meet – 2023 in Bengaluru

The JCSA Socii meeting, which was scheduled for July 2020 but postponed because of COVID-19, took place after three years on 7 - 9 July 2023 in Ashirvad, Bengaluru. Except Fr. Devadoss M. (MDU) who…

From an Elected Democracy Topopulist Autocracy

Introduction: How capitalism has eroded democracy [auth] In 2007 The UN General Assembly resolved to celebrate International Day of Democracy on 15 September, inviting member states to commemorate the day so as “to raise public…

Saying Yes to Life

Things we can do to prevent suicide. [auth] A young man, after walking quite a few kilometres through villages, met me on a Saturday evening at the presbytery where I had been staying. I asked…

Protest March in Raipur for Manipur

On Sunday, 6 August ‘23 Sarva Astha Manch, Raipur, Chhattisgarh, organized a silent protest march in which more than 1000 participants from different religions - Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Jains, Tribal and Dalit representatives participated.…

Joys and Challenges of Being a Teacher

As the dawn of Teachers’ Day approaches in India, the nation pauses to honour those who have dedicated their lives to shaping the minds and hearts of future generations. For me, this day carries a…

Jesus laughed! A Fresh Look at the Human…

Many Catholic Christians imagine that Jesus was a chronically grim person. This is perhaps because they mostly look at him one-sidedly as a divine Person, forgetting that he was at the same time a truly…

Embracing the Wisdomof Women

It has taken so many centuries for a woman to play an important role in a Synod of Bishops. For this to happen we needed a Pope like Pope Francis, who appointed in 2021 Nathalie…

This Retreat Transformed Me!

What Ignatian Psycho-Spiritual Process did for a Jesuit [auth] I used to harbor a lot of anger. I was an introvert, and a very closed person. Therefore I had a lot of problems in my…

#SerHumane (Be Human)

“You go with all the excitement in the world to ‘Magis’ and are placed in an experiment you dread the most. How do you feel? Hmm… Tell Me…Ughhh! I was assigned a group that participated…

All or Nothing: Sr Clare Crockett (2021)

(Documentary) Runtime: 96 Minutes Producer:  H M Television. The story of the Irish nun, Sr. Clare Theresa Crockett, is the tale of a dramatic faith journey. Born in a lukewarm Catholic family, in Londonderry, North…

Aloysius Vanderwall , SJ (SRI) 1944-2023

Fr. Aloysius Vanderwall, SJ, affectionately known as Fr. Aloy, lived a life devoted to serving God and humanity. From his early days in the novitiate to his final years as the Spiritual Guide at Sneha…

Augustine Fernandes, SJ (GOA) 1968-2023

The parishioners loved Augustine; he was their Pastor who built their church and the community. He was born on 15 July 1968 in Sangargalli. He did his novitiate at XTC-Desur (1992-1994), Juniorate in Kathmandu, Philosophy…

Chettiyathara John M, SJ (DUM) 1952-2023

Fr Chettiyathara John M., popularly known as Fr C.M. John or Johnny was born on 29 December, 1952 at Vazhoor, Kottayam, Kerala. He entered the Society of Jesus on 09 July 1978 at Jisu Jaher,…

Edward D’ Souza, SJ (JAM) 1936 – 2023

Fr Edward D’ Souza was a zealous, dedicated Jesuit priest who opted to work in the newly-established Jamshedpur mission. Born in Parel, Mumbai in a deeply religious family on 29 September 1936, he entered the…

Guy Rajendram, SJ (SRI) 1934-2023

Fr. Guy. F. Rajendram, (affectionately known as Fr. Guy, was a highly esteemed member of the Jesuit community in Sri Lanka. Born in 1934, he joined the Society of Jesus in 1951 and underwent religious…

Irudayasamy Sebastian (MDU) 1941-2023

Br. Irudayasamy entered the Jesuit Novitiate on 1 February 1961 at Beschi College, Dindigul. His first appointment was to maintain the House and Hostel at Loyola Public School, Guntur (1965-1967). When he was transferred to…

Joseph M. Gauci Sacco, SJ (DUM) 1937-2023

Fr Joseph M. Gauci Sacco was born at Hamrun, Malta, on 20 January 1937. He joined the Jesuit Novitiate on 02 October 1953. After his initial formation in Malta, he volunteered for the Santal mission…

Leslie Francis, SJ (GOA) 1931-2023

Leslie was born on 10 February 1931 and spent his childhood in Pune. At 20, after graduating in Economics, he joined the Society of Jesus in 1951. He studied philosophy at Berchmans Kolleg in Munich-Germany.…

Joy Follows Like a Shadow

I landed on a small, dusty bush airfield in the middle of Western Australia. Nearby was the construction site of the world’s largest nickel refinery plant. Over 4,000 men lived and worked here as construction…

He would say, “Well done!”

If the young Arturo Sosa met you today, do you think he would be satisfied? I think he would say “Well done” to me because I have done what I have enjoyed and that has…

The Moon and Its Creator

I saw the full Moon a few nights ago. Now, obviously, this is nothing new. There’s a full Moon every month. In the seventy years I’ve walked the Earth I might have seen more than…

A Conspiracy of Grace

I had three novice masters in two years; one did not die as a Jesuit. He was asked to leave the Society.  The man who succeeded him, touted as a very holy person, told me…

My Dear Motherland

Burning fires shout the secretIt’s hate and cunning that birthed this strifeThose who laugh with hateful gleeForget that hate doesn’t win, they’ll see [auth] Wombs fear the fire and hate,Wondering if they should procreateShould we…

Snake-Charming Jesuits

In March 2023, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) named three asteroids after Jesuit astronomers, bringing the total number of asteroids named in honour of Jesuits to more than thirty. The Jesuit encounter with astronomy is…

Roots & Wings 2023

Roots and Wings - 2023 was held at Sacred Heart College (SHC), Shembaganur, Tamil Nadu from 12 April to 12 May 2023. We were 27 participants, including two Ursuline Sisters. On 12 morning Fr. Devadhas…

Adipoli (From CMI with Love)

I have the privilege of having a CMI priest as a community member and a sojourner in my Ph.D journey. One evening, as we were involved in a friendly banter, I asked him, “How did…

Celebrating Brotherhood

I lost two of my elder brothers in a span of three years. They were in the prime of their lives. It was then that a sense of void and vulnerability became a tangible experience…

India@76: Challenges and Concerns

On 25 November 1949,  the eve of the enactment of the Constitution, in a passionate speech to the Constituent Assembly, Dr B.R. Ambedkar, gave three unambiguous warnings: the need to give up the grammar of…

A Board Game on Ignatius & the Questions…

On this freezing winter morning, Fr Mariusz Han, SJ has woken to his alarm at 4 a.m. But his eyes light up instantly when he talks about his creation – his board game. Called ‘Ignatius…

What Fr. General Has Done regarding GC 36’s…

Part 2 of the interview with Fr Vernon D’Cunha, Assistant ad Providentiam Why did GC 36 ask Fr. General to evaluate the restructuring of Provinces and Regions that had already taken place? [auth] The idea…

Blessed Mother and Mother India

Dichotomy to Intrinsic Unity Ancient philosophers Socrates and Plato considered the body as a prison for the soul, while Aristotle taught that they function in a state of unity. Self-flagellation was recommended down the centuries…

Will AI Lead to the Death of Democracies

Introduction The term 'Artificial Intelligence' was first coined in 1956 by John McCarthy, a pioneering cognitive and computer scientist. But it was the advancements in cyber technology and increased data availability in the 2000s that…

Your attention please!

Jivan is our magazine. It is your magazine. So feel free to write for it. Number of words: Please keep in mind that it is the magazine of the entire South Asian Assistancy and so…

Rejoice or panic?

I should tell you about something strange and slightly scary that happened a few days ago. All through the morning chores like brushing, bathing, shaving etc, I keep listening to music. A bluetooth speaker brings…

Dare to Dream of a Beautiful India!

Dream, dream!Dream, even if the politicians say not to;Dream, even if the religious fanatics say never to;Dream, even if your own family doesn’t want to;Dream, dare to dream of a beautiful India! [auth] Dream until our…

Back Again

Are you surprised that the guy who edited Jivan for 17 long years – from 2000 to 2017 – is back again after a gap of six years? Well, it was a huge surprise for…

Showing us the way to go

Ignatius truly wasA man of great discernmentWhose faith and courage led himTo inspire a mighty movement [auth] Through his trials and his strugglesHe found a path to lightAnd in the service of his LordHe showed…

Your Attention Please

Jivan is our magazine. It is your magazine. So feel free to write for it. Please keep in mind that it is the magazine of the entire South Asian Assistancy and so if your report…

Many Branches, but One Root

Interview with Fr. Pavulraj Michael, SJ, on CP 71, Loyola, Spain [auth] Dear Fr. Pavul, thanks for the interview to Jivan. You attended the recent Congregation of Procurators in Spain. What was the atmosphere?  Fr.…

300 Jesuit School Leaders attend LEAP

LEAP (Leadership Enhancement and Animation Program) programs were conducted in Calcutta, Pune, Pathalgoan, Patna, Ranchi, Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai, Jamshedpur and Hazaribagh. About 330 Jesuit School Leaders from all over the Conference participated in the programmes.…

Ignatius,lead us on,even today!

Since his birth 532 years ago, the influence of St Ignatius of Loyola on the world and the Church has been truly phenomenal, both directly through his own writings, especially The Spiritual Exercises, and indirectly…

Burning houses, repeating lies

I was at ground zero. I saw the houses burning and the ‘homeless’ in the camps. Our own jeep was torched by miscreants on the highway for no reason and we were beaten by an…

Manipur: Ethnic Conflict Communalised

“Attacks on Christians” is one of the headlines about the recent clashes in Manipur. It is not surprising, because many churches and chapels were attacked and there are allegations of some Meitei sacred places being…

The Culture that Enables Sexual Harassment

Two recent events have parallels that are so stark that they are almost surreal. [auth] On 28 May 2023 the Delhi police dragged, arrested and charged with rioting and disorder, some of India's top women…

Fraternity Forum established in two T.N. towns

Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (Coimbatore) and Islamic Studies Association (Delhi) jointly organized two one-day seminars on “Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together” at Ooty (26 May 2023) and Coimbatore (27 May 2023). At…

FOJET meet in Tamil Nadu

The Ignatian Year (2022-23) brought forth many an initiative across the South Asian Assistancy. One ofthem was FOJET, (the Former Jesuits in Tamil Nadu). The concept invites the Former Jesuits to come together for a…

Ekdumjhakaas (Super fine)!!!!

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Rejoice always and give thanks!

Is it easy to do what St. Paul asks – to rejoice always and to give thanks in all circumstances? [auth] ‘Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in…

Ignatian Roots of Daughters of the Cross

We, Daughters of the Cross, are required to make a month’s retreat based on the Ignatian Exercises before the final vows. The value of this directive was brought home to me powerfully in my month’s…

The Graham Staines Story

Film: The Least of These: The Graham Staines Story (2019) Director: Aneesh Daniel                                            Running time: 112 minutes Cast:   Stephen Baldwin, Shari Rigby, Sharman Joshy, Aditi Chengappa. In 1999 the violent death of the Australian missionary…

Fr. Braz Faleiro, SJ (GOA)

Fr. Braz Conceicao Faleiro was born on 8 December 1936, in Navelim-Goa. He did his Novitiate in Andheri-Mumbai, licentiate in Philosophy in Braga-Portugal and Theology in Innsbruck-Austria. He was ordained a priest in Zug-Switzerland. He…

Fr. John Misquitta, SJ (BOM)

Fr. John Misquitta was a multi-faceted personality - an educationist, theologian, pastor, socius to novice master, and dministrator. In losing Fr Misquitta, the Bombay Province has lost a great stalwart. Fr. John was a jogger.…

Being Kind, Even When Everyone Else Is Not

A few days ago, I was visiting my mother in the nursing home where she lives.  She has been suffering from thyroid cancer and is “immune compromised,” which means that she is highly susceptible to…

Journeying with the Youth of South Asia

On 27th October 2018, the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops promulgated a path-breaking document ‘Young People, The Faith and Vocational Discernment’ at the end of a historic Synod on youth! The…

Thank you, JIVAN!

This will be my last editorial as Jivan editor. I am to take over another mission, requested by the Society. Being human, I feel emotional about leaving Jivan, as I enjoyed the job immensely. [auth]…

Formators Must Focus on Building Character

A major part of the Spirit’s activity in Jesus was the fashioning of his character. As a human being, Jesus had to grow spiritually, psychologically and physically, and he truly “increased in wisdom, and in…

The Magic of Magis

A Story: In a small village, a widowed mother and her son lived together. The mother worked as a gardener to support their family, and her son often watched her tend to the plants. One…

Channelising the Energy and Potential of Youth

A new age will be created by the passion and power of young people. Generations after generations, young people have always been a core population of our society, on whom we shoulder our present and…

Antonio Moscheni, World Class Jesuit Painter

The Jesuit Brother, Antonio Moscheni was born in the village Stezzano near Bergamo in Italy, in 1854. His natural talent for art was recognized and encouraged by his father, by sending him to the Academia…

Five Chilies and One Lemon

The first prize winning short story of the JIVAN Creative Writing Contest (Short Story) 2022. [auth] Sunita gave a yellow polythene bag to Suman with three chapattis and potato ‘bhaji’ and said, “Come back on…

Three Classes of “Superior”

St. Ignatius wrote of the three classes of human beings with different levels of responses to God. This essay explores the role of “Superior” in terms of 3 classes of leadership: Forward, Status Quo, Regressive…

Transfers, Tears and Laughter

May is known not only for the summer heat. There is also the heat of transfers. Heat and sweat occasion grins and gloom, tears and laughter. Transfers remind me of a beautiful experience. Once, as…

South Asian Jesuit Artists Forum

The Jesuit artists of the South Asian Conference - dancers, painters, musicians, theatre, media men - came together to share and discuss on art ministries in the Conference. The annual meeting of the South Asian…

SXUK Organises AICUF Workshop

St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata (SXUK) organised a three-day workshop for All India Catholic University Federation (AICUF) State Advisers from 14th to 16th April 2023, on the university campus.   Twenty five Jesuit state advisers from…

Listen, Observe, Learn

Re-imagining who one is, who one wants to be…what an exciting idea, what a courageous and radical process to undertake!  That was my first thought when I read the theme of this issue of Jivan. …

Forgiveness and Love is Her Hallmark

Gladys Staines is one of India's most celebrated peacemakers. Her life came out purer by the test of fire. Her husband Graham Stuart Staines, her children Timothy Harold Staines and Philip Graham Staines were consumed…

#YehDilMaangeMore

(This Heart Desires For More) Who said youth are only inspired in your Jesuit Educational Institutions? Take me, for example, I was drawn to Jesuits who were in social and youth work. The first time…

A War Beneath the Vestment

When the darkness prevailed,A ghost like man sailedDeep into the deep sea.Blood like sweatFrom head to toe,Caught neither fish nor flesh. [auth] Then the sun arises from the slumberLike a lamp in a dungeon.“Cast your…

The Journey of the South Asian Team for…

In his letter dated 18th February 2023, keeping in mind the felt need of the church - namely safeguarding of minors and vulnerable adults (VA), the President of the Jesuit Conference of South Asia (POSA)…

Clergy Sexual Offending: Formative Considerations

Understanding clergy sexual offending is real and relevant today. No single cause has been identified. It is often varied, and includes victims of both genders. Susceptibility could be because of psychological, situational and organizational factors.…

Consistent Protection: An Antidote to Abuse

The three-year Jesuit project of promoting a consistent culture of protection (PCCP) for minors and vulnerable adults is a relevant and much needed plan of action, given the increase in the varied forms of abuses…

Child Right Laws

It was in 1989, United Nations declared Child Rights in the UN Convention on Rights of the Child known as UNCRC. According to UNCRC, Child Rights are entitlements that should be afforded to all persons…

The Jesuit influence on the Society of the…

The formation of the Constitutions of the Society of the Sacred Heart for women, and the influence of the Jesuits on its development, is cradled in the dreadful turbulence that characterized France during the late…

Calvary is not the end of our Lenten…

Calvary is not the end of our Lenten journey, our goal should lead us to the resurrected Christ, and we should strive to live our daily life in the footsteps of the resurrected Christ. [auth]…

Life during the pandemic and after

The book, ‘Religiously Political and Politically Religious’, is a series of thoughtful essays. There are 23 of them about life during the pandemic and after. The topics include the post-pandemic challenge to Christian churches, the…

The Image of a Jesuit School

Fr. John Moore SJ, was one of the first 6 Australian Jesuits to come to Hazaribag in February 1951. He was studying Hindi in Ranchi when suddenly in September 1951 he got a letter from…

Why Pray or Go for Mass?

As a lay and busy professional, I was captivated and awed at the incredible insights provided here about Christian prayer and the Eucharist. The dynamic role of personal prayer, and the need for active personal…

JAAI Milan, Patna 2023

The 10th National Congress of the JAAI commenced on the evening of 10th Feb. 2023, hosted by the Jesuits Alumni Associations of Patna, in the prestigious and iconic St Xavier’s High School, St Michael’s High…

TATA’s Torture Tests

You have certainly heard about the ‘torture chambers’, but have you heard about the ‘torture tracks’? When the major superiors visited the Tata Motors in Jamshedpur - as part of the outing during the recent…

They can kill me, but they will never…

Óscar Arnulfo Romero (1917 -1980), a pastor, prophet, martyr, is now . . . “Saint of the Americas.” In his own words, a priest’s role is not just to celebrate Mass, administer sacraments, organize catechism…

Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Martyr, Servant of…

The students of the Jesuit Formation Center for Theology (JFCT), Ranchi made a pilgrimage to the shrine of the Servant of God and martyr, Fr. Herman Rasschaert, SJ to Kutungia in Simdega Diocese of Jharkhand,…

Workshop on Creating Counter Narratives

The Communication commission and Youth commission of Jesuit Chennai Province jointly organised a three-day (Feb 24th-26th) workshop on “Creating Counter Narratives” for young students, animators and teachers in Loyola College campus, Chennai. There were 30…

“Khushhall Bachpan” for children by Caritas India

CARITAS AUSTRALIA launched a Project called “Khushhall Bachpan”, promoting Happy Childhood in collaboration with Caritas India, Delhi, at XISA - Xavier Institute of Social Action, Raipur, Chhattisgarh on 1st March, 2023. In his keynote address,…

Fr. S. Arulanandam, SJ (NEP) 1960-2022

Fr. S. Arulanandam, S.J., passed away on 12/12/2022 at Sumeru Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal. He had been diagnosed with cancer and was under treatment for the past few months. Fr. Arulanandam, S.J. (Fr. Arul) joined the…

Fr. Francis Britto, SJ (MDU>JPN) 1947-2023

Fr. Francis Britto was born in Chinna Dharapuram, Tamil Nadu, in 1947. He entered the Society for the Madurai Province at Beschi College, Dindigul, in 1964. After his First Vows and Juniorate studies there, he…

Fr. Arun Kumar Bara, SJ (MAP) 1989-2023

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Tim 4:7). The late Fr. Arun Kumar Bara was born on 9th November 1989 in Chhoti Anni village…

Fr. Paul Vaz, SJ (BOM) 1946-2023

The Beatitudes are full of meaning affecting different aspects of life. Fr. Paul attempted to live them courageously. Fr. Paul Vaz came from a very religious, God-fearing family in a simple South Mumbai neighbourhood. The…

Fr. Robert (Bob) Menezes, SJ (BOM) 1947-2023

Fr. Robert (Bob) Menezes, S.J. was a multi-talented man with no gas about any of his gifts. He shared his giftedness generously in every way possible with no airs about it. No matter who was…

Fr. Mathew J. Moolel, SJ (MDU) 1932-2023

Born on 2nd August 1932 in Changanacherry, Kerala, Fr. Moolel had his schooling and completed his Intermediate studies as a university rank holder in Thiruvananthapuram. He entered the Novitiate in 1951. Years of formation followed.…

Fr. Fernandes Jesuadimai, SJ (MDU) 1946-2023

Born in a small village called Velliavilai in Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu, Fr. Fernandes did his primary and high school studies in a nearby town of his native place, and went on to finish his…

Fr. Dominic Fernandes, SJ (BOM) 1953-2023

Fr. Dominic was born in Nagpur on 22nd July 1953. He joined the Society on 20th June 1973. He joined as a Brother and later on discerned to be a Priest in the Society. He was ordained…

Go thou and follow Him, who gave His…

Sister Nivedita (1867–1911), “the offered one to God”, is a personification of empathy and spirituality who eternally lives in the soul of India. As Margaret Elizabeth Noble, she responded to Swami Vivekananda's call, travelled to…

#MoAddaMoGuru (my conversation || my guru)

Who would have thought that a naïve, humble girl from an indigenous community could become the lead HR of Caritas, India? “Oops! Let’s chuck these clichéd beginnings.” “I have always dreamed of pursuing management studies…

A Journey of Hope-filled Pastors

Jamshedpur Jesuit Province has been a missionary province where the Jesuits, sent on a mission, have realized the command of the Lord to preach the Good News to the people of the land. This brief…

XLRI and XIM: Brands of their own

The impact of business on culture, the environment and stewardship of God's creation, has been recognised by Jesuit institutions for almost 500 years. From a Jesuit perspective, a business education is directed not merely toward…

Stalwarts of Social Apostolate in Jamshedpur Province

Jesuit social apostolate encompasses a wide spectrum of activities and engagements - ranging from works of charity to taking sides in solidarity with historically marginalised peoples and their struggles to bring structural and systemic change…

The De Nobili School Cluster: A model of…

Since the General Congregation (GC) 31, the Society of Jesus recognised the need for active Lay collaboration in promoting the educational mission of the Society, inviting lay people to be partners in the mission. Some…

Collaboration with the Diocese: A Cutting Edge

Jamshedpur Jesuit Province and Jamshedpur Diocese have had a unique relationship for a long time. The uniqueness comes from the First Mission Superior, Fr Carroll Fasy's "strong belief in the Community.” He wished to keep…

Give what you have!

The Path before the Province [auth] Legend has it that St. Ignatius of Loyola sent off Francis Xavier with the words “ite inflammate omnia,” and I guess the founder would tell us the same today…

Jesuit Institutions: Strength or User Value?

“Our institutions are our strength”, I heard a Jesuit companion say at one of our meetings. On another occasion, I also heard a beneficiary of one of our city institutions saying: “Father, your institutions are…

JYOTI – A Flame burning for fifty years

It is exciting to look back on the 50 years of JYOTI (Jamshedpur Youth Organization for Tomorrow's India), a remarkable Youth Movement, and celebrate the extraordinary impact it has had on the lives of young…

The Social Organization of the Tribals

India has two key social formations, the castes and the tribes. Both groups can be studied from the perspective of society (Samaj) and culture (Sanskriti). However, studies on castes largely deal with social structure and…

What Tickles about the Jesuit life

As a religious order in the Church, the Jesuits are a puzzle. Yet despite rapid growth, papal suppression, later revival and present flourishing, Jesuits have always been controversial to the outsider - Christian and non-Christian.…

A dream envisioning a change never dies

An immortal dream, unflagging dogged determination to be the change and ray of hope for millions of eyes, an unsung warrior who created an inevitable part of history: Sr. Rani Maria-The Face of the Faceless.…

Little Daughters of Saint Francis Xavier (LDFX)

Jesuits supported the inception, development, expansion of a Congregation LDFX in the Ahmedabad Diocese of Gujarat. To express gratitude to God and to all who were instrumental in the birth and growth of LDFX, this…

Leadership Model of Jesus

As Jesus began his public ministry, he had three popular models of leadership to choose from – Patron Model, Pontiff Model and Politico Model. His temptations show his dilemma of making the right choice. As…

SXUK confers D.Litt on Mamata Banerjee

In a historic move, Father John Felix Raj, Vice-Chancellor of St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata (SXUK) conferred the D.Litt (Honoris Causa) on Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal, in the fourth Convocation ceremony on 6th…

Orienting towards MAGIS – Portugal

Magis - a word known to every Jesuit - has a unique aura when it is heard in the evergreen youth circles. It brings to mind “MAGIS” - the programme designed to give youth a…

Fr. Francis D’Souza, SJ (DAR) 1953-2023

Moved by the loving and inviting gaze of the Lord on him, Francis D’Souza left everything and followed the Lord for the unknown land of Darjeeling. He entered the Society in 1971 and after going…

Fr. John Santos, SJ (PUN) 1928-2023

Fr. John Santos was a zealous, dedicated Jesuit, ready to be sent anywhere on mission. Born in Pune on 6th May 1928, in a deeply religious family, he entered the Society on 21st June 1951.…

Fr. Peter Raj Chinnappan, SJ (AND) 1946-2023

Fr. Peter Raj Chinnappan, the esteemed companion, friend and well-wisher of all, who made the lives of a few thousands academically bright, breathed his last at 4.00 p.m. on 28th December 2022, in Kauvery hospital, Chennai.…

Fr. Benjamin Tigga, SJ (DUM) 1952-2023

Fr Benjamin Tigga was born at Sarbahala, Dhumadanr, in Chattisgarh, on 18th August 1952. He joined the Society of Jesus on 3rd December 1971 and was ordained a priest on 15th May 1984. Fr Benji…

Br. Michael Lopes, SJ (GUJ) 1944-2023

“The answers to life’s most complex problems are simple ones; think simple and you will not complicate your life.” This quote describes succinctly ‘simple brother’ Michael Lopes’ life. He enjoyed claiming “I am a simple…

Women – Nation’s Pride

Women of India, strong and bold,With grace and beauty, their stories untold.Their struggles immense, yet they rise,With courage and perseverance in their eyes. [auth] They bear the burden of home and work,With dignity and strength,…

Lent: A time for Soul Gardening

Our soul is a garden, our thoughts are the seedsWe can grow flowers, or we can sprout weeds [auth] In this crazy busy world, many have taken to gardening as a relaxing and recreational hobby,…

Becoming Ambassadors of Environment

You travel to any part of our country and you hear this unusual news: ‘it rained here recently’. ‘This time the winter was acute’. In fact, 2022 saw some of India’s wettest and warmest months…

Vidyajyoti at the Service of Theological Formation

According to the Statutes of Vidyajyoti, Art. 1, “Initiatives and activities of Vidyajyoti… are intended to promote the values of Christian tradition, and in particular, values of our time most in need – the dignity…

A Woman’s Journey through Lent

As Secretary of the Archdiocesan Women’s Commission of Bombay, one of my duties was to plan and organise the Women’s Day celebrations. Lent invariably coinciding with 8th March was a kind of spoiler. In time…

When Covid-19 was at its worst

The book 'O God, Where Are you?' is a precious collection of short articles by M.J. Thomas, S.J., written during the course of the last five years. In it he shares his insights and convictions…

Exploring Rationality and Animality

Jeevan Mendonsa’s work is very helpful in bringing together the perspective of a contemporary Aristotelian, Alasdair MacIntyre, noted in this respect for his Dependent Rational Animals, and the positions debated in evolutionary ethics. From his reading…

A scholarly walk through Jesuit Education

“The quality of Jesuit Education depends entirely on the quality of the educators in our schools”. The book by Fr. (Dr.) Vinod Fernandes SJ is truly aimed at enhancing the quality of Jesuit educationists. The…

Anne De Xainctonge of the Society of St.…

The year 8th June 2021 marked the fourth Centenary of the  death of Our Foundress, Anne de Xainctonge, born in Dijon, France (1567-1621) which coincided with the first “Cannonball” moment of St. Ignatius of Loyola…

An Uncommon Jesuit

The Spanish Jesuits I know who worked and are still working in the Bombay and Gujarat Provinces have come, as far as my knowledge goes, from the Spanish regions of Castile, Aragon, Catalonia, Valencia, and…

JCSA at Shembaganur

The Major Superiors of the Jesuit Conference of South Asia, in their bi-annual meeting held from 23rd to 30th October 2022 at Shembaganur, took several decisions on School Education, some of which are: paying special…

International Symposium on AI, Robotics and Humanoids

Ever since its inception 25 years ago, IISR (Indian Institute of Science and Religion) Delhi, has been organizing much-appreciated international symposiums on the latest developments in science and technology and their impact on common people.…

Pre-Novitiate Directors and Vocation Promoters Meet

The annual meeting of the Vocation Promoters and the Pre-Novitiate Directors of the Jesuit Conference of South Asia was held at Matigara. Thirty-eight Jesuit Vocation Promoters and Pre-Novitiate Directors took an active part in the…

Fr. Abraham Adappur, SJ (KER) 1926-2022

Fr. Adappur engaged in constant dialogue with the secular world.  Aged 96, he died in Christ Hall, Kozhikode.  His convictions, opposition to communism, and sense of justice, made him a philosopher-ascetic. He presented Christian doctrines in a secular style.…

Fr. Ekka Marcel, SJ (MAP) 1952-2022

Fr. Ekka Marcel SJ, participated in a fellowship programme in Social Management in Ahmedabad in 1985, and in 1986 involved himself in training the Balwadi Activists, organizing protest rallies against the Semarsot Wildlife Sanctuary project…

Fr. Victor D’Silva, SJ (KAR) 1942-2022

Fr. Victor Eugene D’Silva was born at Bondel, Mangaluru, on 23rd August, 1942. He was the fourth among five children. He did his initial schooling at St. Lawrence Higher Primary School, Bondel. He completed his…

Fr. Ornellas Coutinho, SJ (GUJ) 1942-2022

Fr. Ornellas Coutinho (GUJ), affectionately called ‘Orny’, was born on 6th August 1942, in Goa; joined the Jesuits on 20th June 1961, pronounced his first vows on 21st June 1963 at Vinayalaya, Bombay; ordained a…

Fr. George Nedungatt, SJ (KER) 1932-2022

Fr. George Nedungatt passed away on 26th October 2022 at Christ Hall, Kozhikode. Born in Peringuzha near Muvattupuzha, Fr Nedungatt began exhibiting his talents already in his school-days by organising the Marian Sodality in his…

A Lay Society of Jesus!

As the context for the reflections stated ahead, at the outset let me state that I have spent 22 years as an ex-Jesuit after being in formation for 15 years. The context I want to…

Lord, Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace

Desmond Mpilo Tutu (1931-2021), “Africa’s Peace Bishop,” was a man of God and of letters. A long, eventful life of this Nobel Laureate can best be summarised as an idea whose time was ripe. He…

#BeingSeekers

“I think I was six years old when Fr Melchi Tigga took me to a substation where he was to preside over the Holy Eucharist. It was 13 km away from the parish. We were…

To NEP or Not to NEP

The New Education Policy (NEP) 2020 is at our doorstep in India with a pressing mandate for its implementation. We in the school and higher education, need to prepare ourselves to make the best of…

Double Trouble Engine

Double Engine Government, is a good puzzleIt’s in fact a decoy for double troubleFirst trouble is democratic autocracySecond is mono-religious supremacyDestroying all the political opponentsWith state’s power for enforcementsDouble patronage for chosen religionGovernment money splurged…

Vidyajyoti Turns Golden

Spontaneous memories of the students of the last fifty years of Vidyajyoti would vary: some may recall the buildings and the neighbourhood places like the landmark Gujarati Samaj while others remember their visits to historic…

#IduNammaVeedu (It’s our home)

Meet Naleena Prasheetha, the first transperson to get a graduate degree in VISCOM from Loyola College, Chennai. She has come a long way in challenging the accepted binary classification of gender. When asked about Loyola,…

Education in Afghanistan: Only a Nostalgic Look Back?

The Jesuit pioneers, who entered war-torn Afghanistan in 2005, considered education to be their greatest contribution to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and returnees, after peace had been (formally) re-established in 2001. [auth] Among these…

A Broken Pencil in God’s Hands

She was born as Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu on 26th August, 1910, but her real birth, many believe, was forty years later in 1950, when she founded the Missionaries of Charity, among the poor, the ailing…

Human God, Lead Me On

Seconds, minutes, hours and days,Weeks, months and years as always,Begins neither with rectitude nor gratitude.I’m a vagabond amidst thy multitude.O God with humanity, lead me on. [auth] You draw straight with crooked lines.Unfathomable might, thy…

Novice Masters Meet in Meghalaya

The Directors of Novices of JCSA had our annual meeting, after two years of COVID break, from August 21st - 30th 2022, at Arrupe Renewal Centre - Jesuit Novitiate, Meghalaya. All fourteen novitiates were represented.…

New Appointment – Fr Arturo Sosa

Rev. Fr. Arturo Sosa SJ - Superior General, has appointed Fr. Vincent Hansdak (49) as the New Provincial of Hazaribag, through his letter dated 17th November, 2022. He was born in Giridih district of Jharkhand…

Mission with Rohingyas in Bangladesh

“We too escaped on boat like the Vietnamese people in the video.  It also made me feel sad that people have been suffering like this down the history. But there are others like the JRS…

JRS: Advocacy as Mission

14th November 1980, was a historic day in the annals of the Society of Jesus! Traditionally, it was the Feast of St Joseph Pignatelli – regarded as the second Founder of the Jesuits. [auth] On…

JRS and Burmese Refugees

Just as the cry of the boat people of Vietnam in 1979 shocked Pedro Arrupe to initiate the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in the Society, the plight of People of Concern (PoC) fleeing away from…

The Christmas Challenge: Making The Word Flesh in…

Every year when Christmas comes along, I go through an almost allergic reaction of frustration and incredulity, to the narrative that is repeated, emphasised and swallowed unquestioningly by everyone. It is so different from what…

Unsettled and Unresolved

Stories of people towards dignity In December 2019, T. Yanadhan, aged 28, born to a Sri Lankan parent living in a refugee camp in Pavalathanur, implored the district collector’s permission to kill himself due to…

New Strategies for New Challenges

St. Ignatius founded the Jesuit Order to face the challenges raised by the Reformation. Today we have to face totally new challenges with new strategies suitable to the times. I am suggesting four important points:…

Fr. John D’Mello, SJ (PAT) 1932-2022

Fr. John D’Mello was known as ‘Gamcha Father’ as he used to go around with a towel around his neck. He was also known as “Happy Birthday Father” as he used to wish everyone “Happy…

Fr. Vijayanand Marialayam, SJ (GOA) 1943-2022

The affectionate, loving, and hard-working Vijay was born in Kerala – Mutholy, in 1943. Though baptised as Mathew, he changed his name to Vijayanand Marialayam in solidarity with the people he intended to work with.…

Fr. Lancelot Pinto, SJ (BOM) 1933 – 2022

For the last several years, Fr. Lancy resided at St. Xavier’s High School Community, Fort, Mumbai.   On Thursday, 24th March 2022 he celebrated his 50th sacerdotal anniversary. He vested in his ordination cassock which fitted…

Communication: Our DNA

If I were to ask you, ‘have you seen or heard of LENS?’ I’m sure you would say “Yes!” thinking of lenses related to the eyes and camera. But the LENS I’m referring to is…

Jesuit Brothers and Fathers: One Society, Same Vocation,…

The universal Society of Jesus was gearing up to give recognition to the contributions made by the Brothers in its various apostolates. Therefore numerous deliberations took place worldwide.  Brothers’ commissions were formed in every Conference…

Formation and Ongoing Formation of Jesuit Brothers

A few months ago I pronounced my final vows, concluding a twenty-year period of formation as a Jesuit Brother. This formation would have been difficult to distinguish from that of a priestly scholastic, with a…

A Visible Witness to Invisible Realities

“Brothers, in the same way as Priests, are integrated into the Society by reason of the ‘one common call’ of the Lord to follow Him in living out the evangelical radicality of religious life. But…

Five Flies in My Cup of Tea

[auth] I completed sixty years in the Society of Jesus. As I stand at the crossroads of time, my mind takes a nostalgic trip down memory lane. I retrieved in time, events and people, especially…

Does no one read anymore?

How digital technology has changed the way we read and write [auth] One of my Jesuit colleagues bemoaned the fact that the libraries in Jesuit houses are now just empty rooms with musty cupboards filled…

Dear Brothers!

We would like to say something personal to you, dear Coadjutor Brothers of the Society of Jesus. Let it be our confession, our tribute and an accolade to you and your unique vocation. [auth] History…

#EdenGarden

In 2003, she was a simple girl, the eldest among seven, from a rural village—Kezoma. When children her age were dreaming of education, she specialised in sibling management. She couldn’t afford to dream, given her…

Brothers Down History Lane

“Without Brothers, the Society of Jesus would not be the Society of Jesus. Brothers embody the Jesuit call to the vowed life in an especially clear way, and they model for us ways of participating…

3 Ds for our Refounding

‘Have Roots first and Wings then’ is indeed a catchy concept. While we proceed to reimagining and re-founding the Jesuits, we must refuse to be the prisoners of the past, without pooh-poohing the roots of…

An Order of Women Jesuits!

Pope Francis calls for a SYNOD, for all people who are active participants on the journey to the Kingdom, helping each other, as they go on. What would this mean for Jesuits? [auth] 1. ALL - concerned…

I Have Come to Thee, To Take Thy…

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), Asia’s first Noble laureate in literature was a polymath – a poet, writer, playwright, composer, philosopher, social reformer and painter. He was the one of the greatest poets in India. Tagore believed that…

Gratefully in the Society of Jesus

God has been so great in accompanying me all these years. I have felt His constant guidance in making me what I am today. I thank everyone who has played his or her part in…

Soul’s Terminus

[auth] Eternal rest they got and desirously sought,The Heaven’s Lamb along with the celestial lotGone they are to be the omniscient OneLeaving loving memories and paths under the sun. Beneath the stones they reside for…

Stories that portray a Rainbow of Life

After a grand success of ‘Waves – Story Bank’, Fr. Felix Raj’s another literary creation ‘Tides – Story Bank’ narrating different experiences of life was released. Dr. Shashi Tharoor, MP from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala has written…

The Letter: A Message for Our Earth

The documentary, "The Letter: A Message for Our Earth" had its premiere at the Vatican on 4th Oct., the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. It’s been released via YouTube Originals, for anyone anywhere and…

Mother Teresa: No Greater Love

Twenty-five years after her death Mother Teresa continues to inspire. No Greater Love, an American documentary on her remarkable life, is produced by Tim Moriarty for the Knights of Columbus, and directed by David Naglieri,…

The Best Practices of Poverty in the Society…

The inimitable Jesuit practice of poverty has two entwined threads ‘spiritual’ and ‘actual’ (Sp. Ex. 98, 146), the attainment for which Grace every Jesuit intentionally and actively prays and deliberately chooses. Actual poverty is relinquishing…

“You have been with the Galilean”

Archbishop Fulton J Sheen was a true instrument of the Holy Spirit in touching the hearts of countless people through his night-time radio program ‘The Catholic Hour’ on NBC (1930–1950), before moving to television and…

The Chosen

“There is no prevention; there is no cure. It is getting worse…. They brought in a holy man… but he ran away in terror,” says Lilly to the bartender, narrating her exorcism episode. Lilly, a…

Vow of Poverty from the Lens of the…

I had the privilege of getting educated in a Salesian School, and was closely associated with the Salesian Sisters and Fathers right from my childhood, and have worked in close collaboration with them. Moreover, I’m…

Higher Education towards Environmental Protection

The dawn has come for the Society of Jesus in South Asia with the venturing of a school of Environmental Science at SJU, Bengaluru. The new university has established PG and Research Programs in Environmental…

How did our Jesuit Saints Pray?

Have we ever wondered, ‘How did Francis Xavier, and his saint-confreres (Faber, Canisius, Kostka, etc.,) pray?’ or ‘Who was responsible, under God, for training them in holiness and prayerfulness?’ The answer, of course, is that…

Caring for Our Common Home

The world is lovely, nice and sweet;Joyful frowns, yet a painful treat.Rivers flow and flowers bloom:God made earth’s very womb. [auth] Hills and mounts, plains and valleys,Full of wonder are His alleys!Milky seas and silky…

Jesuit Poverty and its Challenges

The proper understanding and prudent practice of religious poverty has probably never been easy in any age. Therefore, the Church in general and the Society in particular, has seen a sea change in the articulations…

Pedro Arrupe: A Steward of the Poor and…

(1907, 14th November, born at Bilbao in Spain)  Joyous, you deserve, basking in Heaven sure, we revere;Noble Basque the Family you come from, we adhere;Born for higher things, Greater Glory of God held you sway,Poised to…

One Step Enough for Me

Years ago, when I was studying at St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore, I heard a lovely hymn being sung. It was sung in a melodious voice by no less a person than the late Fr. Cecil…

The Coat of an Autocrat

Have you read the book, ‘Revenge of Power’ by Moisés Naím? It is a must-read book. In case you have not, you may at least watch his interview on the Internet. Moisés Naím examines the…

Multiple Perspectives on Synodality

Vidyajyoti, Institute of Religious Studies and Faculty of Theology, Delhi, has come out with a book on “No Synodality Without…” The book is the fruit of a three-day national symposium on "Journeying Together in the…

Strengthening Jesuit International Education

A Conference titled, “Strengthening Jesuit International Education in Times of Global Challenge” was held from 19th-21st September 2022, at Loyola University in Seville, Spain. The Conference was mainly for those responsible in promoting international student…

Second Thoughts and First Impressions

This is a brief review of an e-book, meant to be read on one’s computer or tablet, as millions of readers are doing today. This little volume [30 articles, 123 pages] consists of the selected…

An Excellent Introduction

This slim book is yet another attempt to bridge the large gap in understanding and cooperation between Christians and Muslims. It is a helpful guide to getting to know the Qur’an through thirty brief reflections…

Numbers, Algorithms and Margins

Re-imagining the Jesuits is a discernment that has to come from the ones involved. In that sense, I am a complete outsider: a Latin American Jesuit who has never been in South Asia, who works…

Jesuits always in the making

Jesuits across the globe had recently been engaged in celebrations: The Universal Apostolic Preferences, the Ignatian Year of Conversion and Canonization, and the Review of the Statutes on Poverty. That was a lot to chew,…

Another Church is Possible!

Ever since the World Social Forum started in 2001, its slogan Another World is Possible has caught global attention. This slogan found an alluring echo across the world as it gave expression to a radical…

Synodal churning must go on (in India)!

“The purpose of this synod is not to produce more documents. Rather, it is intended to inspire people to dream about the church we are called to be, to make people’s hopes flourish, to stimulate…

Role of Clergy in the Synodal Process

Pope Francis declared that synodality is what God expects of the Church in the 21st century. He has put his own transformative stamp on the meaning and conduct of synods, saying that a synod ought…

Indian Religious Journeying Together

It was in May 2022, that I was in a synodal meeting held at the laity center of the Diocese of Berhampur, in the eastern Indian State of Odisha. More than 70 representatives from 26…

Youth and the Synod on Synodality

“This journey, which follows in the wake of the Church’s ‘renewal’ proposed by the Second Vatican Council, is both a gift and a task: by journeying together and reflecting together on the journey that has…

A Synod that Inspires Us to Care and…

The launch of the Synod on Synodality in October 2021, came as a big surprise to many of us! Who would have expected Pope Francis to throw such an extraordinary invitation asking ‘all of the…

Long Live the Jesuit Library!

Recently, while looking for some books in our house library, I was told that all our libraries have been shifted upstairs, and some books have been donated to other libraries in the Province. So, I…

Gender Sensitivity: Our Mission

Recently, Fr. Konrad Noronha SJ, the director of the Centre for Safeguarding and Human Formation, organized a Conference on gender sensitization. It was an opportunity to listen to and learn from a wide spectrum of…

Becoming Persons of Synodality

The Society of Jesus has been continuously ‘reimagining the Jesuits’ throughout its history, because Ignatius wanted us to always see all things new in Christ, and hence, to be ever open to change and growth,…

Developing a Spirituality of Communion

When one lives in a culture of contradiction, conflict and confusion, one would surely ask: Is it possible to reimagine, recast, or be and act differently? [auth] The theme, ‘Reimagining the Jesuits’, took me to…

Biography of a Life Extraordinaire

On his 97th birthday 27th June, Father Kunnunkal was wheeled to India International Centre, New Delhi for the celebration of his birthday by over a hundred of his former students of St. Xavier’s School, Delhi,…

Reconstructing Mysore History

In these annual letters, the Jesuits have recorded how they found the local social practices to be offensive.  Indeed, these letters show some evidence to the ‘civilising mission’ undertaken by the European missionaries. However, they…

Chennai to Elakurichi: Ignatian Pilgrimage

Celebrating the grand finale of the Ignatian Year, the Chennai Province along with some Jesuit collaborators, walked as co-pilgrims towards the Shrine of Adaikala Annai (Our Lady of Refuge), Elakurichi, Kumbakonam Diocese. This historic event…

Dr. Abdul Kalam Award to Fr. Dr. S.…

Fr. Dr. S. Ignacimuthu SJ, the Director of Xavier Research Foundation at St. Xavier’s College, Palayamkottai, Tirunelveli Dt., and former Vice Chancellor of Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, and University of Madras, Chennai, received the Dr. A.P.J.…

Have You Not Heard The Jungle Cry?

Most of you must be watching the Commonwealth Games. You should listen to this story, a story of an uncommon game played in 2007 by very common tribal boys from Odisha. That victory happened also…

From Wastage to Wattage

Clean energy and waste management are two of the biggest challenges that we need solutions to, for protecting the planet. Every ton of vegetable waste has the potential to generate about 20 kilowatts of electricity.…

Fr. Mark Kulandai Raj, SJ (AND) 1948-2022

Fr. Kulandairaj was fully conscious, listening and speaking till the end.  On 3rd July 2022, around 8.30 pm, Fr. Anand was feeding him guava juice with a tea spoon. Fr. Kulandairaj was talking to him and others.…

Fr. Albert D’Silva, SJ (KHM) 1937-2022

The presence of more than 500 persons at his funeral, and hundreds who followed it online, are a testimony to the impact the quiet and humble Fr. Albert D’Silva had on the lives of priests,…

Fr. Anthony Samy Annaraj, SJ (MDU to EOF)…

Fr. Anthony Samy (EOF 78/59, originally from MDU) was born in Valanthur, Tamil Nadu, on 15th August 1943. Inspired by the Jesuits of St. Xavier’s College, Palayamkottai, where he did his PUC studies, he joined…

Fr. Manuel Diaz Garriz, SJ (GUJ) 1932-2022

For me and my Jesuits friends and those who knew him, Garriz Bapu will always be a wonderful human being and an incomparable icon for inculturation. He told me cultures and religions in India were scarcely in conflict with each other, and that the one who influenced him…

Fr. Gregory Xaxa, SJ (JAM) 1957 – 2022

His sudden demise on 7th August 2022 saddened all Jamshedpur Jesuits and his family members. He was born on 24th May 1957, to Joseph and Angela Xaxa at Kesramal, Rourkela diocese, Odisha. He had six…

Fr. Rufino Coutinho, SJ (GOA) 1932-2022

Fr. Rufino passed away peacefully on 9th August 2022, at Xavier Residence, Porvorim, Goa. He would have been 90 years old on 4th September 2022. He served people in Goa, Patna and Nepal, for a…

Agnipath

[auth] It was the Rathyatra decades agoIgnited a flame for the foot soldiers to go,When their fortunes were nose-diving,United them against a humanity living;Destroyed their place of worship,Shattered the beautiful friendship,Galvanized them to brute power,To…

The Ragpicker’s Choice

The first prize winning short story of the competition of common Jesuit Juniorates. [auth] The Sun had already set and the freezing winter made the entire slum shut in and shivering. Men dared to warm…

Are We Giving Up Our Indian Dream?

“Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom”: A cliché has come alive for us in India! What a dream our Founding Mothers and Fathers had for our country at Independence! And we made it almost…

Reimagining Jesuit Higher Education Institutions

Alfred Lord Tennyson in his book, The Passing of Arthur, had rightly said, “The old order changeth, yielding place to new; and God fulfills himself in many ways, lest one good custom shall corrupt the…

The Beautiful Revolution

If the intention is good; if the goal is the Common Good; if the means are good; if there is group camaraderie, loyalty and joy in the struggle; if there is determination to overcome any…

Institutional Leadership of Jesuit Organizations

This small article is written based on my experience of engaging with Jesuit institutions - mainly social centers. I have also worked with Jesuit institutions to promote and strengthen collaboration between Jesuits and lay leaders.…

Digital Leadership: The Need of the Hour

The June 2020 white paper, “An Inspirational Paradigm for Jesuit Business Education,” presents a vision for the future of business education, and the transformative effect it should have on our students and on society. [auth]…

Contemplation – Compassion – Creativity

Through a discernment process world-wide, we Jesuits have located four priorities for the future of Jesuit presence in the changing world. They do form the orientations for our apostolic involvement and in envisaging new structures.…

Engineering Unleashed at IAJES Summit in Boston

The International Association of Jesuit Engineering Schools (IAJES) was formed four years ago, in response to a call from Pope Francis and Fr General to foster communication and cooperation among Jesuit engineering schools. From 13th-15th…

Jesuit Brothers from World Over Meet in Rome

During the week of July 3-10, nearly forty Jesuit brothers from different continents came to the Curia to share their experience of religious life as brothers. What does it mean today to be a Jesuit…

Fr. Ignacimuthu, SJ, as the Chief Editor of…

It was a proud moment for the entire Madurai Jesuit Province when Fr. Ignacimuthu, SJ, was appointed as the chief editor of “Indian Journal of Products and Resources” (IJNPR). It is a quarterly publication which…

Flood fury: Response of the Kohima Jesuits

Assam and the other states of the North-East are battered regularly by rains. Mawsynram in Megahalaya has replaced Cherapunji as the ‘wettest place on earth’. Floods and landslides are a common occurrence, leading to loss…

Vidyajyoti@50 in Delhi- Inaugural Jubilee Eucharist

Vidyajyoti (VJ), Institute of Religious Studies - Faculty of Theology (1972-2022), formerly St. Mary’s College, Kurseong (1879-1971), is celebrating its fifty years - it’s golden jubilee. On 11th July 2022, the inaugural jubilee Eucharist was…

Jesuit Leadership: Legacy and Derailments

Recently, as a research scholar, I visited one of the prestigious Jesuit institutions in India and met one of the senior faculty with more than 19 years of teaching experience. (He also taught me when…

The Inner Side of Leadership and Management

Leadership and Management (LM) are increasingly becoming interdependent, and so pose a challenge to the Church and the Society of Jesus, especially in the changing context. We are called to remodel our LM constantly. [auth]…

Follow Stan!

Recently we celebrated the first death anniversary of Fr Stan Swamy. Many paid rich tributes. The UN Special Rapporteur Mary Lawlor said: “…Father Stan’s life represents the best tradition of human rights defence and social…

The Samaritan: A Different Ranking

Mamoon Akhtar in his 7th grade was once told, ‘If you cannot pay the fee, you cannot sit for the examination.’ But 48-year-old Mamoon today has a franchise of four schools in West Bengal, with…

Fr. Joseph Alexander, SJ (CCU) 1949 – 2022

Fr. Joseph Alexander – known as Joe - was born in Bettiah in a simple, devout family. Joe always lived that simplicity, led a deeply religious life - spending time with the Lord, devoted to…

Fr. Edwin L. D’Souza, SJ (GOA) 1925 –…

Many outstanding qualities and a simple, disciplined lifestyle enabled Fr Edwin to be an exemplary figure to all of us in the Province.  He was a gentleman, kind and considerate in all his dealings, a…

Fr. Susai Thomas, SJ (DUM) 1955 – 2022

Fr. Susai Thomas was born on 20th December 1955, in Satharasan Patty in Sivagangai Diocese of Tamil Nadu. He was the youngest of six siblings. He joined the Society of Jesus on 21st November 1974…

Br. Joseph Ullattil, SJ (PAT)

Br. Joseph Ullattil was born on 10th April 1941, the second eldest among 12 children. His elder brother who was a religious priest went to his eternal reward before Br. Joseph. He has two religious…

Fr. Anthony Ryan, SJ (HAZ) 1939-2022

Fr. Anthony Ryan, always called Tony, was born in Gisborne, New Zealand on 27th October, 1939, and entered the Jesuit novitiate at Loyola College, Watsonia, Melbourne, Australia, on 17th February, 1958. After completing Philosophy studies,…

Fr. Suman Minj SJ (HAZ) 1971 -2022

Fr. Suman Minj, SJ was born to Mr Boniface Minj and Mrs Regina Kujur on 16th July, 1971, in Timkitanr village, Sale Parish, in Daltonganj Diocese. He did his Primary and High School studies at…

Where do we go from here?

The Luther Moment and the Cannonball Moment [auth] Year 2021 marked 500th anniversary of two unforgettable, epoch-making moments in the Church, the first holding a special significance for the Jesuits and the members of Ignatian…

Ignatius the Visionary to Xavier the Missionary

Four Centuries Ago As we look at the world today, dictatorial governments, totalitarian regimes with absolute apathy and political vendetta are mushrooming day after day, causing an irreparable loss to the labyrinth of human love.…

Fr. Christopher Kerketta, SJ (HAZ) 1953-2021

Fr. Christopher Kerketta was born in Champa Village, Mahuadanr, on 13th May, 1953. He did his matriculation from St. Joseph’s Mahuadanr, when I was headmaster.  The one thing that struck me about Christopher was his…

Fr. Peter Jones, SJ (HAZ) 1931-2021

Peter joined the Australian Province in 1955, having completed a degree in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from Melbourne University. After his Philosophy he volunteered for the Hazaribag Province (then Region) where he spent the rest…

Fr. Thomas Joseph, SJ (HAZ) 1947-2021

Fr. Thomas Joseph, SJwas born on 4th April 1947, to Mr. Devasia Joseph and Mrs. Thresiamma Joseph in Edathua, Kerala. He joined the Novitiate in Sitagarha on 5th July 1965.  He was ordained on 24th April…

JYOTI – A Unique Youth Movement Completes Fifty…

JYOTI (Jamshedpur Youth Organization for Tomorrow’s India), a youth platform of High School and Collegestudents, operating under the patronage of the Jamshedpur Jesuit Mission, completed 50 years (1971—2021) in the formation of youth, besides engaging them in humanitarian services.…

Street Play Campaign by AICUF, Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu AICUF State Team with 10 energetic and socially motivated young AICUFers and 9 Deacons of CEN and MDU Jesuit Provinces (from 22nd April onwards) travelled all over Tamil Nadu from Chennai to Kanyakumari,…

Fr. Francis Kurien, SJ (HAZ) 1953-2021

Fr. Francis Kurien was born on 24th April 1953, at Karimanoor, Kerala. After completing his higher secondary education from St. Xavier’s Junior College, Trivandrum, he entered on 20th November 1970, the novitiate in St. Stanislaus…

Br. Anthony Stevens, SJ (JAM) 1936-2022

Br. Anthony Stevens SJ was born on 18th March 1936 in Bombay to Mr. George Stevens and Ms. Mary Gonzalves. Father and Mother died when he was very small. He was then brought up in…

Fr. Ignace Canis Macwan, SJ (GUJ) 1957-2022

A life full of vitality, joy and above all, goodness, ended a little too early, just in 64 years. Kathakar Ignace departed in the wee hours of Sunday 6th March, 2022. Ignace grew like Samuel…

Online Workshop by Digital Jesuits

The Digital Jesuits have been organizing and inviting many renowned individuals for online webinars, talks and testimonies during the past two years. However, this particular online workshop ‘Learning to lead’ was a first, as it…

Transformation of a Boys’ Home into a Girls’…

St. Aloysius College in Mangalore started the Aloysian Boys’ Home in 1980 as a memorial of its centenary year. It was meant as a rehabilitation home for delinquents and destitute found on the street. The…

A Tool in the Hands of God

The cannonball experience helped Ignatius take a 180-degree turn in his life. St. Ignatius in his early life looked for success and glory. After the cannonball experience he lived only for the Greater Glory of…

Re-inventing Ourselves

In the name of ‘re-structuring’ or ‘re-configuring’ itself, the Society of Jesus is ‘re-inventing’ or ‘re-imagining’ itself. As ageing and shrinking in numbers catch up with us, and diminishing vocations and increasing deaths bring us…

A Man called Inigo

At Pamplona, the battle was raging,When a cannonball hit brave Captain Inigo,As he led his men and kept on fighting,For king and honour, ready life to forego. [/auth] The enemy troops, awe-struck by one so…

Collaboration: Our Way of Being and Doing

I am just back from the CONSIGLIO ALLARGATO (CA), the extended consult of Fr General. Incidentally, the theme that we discerned in the CA was collaboration. [auth] Collaboration is an integral part of our Institute.…

Fr. Philip Thayil, SJ (KER) 1935-2022

On 18th March 2022, we lost Rev. Fr. Philip Thayil, a true son of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. He hailed from Kiliroor in Kottayam Dist. He joined the Society on 31st July 1956. He studied…

Fr. Anthony Kadookunnel, SJ (JAM) 1928-2022

Fr. Anthony Kadookunnel SJ, fondly known as Fr. K C, was born on 8th September 1928, at Erumely, Kanjirappaly Diocese, Kerala, to Mr. Chandy Cherian and Ms. Aliamma. He was fifth among the seven siblings.…

Fr. Joseph Prabhu, SJ (BOM) 1934-2022

Jesus told Martha that He is the Resurrection and the Life, and the Preface of the Mass for the Dead reminds us that, “For your faithful people life is changed not taken away.” So though…

Fr. Poulose Mangai, SJ (CCU) 1957-2022

Poulose Mangai was born on 15th September 1957, at Kalady, Kerala. After serving 7 years as a lecturer in Engineering Colleges, he joined the Society on 21st June 1987. He was a man of simplicity…

Fr. Fredrick Leon, SJ (SRI) 1933-2022

Fr. Joseph Frederic Leon was born at Kotahena, Sri Lanka, in 1933; he entered the Society in 1951 in Calicut, Kerala, sailed through Shembaganur for Philosophy, and Galle, Sri Lanka, for Regency, to Louvain in…

Fr. Felix Tellis, SJ (JAM) 1943-2022

Fr. Felix was born on 2nd July 1943, to Isidore Tellis and Elizabeth Mathias at Belman, Mangalore diocese. He was the fifth among seven siblings. Parents and one brother are already in a heavenly abode.…

Fr. Andrew Silveira, SJ (GUJ) 1949-2022

Fr. Andrew left us for his heavenly abode on 21st May 2022, at Jeevan Darshan, Vadodara.He was born on 11th October 1949 at Vasai. After completing his high school studies, he joined the Gujarat Jesuit…

Fr. Colman de Souza SJ (GOA) 1946-2022

It is not an easy task for anyone to write a tribute of a Jesuit priest with a multi-coloured personality like that of Fr. Colman de Souza. With his simplicity of life wearing a khadi…

Fr. Ephrem Thomas Manikompel, SJ (KER) 1942-2022

Fr. Ephrem was working as a psychological animator and therapist in ICTA, Kalamassery, Ernakulam, since 2015. A few months ago, he had published a book titled “OK, Not OK, Still OK!” which may be considered…

Fr. Charles Michael, SJ (MDU) 1947-2022

With serious cardiac and renal problems complicated by diabetes, Fr. Charles Michael passed away on 25th May 2022 after having spent about seven weeks at Beschi Infirmary, with frequent hospitalizations at St. Joseph and Vadamalyan…

Fr. Andrews Thekkekara, SJ (MDU) 1932-2022

Fr. Andrews Thekkekara was born on 1st July 1932, at Karanchira, Thrissur Dt., Kerala. His parents were Mr. Kochumatthew, farmer, and Mariamma, homemaker. He had mentioned in a recent video recording, that his parents as…

Fr. Joseph Mattam, SJ (GUJ) 1936-2022

Joe Mattam joined the Jesuit novitiate at Vinayalaya, Bombay, and took his first vows on 20th June, 1957. After studying theology at Kurseong, he was ordained a priest at Baroda, on 17th March, 1967. After…

What we are Really Looking for is a…

This year 2022 is the 75th year of our Independence, and everywhere the talk is about “re-imagining” or “re-inventing” India. [auth] Foremost among those who want a different idea of India are the BJP-RSS. They…

Ignatian Year: An Invitation to Re-imagine

The meaning of reimagining one's dream as a Jesuit is to discover one's movements of the spirit in prayer, to which the spirit is calling to serve the Church and its Majesty. St. Ignatius wanted…

What has Modern Business to do with Ignatian…

It is becoming fashionable to link business concepts with Ignatian spirituality in general and discernment in particular. In the recent past it began with Chris Lowney, and has gained currency with some Jesuits. It is…

Two Worldly Saints: Ignatius of Loyola and a…

John O’Malley, a noted Jesuit historian, observes, “Ignatius redefined the traditional basis of saintliness which usually involved a degree of unworldliness.” For Ignatius, reality is more important than the ideal of any kind. Yes, O'Malley…

Blessed Johann Philipp Jeningen, SJ

(Venerable Johann Philipp Jeningen will be beatified on 16th July 2022, in Ellwangen, Germany. His feast day will be 2ndJuly.) [auth] Johann Philipp Jeningen (1642-1704) was a Home Missionary in Germany. He was revered as…

Prayer Dynamics in the Spiritual Exercises

The Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola is broadly referred to as a ‘school of prayer’. It provides a number of formal ways of approaching God: Meditation, Imaginative Contemplation, Application of the Senses, Repetition, Triple Colloquy,…

A Novel Handbook for Ignatian Retreat

This book, TO SEE ALL THINGS NEW IN CHRIST, is prepared keeping in mind the Ignatian Year and its theme. It is a collection of thirteen eight-day Ignatian retreats for various groups: religious men, religious…

Ignatian Insights in Ignatian Year

St. Ignatius of Loyola underwent a deep conversion following the battle of Pamplona in 1521. To commemorate this event Fr. Arturo Sosa, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, has asked Jesuits all over the…

Vandana Shiva: The “Gandhi of Grain”

On 5th November 1952, India received an erudite scholar, environmental activist, food sovereignty advocate, seed conservationist, ecofeminist and anti-globalisation author, namely, Dr. Vandana Shiva. Her brain-child Navdanya, is an India-based non-governmental organisation which promotes biodiversity…

Chilling Story of Siliguri

She has received rape threats. Her parents are stalked constantly. When she walks on the street, miscreants pelt stones at her. Simply because she works for her community to end child marriages. Nineteen-year-old Koyel Sarkar…

Fr. Mathew Pichalakattu, SJ (GUJ) 1940-2022

Like the rich young man of the gospel, young Mathew felt the loving and inviting gaze of the Lord on him. Mathew Picha also left everything and followed the Lord for the unknown land of…

Fr. James Xalxo, SJ (MAP) 1944-2022

James was born on 7th October, 1944. His parents Mr Martin Somra and Mrs Seraphina Xalxo were simple but staunch Catholics who imparted a sound Catholic faith in him. He was the second among three…

Fr. Vijayanand Shidonkar, SJ (GUJ) 1947-2022

Fr. Vijayanand Shidonkar (Nicephero Rodrigues) SJ, was born on 19th December, 1947, in Vasco a Da Gama, Goa. He was the third of five siblings. He did his primary schooling at Mount Carmel, and High…

Fr. Conrad Mascarenhas, SJ (BOM) 1938-2022

Fr. Conrad went to his eternal reward on 17th February 2022, at the age of 84 years, 63 of which were spent as a Jesuit. Fr. Conrad’s journey was linked to St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai.…

Fr. Mathew Pullattu, SJ (KER) 1935-2022

Fr. Mathew Pullattu was born in Poovarani, Kottayam, in the diocese of Palai, on 29th April, 1935. He was a man of surprises. Even his joining the Society was a big surprise. After his B.Sc.…

Mother of Trees

As per a phrase in Kannada, Thanu-Mana-Dhana (one can help with one’s body, mind or wealth, but always only with good intention), a centurion named Saalumarada Thimmakka started the mission of planting trees along with…

Divine Drama

A sense of the divine prevailsIn human thinking everywhere;It gets expressed in many ways -As diverse as the mind will dare! [auth] Beginning from the humble stone -To mountains, rivers, trees and shrubs;From little shrines…

What do they say about NEP 2020

How is the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 being felt at the implementation spaces of the faculty members of Jesuit higher education in India? Do they agree with its higher education discourses? Are they critical…

Exploring New Frontiers of the Universe

Richard D’Souza SJ (GOA) featured in the international news when he discovered that the Milky Way had a sibling galaxy. [auth] After graduating from St. Xavier’s college, Mumbai, and presently a staff member at the…

Our Rights, Our Fights

The phrase “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam" summarizes the Indians’ general attitude towards humanity, nature and the Divine – in both Vedic and non-Vedic cultures. Prudent use of the resources and proactive participation in the environmental conservation is,…

Protecting Environment and People

Covid-19 has made us all realize that we are all in a global climate emergency now. The deplorable neglect we have shown to the environment has resulted not only in environmental degradation but also irreparable…

How Late Have I Loved You – Caring…

It is an enlightening claim made by some of the mystics, that creation is a voluminous book whose author is God. Nevertheless, creation is the mirror image of the Creator’s presence. The Jesuit Poet, Gerard…

The Commandments of Nature

The book highlights in 17 chapters, some of the basic tenets of environment management, enumerated as the “Commandments of the Nature” in the first chapter itself. Table 1 in Chapter 1 provides an ecologically sound…

Voices of Justice for all

The book is about bringing justice for all, especially the vulnerable – women, LGBTQIA++, tribals, scheduled castes, migrants - by capturing their voices, creating knowledge out of these voices, empowering them to challenge unfair structures…

The Priest as God’s Suffering Servant

“Father Stu” is the story of a beloved priest from Montana (USA), who served in the city of Helena for seven years before he died. The movie charts his journey from self-destruction to redemption through…

Jesuit elected as President of Indian Theological Association

The members of the Indian Theological Association (ITA) gathered at the National Biblical Catechetical and Liturgical Centre (NBCLC), Bangalore,  for their 44th Annual  Meet and conference from 26th - 29th April, 2022.  The theme of the conference being ‘The Pandemic…

Raipur Deanery Synodal Church meeting

The Raipur Deanery Synodal Church meeting was held at St. Joseph’s Cathedral Church, Byron Bazar, Raipur, Chhattisgarh, on 28th March, 2022, where more than 30 priests were present, including about 10 laity and 30 nuns.…

‘Bullet’ Moments

For Ignatius, the cannonball gave him time to be by himself. As for me, I see moments of ‘bullets’ which awaken me to my call. It was in 2004 when I was at Sacred Heart…

Making the Extinct become Distinct

In our digitalised world, where everybody is busy with social media, he has taken a road not taken by preserving folk art forms. He is a professor in a college, but he spends his time…

Sri Lanka – Paradise at a Loss |…

The Context: Hunger for Survival   [auth] The Vesak festival (or Vesākha Day), also known as Buddha Jayanti or Vaisakhi Buddha Purnima, the most important religious event on Sri Lanka's calendar, which venerates Buddha's birth,…

Did we miss the Synodality Train?

Pope Francis, out of the sheer goodness of his heart, reversed the age-old trend of organizing synods. This time it’s not voices from the top dictating to the lower ranks. Rather, LISTENING to the raw…

Participating in the Public Discourse

Recently the veteran journalist, Mr. John Dayal, made a strange observation, saying that all religious congregations have charisms, and asked if we have a charism for our times, and opined that we need to discern…

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…