Forty years after he first arrived in Micronesia as a regent, Indonesian Jesuit Fr Martinus Sumarno Darmosuwarno SJ still has strong memories of his two years there. “Since I was the only scholastic on the island, I learned to be … Continued
Barely two weeks after a new Jesuit priest was ordained in Singapore, the Malaysia-Singapore Jesuit Region marked another red letter day on September 1 as Leslie Joseph Bingkasan SJ was ordained priest in St Catherine’s Church, Inanam, Sabah, Malaysia.
Archbishop John Wong of Kota Kinabalu Diocese presided at the ordination Mass with 18 concelebrants, including eight Jesuits. Some 500 people, including Fr Bingkasan’s family, relatives and friends witnessed the occasion.
The Jesuits in Singapore-Malaysia celebrated the ordination of Fr Jerome Leon SJ on August 19 in the Church of St Ignatius in Singapore. Archbishop William Goh celebrated the Mass and presided over the ceremonies. He reminded the new priest to “depend on the Lord” in his priestly ministries, saying, “in your imperfections and inadequacy, this is where people will see the glory of God”.
Fr Leon entered the Society of Jesus in 2007 at the age of 40. “I am what you might call a late vocation,” he said, “but I am also a ‘young’ Catholic, as I was baptised only in 2004.”
The Society of Jesus in Korea celebrates six new Jesuit priests: Fr Park Soo-young Theodore, Fr Choi Jun-yeol Damianus, Fr Lee Chang-hyon Pius, Fr Cho Chang-mo Simon, Fr Jeon Chan-yong John Bosco and Fr Park Kyoung-woong Peter. They were ordained to the priesthood on June 28 at Myung-dong Cathedral in Seoul, South Korea.
Four Jesuits from the Philippine Province were ordained on June 3 at the Oratory of St Ignatius of Loyola, Loyola House of Studies. Fr Roseller L Atilano SJ, Fr Martin A Licup SJ, Fr Harvey C Mateo SJ and Fr Felipe B Yohan Jr SJ were ordained by His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila.
During his tertianship, Indonesian Jesuit Christoporus “Tito” Aria chose Apu Palamguwan Cultural Education Center for his two-week elective mission. He wanted to learn about the use of mother tongue in an elementary school for indigenous people. He shares his experience. … Continued
A group of scholastics recently spent four days with some communities in Wonosobo District uplands learning about how local families draw a livelihood from the land while keeping a forest canopy that protected the soil, water and nutrient cycles. In … Continued