In our latest annual report, we look back on a decade of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific, recall Fr General Arturo Sosa’s encounter with Buddhism and Islam, find inspiration in Pope Francis’ visit to Myanmar and learn about the newest education project of the Jesuits in Thailand. Fr Tony Moreno SJ also writes his first message as JCAP President, in which he highlights discernment in common.
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Jesuit colleges and universities in Asia Pacific have committed to becoming green campuses. Fr Joel Tabora SJ, Chair of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in Asia Pacific (AJCU-AP), elaborates on the commitment, which was made at the AJCU-AP annual meeting in Tokyo from August 23 to 24, 2011.
The AJCU-AP approved the resolution on “growing green campuses” in each of our schools as proposed by Fr Pedro Walpole SJ,who heads the Reconciliation with Creation group within the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific. The approval was on the understanding that curricula must be revised to include complementary environmental instruction and formation. This is not just a challenge for green campuses; it is a challenge to form our students to live in environmental responsibility.
The four members of the school team, Fr. Ashley, Br. Toeun, Ms. Sonai and Ms. Lucia together with Ms. Ponchacka of our Education Mission Leadership Team (EMLT) traveled to St. Ignatius College review in Sydney from the 8th-12 of July 2014. This school hosted a Colloquium for leaders of Jesuit schools across the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific. Nearly 100 principals and board members participated in this Colloquium on the theme of “Reconciliation with Creation.”
At the recent Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific (JCAP) assembly in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, Jesuit Provincials approved Flights for Forests, which will require participants to commit $5 for each flight taken.