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Global Jesuit work in the environment

2016_09_30_reflection_photo1In a special issue of the Journal of Jesuit Studies, we highlight the works of Jesuits vis-à-vis the environment from the perspective of various regions in the hopes of fostering a fruitful cross-cultural conversation that is needed within the Society.

In his discussion of the environmental activities of European Jesuits, José Ignacio García, SJ, chronicles the way the European Conference of the Society of Jesus employs an ecological perspective.  Identifying exemplary figures at the origins of the Society who made helpful contributions to the natural sciences either as educators in schools or as missionaries, García elaborates how these early Jesuits were also active participants in various scientific fields, such as botany, entomology, astronomy, meteorology, and geography.

Governance of Natural and Mineral Resources (GNMR) Network

GNMRPicThe Governance of Natural and Mineral Resources (GNMR) Network is one of five Global Ignatian Advocacy Networks established following General Congregation 35 in 2008, when a new emphasis was placed on the reality that the Society of Jesus is ‘one body with a universal mission’. (The other Networks are Peace and Human Rights, Education for all, Migration, and Ecology). All Conferences and Provinces were asked to commit to the five priorities.

The purpose of the GNMR Network is to ensure that issues of equity and sustainability are addressed in the governance of natural resources. The GNMR Network supports and advocates on behalf of local communities affected by mining activities, and lobbies on human rights issues where appropriate.

Eilert Ecology Club

Rockhurst-ecologyNamed after our beloved Br. Larry Eilert, SJ, this club promotes and manages ecology programs within the school: to honor God’s purpose in our treatment of God’s creation.

Club Activities. Our recycling program is a joint effort among the Eilert Ecology Club, Library, and Maintenance Department. We recycle paper, corrugated cardboard, plastic bottles made from PET and HDPE, aluminum cans, cell phones, and printer ink cartridges.

Jesuit Says Saving the Earth is the Society’s Next Frontier

jsurette1Jesuit Father John Surette has a dream for the Society of Jesus.  Responding to Father General Adolfo Nicolás’s call for Jesuits to explore the “frontiers, those geographical and spiritual places where others do not reach or find difficult to reach,” Fr. Surette looks to a frontier very close to home:  planet Earth.

Jesuit Discusses the Intertwined Relationship of Social Justice and Environmentalism

padre_patxi_sjWithin the Society of Jesus’ governmental structure, five areas of apostolic importance have been identified and given special attention. One of these apostolic sectors is Social Justice & Ecology, which is headed up by Jesuit Father Patxi Álvarez de los Mozos. Recently appointed to his role this year, Fr. Álvarez de los Mozos explains the intertwined nature of working for social justice with a connection to ecological issues during this video interview he recently conducted with National Jesuit News during his visit from his headquarters in Rome to the United States.

An Integrated Education of the Children of Migrant Workers and the Care of the Mother Earth

xavier-institute-vadodaraDuring my formative years in the Society of Jesus as a scholastic  and later on  as a priest of Gujarat Province, India, I have been reflecting how I could make my commitment meaningful keeping the ‘magis’,  ‘fire’ of a Jesuit. Finding meaning to my commitment and articulating it in my own way has been a long struggle. And I continued it never ceasing as a rebel Jesuit in reference to the larger trend in our province. So, it has been in this personal struggle and discernment, the education of the children of migrant workers and the care of mother earth emerged.