Annual Meeting 2013

September 5, 2013

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Meeting of the Jesuit Chinese-Filipino Apostolate, being held in Iloilo City on the occasion of Sta. Maria Parish’s 60th Anniversary

Friday, Sept 6
AM arrival of delegates
2:30 Introductory session (at school AVR across the parish)
Institutional Reports
5:30 Novena Mass at SMP
Welcome dinner

Saturday, Sept 7 (at AdI San Rafael Campus)
8:30 Mass at School Chapel
Workshops
Lunch on campus
1:30 p.m. Continuation of Workshops
Dinner

Sunday, Sept 8 (at AdI San Rafael Campus)
8:30 a.m. Fr. Provincial’s Address
Closing Session
Lunch

PM Join Fiesta Procession and Mass
Fiesta Dinner at AdI Grade School Blue Dragon Gym

Monday, Sept 9
AM Departure

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Draft Schedule for SJ CFA Annual Meeting 2012

Thursday, June 14

PM      arrival of delegates,

4:30            Introductory session

6:00            Mass

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Jesuit Chinese-Filipino Apostolate
18 January 2012

To:                        Institutional Representatives

From:               Fr Ari C. Dy, SJ, Convenor

Re:                    Annual Meeting 2012 / 60th Anniversary of Sacred Heart Parish and the Renewed Jesuit Chinese-Filipino Apostolate

Dear fellow pilgrims in the Jesuit Chinese-Filipino Apostolate,

Lunar new year greetings to all from the cool climes of London!  Despite the economic crisis enveloping much of Europe, this year promises to be full of joy in the U.K. as the Queen celebrates her diamond jubilee on the throne, and the city of London hosts the Summer Olympics and Paralympics.  Read the rest of this entry »

Pilgrimage Reflections

November 15, 2010

Following are brief reflections from some of the participants in the Matteo Ricci Pilgrimage last October 2010 (see previous post).

Dorothy Claro, affiliated with Xavier School:
I had never heard of a Christian pilgrimage to China, so when my son broached
the subject to me, my curiosity drove me to sign up for this compelling trip. I
read up on the story of Fr Matteo Ricci, whose memory was being honored in
the pilgrimage, but it was not until I set foot in China that I understood the
depth of this missionary’s greatness and the admirable evangelical work of the
Jesuits in this daunting country. Inspired by Fr Ricci, I returned to
Singapore, where I work, feeling more connected with the scores of races living
here, more open to learning from them, and more eager to share my ideas
selflessly. I miss very much the new friends I have made among members of our
pilgrimage group; they were so caring and mindful of everyone’s needs. The
Jesuits who accompanied us said we are all pilgrims in this world, and we must
help one another to reach our heavenly goal. It was exactly that pilgrimage
spirit that gave me a foretaste of heaven. Read the rest of this entry »

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Fifty-four pilgrims, including seven Jesuits and several very senior citizens, the oldest being 88 years old and the others trailing not far behind. Eight grueling days from Macau to Beijing, including travel by air, land, and sea to out-of-the-way places in China. Some saw it as formula for disaster at worst, grave inconvenience for all at best, but believe it or not, the trip went smoothly, thanks to God’s grace and the discipline and goodwill of all the pilgrims.

They came from six Jesuit institutions in the Philippines dedicated to ministry among Chinese Filipinos. There were faculty and staff from Xavier School and Ateneo de Cebu, parishioners from Mary the Queen (Manila) and Sacred Heart (Cebu) parishes, plus the parish priest of Sta. Maria Chinese Parish in Iloilo. These 54 pilgrims set out for China to trace the steps of the great Jesuit missionary to China, Matteo Ricci, who died and was buried in Beijing 400 years ago.

Following Ricci’s “ascent to Beijing,” the trip began in Macau. The first stop was the St Joseph Seminary Church, where the humerus of St Francis Xavier is kept as a sacred relic. It was fitting to begin the pilgrimage in Macau, where Ricci spent one year learning Chinese before embarking for the Chinese mainland.

It was also appropriate to begin by recalling the memory of St Francis Xavier, whose dream it was to evangelize China after his forays in present-day Indonesia and Japan opened his mind to the importance of penetrating China if the rest of East Asia was to become hospitable to Christianity. After venerating the relic in Macau, the group set off the next day for the most difficult part of the journey– traveling to the island of Shangchuan, where St Francis Xavier died in 1552. This leg of the journey meant going through immigration in Macau, and then crossing the border into China on foot, with all our luggage to boot! The local travel guides kindly arranged for porters to assist the senior citizens, but this meant taking more time to get everyone through the border and into a waiting bus on the Chinese side, the city of Zhuhai.

After dropping off our luggage at the hotel, we traveled two hours by coach to the Shanju port, where we endured another wait for the next ferry to take us to Shangchuan. After a very late lunch on the island, we finally made it to the small church that marks the spot where St Francis died in 1552. It was very quiet, and we had a few moments in silence to connect with the dream of St Francis Xavier to evangelize China. We then gathered in the church and offered candles at his empty tomb (the remains were moved to Goa after a brief time on the island).

Our stay in Shangchuan was all too brief, as we had to catch the last ferry boat back to the mainland, but we were inspired by the thought that Matteo Ricci was born in Italy the same year that St Francis Xavier died in Shangchuan. Thirty years later, in 1582, Ricci would lead the first group of Jesuits to successfully establish a mission in China.

From Macao, Ricci had spent almost twenty years establishing missions in south China before he made it to Beijing. The pilgrims made Shanghai the next stop, home of Ricci’s most famous disciple, Xu Guangqi (a.k.a. Hsu Kuangchi, after whom Xavier School is named in Chinese).

The flight from Zhuhai to Shanghai took almost three hours, but there was enough time to make it to the Xujiahui cathedral, seat of the Shanghai diocese. Xujiahui is now a bustling commercial district, but it used to be a vast Catholic complex donated to the Church by the Xu family, following the lead of their famous ancestor Xu Guangqi. Xu was a scientist and mathematician who served the Ming court as prime minister for a brief period, also occupying many other positions in the royal bureaucracy.

The next morning, we got more acquainted with Xu by visiting his grave at a small park named in his honor. The rest of the day was spent at the premiere Marian shrine in China– Sheshan, located 45 minutes from the city of Shanghai. Built by the French Jesuits in the 19th century, the basilica on top of the small hill is capped by a famous image of Our Lady holding up the baby Jesus, in a gesture that foreshadows the crucifixion but also bestows a blessing on the people.

We prayerfully prayed the stations of the cross as we slowly ascended the hill and then celebrated Mass at the basilica.

The next day, we had Mass at the international parish of St Francis Xavier in Dongjiadu before spending the day at the World Expo.

Flying to Beijing from Shanghai, we visited the north, south, and east churches, all built by Jesuits and restored after the tumultous events of the 20th century. The climax of the pilgrimage was to visit the Jesuit graveyard, now located inside a Communist Party school, where the tombstones of Matteo Ricci and scores of other missionaries to China are kept.

The pilgrimage capped the renewal process in the Jesuit Chinese-Filipino Apostolate that has been going on for more than one year. Having identified some new “frontiers” in the apostolate, and having visited the sites sacred to Jesuit mission in China, both Jesuits and lay partners returned to their places of mission energized to take big and small steps for the realization of that dream which has captivated the spiritual descendants of St Francis Xavier and Matteo Ricci for centuries.

Moon Festival

September 22, 2010

The Moon Festival–also called the Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋節)–is celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar. In the Philippines the Chinese community observes it by eating mooncake or playing the popular dice game. Read the rest of this entry »

Fire and Friendship

September 17, 2010

Delegates from Manila, Cebu, and Iloilo