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Jesuits’ leader urges priests not to go it alone

Father Adolfo Nicolas arrives in Thailand as part of Asia visit

Jesuits’ leader urges priests not to go it alone
Jesuit superior general Father Adolfo Nicolas
Panithan Kitsakul, Bangkok

January 21, 2011

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Jesuits need to collaborate with others and not work alone, said Father Adolfo Nicolas, the Jesuit superior general during his visit to Thailand. Nowadays due to the fewer number of priests, Jesuits cannot carry out their mission alone. Rather, they need to collaborate with various sectors, Father Nicolas told about 100 Jesuits and others involved in Jesuit ministries in Thailand during his Jan. 20 welcome at Xavier Hall, the Jesuit residence in Bangkok. Jesuits need to cooperate with people who possess the human qualities of love, hope, joy and justice, said the superior general. Jesuit priests must not become isolated and uncommunicative with people, Father Nicolas said. The Jesuits in Thailand have been collaborating with various stakeholders, but there is room to strengthen this, said Father Paul Pollock, superior of the Jesuits in Thailand. Father Adolfo is on a two-day visit to Thailand, before going to Cambodia and Singapore. The Jesuit community in Thailand has 31 members, including 18 priests in Bangkok, Sam Phran and Chiang Mai. They work with refugees and migrants, prisoners, vulnerable children and students and conduct retreats. They also run a parish in Bang Saen, lecture at Saengtham College - the country’s major seminary and work with various NGOs on human rights issues. Related report Jesuit superior brings message of hope on anniversary TH12953.1637
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