Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Jesuits’ leader urges priests not to go it alone
Father Adolfo Nicolas arrives in Thailand as part of Asia visitJesuit superior general Father Adolfo Nicolas
- Panithan Kitsakul, Bangkok
- January 21, 2011
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 countryâ€™s major seminary and work with various NGOs on human rights issues.
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