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 plan educational institute in Timor Leste
After withdrawing from the administration of ColĂ©gio de SĂŁo JosĂ© in Dili, the Jesuits have announced plans for an educational institute in Timor Leste that will also train teachers, said a report on the Jesuit Asia Pacific Conference website.Image from the report on the Jesuit Asia Pacific Conference website
- Timor Leste
- September 15, 2011
The proposed institute, Instituto de EducaĂ§ĂŁo JesuĂta, will have two departments: a basic education department, ColĂ©gio de Santo InĂˇcio de Loiola, and a teacher education department, ColĂ©gio de SĂŁo JoĂŁo de Brito, to be located in Kasait, west of Dili.
ColĂ©gio de Santo InĂˇcio de Loiola, an Ignatian high school for boys and girls, will commence in 2013 with a limited intake at Level 7. It will teach in Portuguese, Tetun and English.
ColĂ©gio de SĂŁo JoĂŁo de Brito will commence with the preparation of senior secondary school teachers in 2014. The three-year bachelorâ€™s degree will focus on Portuguese, Tetun, English and Religious Education.
â€śAs a Catholic institution in a Catholic country, there is a need to prioritise and develop competency in religious education and faith development in the local context. A distinctive characteristic of the Institute will be the embedding of the Jesuit mission and identity,â€ť said Fr Mark Raper SJ, Acting Regional Superior, Region of Timor Leste and President of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific.
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Jesuits to Set Up Educational Institute in Timor Leste (Jesuit Asia Pacific Conference)