Jesuits commit to ‘Mission Education’

Myanmar has just opened up after decades of regressive military rule and its population would need extensive modern education to catch up with the rest of the world.

Myanmar
Feb 10 2014, 5:31 PM
Jesuits commit to ‘Mission Education’
Members of the Myanmar Jesuit Mission.

The Jesuit mission in Myanmar has committed itself to education at its first conclave held in Yangon last week, according to a statement issued after the meet.

Myanmar has just opened up after decades of regressive military rule and its population would need extensive modern education to catch up with the rest of the world.

The meeting was attended by 27 Jesuits who live permanently in the country and by some members of the Jesuit Conference of Asia-Pacific, including Father Mark Raper, President of the Conference and Regional Superior for Myanmar.

Those present shared their experiences, impressions and projects for the Jesuit mission, exploring needs of the local Church and Myanmar’s society and future role of the Society of Jesus.

The meeting reaffirmed Jesuits’ commitment to serve the poor, youth, farmers, internally displaced persons and refugees, especially in education, formation and the media. It identified building a strong community as the first step.

The Society ordained its first local Jesuit priest in 2013. Two deacons will become priests by May 2014. There are more completing studies in Indonesia and the Philippines. In Myanmar there are currently 14 Jesuit missionaries from Australia, Korea, India, Indonesia and Malaysia.

The Jesuits run two English language schools – San Luigi Gonzaga in Taunggyi and Campion Institute in Yangon – and also have the Research Arrupe Centre that takes care of social projects for the poor and micro-credit project for farmers in Laputta.

Source: Agenzia Fides

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