Benedictus Hari Juliawan - Indonesian Province
The main highlight of this workshop for me is getting to know the other
Major Superiors. I felt a deep sense of solidarity with them. Despite our
different origins and situations, we are carrying similar responsibilities and
facing the same challenges that define the Society wherever we are in the
world. In our group sharing, it was obvious that we struggled with certain
individuals, were out of our depth when dealing with non-functioning
communities, and clueless to the financial situations of some apostolic works.
We learned from each other, in terms of not only skills and knowledge, but
crucially, in how to prepare ourselves mentally and spiritually.
I was grateful to be in their company as they showed how they overcame
obstacles that I personally would never imagine. The East African Provincial
has to dodge ongoing wars and conflicts when visiting the areas of communities
under his care. The American Provincials continue to live with the legacy of
abuse and slavery. The Indian Provincials have to dance around the delicate
ethnic relations in their Provinces. I will go back to my Province a little
wiser with all the lessons and these memorable moments of sharing.
Soosai Mani - Provincial of Delhi
The Grace of Consolation captured me from the time I stepped into the General
Curia. Meeting my fellow Provincial
companions, the Jesuits engaged in various activities of the Secretariats and
Fr. General himself is indeed consoling. A day of prayer set the motion for the
intense learning that I would go through in the coming days.
First, I learned that a deeper understanding and assimilation of the
UAPs is essential for the proper animation of the Province. Our life and
mission need to be oriented by these Preferences. The second point I learned is that spiritual
conversation is a tool that will help the Jesuits to get in touch with their
spiritual depth and respond to situations with faith. It can bring the Jesuit
from head to heart. Another important aspect of the first week learning is
that, during the visitation, a Provincial need to communicate that each one of
his Jesuit brother is important and wanted in the Society. Finally, through our
sharing, I realized that, as Jesuits, we are often generous in our work and in
helping one another, yet there are times we find it difficult to live in a
community. We need to continue to ask ourselves, “Am I my brother’s keeper...?”
so to accept, and encourage one another.