Damo Chour, SJ
One of the great traditions of the Jesuit Conference
of Asia Pacific is the SBC: the Scholastics and Brothers Circle. The tradition
had been threatened by the pandemic: the last edition took place in 2019. But
on 19 to 26 December 2022 the Circle took shape again.
This year’s in-person workshop, brought together some
56 participants from over 18 countries around our Asia Pacific Conference along
with some coming from other Jesuit Assistancies. They all gathered at the
Xavier Learning Community, Chiang Rai, Thailand. The topic for this gathering
was, “Youth Ministries and Vocations Promotion in Minority Catholic Countries”.
theme was chosen to be in line with one of the Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus:
accompanying youth. Furthermore, this topic also aimed to explore the possible
connections between what is broadly seen as “Youth Ministries” and the more
specific work of “Vocations Promotion”, with special attention to the “Gifts of
Ignatian Spirituality”, something that JCAP had been discussing recently.