The 13th Annual Meeting of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in Asia Pacific (AJCU-AP) in Sogang University, Seoul, South Korea. August 20-21, 2013

The 13th Annual Meeting of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in Asia Pacific (AJCU-AP) was held in Sogang University from 20 to 21 of August 2013.

The meeting began with a welcome dinner at the Steve Kim Hall of the Arrupe Building in Sogang University. Prof. Jae H. Roe, DIrector of the Office of International Affairs and representative of Sogang University to AJCU-AP, welcomed the participants. Fr. Joel Tabora, SJ gave a status report of the AJCU-AP highlighting on the Regional Consortia created in 2010, Service Learning Program, Responsible Leadership Program, Growing a Green Campus Program, Education Assistance to the Myanmar Mission, and AJCU-AP Assistance to the victims of Typhoon Bopha. Fr. Tabora also gave an overview of the meeting and noted that of the 17 charter and regular members, 16 higher education institutions and endeavors from 7 countries are represented by 20 delegates. Among the delegates are 11 CEOs which means there is a quorum.

Dinner was served and welcome toasts were given by Prof. Ki-Pung Yoo, President of Sogang University, and Fr. Won-Sik Sin, SJ, Provincial Superior of the Korean Province of the Society of Jesus.

After the welcome dinner, participants went up to the 11th floor of the Arrupe Building to the Skyview Hall for the CEO sharing. All participants were invited to share on recent projects and programs of their institutions.

CEO Sharing

Prof. Jae Roe, of Sogang University, shared that they have a new President, Dr. Ki-Pung Yoo and on their plans for a second campus. Relations with some of the AJCU-AP members were also discussed by Prof. Roe, like the online course content program with the Ateneo de Manila University. He announced that the Sogang University-Business School will be hosting the International Association of Jesuit Business Schools (IAJBS) Meeting in 2014 and to another meeting, this time of the Association of Jesuit Universities and Colleges in the United States (AJCU) for a mid-year meeting of the International Education Conference of AJCU in Lima, Peru, February 24-27, 2014. Prof. Roe also shared about the “Green Campus” efforts of Sogang University focusing on cutting energy use.

Fr. Thierry Meynard, SJ of the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies shared about the political and economic situation in China, noting the tension between economic liberalism and conservatism. He shared about his works as Director of the Beijing Center and as a professor at Sun Yat Sen University. He said that Bejing Center is based in a State University, operating in semi-autonomy. Fr. Meynard shared that they have more freedom in their center, citing that they have available books of the Dalai Lama in their library. Fr. Meynard then talked about the proposed Hong Kong Liberal Arts College and some of the issues it had to hurdle.

Fr. Julio Giulietti, SJ of Loyola Vietnam Center said that the economic situation in Vietnam is very much like that in China. He also shared about their evangelization works in Vietnam starting with the people and communities they are working with – by developing relationships of respect and friendship with their partners. Fr. Giulietti shared that their relationship with the people they are working with is that of a partner, and not dictated by someone. They are very careful of this particular hegemony in their operation.

Fr. Gerry Healy, SJ of the Intellectual Apostolate of the Australian Province, shared about their efforts in teacher education in East Timor particularly in the newly-established St. Ignatius College. They help in capacity-building for the educators of this school and in crafting the curriculum for the courses. He meanwhile shared that it is very difficult to attract staff to work at the college.

Fr. Jose Ramon Villarin, SJ of Ateneo de Manila University, shared that last year he was in the middle of the Reproductive Health Bill storm and they had to contend with the issue of what being a Catholic University means. He also shared about the pressure on his institutions to be both a research university and an international university, to expand new horizons and not just be relevant in Manila but also of the world.

Prof. Angela Yiu of Sophia University shared that they are celebrating, this year, their 100th anniversary as a university and that she is proud that the university has managed to be a Catholic and Jesuit university in a non-Catholic country. She mentioned the dual duty of the university in research and education, as well as its civic duties. Prof. Yiu shared about territorial disputes with Korea and China as well as war crimes in the past, saying that East Asia looks peaceful for the moment but underneath it is trouble boiling, and that it is the duty of educational institutions to promote reconciliation and real understanding of peace. She added that Sophia University is reaching out to Southeast Asian schools admitting that they must have strong ties with their neighboring region and to strengthen mobility with Southeast Asian universities.

Fr. Roberto Yap, SJ of Xavier University shared about the effort of their university to resettle the communities affected by Typhoon Washi which claimed many lives in December 2011. They donated 5 hectares of land as a resertlement site on their 80th anniversary, had a formal turn-over ceremony with the beneficiaries. He shared that the project involved everyone in the university – constructio of houses were supervised by the Engineering Schools, management of psychological trauma by the Psychology Department, etc. He added that they are also working on values formation for all those who are going to be resettled, and that they are not just building houses but most importantly, building a community.

Fr. Primitivo Viray, Jr., SJ of Ateneo de Naga  University shared that they have just launched the celebration of their 75th anniversary and they are on the process of looking back at their own history as well as looking forward to the future. He shared about their new plans for the grade school saying that the future is their frontier, and that Jesuit education is from Kinder to Higher Education. He shared that Ateneo de Naga University is providing scholarship for poor children and that 1 out 5 students is a scholar. He is hoping that they can also give more scholarships to the future grade school students.  Fr. Viray also shared about their wonderful experience hosting the Service Learning Program for this year.

Prof. Yuji Kawano of Elisabeth University of Music shared that they have international students enrolled this year. Classed are conducted in English for these students. Prof. Kawano shared that they have exchange events lined up for this year with a school from Thailand, and a joint concert on the 22nd of September in Hiroshima, Japan. They also have a series of peace and solidarity concerts together with a Buddhist school, as part of their inter-religious efforts. He also shared that they currently have students from East Timor doing graduate school.

Fr. Adriano Tapiador, SJ of Loyola College of Culion talked about the crisis they are facing. He shared that the school was supported by a Spanish foundation, but with the financial problem in Spain, that same foundation withdrew its support. The challenge for their school now is how to sustain their operation. He shared that they had to downsize, closing their grade school and questioning the very mission of the school. He said that Loyola College of Culion used to be a school for the children of lepers but now that leprosy has been cured, their presence in the island is also being questioned. Fr. Tapiador said that a committee has already been formed to discern on the next actions for the school.

Fr. David Yen, SJ of Fu Jen Catholic University shared about the nature of their university co-administered by the Order of Preachers, Society of Jesus, Order of St. Benedict and  Society of the Divine Word. Fr. Yen also talked about their efforts on the Growing a Green Campus program and their Service Learning Program to the Philippines and other social engagements of the university.

Fr. Kuntoro Adi, SJ of Sanata Dharma University shared that Fr. Paul Priyotamtama, SJ will be ending his term as President of Sanata Dharma. Fr. Adi also talked about the different programs of Sanata Dharma University in internationalizing, he added that programs such as the Service Learning Program and Global Leadership Programs are very popular among the students and that they are now thinking internationally. He also shared that they are currently organizing their alumni.

Fr. Agus Sriyono, SJ of ATMI-Surakarta Polytechnic shared that he is the new president. He shared that ATMI is now a good model for a vocational school, with many coming to their institution to learn how to operate vocational school. He added that they have 1 machine each student, and is now focusing on plastics. He emphasized on educative production and production that supports education. He shared that in ATMI, they prepare students so that they are also good instructors, to support other vocational schools in Indonesia.

Ms Elisabeth Enerio of Xavier University also shared that they are in contact with the Service Learning Program of Sanata Dharma University for exchanges. She suggested to the body an alumni association of the SLP participants be organized.

Fr. Gabriel Gonzales, SJ of Ateneo de Davao University shared on the converging movements within their university on intercultural and inter-religious dialogue led by the Al Qalam Institute for Islamic Dialogue. He also shared that they have arrangements with a theologate run by Redemptorist priests. Fr. Gonzales shared about new courses offered by the Ateneo de Davao in line with their mission: BS Environmental Science, MA Anthropology and MA in Tropical Risk Management. He also shared about the three councils operating in the university; the Academic Council, University Community Engagement and Advocacy Council, and the University Research Council.

Dr. Alfredo Fabay of Ateneo de Naga University shared that the climate of education in the Philippines is fluid because of the K-12 program (Kindergarten to 12 years of Basic Education), adding 2 more years in basic education. He shared on the impacts of this new national education program specially on enrolment and deployment of teachers. He said that they are currently looking at the flexibility available to them in order to manage transition.

Fr. Michael Garanzini, SJ of the International Committee on Jesuit Higher Education shared about the Hong Kong Project. He shared that there are questions that need to be answered: who are the students? (if this is the rich, why bother?), what is liberal education in China? Who are the faculty? How to train faculty to teach humanistic education in a country with no humanistic education for a long time? Fr. Garanzini also said that there are so many Westerners in this project, and further shared that it must based in Asia, in close collaboration with its sister Jesuit-institutions in Asia.

The CEO Sharing ended at 9:00 in the evening.

Talk of Fr. Michael Garanzini, SJ and Fr. Friedrich Bechina, FSO

The formal meeting commenced the following morning at the Conference Room of the POSCO Francisco Hall.

Fr. Michael Garanzini, SJ, chair of the International Committee of Jesuit Higher Education, and Fr. Friedrich Bechina, FSO, Undersecretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education, each gave a talk on Jesuit and Catholic education in Asia Pacific. Fr. Garanzini stressed on Catholic Social Learning and the importance of contact other than concepts in our universities.

(Transcript of the talks will be made available).

Report on the SLP 2012

In the afternoon session, Fr. Kuntoro Adi, SJ reported on the Service Learning Program hosted by Sanata Dharma University. Last year’s SLP was hosted by Sanata Dharma University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on August 5-25, 2012. The theme was: “One Earth, Many Religions: Constructing Dialogue and Solidarity towards the Integrity of Creation”.  The SLP 2012 was participated in by 37 students and 6 faculty members of AJCUAP with 4 countries participating (Indonesia, South Korea, Japan and the Philippines). Our SLP consists of 4 programs: Introduction and orientation, exposure, immersion and reflection.

During the SLP 2012, participants visited various religious communities in Yogyakarta (Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Indigenous communities) in which they were given the opportunity to look closely, ask questions, share experience and even get involved in some religious rituals of the communities. The SLP also included an immersion program in Wonogondang and Somohitan in the slope of Mt. Merapi and participants were involved in replanting the area and experienced living and working like the locals for a week. Reflection sessions were conducted daily and a follow-up plan of actions was made by the participants as part of the program.

Business Meeting

In the Business Meeting, the CEOs had to elect a new vice-chair because Fr. Paulus Wiryono Priyotamtama’s term as President of Sanata Dharma University has ended. Fr. David Yen, SJ of Fu Jen Catholic University was elected as vice-chair for a three-year term.

With inputs coming from the International Networking Officers’ meeting, as reported by Prof. Jae Roe, an Alumni Association of the Participants to the AJCU-AP Service Learning Program was created through a resolution of the board. The International Networking Officers will organize the said association.

It was also resolved that each member institution awards credit to the participants of the Service Learning Program. It will be the responsibility of individual school based on the capacity of the schools.

The body resolved that the Regional Consortia created in 2010 be abrogated on the basis of inefficiency. It was further resolved that each member may network reseach and outreach activities with any of the member-institutions, focusing on 3 major themes:

  1. Peace and Reconciliation
  2. Environmental, Economic and Social Sustainability; and
  3. Intercultural and Inter-religious Dialogue.

Call for papers, proposals and progress reports shall be submitted to the AJCU-AP Secretariat ( The Secretariat shall act as the clearing house for communication.

It was also resolved that the next meeting of the AJCU-AP will be in the Philippines. The host university and date of the meeting will be announced later.

Finally, resolutions of thanks were given to Sogang University, especially the Office of International Affairs, for hosting the meeting, and to Fr. Michael Garanzini, SJ and Fr. Friedrich Bechina, FSO for sharing their time and knowledge as resource persons for the meeting.


Fr. Friedrich Bechina, FSO presided over the closing Eucharist at the Jesuit Community Chapel in Sogang University.

The closing dinner was enjoyed by all in Sortino’s, an Italian restaurant in Itaewon-dong in Downtown Seoul, hosted by Professor Ki-Pung Yoo, President of Sogang University.

AJCUAP Chairman’s Report Fr. Joel Tabora, S.J. August 21, 2013, Sogang University

At the outset I would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to our hosts: Fr. Jung Taek Kim, S.J., Chair of the Board of Trustees of Sogang University; Dr. Ki Pung Yoo, President of Sogang University; Dr. Jae H. Roe, Vice President for International Affairs, and Mr. Wan Rai “David” Cho.

As Chair of the AJCU-AP, it is my privilege in Sogange to welcome you all to this Annual Meeting.

At the outset I would like to welcome Fr. Michael Garanzini, S.J, Assistant of Fr. General Nicolas for Higher Education.

We are also very privileged to welcome Rev. Fr. Friedrich Bechina, Undersecretary of the Vatican’s Sacred Congregation of Catholic Schools.

Happily, we are blessed with the special envoys of two “friends in the Lord” in Rome, of Fr. General Nicolas and of His Holiness, Pope Francis.  Both shall have opportunity to give us their special messages.

On our rosters, we have 17 member-institutions in the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in Asia Pacific.

  • Ateneo de Davao University
  • Ateneo de Manila University
  • Ateneo de Naga University
  • Ateneo de Zamboanga University
  • ATMI Surakarta Polytechnic
  • Elisabeth University of Music
  • Fu Jen Faculty of Theology of St. Robert Bellarmine
  • Intellectual Apostolate, Higher Education of Australia – Australian Province
  • Jesuit Apostolate at Fu Jen Catholic University
  • Loyola Center in Vietnam (Loyola University Chicago – Vietnam Office)
  • Loyola College of Culion
  • Loyola School of Theology
  • Sanata Dharma University
  • Sogang University
  • Sophia University
  • The Beijing Center
  • Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan

Sixteen higher education institutions and endeavors from 7 countries are represented by 20 delegates today.  Among us are 11 CEOs, which means we have a quorum.  I welcome all!
I would like to specially welcome our new CEOs/presidents: Fr. Agus Sriyono, SJ., of Politeknik ATMI-Surakarta; and, most especially, from our host university, Prof. Ki-Pung Yoo of Sogang University.   Fr. Karel San Juan, newly elected president of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University, was all set to come, but his airline, Zest Air, was temporarily shut down by the Philippine Government.  In Sanata Dharma, we have been informed by Fr. Paul Wiryono Priyotamtama, President of Sanata Dharma, that its foundation and the Indonesian Provincial have selected one of their lay partners, Dr. Yohannes Eka Priyatma to replace him as President of Sanata Dharma.
As we welcome our new CEO’s, we express our gratitude for past CEO’s who have contributed substantially to the work of AJCUAP:  first and foremost, to Fr. Wiryono “Paul” Priyotamtama, outgoing President of Sanata Dharma, who served AJCUAP as its vice-chair; and to Fr. Antonio Moreno, former President of Ateneo de Zamboanga, who now carries the burdens of the Provincial of the Philippine Province.
It is always something of grace when we come together in Jesus’ name in order, as our Constitution states, “to support and promote Jesuit higher education in this region.”  We come together in the AJCU-AP “to promote friendship in service and leadership, to share discernment in mission, to facilitate cooperation and service, to develop the appropriate ‘Jesuit’ brand of higher education, to engage in strategic planning, projects and programs for the higher educational apostolate in the Asia Pacific, and so in higher education to propagate the faith, promote justice, appreciate culture, and engage in inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue.”   We come together as a network of  institutions and of friends sharing the same Jesuit tradition of education. 
Just a brief review of where we are:

Regional Research Consortia
Inspired by the address of Fr. General Adolfo Nicolas to Jesuit educators in Mexico in April, 2010, we organized in the same year four (4) Regional Research Consortia which aims at shared projects of service to the community and mission-oriented research.  These Regional Research Consortia are the following:

  • Atheism, Secularism, Fundamentalism, and Inter-Religious Dialogue
    • Headed by Sanata Dharma University
    • Members are: Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Loyola School of Theology, Sogang University and Sophia University
  • Faith and Culture
    • Headed by Sogang University
    • Members are: Elisabeth University of Music, Ateneo de Naga University, Loyola School of Theology, Sophia University and Ateneo de Manila University
  • Poverty, Migration and Injustice
    • Headed by Ateneo de Manila University
    • Members are the Intellectual Apostolate of Australia, Loyola College of Culion, Xavier University, Sanata Dharma University, ATMI Surakarta Polytechnic and Sogang University
  • Environment and Climate Change
    • Headed by Sophia University
    • Members are Ateneo de Davao University, Ateneo de Naga University, Sanata Dharma University, ATMI Surakarta Polytechnic and Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan

Sogang University (Faith and Culture Consortium) hosted an international conference on the theme “Faith and Culture” from April 12 – 13, 2012. Researchers and faculty members from AJCUAP member schools presented their papers in this conference. Ateneo de Manila University (Poverty, Migration and Injustice) continues with collaborative efforts with other Jesuit institutions like the Center for International Business Ethics to provide venues for researches especially on the Asian Dimension of Teaching Business Ethics. Sophia University (Environment and Climate Change) hosted an international conference for AJCU-AP member-schools and government agencies on climate change. The conference was titled “Coping with Climate Change and Environmental Degradation: Theories and Practical Options” conducted on March 23-24, 2012.
Yet the survey conducted during the annual meeting of 2012 shows that not much has been done with regards to collaborative researches among AJCU-AP schools. It is one of the agenda of this two-day meeting to re-visit the presupposition of our collaboration, including the responsibilities of the lead schools, the determination of the research agenda, the contributing schools, scope of collaboration, point persons, and funding.

Service Learning Program
Our shared desire to form our students for active participation in the church and in the local community, in the service of others despite cultural diversity,  has also encouraged us to conduct an annual AJCUAP-wide Service Learning Program (SLP). The SLP has proven to be a strong collaborative program among our member-institutions often cited for its unique inter-institutional and multi-cultural nature and its strong Jesuit Spirituality anchor.
Last year’s SLP was hosted by Sanata Dharma University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on August 5-25, 2012. The theme was: “One Earth, Many Religions: Constructing Dialogue and Solidarity towards the Integrity of Creation”.  The SLP 2012 was participated in by 37 students and 6 faculty members of AJCUAP with 4 countries participating (Indonesia, South Korea, Japan and the Philippines). Our SLP consists of 4 programs: Introduction and orientation, exposure, immersion and reflection.
During the SLP 2012, participants visited various religious communities in Yogyakarta (Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Indigenous communities) in which they were given the opportunity to look closely, ask questions, share experience and even get involved in some religious rituals of the communities. The SLP also included an immersion program in Wonogondang and Somohitan in the slope of Mt. Merapi and participants were involved in replanting the area and experienced living and working like the locals for a week. Reflection sessions were conducted daily and a follow-up plan of actions was made by the participants as part of the program.
This year’s SLP is being hosted by the Ateneo de Naga University with the theme “Love for Poor”. It started last August 5 and will be concluded this coming August 24. 40 students are part of this year’s SLP, from Sogang University, Ateneo de Naga University, Ateneo de Davao University, Loyola College of Culion, Sanata Dharma University, Sophia University, Elisabeth University of Music, Xavier University and Ateneo de Zamboanga University. By this time, outside of the introduction to the peculiarly religious culture in Bikol and its poverty, they are already 50% through with the construction of a house, powered by solar energy, for a poor family of Calabanga, Camarines Sur in the Bikol Region, Philippines.  One student from Sophia even works on it during breaks, and has taken it on as part of his mission to see to its completion.

Responsible Leadership Program
In the 2011 annual meeting of Sophia University, we invited Fr. Stephan Rothlin to talk about Leadership in our institutions. Based on inputs from Fr. Rothlin the board approved Resolution no. 1-2011 establishing in AJCU-AP member-schools interdisciplinary graduate and undergraduate programs in responsible leadership based on inputs from the Center of International Business Ethics (CIBE).
With this impetus, several members sent their faculty members to the CIBE-Ateneo de Manila Conference/Workshop on Business Ethics, held last August 2011 and 2012 in Manila, Philippines. Meanwhile, Xavier University has included Business Ethics in their new curriculum and a Social Entrepreneurship Program was established following inputs from CIBE. Sogang University reported that it has a new “Center for Whole Persons Education” which provides leadership and service learning programs, and aims to provide a core education program for all undergraduate students that will develop responsible leaders for South Korea and the global world.
Loyola Vietnam Center reported that they are in constant communication with the CIBE regarding programs on responsible leadership. Although not a campus, Loyola Vietnam Center works with Vietnamese university faculty, staff and leaders, working with these institutions in training programs for Vietnamese universities, medical schools and small and medium enterprises. Ateneo de Manila University is in partnership with CIBE for the Teaching Business Ethics Conference, an annual gathering of teachers and practitioners. Ateneo de Manila will publish a case book featuring cases from Indonesia (Sanata Dharma University) and the Philippines (Ateneo de Manila University).
Ateneo de Davao University has created a Center for Leadership to facilitate an integrated and multi-level program of leadership formation with the mandate of promoting leadership among all students in general, based generally on an explicit concern for and commitment to the common good.  Ateneo de Zamboanga University has also established a Center for Leadership and Governance which assists and strengthens capacities of governance institutions and their civil society counterparts for further development objectives, policies and programs that ensure effective service delivery.

Growing a Green Campus
In the 2011 meeting, a resolution was also passed to support the “Growing a Green Campus” initiative of the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat. Here, I am happy to report that our member-schools are maintaining remarkable programs on environmental protection, awareness of issues, advocacy works and carbon-use reduction.   I refer you to the AJCUAP Survey Report for the rich list of programs being done in our schools. Noteworthy are:  Fu Jen’s energy conservation program, and environmental protection, Ateneo de Naga’s Faith Dimension of the program, Xavier University’s biopori technology, and Ateneo de Davao’s Ecoteneo.  This is anEcology Advocacy group composed of students and faculty that pushes environmental responsibility on campus and publicly opposes economic projects that endanger the environment..

Education Assistance to the Jesuit Mission in Myanmar
In 2012, Fr. Mark Raper, President of the Jesuit Conference in Asia Pacific, invited members of AJCU-AP to assist Jesuit schools under the Jesuit Mission in Myanmar.
At present, Ateneo de Davao is involved with assisting St. Aloysius Gonzaga English Language Institute (SAG) in Taunggyi, Myanmar through a Capability Enhancement Program. The program is a 5-year collaborative venture in which Ateneo de Davao conducts seminars and workshops for SAG instructors, awards non-degree Diplomas of Education to graduates of SAG Integrated Program, and provides scholarships to qualified applicants in the Master and Bachelor’s Degree programs at the Ateneo de Davao University for SAG instructors.
The first scholar for MA in Teaching English Language is already in Ateneo de Davao University for her classes while 2 Education instructors from Ateneo de Davao are currently in Taunggyi, Myanmar to train SAG instructors in teaching methods and curriculum development. I was informed that some public school teachers of Taunggyi are also attending that same training. Fr. Paul Dass, Director of the SAG, says that this indeed a good sign of hope for the education situation in Myanmar.
Both Sanata Dharma University and Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro are also actively assisting our Jesuit sister-schools in Myanmar, specifically the Campeon Institute in Yangon, Myanmar.

AJCUAP Assistance to the Victims of Typhoon Bopha (Pablo)
In December 3, 2012, Typhoon Bopha (local:  Typhoon Pablo) made landfall as a Category 5 Super Typhoon (with winds of 280 km/h) in the Southern Philippines. The death toll reached 1,067 people mostly from the southern island of Mindanao, where floods and landslides caused major damage. A total of 844 people remain missing.   More than 170,000 people fled to evacuation centers where the immediate need for humanitarian assistance was overwhelming.  I knocked on the doors of your institutions for help during the terrible days after the typhoon, when so many died, were wounded, lost their homes or schools, and our university community worked long and hard (sending out daily relief mission for two months)  to be of service to the victims of this typhoon.  I thank you as an Association, and especially Fu Jen Catholic University, Elisabeth University of Music, Sogang University , Sophia University, and our sister Ateneos and Jesuit schools in the Philippines for immediately sending us cash assistance.
Through your assistance we were able, first, to provide relief work for the people of stricken provinces of Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley and Surigao del Sur;  we have also been able to contribute to the rehabilitation efforts of these people.  In daily relief mission over two months,  Ateneo de Davao University helped 71 communities in 19 municipalities affected by the typhoon. A total of 20,183 relief bags and 2,203 school kits have been distributed to approximately 121,098 persons displaced by the typhoon. Psychosocial interventions were provided to 3,597 individual children, mothers, fathers, soldiers and teachers. Medical assistance was given to around 739 patients, 24 solar charging panels and 5 generator sets installed. To date, a total of PHP 11,315,635.80 cash donations were received from various donors. The whole operation so far amounted to PHP 7,264,965.29. Therefore there is still PHP 4,050,670.51 cash remaining and available for more rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts in the region. Maraming salamat sa inyong lahat!  My heartfelt thanks to you all!

Ex corde ecclesiae: to the edges of society
Once again, welcome to this Annual Assembly of the AJCUAP!  With our special envoys from Rome, perhaps at this meeting we may gain deeper insight into  how we might together, as a network of Jesuit schools, continue to pursue our mission ex corde ecclesiae – from the heart of the Church.  Perhaps we might better understand how in this heart we might be motivated to not just more of the same but in the Light of the Faith, to go “to the frontiers” (Benedict XVI) and “to go to the edges of society”  (Francis) with the special gifts of our shared higher educational ministry.

My SLP Experience by Mary Joy Conquilla

“When it’s over, it’s over.” Well it’s not over for me yet. I still hear the voices for others vividly, as if they are just beside me talking. (no I’m not crazy) I miss those late night conversations, the hugs, the laughs, everything.

I was really worried at first if will I really join SLP or not, I mean 20 days? I am going to miss a lot of lessons within those 20 days. But people pushed and encouraged me, they told me that I will never get the experience (SLP experience) anywhere else so I did try it.

“Let the experience reveal itself.” What I experienced in SLP was nothing that I expected. I never thought that in my whole existence, I’ll be doing things like mixing cement, painting and cutting steel bars, putting cement on walls and those kinds of things for a family that I did not know well. I guess it’s the innate feeling in us to help those in need. The construction experience for me was THE BEST experience for me. I was like another person doing those heavy works just for the Casungcad Family, my desire for them to live comfortably. it was not easy though, my body was already complaining but my will was still so strong so I never gave up. the turn over day, I almost cried after Aling Corazon stated her last sentence. She said something about, “Ang Diyos na ang bahalang magbalik sa inyo sa magandang bagay na nagawa nyo para sa amin.” It was just then that I realized, WOW, I made someone a house. It was not about how much or how hard you worked, it is about you doing SOMETHING to finish the house for the family.

The immersion was another story. It was also my first time doing such thing and it was really memorable. We had the most lovable family in the whole world and I thank SLP because I was able to meet people like them in my life. they taught me how to family family in so many ways. Parting ways with them was so heartbreaking, but I promised to still communicate with them so I’m good with that.

SLP made me into a PERSON, a Person For others and With others. I thank everyone that shared this very significant phase in my life. I can never learn those things inside a classroom or by just reading it. SLP made me realize that we are all poor in different ways but we should not dwell and be sad about it. Instead, do something about it and maybe completely change it. “Love For The Poor”, SLP taught me how to love unconditionally and genuinely. THANK YOU, SLP.

SLP 2013 Theme: Love for the Poor (August 5-25, 2013)

“Love for the Poor,” is the theme for the Service Learning Program of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Asia Pacific in 2013.  We return to the Philippines. The archipelago is home of 94.85 million Filipinos (World Bank 2011), where 26.5% are in poverty (World Bank 2009). Since the historic and world known Edsa Revolution in 1986 nothing has changed.  Poverty remains to be the most critical issue today.

Ateneo de Naga University (AdNU) is known for its Ignatian Formation Program. The IFP has four program dimensions: personal, community/institutional, work/profession, and social. In SLP 2013, the Social Dimension will be given emphasis and focus. The social dimension in the framework is described as Social Spirituality. This focuses on the formation of the person and his/her relationship with the society and the world.

The main framework of SLP is the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm comprising of three main elements: experience, reflection and action. For such a learning process to be successful, it must include a pre-learning element, that of context, and a post-learning element, that of evaluation.

Participants in SLP 2013 will be exposed to poverty situations in towns surrounding Naga City. They will have an immersion with a poor family in one of the towns. The conceptualization, implementation, and post-implementation of a special project for one identified poor family will be the main activity of the participants all throughout program.

Jesuits have been invited to have keynotes on the theme: the poor and love. Supplementary lectures on the poor’s struggle and situation during disasters, with integration on environmental issues related to this. All of these shall provide content and context of poverty, and direction for the participants.

Participants will undergo modules on self and others awareness, participate in smooth interpersonal relationships, and team building activities to prepare them for the exposure, immersion, and the special project. Reflections in small groups, country groups, and big groups are integrated in the program. Examen will always cap every evening.

Parallel activities for Jesuits, lay faculty and staff joining their students have been prepared during the program.

SLP 2013 will be hosted by AdNU. AdNU was founded in 1940. She will celebrate her 75th year in 2015. SLP 2013 joins Year 1 of the diamond celebration of the university. The International Relations Office and the Formation Offices of AdNU have collaborated in working on SLP 2013.

Downloadable SLP 2013 Documents
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New Provincial Superior of the Philippine Jesuits

Fr Antonio Moreno SJ, a Cagayanon, and presently the President of Ateneo de Zamboanga University, is the 11th Provincial Superior of the Philippine Jesuits. He received his appointment from the Superior General, Very Rev. Adolfo Nicolas, SJ. Fr Tony succeeds Fr Jose Cecilio Magadia, SJ who will be assigned in Rome as the new General Assistant for Formation. Fr Tony finished grade school, high school, and college at Xavier University, Ateneo de Cagayan. He joined the Jesuits in 1983 and was ordained a priest in 1993. He has a PhD in Development Studies from the University of Wales, Swansea, UK. Before his assignment in Zamboanga, he taught social sciences at Xavier University and later served as Dean (Arts and Sciences) and Vice President for Social Development.

Fr Tony will begin his term as Provincial on June 12, 2013.

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Typhoon Pablo: Please help in relief efforts! Fr. Joel E. Tabora, S.J. (7 December 2012)

Many young people at ADDU have told me that Typhoon Pablo was the first time they’d ever experienced a typhoon. It was Signal 2 in Davao City and Signal 3 in Samal. Bottom line, however, is: most in Davao City were left unscathed.

The media however has carried heart-rending images of suffering and devastation in the wake of Typhoon Pablo in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental. I uploaded some pics taken by Vinci Bueza, Nikki Ayubo and Brent Jimenez from Comval in Facebook. A video is in the making. Yesterday, already in Carmen, Davao del Norte, people could be seen in makeshift tents on the side of the highway. They were escaping floods which had inundated their rice fields and their homes – and crocodiles, which their area is known for.

Passing Tagum, our media team noted its river had overflowed its banks. Huge banana plantations were flattened.

Entering Compostela Valley, they saw uprooted trees and houses bereft of their roofs. Hundreds of families are in evacuation centers or simple tents. In Mawab, Sr. Lolita Llaso, OP, pointed to the lost rooftops of Assumption Academy of Mawab. But even she said the team should not waste time there, since the damage was far greater in the Municipality of Compostela. Their fear, however, was the embankments of Lake Leonard in Maco would burst, causing its waters to swell the Hijo and Mawab rivers, to bring unimaginable flooding.

Entering the Municipality of Compostela was like entering a warzone, its hectares and hectares of banana and fruit trees flattened. Even concrete houses were demolished. The GI-sheets of a warehouse for rice were strewn over the fields, its trusses and beams twisted grotesquely. The Assumption Academy of Compostela was 80% destroyed. Its newly built-gymnasium lost its roof. Library books were totally obliterated. Computers and sewing machines had been inundated by waist-high floods. All the school’s administrative records are gone. The convent of Sr. Erlinda Factura, FMA, was similarly destroyed. There, the floods were neck high. Only rooms on the second floor could still be used to provide emergency shelter for teachers. CRs however were not functioning. People there have no food. No potable water. No signal. Electricity is expected to return after at least two months.

The sisters showed that in the surrounding community a block of houses of poor dwellers had just disappeared. Adjacent to a school was a chapel with five dead.

I posted the images the team took in my FB account. They will also be posted in the DACS webpage (

Our social worker/ field worker of the Arrupe Office of Social Formation, Karl Ebol, has just returned from ComVal and Davao del Norte. He reports that the main problem is to get relief goods to the people in Boston, Cateel, Baganga, and Caraga, where destroyed roads and bridges have cut people and communities off from normal transportation. Choppers cannot land. Airdrops are too dangerous. At the moment, efforts are being exerted to reach them with small boats coming from Mati southwards of them. Our Center of Psychological Extention and Research Services (COPERS) people and our social workers however are already present there, with Dr. Gail Ilagan and her team doing disaster debriefing work.

Reports from DACS is that there is very heavy damage to schools in these areas.

Of great concern is that many from our own ADDU community who come from these areas have not yet heard from their relatives.

In this context, in the service of our suffering Mindanaoans and in response to the need of our own DACS schools, UCEAC and its volunteers have been doing all they can to provide assistance. I wish to thank them for this.

Our Fr. General, on his own initiative, has donated Euros 20,000 to this effort, and Ateneo de Manila has sent us PHP 500,000. Others have already been sending us money.

Perhaps, from among our friends and supporters who are still privileged to experience bounty in this Christmas Season, it might be possible to share of their bounty with those who are in genuine need.

For donations to victims of Typhoon Pablo in Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley, send your donations to the following dedicated accounts:

Account Name:
Ateneo de Davao University – PABLO RELIEF
BPI (Bank of Philippine Islands) Acct. No. 2513-00185-4

Account Name: 
Ateneo de Davao University – PABLO RELIEF

BDO (Banco de Oro) Acct No. 2700-227-278

Atty. Romeo Cabarde, Jr.
University Community Engagement and Advocacy Council
Ateneo de Davao University
Tel +63 (82) 221.2411 local 8262
Fax +63 (82) 224 2955

Mr. Jeremy S. Eliab
Assistant to the President
Ateneo de Davao University
Tel +63 (82) 221 2411 local 8201 (8am-5pm, weekdays)
Fax +63 (82) 226 4116
Mobile +63 928 652 6475 (off hours/ field)

Email: cc:
US Mobile Phone +1 (415) 251 3704
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The 12th Annual Meeting of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities – Asia Pacific (AJCUAP) in FuJen University, Taipei, Taiwan, 21-22 August, 2012. (Brief Report)

The 12th Annual Meeting of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities – Asia Pacific (AJCUAP) was held in Fu Jen Catholic University in Taipei Taiwan, from August 21-22, 2012.

The meeting began with a sumptuous welcome banquet at the Hotel de Chine.  Fr. Luis Gendron, S.J., President of the FuJen Faculty of Theology of St. Robert Bellarmine, welcomed the participants on behalf of the Provincial of China.  Prof. Vincent Han-Sun Chiang, President of FuJen University, welcomed the guests on behalf of FuJen Catholic University.  Fr. Joel Tabora, S.J, President of Ateneo de Davao University and Chair of AJCU-AP, also welcomed the guests, and gave an overview of the Annual Meeting.  He noted that of the 12 charter members, 11 were represented, and 9 were voting CEOs; of the 6 regular members, 3 were represented, and two were voting CEOs.  He acknowledged particularly the participation of the new Delegate for the Jesuit Apostolate in Fu Jen Catholic University, Fr. David Yen.

The planned evening sharing of CEOs was dispensed with as participants were asked to fill out a questionnaire concerning the progress of participants universities or works in the light of past AJCUAP resolutions.

The more formal sessions commenced the following morning in the First Conference Room of Fu Jen’s Cardinal Yu Pin Administration Building.

All participants were invited to participate in the CEO sharing. Those who shared were: Fr. David Yen, S.J., of the Jesuit Apostolate in Fu Jen Catholic University;  Fr. Paulus Wiryono Priyotamtama, S.J., Rector of Sanata Dharma University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia; Fr. Ramon Jose “Jett” Villarin, S.J., President of the Ateneo de Manila University in Manila, Philippines; Prof. Yuji Kawano, President, Elisabeth University of Music in Hiroshima, Japan;  Fr. Julio Guiletti, S.J., Director of the Loyola Vietnam Center in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Prof. Jae Ho Roe, permanent representative of Sogang University in Seoul, Korea; Fr. Gerald Healy, S.J., representing the Intellectual Apostolate and Higher Education in Australia; Fr. Antonio Moreno, S.J., President of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University in Zamboanga City, Philippines; Fr. Masashi Masuda, S.J., Vice President for Student and General Affairs and permanent representative of Sophia University; and Fr. Clay Pareira, S.J., Vice Director of Politeknik ATMI Surakarta in Indonesia. Our guest, Mr. Kirk O. Hanson, Executive Director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics of Sta. Clara University, shared how his center promotes ethics in various fields and how he wished to be advised on how significant funding might be used to educators of Jesuit institutions in promoting ethical leadership.  The sharing was rich and informative.

Fr. Gerard Blaszczak, S.J., new secretary to Jesuit General Superior Adolfo Nicolas for Faith and Spirituality, delivered his keynote address on: Faith and Jesuit Higher Education.  He spoke of the shared service of the Faith in our universities qua universities, and of the intimate relationship between the service of the faith, the promotion of justice, cultural transformation and inter-religious dialogue based on John Paul II’s Ex Corde Ecclesiae and letters and addresses esp. of Frs. General Kolvenbach and Nicolas.  A spirited discussion followed.

In the afternoon session, the various schools reported on progress or lack of it in the AJCUAP consortia on Faith and Culture  (led by Sogang University); on Atheism, Secularism, Fundamentalism  and Inter-Religious Dialogue (led by Sanata Dharma University): on Poverty, Migration and Injustice (led by Ateneo de Manila University); and on Environment and Climate Change (led by Sophia Univesity).  Fr. Tabora relayed the invitation by Fr. Mark Raper to AJCUAP to collaborate in the educational development of Myanmar through St. Aloysius Gonzaga English Language Institute in Taunggyi and Campion Institute in Yangon.  The members of the four consortia met together in order to push the consortia agenda together.

Concerning the shared resolve of the members of the AJCUAP to develop programs in leadership based on inputs coming from the Center of International Business Ethics (CIBE), the members reiterated their resolve to implement this, as varying types of leadership development in various universities was noted.  Fr. Stephan Rothlin of the CIBE and Mr. Kirk Hanson of the Markkula Institute of Applied Ethics of Sta. Clara University reiterated ongoing support for these efforts.  Meanwhile, they recommended use of as a rich source for business ethics research.

Similarly, the resolve of the members of the AJCUAP “to grow green campuses” was reiterated, even though difficulty was expressed by ADDU and ATMI for the proposal of Fr. Pedro Walpole, S.J., to develop an inter-university higher education  capability to train sustainability officers.  There ensued sharing on what various universities in AJCUAP are now doing to grow green campuses.  Mr. Kirk Hanson also shared the experience of American universities in evolving their “green campuses.”  It was decided that what was shared would be compiled and distributed as possible “best practices,” and that in the next meeting  there would be further sharing on the universities’ experiences in growing green campuses.  In this process, shared standards might then be evolved.

A video report on the Service Learning Program hosted by Ateneo de Davao University was shown.

As the CEO’s met for the Business Meeting, the International Networking Officers (INOs) of the schools present met separately.  Co-chaired by Dr. Jae Ho Roe of Sogang University and Mr. Glenn de Leon of ADMU, the INOs agreed on their agenda for the forthcoming meeting of INOs in Cagayan de Oro this coming November.

In the Business Meeting, Fr. Joel Tabora, S.J, of ADDU and Fr. Paulus Wiryono Priyotamtama were re-elected as AJCUAP chair and vice-chair respectively for another three-year term.

The Fu Jen Faculty of Theology of St. Robert Bellarmine was accepted as a new member of AJCUAP.

The heretofore regular members, Driyarkara School of Philosophy and the Lay and the Jesuit Partners in Campus Ministry, were dropped as members for inactivity.

It was resolved that the next meeting would be hosted by Sogang University in Seoul, 20-21 August 2013.

Finally, a resolution of thanks to Fu Jen Catholic University, esp. the International Education Office, for hosting the AJCUAP Annual Meeting with such friendliness and helpfulness.

It was further resolved that Fr. Michael Garanzini, S.J., the new chair of the International Committee on Jesuit Higher Education (ICJHE) and concurrently President of Loyola University of Chicago, would be invited as the guest speaker to speak on a topic of his choice.  However, it was suggested that he consider the Bicentennial Celebration of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus.

Fr. David Yen, S.J., presided over the closing Eucharist in the small chapel of the Student Center of Fu Jen University.  It was the Feast of Mary the Queen.

The closing dinner was enjoyed by all in Dazheimen Restaurant, not far from FuJen.