Finding my Ignatian Family Through the Xavier Youth Project

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Jian Ming Sun, his wife Jing and their daughters. 

Jian Ming Sun, his wife and children are a family unit, but they are also part of the global Ignatian family network.

Jian Ming Sun is a young Chinese man who underwent training in the Jesuit Xavier Youth Project and now works in for a church charity institute that focuses on development in China and reaching out to individuals and groups in Chinese society who are facing challenges like ill-health or poverty. He describes his journey from his family of origin, to a family that he and his wife Jing created, and their integration into the wider family of the Jesuit community in China and abroad.

A Kite From a Plastic Bag and Two Sticks

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Students participate in a science class assisted by Irish teacher Aoife Jenkins

The simplicity and warmth of rural Cambodian life moves Aoife Jenkins, who would like to see an end to families being forced apart because of poverty, lack of education and parents who are forced to move abroad to find employment.

Cambodia and South East Asia was an unfamiliar part of the world before I left Ireland for Sisophon, in the north west of Cambodia two years ago. It is in this poor region of Banteay Meanchey Province that Xavier Jesuit School where I teach is located.

Families in Exile in Zimbabwe

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Daniel Tshimanga and Sr Perpetua Gomba 

Tongogara Camp was established soon after Zimbabwe’s independence in 1981, providing refuge to those fleeing the war in neighbouring Mozambique. It closed after the 1992 ceasefire there, only reopening in early 1998. The camp is located 550 kilometers southeast of the capital Harare and is currently home to over 9,000 refugees, most of whom are from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

It Takes the World to Raise Some Children

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Fr. Tony O'Riordan with Children of Maban, South Sudan. Photo: Paul Jeffrey

Little baby Pia was born on a dark night into one of the poorest communities in the world. But there is hope for a brighter future for her, and for her family, says Tony O’Riordan SJ.

It was dark, and I was about to take some rest at the end of a long day. My plan to rest was interrupted by one of our compound watchmen who came to tell me that John, one of our neighbours, had called asking for help.

Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola

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A message from Fr Endashaw Debrework SJ, Regional Director of JRS Eastern Africa, on the Feast of St Ignatius. 

Today [31st July] is St.Ignatius Feast Day, the day we commemorate the life of the founder of the Society of Jesus. This is a perfect occasion to reconnect with our roots as JRS. Much of what makes JRS unique has to do with the particular Ignatian worldview, a worldview infused with the spiritual revolution that St. Ignatius started.

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