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post Dec 4 2005, 04:15 PM
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2006 is a special year for the Society of Jesus. 2006 is the Jubilee Year of the First Companions:

the 500th birth anniversary of St. Francis Xavier (born 7 April 1506)
the 500th birth anniversary of Bl. Peter Faber (born 13 April 1506) and
the 450th death anniversary of St. Ignatius Loyola (died 31 July 1556).

The Jesuit Jubilee year officially starts in Jesuit Institutions and Communities all over the world on Dec. 3, 2005 - the feast of St. Francis Xavier, S.J. (1506 - 1552).

There are about 19,850 Jesuits at present all over the world, down from a high of 36,038 in 1965. According to our 2005 Philippine Jesuit Province Catalog, there are 1,806 Jesuits in East Asia and Oceania, 357 of whom belong to the Philippine Jesuit Province.


Prayer for the Jubilee Year
Lord Jesus, we pray to you through the intercession of your Saints Ignatius of Loyola, Francis Xavier and Blessed Peter Faber, whose anniversaries we celebrate this year.

You gifted Ignatius with the spiritual vision to build your kingdom here on earth for greater glory. You inspired Francis to bring his missionary zeal to distant lands so your name would be known throughout the world. You guided Peter in his sharing of the Spiritual Exercises so others could deepen their relationship with you.

In your loving care, inspire us today, as you did the early Jesuit companions, to a life of faithful discipleship so we may become men and women for others.

Help us be mindful of the ways in which your justice and mercy may be brought to this world, especially to those who are poor or sick, marginalized or displaced, or those who suffer from the effects of war and natural and human-made catastrophes.

Help us to seek you in all things and to discover your grace in the ordinariness of our lives.

Grant us the openness and generosity to strengthen your church on earth. May we be your faithful companions and rejoice in your presence among us in this Jubilee year. May Ignatius’ vision, Francis’ mission, and Peter’s prayer renew our hearts and minds and the face of the earth.

We ask this in your name, our Lord and Savior. Amen.
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post Dec 6 2005, 06:30 PM
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Phil. Daily Inquirer article on St Francis Xavier -

Jesuit missionary's remains in India attract pilgrims

First posted 04:21pm (Mla time) Dec 06, 2005
By S. Srinivasan
Associated Press

BANGALORE, India--Pilgrims have begun thronging the basilica of Bom Jesus in western India, where the remains of the 16th century Jesuit missionary St. Francis Xavier are preserved, to celebrate the 500th anniversary of his birth, church officials said Tuesday.
Francis Xavier, a co-founder of the Society of Jesus, sailed to India in 1541 and later to Japan to preach the Catholic faith. After his death in China in 1552, his body did not decay and it was brought to Goa.

"This is not just a celebration of the past, but an occasion to reflect on our Jesuit identity and contemplate our response to the challenges of the modern world," Rev. Delio Mendonza, director of the church-affiliated Xavier Center of Historical Research said by telephone from Old Goa town in Goa state.

Visitors to the 400-year-old basilica took a glimpse of the body, placed in a silver and glass casket, from its barely visible position on a pedestal almost 4 meters (12 feet) high.

The visitors were luckier last year as the body was lowered for a public exposition, which occursfor six weeks once every 10 years. The next exposition is set for 2014.

Savio Barreto, rector of the basilica, said a series of seminars and religious events will mark the yearlong celebration due to end in December 2006, with most events planned for April. Xavier was born on April 7, 1506, in Spain.

Francis Xavier, also called the Apostle to the Indies, is often credited with converting more people to Christianity than anyone else, except St. Paul. From India, he sailed throughout Asia, carrying out his missionary duties.

However, his legacy in India is controversial. Critics say his 1545 letter to John III, the king of Portugal, led to the establishment of the Goa Inquisition in 1960, eight years after his death. During the two centuries of the Inquisition, non-Christians were victimized.
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post Jul 31 2006, 11:12 AM
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happy feast day to all!

in all humility, it's heartening to know that the heavens smile on the ateneo whenever an important feast day comes up and an important campaign (read: game (IMG:http://atenista.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif) ) is on the line. on the feast of the immaculate conception last year, we won the weightier of two games played against DLSU at the big dome. then just yesterday came the much-vaunted UE warriors in yesterday's encounter, whom we decisively put away, and which places the blue eagles way ahead of the rest, 6-0.

this year roughly marks the 500th anniversary of the society of jesus, with the 450th anniversary of st. ignatius's death and the 500th birth anniversary of st. francis xavier and bl. peter fabre. i personally am and will continue to pray for more and greater achievements for this band of "fathers and brothers" that began innocuously from these three first companions, and which has now spread throughout the world in a way that perhaps loyola, xavier, and fabre never dreamed of. all they wanted, especially SFX, was to spread the Word. truly, the Lord works in mysterious ways.

and, hopefully, a great way to celebrate this jubilee year would be a double championship for both the eagles and the eaglets! *keeps fingers crossed & makes the sign of the cross 3 times*

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