For those of you interested in things Jesuit and Ignatian, here are some updates.
First off, the Ignatian Pro-Life Network, a union of pro-life groups from Jesuit high schools, colleges, universities and parishes across the U.S., invites participants to the annual Mass for Life & Rally on Jan. 24, 2011 in Washington, D.C. Marchers are encouraged to attend the Mass for Life at 9:30 a.m. at St. Aloysius Church along with the Rally for Life following the Mass, to hear speakers and student reports from schools before heading out for the March for Life. (This is a work of the Society and the Apostleship of Prayer.)
Second, as the election for secession in Southern Sudan draws nearer, the Jesuit Refugee Service invites you to pray with them for peace. They write: "When Jesuit Refugee Service went to Southern Sudan in the late 1990s, the staff shared the terror of internally displaced people caught up in the prolonged civil war. As 2011 dawns, JRS is still in Southern Sudan, accompanying the people in peacetime as we did during the war. Much progress has been made in providing for the needs of the people of Southern Sudan. Sudan is preparing this month to hold a referendum on independence for the South, as mandated by the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended the war. Sudan is at a crossroads of a series of choices that could be the inauguration of a foundation of a hopeful future. We hope the seeds we have sown will continue to bear fruit." Their invitation for prayer, along with a moving video of the work in Southern Sudan, is here.
Finally, Jesuit Voices, out of the Curia in Rome, has a wonderful interview with František Hylmar, S.J., the “last underground Jesuit” who entered the Society of Jesus in former Czechoslovakia some months before the collapse of the communist regime in 1989. Fr. Hylmar, who is currently provincial of Bohemia, talks about his work as geodesist and cartographer before entering the Society, about being provincial of a small province (that used to have more than 1000 members 250 years ago) and about his joy seeing God at work in today’s church and society, You can hear his podcast here.
James Martin, SJ