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Indonesia: Yogyakarta to host the second international seminar on Jesuit education

International Seminar to be held at Kolose De Brito School in Yogyakarta.

The second international seminar on Jesuit education will take place at De Britto College in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on June 24–28, 2024.

De Britto College is one of the eight Jesuit schools in Indonesia.

The seminar is for a specialized group of participants, by invitation only, and focuses on Catholic and Jesuit identity and in-depth faith formation in Jesuit schools. 

The Jesuit Schools Association of Indonesia (ASJI) and the Indonesian Province of the Society of Jesus organize the seminar, with support from the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific (JCAP) and the Secretariat for Education of the Society of Jesus.

Members of the Society of Jesus, a Roman Catholic Church religious order, are known as Jesuits. Saint Ignatius of Loyola founded the Society of Jesus in Montmartre, Paris, France, on September 27, 1540.

Education on a global scale is one of their major thrusts.

The seminar's organizers expect 100 participants from the Society of Jesus' six conferences to attend the event.

The members of the Secretariat for Education and ICAJE (International Commission on the Apostolate of Jesuit Education) will also participate.

As an apostolic work of the Society of Jesus, the education apostolate animates the mission of the Society of Jesus, defined by General Council 36 as a ‘Mission of Reconciliation and Justice with God within Humanity and with Creation.’

This theme was inspired by Jesuit Universal Apostolic Preferences' journey with youth.
The seminar will focus on ‘Educating for Faith in the 21st Century’.

In today's context, it aims to clarify the meaning of being a Catholic or Jesuit school at the service of the gospel and the church.

It would promote in-depth faith formation in the context of interreligious and multi-conventional dialogue in service of the mission of justice and reconciliation, as well as clarify the place of Ignatian spirituality in the faith formation process for students and educators.

It would identify the challenges and opportunities of teaching faith within secular and religious fundamentalistic contexts.

Participants are expected to address the aims, promote conversation, and provide reflection time, allowing them to explore ways to deepen their effectiveness in educating for faith within their local contexts.

In summary, the goal is to reflect and explore, as a global network, Jesuits’ responsibility and methods to educate youth for faith in the 21st century and to prepare a way to do so.

Nine years ago, in 2021, the last seminar took place.

For day one, Dr. Damian Zynda, the keynote speaker, will address “Sharing God through Ignatian Spirituality: Ignatian Spirituality as part of our faith formation and forming the formators.”

She is the director of mission and ministry at McQuaid Jesuit in Rochester, New York, and is on the faculty at Creighton University’s Christian Spirituality Program.

On day two, Fatimaha Husein will be the keynote speaker. She will speak on “Educating for Interreligious Dialogue.” She is a professor of religious philosophy at the Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University of Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Dr. Paul Sharkey will speak on “Forming a Resilient Faith: Teaching for In-Depth Faith Formation in Our Secular Context Today. He serves as a postgraduate coordinator and adjunct lecturer at Catholic Theological College, University of Divinity in Melbourne.

Jesuit Father Daniel Patrick Huang will speak on “Educating for Faith as Catholic Schools in the Ignatian Tradition Today.”


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