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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
India: twin celebrations mark Pedro Arrupe anniversary
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¬†Jesuits in Delhi celebrated the 100th birthday of Pedro Arrupe, the former Superior General of the Jesuits, remembering him as their second founder resolving to face the challenges of the mission with apostolic aggressivity. The first one, a prayer service was organized at VidyaJyoti, the Jesuit School of Theology. The Jesuit Provincial of South Asia and the Vice-Chancellor of the faculty Rev Hector D Souza, who was on a visitation to the faculty graced the occasion with a reflection on Pedro Arrupe's deep commitment to make formation contextualized and meaningful for the future Indian Jesuits. He reminded the Jesuit faculty and students that Pedro Arrupe was instrumental in transferring the Jesuit theologate from an isolated spot from the serene Himalays of Darjeeling to the hustle and bustle of Delhi and incarnated theology from its isolation to flesh and blood of life and its struggles of Delhi. Delhi somehow represented struggles and aspirations of India in the mind of Arrupe. Arrupe wanted the formation at VidyaJyoti be evangelized by the poor, their struggles and aspirations on the one hand and the other hand the faculty and students to interact with the secular intelligentsia working with them for the betterment of the poor. Father Hector D Souza released a special issue of VidyaJyoti Journal of Theological Reflection which was dedicated to the memory of Pedro Arrupe. An Editorial and three essays (Pedro Arrupe ≠ the pole star for modern Jesuits (Fr John Joseph SJ, Registrar, Passion of Father Arrupe, Prof Valan Antony SJ, Arrupe Literature, Prof Gisbert Sauch SJ) focused on Arrupe and his challenges for Mission today. On the occasion he also released a Multimedia presentation of VidyaJyoti's Journey into the Delhi Horizon prepared by Scholastics Biju, Titus, and Joel. In the evening the students of Saint Xavier's School celebrated the memory of Arrupe with a play on the life of Arrupe which brought our beautifully the passion of Arrupe in defending the dignity of life by living fully the will of God in his life. The play was staged at the Millennium Hall of St Xavier's Campus. A good number of alumni of the school attended the evening function.
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