18 Jesuit Volunteers sent out from Nuremberg. 18 young people from Germany, Austria and Switzerland were sent out on Sunday, 15th July in Nuremberg. As "Jesuit Volunteers" they set out in the coming weeks on partner projects of the Jesuitmission all over the world to work with children and young people, people with disabilities, old and sick people, the homeless or refugees. Bulgaria, Peru, Kosovo, Kenya - the biographies and backgrounds of the Jesuit Volunteers 2018/19 are as varied, enriching and emotional as their locations. The missioning ceremony was the final highlight after a year of intensive preparation and a special day for their relatives and friends - and the JV team. Working together to keep a world in balance is more than just a symbolic game for the JVs as they traditionally enter the divine service in St. Clare: "Even if you encounter a lot of suffering and you are often powerless to change things, your work in the projects is important and valuable. The people there are counting on you," Father Klaus Väthröder SJ, director of the German Jeusitenmisssion, gave the 18 in the concluding service. The Jesuit Mission has been offering volunteer work in partner projects in Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America for over ten years. Voluntary service has no age limit and is not only aimed at young school leavers or students. "Jesuit Volunteers" is a cooperation of the three German speaking Jesuitmissions Germany, Austria, Switzerland under the direction of the German Jesuitenmission in Nuremberg.
Fr. Claus Pfuff is the new Country Director of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Germany. With a celebration on June 11 in Berlin, he succeeded Fr. Frido Pflüger (71) as JRS Director. Pfuff, who originally is from Weilheim (Bavaria), was a school chaplain at the Jesuit High School Canisius-Kolleg in Berlin. Frido Pflüger will head the JRS in Uganda. Before moving to Berlin in 2012, he was JRS Regional Director for East Africa. In Germany, JRS provides pastoral care and legal assistance for detainees pending deportation and immigrants without residence permit. Besides the office in Berlin staff members are working in accommodation centres in Munich and Essen. Like his predecessor, Pfuff represents the Archdiocese of Berlin in the hardship commission for the Berlin State and in the Forum Deportation Monitoring at the Berlin-Brandenburg Airport. Before entering the Society in 2009, as priest with therapeutic training Pfuff helped to build up AIDS counselling in the diocese of Augsburg. As school chaplain at the Canisius-Kolleg he got to know their situation in „Welcome Classes“ for children of migrants and refugees. At the handover ceremony, Dominik Bartsch, the representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Germany, called for deportations to be carried out "in safety and dignity". So he turned against deportations, which take place early in the morning because of the "surprise effect". How a state treats those affected makes its value system clear. Deportation should only be the „ultima ratio“ of the Immigration Controlling Policies. Stefan Dybowski, responsible for religious institutes of the Archdiocese of Berlin, emphasized that Pflüger had always brought the individual destiny of people seeking help to the fore. The former JRS director and predecessor of Pflüger, Fr. Martin Stark, assured that in addition to the comprehensive educational work in schools and universities, the Jesuits will continue to have the greatest care for refugees and migrants. Picture: Fr. Claus Pfuff receives an Ethiopian cross from Fr. Frido Pflüger
Based on the pilgrim story, a comic strip about Ignatius was created in the SJ workshop of the future. Dr. Tobias Andrea, a former student from Leipzig, drew him. An emotional approach to the person of Ignatius should be made possible, and Ignatius should be portrayed as the patron saint of seekers. The message is: "Despite crises and broken plans,  Your way can succeed with God!" Therefore, at the end of the comic you will find some hints on vocation and help for vocation clarification from Ignatian spirituality. 1st edition for the altar boy pilgrimage The first edition will be published for the international altar server pilgrimage to Rome, which will take place from 28. July to 04. August. 45,000 altar servers are expected from Germany who will have an audience with Pope Francis on 31 July. For travel reading we have offered the dioceses the comic as a gift. 35,000 orders were received for Germany and Austria. 2nd edition Now we have a second edition. Enclosed is a reading rehearsal. The Ignatius comic is suitable for young people, students, friends, family, employees, brothers... as a gift, teaching material... 72 pages, size B5, stapled.Per issue we ask for a donation of 50 cents. Delivery by the end of July If you would like to receive the comic, please send an e-mail with your name, address and quantity by 29 June to: zukunftswerkstatt@jesuiten.org. Of course you can also order later. First of all, it is a matter of planning the run length. Actually different Vocation promotors are preparing translations of this strip. So, the Comic will be published in 4-7 different languages (Portugiese, Tchec, French, English, Dutch,… perhaps Hungarian and Russian)
Source for theology of the future. The German Edition of the Complete Works of Karl Rahner (1904-1984) was celebrated in Munich on April 19th. During the ceremony in the Jesuit School of Philosophy the chairman of the German Bishops' Conference, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, honored the work of the famous Jesuit theologian and philosopher as a "great treasure and source for what we will do theologically in the future". The Edition comprises more than 27,000 pages in 40 volumes and is published by the Publishing House Herder (Freiburg). Marx said that Rahner taught him to think in the present day's horizon. A theology that does not confront the thought and life of its time is superfluous. A self-referential theological approach, which he occasionally experiences, has no future, said the archbishop of Munich and Freising. He wished that as many theologians would be inspired by Rahners works. Rahner is one of the most important Catholic Theologians of the 20th century and a bridge builder between classical and modern theology. The Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), where he was engaged in the preparation and as Peritus ("expert"), was highly influenced by his thoughts. Rahner found his themes in church history, the Ignatian spirituality and the tradition of the Jesuit order, and the questions that brought readers and listeners to him. So he was not only concerned with God's universal salvific will, but also with the railway mission or with the needs of parish libraries. Until now, his considerations of ecumenism, of some structural problems within the roman curia, priestly celibacy or ordination are discussed, and other hot-button issues. The Edition includes all writings published by Rahner himself, from encyclopedia articles to monographs, as well as his interviews and a few unpublished manuscripts, including a student essay, in which he describes the cleaning and tidying of his teachers at a School trip. The theologian was born in a teacher family at Freiburg and joined 1922 the Society of Jesus. The register of works includes about 1,900 independent publications. Philip Endean SJ (Paris) presented the French Edition „Œuvres de Karl Rahner“ (Cerf) including already 7 volumes.
The Tax Justice & Poverty research project In 2010 the Jesuitenmission in Nuremberg got in touch with the Jesuits in Africa and Madagascar (JESAM): We agreed that we should no confine ourselves to do FOR Africa, but start to do things WITH Africans at eye level. And by that, not only editing books and organizing conferences, but to cooperate in a research and advocacy project of “mutual interest”. Hence, we decided to inquire into the link between (the lack of) Tax Justice and Poverty in our three countries. From 2012-2017, staff of the Jesuitenmission, the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (Lusaka) and the Jesuit Hakimani Centre (Nairobi) read research reports, conducted expert interviews and consulted Catholic Social Teaching: On March 19, 2018 we published our results. Looking at our very different countries, there are surprising similarities: Income and wealth inequality are on the increase, the top 1% of wealth holder influence political decisions via lobbyism, personal “entanglement” or corruption, tax authorities are ignorant about the dimension of asset ownership and therefore unable to tax in accordance with the Principle of Ability to Pay and they are understaffed and overworked. The tax burden is disproportionate on the shoulder of the poor and the middle class, states do not have enough resources for adequate public investment and services. A difference is that wealthy countries profit from the situation: Money leaving developing countries via Illicit Financial Flows, aggressive tax avoidance, tax evasion, corruption etc. passes through Offshore Jurisdictions, is wrapped in secrecy via shell companies, trusts and foundations and continues to developed countries, Germany included, where it then is profitably invested. Not surprising, that developed countries dominate the global “tax architecture” via the OECD and refuse, for example, to increase the role of UN institutions. Not surprising, too, that those countries profiting a lot from this system try to delay, water down or even veto any proposals which would increase transparency, enforcement and a fairer burden-sharing. If African countries were able to prevent illicit and illegal outflows and to tax that which is being produced in their countries, they would no longer need developmental aid. And: Many decades after political independence they could gain financial independence. Therefore: Developed countries are called to assist developing countries with the exchange of information and the support of tax administrations by improving their equipment and training. Last not least: Our research came to the conclusion that taxation, tax related instruments and institutions are a prime tool to advance change away from the present neoliberal philosophy towards a society aiming for the Common Good of All.   Find here the Short Version of our Synthesis Report. Find detailed information on the Project Website http://www.taxjustice-and-poverty.org/
Diaconate and priestly ordinations and Final vows in Britain, France, Germany,  Portugal and Spain. Britain Anuranjan Ekka from the Darjeeling Province and George Stephen Thayriam from Madurai were ordained to the diaconate on Saturday 10th February by Bishop John Sherrington at Farm Street Church. France      On February 10 the priestly ordination of Claude Philippe and Romain Subtil was celebrated at the Saint-Ignace Church by bishop Antoine Hérouard, Auxiliary Bishop of Lille. Germany Clemens Kascholke SJ (Munich), Sebastian Maly SJ (Berlin) and Jörg Nies SJ (Rome) were ordained deacons in Berlin on Saturday 17 February by the archbishop of Berlin, Dr. Heiner Koch, in the full church St. Canisius in Berlin-Charlottenburg.  Portugal. Within the liturgical calendar, February 4 marks the feast of Saint John de Brito. For the Portuguese Province of the Society of Jesus this date is particularly important since the Portuguese Saint is the patron of the Jesuits in Portugal. This year this day was also marked by the last vows of Fr. Luis Onofre Pinto, sj. Spain The richness and diversity of the universal Church filled the diaconal ordination of the Jesuits Carlos Gómez-Vírseda, Roberto Quirós (ESP), Marto Piaia (EUM), Alain Pitti and Émile Agbede and (AOC), on Saturday, February 3 in Madrid. The ceremony was presided over by the Cardinal Archbishop of Madrid, Carlos Osoro Sierra, at the Nuestra Señora del Recuerdo School.