By Fr. Francis Rodrigues,
Mangalore: The Assistant to the General of the Jesuits of the world in
Rome and in-charge of the South Asian Assistancy of the Jesuits, Very
Rev. Fr Lisbert D’Souza visited Most Rev. Dr Aloysius Paul
D’Souza the Bishop of Mangalore on 14th of November 2011 in
the Bishop’s House of Mangalore.
The General Congregation elects four Assistants. Their function is to
assist the Superior General on behalf of the whole Society. Fr Federico
ombardi, an Italian Jesuit and the current director of the Holy See
Press Office is another such Assistant.
According to Jesuit sources there are ten Assistancies with more than
18500 Jesuit priests serving in 112 nations across the globe in six
continents through 93 provinces. The South Asian Assistancy is the
biggest with more than 4000 members which make it for 20.9%. India has
20 provinces of Jesuits with Madurai Province accommodating maximum
number of Jesuits which is more than 400.
The Jesuit Conference of South Asian Assistancy was held recently in
Pune in the presence of Fr Lisbert. After the conference Fr Lisbert is
on a official visit to the Karnataka Province during which he
personally visits every Jesuit institution to have fist hand
information. For the Jesuit General will consult him in every major
Jesuit decision of South Asia. He gathered first hand information on
the collaboration between the Jesuits and the Diocese.
Fr Lisbert who is originally from Goa said that as per the need of the
times more Jesuits are sent into the seminaries to be spiritual
formatters and guides. The seminaries request especially for younger
Jesuits who are well aware of the present times and modern sciences.
The Pope Benedict 16th had invited the Jesuits to help him and the
church in integrated formation of priests. The Pope had expressed
especially during his visit to the Pontifical Gregorian University of
Rome founded by St Ignatius of Loyola, the first university of the
The Bishop of Mangalore honoured the Jesuit Assistant on behalf of the
Church of Mangalore. Diocesan Chancellor Fr Henry Sequeira, PRO Fr
William Menezes, Treasurer Fr Maxim Noronha, Judicial Vicar Fr Valerian
'St Aloysius College Rector Fr Joseph Rodrigues' and others were
present on the occasion
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