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Easter Greetings from the AMC!

Easter Greetings from the AMC!

It has been a challenging year for many migrants in Lebanon. Our community members have weathered rising rents and scarcer work, fears of expanding conflict, travel restrictions, and a whole host of daily difficulties. And yet, Easter joy abounds! The joy of the resurrection was made obvious this last week here in the AMC. Our whole community gathered for the Paschal Triduum to walk with Christ through his death and resurrection.

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Tertianship is what tertians give to each other

Tertianship is what tertians give to each other

The third batch of tertians in Bikfaya have just graduated their school of the heart. Theirs has been a very particular class. It is true of every class, and of each tertian. But armed conflicts leading to displacements and disruptions are not a common tertianship experiment. I am so grateful that all participants kept safe and well, and even drew no little spiritual profit from the difficult situation in which they found themselves.

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D’Ankara à Belfast, Le Caire, Ephèse, Nicée, Eskişehir, Almaty (et bien d’autres lieux!)

D’Ankara à Belfast, Le Caire, Ephèse, Nicée, Eskişehir, Almaty (et bien d’autres lieux!)

Qu’est-ce que vous faites à Ankara? Telle est souvent une des premières questions que j’entends lorsque je voyage. Chacun de nous quatre avons bien sûr nos activités habituelles: Michael écrit pour diverses publications (maintenant sur “l’appel universel à la sainteté”); Changmo étudie le turc, commence à s’engager avec les jeunes à la paroisse et s’acclimate peu à peu à la Turquie; Alexis, responsable de cette paroisse turcophone et de la formation de ses catéchumènes, est également impliqué dans des médias et la gestion pratique de la résidence; quant à moi, supérieur de celle-ci, je travaille dans la formation et l’accompagnement au service de l’Église de Turquie, et ai quelques engagements en dehors du pays pour le dialogue interreligieux, à divers titres.

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Meeting Egyptians in community is not going to Egypt. Okay, you can get some of the language sounds and stories and songs, you can maybe even get lucky enough to try some foods cooked with home-country love, but nothing prepared me for the boats, planes, trains and automobiles worth of diversity that Egypt had to offer. I was humbled and overjoyed to focus our short two weeks in Egypt on the Jesuits – who are we? where do we work? why? – and from the day 1 airport pickup in Cairo to the day 13 lunch and cake celebration on my birthday, I felt privileged to have finally visited Um l dunya.

I was especially moved by two elements of the Jesuit presence in Egypt – the spaces we create and the relationships we foster. Beyond the more traditionally important schools and churches, I was inspired by the evolving creativity inherent in our Egyptian missions, responding to needs and imagining possibilities around us with – especially in El Minia and Alexandria – sprawling spaces that welcome all – the rich and poor, the believer and nonbeliever, the Muslim and Christian, the Hungarian classical dance group and Egyptian metal band alike. Here, faith and culture have a space to coexist and chat. Secondly, in all of our ministries, I was moved by how much I noticed a quite vibrant Jesuit – lay relationship. Even in just a short journey, we met dozens of passionate and formed lay leaders – young, old, and everywhere in-between – who had big responsibilities and close rapport with us. Walking around these campuses or centers gave a real sense of shared mission and shared family, a true joy. I’m excited to go back.

Garett Gundlach SJ

“Finding a key to life”

To many, Egypt can be reduced to being a land of tourism, a narrative that stops with the pyramids and perhaps a pleasure cruise down the Nile. But, the privilege of my vocation was being able to receive the gifts of hospitality and encounter from the Jesuits who labor there, and the people who they serve. I saw the apostolic priorities being incarnated through work with youth via our schools, the cultural centre in Alexandria, and the giving of the Exercises in various forms and fashions. I witnessed the graced complexity of the circumstances that Egyptian people face in a country with a population of more than 100 million, and the many cultural and religious experiences that contribute to the contemporary Egyptian identity. A visit to Wadi Natrun reminded me that our own responses to God, and the Ignatian emphasis on radical love and service, had roots reaching back to St. Anthony and the desert mothers and fathers and the irreplaceable role of prayer in fostering and nurturing our vocations.

While in Egypt, I received news of my 94-year-old grandmother passing. An image came to mind, a relief from the temple of Horus depicting the falcon-faced Horus gripping an ankh, the ancient Egyptian symbol of life, as he gently holds the hand of a recently departed pharaoh and prepares him for what is to come. The ancient Egyptian funerary imagery led me in my own reflections on this land of monks and mastabas, of verdant Nile-fed vegetation and arid desert. And, what I found was not death, but life. The relationships that I formed in Egypt, the sharing of the experience with Garrett, Joseph, and many others, and the gift of what we have received helped me to see that we move from life to life. This is the spirit that must animate our vocations, the spirit of the risen Christ who grips our hand even now and invites us to labor with him and with the others whom he has also called. It is nothing other than a call to embrace and nourish the fullness and flourishing of life with all of its artistic, technical, and soulful dimensions. And, for this reminder of what my own Christian faith is about, and the gratitude and hope that it gave me in a time of personal loss, I am truly grateful to the Umm l’Dunia.

Ryan Birjoo SJ

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Easter Greetings from the AMC!

Easter Greetings from the AMC!

It has been a challenging year for many migrants in Lebanon. Our community members have weathered rising rents and scarcer work, fears of expanding conflict, travel restrictions, and a whole host of daily difficulties. And yet, Easter joy abounds! The joy of the resurrection was made obvious this last week here in the AMC. Our whole community gathered for the Paschal Triduum to walk with Christ through his death and resurrection.

قراءة المزيد
Tertianship is what tertians give to each other

Tertianship is what tertians give to each other

The third batch of tertians in Bikfaya have just graduated their school of the heart. Theirs has been a very particular class. It is true of every class, and of each tertian. But armed conflicts leading to displacements and disruptions are not a common tertianship experiment. I am so grateful that all participants kept safe and well, and even drew no little spiritual profit from the difficult situation in which they found themselves.

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D’Ankara à Belfast, Le Caire, Ephèse, Nicée, Eskişehir, Almaty (et bien d’autres lieux!)

D’Ankara à Belfast, Le Caire, Ephèse, Nicée, Eskişehir, Almaty (et bien d’autres lieux!)

Qu’est-ce que vous faites à Ankara? Telle est souvent une des premières questions que j’entends lorsque je voyage. Chacun de nous quatre avons bien sûr nos activités habituelles: Michael écrit pour diverses publications (maintenant sur “l’appel universel à la sainteté”); Changmo étudie le turc, commence à s’engager avec les jeunes à la paroisse et s’acclimate peu à peu à la Turquie; Alexis, responsable de cette paroisse turcophone et de la formation de ses catéchumènes, est également impliqué dans des médias et la gestion pratique de la résidence; quant à moi, supérieur de celle-ci, je travaille dans la formation et l’accompagnement au service de l’Église de Turquie, et ai quelques engagements en dehors du pays pour le dialogue interreligieux, à divers titres.

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بفرحٍ وقلوبٍ مضطرمة – الذكرى السنويّة العاشرة لاستشهاد الأب فرانس ڤان دِر لوخت اليسوعيّ

بفرحٍ وقلوبٍ مضطرمة – الذكرى السنويّة العاشرة لاستشهاد الأب فرانس ڤان دِر لوخت اليسوعيّ

في حمص، في المدينة الّتي لم يخذلها ولن يتركها الأب فرانس، اجتمع لفيف من المؤمنين بحضور ممثّلي الكنيسة المحلّيّة بأطيافها كافّة، حبًّا ورغبة في الاحتفال وشكر الله على شهادة هذا الكاهن الهولّنديّ الّذي قدّم لأبناء سوريا الكثير حتّى الموت.

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