STARTING June this year, School President Fr. Joseph Y. Haw, SJ, will be leading the Jesuit Chinese-Filipino Apostolate (JCFA) as per appointment penned Fr. Provincial Antonio Moreno of the Society of Jesus.
Holding his ‘bell of responsibility,’ Fr. Jhaw said: “I accept this challenge committed with the belief that there is a need to strengthen our mission to traverse vital frontiers.” He added, “our Chinese-Filipino brothers and sisters are becoming more and more relevant not just in the country’s economic growth but also in social transformation.”
Fr. Jhaw will be taking over the place of Fr. Aristotle Dy, SJ, president of Xavier School (XU), who will now lead another Ignatian-inspired organization, the Jesuit Basic Education Commission (JBEC). The turning over rites was held last June 18 during the three-day 6th JCFA meeting at XU in San Juan.
JCFA is an organization of Jesuit-affiliated institutions that focuses on Chinese-Filipino charism. It is composed of Santa Maria Parish (Iloilo), Mary The Queen Parish (San Juan), Sacred Heart Parish (Cebu), Ateneo de Iloilo-Santa Maria Catholic School (ADI-SMCS), XU-San Juan, Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu (SHS-ADC).
The said 6th JCFA meeting was attended by about 60 delegates coming from its six member-institutions. ADI-SMCS was represented by Fr. Jhaw, Center for Ignatian Excellence director Aurora dela Cruz, High School Principal Rosario Dordas, Grade School Principal Cecelia Japitana, Senior High School Associate Principal Herman Lagon, Junior High School Associate Principal Michel Guevara, and Grade School Associate Principal Raquel Gargaritano.
In the first day, June 16, plenary session was held where member-organizations shared their progress report in view of the four identified themes: Identity, Intersections, Insertions, and Impact. The day after, they did a pilgrimage to the Manila Cathedral and China Town in the morning; and eventually went to an outreach drive in two Home for the Aged institutions for Chinese-Filipinos in the afternoon. The last day was used for business meeting, highlighted by the turning over rites and a talk from the Fr. Provincial.
The next JCFA assembly is set in Iloilo City with ADI-SMCS as host. (Herman Lagon)