APROVECHAMIENTO – Jesuit Pastoral Work

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In the address made by Pope Francis to the members of the 36th General Congregation, one of the things he emphasized is to discern and practice more proactively the wisdom of St. Ignatius and the companions when the Formula of the Institute was drafted. He points out the unique concept of aprovechamiento which literally means “benefit”.

He said “the end of the Society of Jesus is to devote itself with God’s grace to labor strenuously in giving aid toward the salvation and perfection of the souls of their neighbors. With consolation, the Jesuit community in Kasait receives this exhortation by the pope as an affirmation of what they have been doing though not without struggle. They are making small impact but not at all insignificant to open the minds of the people to see the mystery of God working in daily lives.

The Jesuits assigned in Kasait have their hands full in school and social work. Upon the invitation of the former Parish Priest of Liquiça, the Jesuits priests residing in Kasait were missioned to say the Sunday masses in the stations in Neran and Lanumate in Kasait. As the number of priests in the Diocese of Maliana is also limited, the coverage of pastoral ministries of the Jesuits have expanded ever since, to include Caiteho, Bogoro, Bazartete, Aipelo, Leorema, Metahu and the main parish in Liquiça. The pastoral activities also include the wide range of sacraments; sacramentals and informal spiritual companioning.

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