Graduation of the Second Batch of Year 12 Of Colégio Santo Inácio de Loiola

IMG_0505 copy21 December 2019 marks another historic moment for Colégio Santo Inácio de Loiola (CSIL). It was the school’s second Year 12 graduation, with 109 students – 42 boys and 67 girls. The batch called themselves the “Caminheiros”. Present in the ceremony were the families of the graduates and some honorable guests which included the Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, Ms Dulcia de Jesus Soares, Former Prime Minister of Timor Leste and Commencement Speaker, Dr Rui Maria de Araujo, representative of Japanese Embassy, Seiko Toyama, and Regional Superior of Jesuits in Timor Leste, Fr Joaquim Sarmento, SJ, and other local authorities.

This momentous occasion was full of happiness and magnificence noticeable from the radiance of the smiles and enthusiasm of the graduates. Full of confidence and contentment they marched-in in their blue togas accompanied by their parents. The audience gave them a standing ovation which made the parents all the more proud of the achievements of their children, as well as a sense of fulfilment that they have contributed to their children’s success. One also cannot miss the joy and pride of the teachers manifested through their sparkling smiles as they marched in together with the students and parents.

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“Laid in a manger, He became our food”

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Beloved brothers and sisters,

This beautiful symbolism is an expression of St. Augustine from his Sermon (189, 4). Holy Father Pope Francis refers to it in his letter ‘Admirabile Signum’ on the meaning and importance of the Nativity Scene. The Holy Father sent out this letter on the first day of Advent during his visit to Greccio where St. Francis of Assisi first started the tradition of the presepium or nativity scene in 1223.

“Laid in a manger, He became our food.” The Eternal Word of God humbled Himself out of compassion for humanity so that all the creatures who lives in death may regain life in His divine love. This generous self-emptying of God is the source of our salvation and of our expressions of charity. The year 2019 is a year of living and witnessing this spirit for the Jesuits in Timor Leste.

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Judicium of Candidates for Graduation, Pioneer Students of ISJB 2019 “To Be Men and Women For and With Others”

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30 November 2019 marked a historic event in the history of Instituto São João de Brito (ISJB). It was the celebration of the Judicium of the 14 pioneer teacher-trainees who began their education at the inception of ISJB in 2016. Present in the occasion were Fr. Antonio Moreno SJ, President of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific (JCAP), Fr. Brian McCoy, SJ (Provincial Superior of Australia), Fr. Renzo De Luca, SJ (Provincial Superior of Japan), and Fr. Primitivo Viray, SJ (Provincial Superior of Philippine). The Jesuits in East Timor, headed by Regional Superior Fr. Joaquim Sarmento, SJ, also welcomed friends, mission partners, and guests which included Dr. Aurelio Guterres, Dr. Fernando Hanjam, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis and Kerry O’Brien, Ms. Margaret Lu, and Fr. Trung Nguyen SJ, Ms. Helen Forde, and Ms Siobhan Jordan of Jesuit Mission Australia. Finally, in behalf of the region and ISJB, Fr Sidelizio Pereira, SJ, Rector of ISJB, welcomed the pioneers, their parents, family, and friends who came to witness the achievements of their sons and daughters.

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