In August of 2018, Antonius Siwi Dharma Jati, S.J. received word that his Provincial, Fr. Sunu Hardiyanta, SJ, wished to speak with him. Siwi had already started his second year of regency, teaching in an Indonesian secondary school. His Provincial, however, told him he wanted Siwi to move to Chuuk, Micronesia, to teach at Xavier High School. The Jesuit scholastic who had been slated to join the Xavier faculty was ill, and so the Provincial needed a replacement and believed Siwi the best fit. Siwi reflected, “I had already started a new school year and taught one week! For now, obedience is the easy vow. So I said yes. In two weeks I got the U.S. visa. I think God wanted me to come here.” Yet his departure from Indonesia came with some unwelcome questions. Was Siwi being pulled because he had done something wrong? The suspicion was a burden, but Siwi found consolation on being accompanied by his superior, Fr. Tom Benz, SJ, and by Fr. Mark Thibodeaux, SJ, in his annual retreat.
Pictured with Siwi Jati, SJ, who is on the far right, are fellow regents Dickson Tiwelfil, SJ, and Erwin Susanto, SJ. At the end of the school year, Fr. Benz spoke with Siwi about remaining at Xavier for an additional year. After prayer and reflection, Siwi requested of his Provincial that he stay. However, the Indonesian norm is to have two years of regency. Again questions arose of whether Siwi was being punished with a third year. But instead of a burden, Siwi learned that Xavier has made him a better Jesuit. “This is not just a school. It is also a good Formation house. I learn a lot about Jesuit Community in an international community.”
Siwi has begun his second year of teaching at Xavier with optimism. He sees himself growing in his Jesuit vocation because of the ministry and the community. “I hope this year will be fun. I thank the USA Northeast Province for giving me the chance to learn in this place. People doing regency here have become good Jesuits.” The Jesuits of Micronesia and the Xavier School community in turn have appreciated Siwi’s companionship—his sense of humor and dedication.
Nov. 14, 2019 - From October 21 through the 31st, 21 men and women joined the USA Northeast Province for a once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage through Portugal. View photo highlights and read more about their experience.
Nov. 8, 2019 - Pope Francis recently addressed 210 participants in the congress of the 50th anniversary of the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat, accompanied by the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Father Arturo Sosa SJ.
Nov. 6, 2019 - This fall, seven Jesuit high schools - Fairfield Prep, Fordham Preparatory School, Loyola School, Regis High School, Saint Joe's Prep, Saint Peter's Prep, and Xavier High School - are competing to help fill local food banks and pantries with provisions for families in need.
Nov. 5, 2019 - This month Pope Francis is asking us to join him in praying for Dialogue and reconciliation in the Middle East in the Church. "Today, many Christian communities, together with Jewish and Muslim communities, work here for peace, reconciliation, and forgiveness. Let us pray that a spirit of dialogue, encounter, and reconciliation emerge in the Middle East."
Nov. 4, 2019 - Fr. G. Simon Harak, SJ, died peacefully on Sun., Nov. 3, 2019. Fr. Harak was born on April 15, 1948, and entered the Society of Jesus on Sept. 5, 1970. He was later ordained on June 9, 1979, in the Chapel of St. Joseph at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. He pronounced his final vows on April 14, 1991.
Nov. 1, 2019 - Earlier this year, the Jesuits announced four new Universal Apostolic Preferences. One of these preferences was "To collaborate in the care of our Common Home," a call to protect the environment. To help answer this call, we will be sharing a series of monthly ecology reflections.