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.
June 5, 2020 - This month Pope Francis is asking us to join him in praying for the people suffering in the world. "We can help them by accompanying them along an itinerary full of compassion which transforms people’s lives."
June 1, 2020 - Last 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.
June 1, 2020 - Fr. James J. Fedigan, SJ, was called to eternal life on May 31, 2020. Fr. Fedigan died in Murray-Weigel Hall, Bronx, N.Y., from causes unrelated to the coronavirus. Fr. Fedigan was born on June 3, 1932 in New York, N.Y., entered the Society of Jesus on Sept. 7, 1951, and was ordained on June 10, 1965. He pronounced his final vows on Feb. 2, 1968.
May 27, 2020 - Now more than ever, we invoke God to wipe away the darkness of anxiety, allowing us to be guided by the light of Christ and to trust in God’s promise of new life. Over the last few months, our Jesuit provinces have been in a place we don’t often find ourselves, a place that saw our schools closed, parishes empty, and the halls of our retreat centers giving new meaning to the word “silent.”
May 21, 2020 - Nativity Preparatory School in Boston has announced that Mr. Gadisa Goso has been named the next principal effective for the 2020-2021 academic year. Mr. Goso is member of Nativity Prep's class of 1997 and previously taught at Nativity.