In recognition and appreciation of the value of the Jesuit education we have received from the Ateneo schools, we express our deep gratitude by pledging our support and commitment to the ministries of the Philippine Jesuit Province:
Father General Arturo Sosa SJ recently visited the Philippine Jesuit Province in December of 2018. The third day of his visit ended quietly with a celebration of the Holy Eucharist at the Jesuit Health and Wellness Center (Ateneo de Manila Loyola Heights campus), which houses about 25 elderly and infirm Jesuits from various Jesuit communities in the Philippines. At the dinner that followed, the elderly Jesuits expressed to the Father General how moved and grateful they were that the General of the Society visited them. There are other elderly Jesuits, some of whom still energetic enough to handle teaching loads, who reside in various campus residences in Ateneo de Naga, Xavier University, Ateneo de Davao and Ateneo de Zamboanga.
In 2016, in gratitude to our aging Jesuit teachers and mentors, alumni members of the AAANA donated $500K to the Philippine Jesuit Province. The charitable gift was intended for the wellness fund of the infirm and elderly Jesuits. This was made possible by the philanthropy of venture capitalist, Diosdado "Dado" Banatao (Ateneo de Tuguegarao alumnus) whose $250K pledge was matched 100% by the generosity and group effort of the AAANA members and their supporters.
Mindanao has long been the focus of the Jesuit apostolic engagements and ministry in the Philippines since 1596. The Jesuit Universities in Mindanao, Xavier (Cagayan de Oro), Ateneo de Davao and Ateneo de Zamboanga, have integrated their social outreach programs for the marginalized communities of Bukidnon – these are the Jesuit high schools and parishes located in Cabanglasan, Pangantucan, the village of Miarayon in Talakag, and the village of Zamboanguita in the rural region of Malaybalay City. These four communities are populated by indigenous people (also known as Lumad, in the Visayan dialect), whose tribal ethnicities are mostly Talaandig, Higaonon, Manobo, Umajamnon, Matigsalug, Pulangiyen and Tigwahanon.
With their ROADMAP TO MINDANAO as guide, the Philippine Jesuits’ strategic priorities include: the alleviation of poverty among the Lumad peoples and Muslim communities; their protection from the pervasive effects of conflict between government and rebel forces; the prevention of the degradation of the natural environment and the protection of natural resources; the realization of lasting peace through human development, justice and inter-faith dialogue.
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