Symposium 2019: 20th Anniversary of Macau Ricci Institute

Thursday, 17 October 2019 at 9:00 - Friday, 18 October 2019 at 17:30

Macau, St. Joseph Seminary, Largo de Santo Agostinho 5, Macau - China, Macau

 

"In Actione Contemplativus" Contemplation, Mission and Martyrdom

Symposium

Main Themes

  • We hope to stimulate cross-cultural explorations of the role of contemplation in cultivating moral excellence in general, and particularly in business and the professions where it is all-too-often ignored in the pressures of making business decisions. Those who respond to our Call for Papers are encouraged to explore the various traditions of religious faith and spiritual practices that have had an impact on China’s historic development and that continue to enjoy legal recognition in China. In addition, those who respond may also take the opportunity to explore how these wisdom traditions have evolved in the countries on China’s periphery, in South, Southeast, and Northeast Asia. General explorations of contemplative practice, of course, will be considered; but the focus for this symposium must remain on their impact on achieving moral excellence in business and the professions.

Date:

  • 17-18 October 2019

Location:

  • Macau, St. Joseph Seminary, Largo de Santo Agostinho 5, Macau - China, Macau

Languages:

  • English & Chinese

Introduction

We hope to stimulate cross-cultural explorations of the role of contemplation in cultivating moral excellence in general, and particularly in business and the professions where it is all-too-often ignored in the pressures of making business decisions. Those who respond to our Call for Papers are encouraged to explore the various traditions of religious faith and spiritual practices that have had an impact on China’s historic development and that continue to enjoy legal recognition in China. In addition, those who respond may also take the opportunity to explore how these wisdom traditions have evolved in the countries on China’s periphery, in South, Southeast, and Northeast Asia. General explorations of contemplative practice, of course, will be considered; but the focus for this symposium must remain on their impact on achieving moral excellence in business and the professions.

Quite appropriately, the Macau Ricci Institute’s (MRI) hopes to make a significant contribution to the “B&R”. The work of Fr. Ricci and his companions itself is a significant part of the Silk Road legacy, and the friendship that Matteo Ricci enjoyed with China’s scholars and officials is extended even today through MRI’s mission. MRI therefore is dedicating its third annual November Conference, in 2018, to exploring the cultural aspects of the Silk Road legacy.

The exploration of this topic, however, cannot be confined to the comparative study of contemplative theories and practices. The wisdom traditions of China, like those throughout the globe, are embedded in communities, with their own unique histories, each responding to their own sense of purpose and destiny. Thus, the title of this symposium is “Contemplation, Mission and Martyrdom”. We encourage participants therefore to propose papers related to three key events that have marked the history of Catholicism in the 20th century, namely, (1) the impact of Benedict XV’s encyclical letter, “Maximum Illud,” promulgated in 1919, on the Church’s missions, especially in China and East Asia, and (2) the thirtieth anniversary (1989) of the Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador, who sought to dramatize the systematic abuse of human rights in the midst of that country’s civil war and (3) the Encyclical Letters “Evangelii Gaudium” (“The Joy of the Gospel”) (2013) and “Laudato Si’” (“The Concern for the Common Home”) (2015) of Pope Francis which describes key elements of new approach to mission.

These events are worth remembering, especially for the lessons they hold for those who would share the gift of religious faith and the spiritual practices that sustain it. In a context of a massive crisis of moral leadership, cultivating “the subversive and dangerous memory”(Johann Baptist Metz) of sacrifice and suffering may be a resource for sustaining the courage of those who seek the truth that may set us free. The example of Msgr. Oscar Arnulfo Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, El Salvador, killed while celebrating Holy Mass in March 1980 stands out as a model of moral leadership deeply rooted in Contemplation, which has had a lasting impact well beyond the boundaries of his flock. The exploration of Mission and Martyrdom enables this symposium to fulfill the promise of Pope Francis’ repeated calls for interreligious dialogue and collaboration. His concern to highlight the globally interrelated challenges of poverty and climate change is a direct reflection of the Church’s Mission, and the Martyrdoms—great and small—that may have to be faced if the lethal consequences of our seriously distorted policies of economic and social development are to be reshaped toward serving the common good. As Francis’ letter on environmental responsibility and spirituality Laudato Si’(2015), makes clear, such efforts to address our global problems will not be successful, if we ignore the deeper spiritual crisis that exacerbates them. The MRI’s focus on Contemplation is not a distraction from addressing these problems, but is an indispensable component of any effective solutions.

The Call for Papers for the 2019 October Symposium, then, is an attempt to define a topic that will promote the rediscovery of spiritual resources for making a practical difference in resolving the problems that we face as individuals and as peoples united in our common destiny as one humanity. We hope to provide a forum for the exploration of comprehensive perspectives, at once both historically informed as well as spiritually attuned, and practical, in which our wisdom traditions are being deployed to address contemporary challenges, especially in business and the professions. We hope that you will consider answering this Call, and will share with us what you have learned in your research as well as in your personal spiritual journeys.

Organising Institutions

  • The Macau Ricci Institute
  • University of Saint Joseph Macau
  • Taipei Ricci Institute

Sponsor

  • Macao Foundation (澳門基金會)
 
 
 
 

17-18 October 2019

Thursday, October 17

Time Subject
8:00am - 9:00am REGISTRATION
9:00am - 9:30am

OPENING STATEMENTS

Bishop Stephen Lee Bun-sang, Diocese of Macau

Rev. Peter Stilwell, Rector, University of St. Joseph

Stephan Rothlin SJ, Director, Macau Ricci Institute

9:30am - 10:30am

FIRST KEYNOTE SESSION:

CHAIR: STEPHAN ROTHLIN SJ:

Rev. Stephen Morgan, Dean of the Faculty of Religious Studies of the University of St. Joseph: “Contemplation in a world of action: the English Benedictine tradition of mental prayer, its debt to Ignatius and the changing nature of Christian witness in the monastery and on the mission”

10:30am - 11:00am Coffee/Tea and Group Picture
11:00am - 12:30pm

FIRST PLENARY SESSION: MARTYRDOM AND MEMORY

CHAIR: STEPHEN MORGAN

Gerhold K. Becker: “Spiritual leadership in hard times: Karl Rahner and Alfred Delp” Dennis McCann: “Bonhoeffer and the Problem of Dirty Hands: What counts as Martyrdom?” Joseph Lee Tse-Hei: “Dying for Faith, Transforming Memories: Chinese Christian Martyr Watchman Nee (1903—1972)”

12:30pm - 2:00pm Lunch
2:00pm - 3:45pm

FIRST PANELS SESSION: WHAT OUR HISTORIES HAVE TO TEACH US

SESSION A: COMMEMORATING MARTYRDOM: CASE STUDIES ON JAPAN AND LAOS:

CHAIR: BISHOP ANTON JAMNIK

Cristina Osswald: “On the perception of Christian martyrdom in Japan: (1597-1639)” Paul Spooner: “Nagasaki, Looking Inside the Black Box” Roland Jacques: “Martyrs of Laos: From “Odium Fidei” to the “Veneration of Ancestors”

SESSION B: REFRESHING JESUIT MEMORIES: WAYS OF BRINGING TESTIMONY TO THE PUBLIC:

CHAIR: MARTIN MAIER SJ

Paulus Bambang Irawan SJ: “The Truth Will Set You Free: Ignatian Examen as Contemplative Practice in Boisterous Digital World” Olivier Lardinois SJ: “The Directory of the Jesuits in China from 1842 to 1955, which was recently published by the Taipei Ricci Institute” Paul-John Wang Zhiyuan SJ: “Contemplation, Mission and Jesuit Martyrs in El Salvador--Companions of Jesus in El Salvador”

3:45pm – 4:15pm Coffee/Tea
4:15pm - 5:45pm

SECOND PLENARY SESSION: ENVISIONING MISSION IN THE DIGITAL AGE; CHAIR: DENNIS MCCANN

Rafael Mathando Hinganaday SJ: “Contemplating Renewed Mission and Martyrdom in the Context of a Modern Plural Society” Mark Pufpaff: “Leisure and Contemplation; Lessons from Josef Pieper” Chang He: “Spatial Atmosphere and Informal Contemplation Spaces” Jimmy Sham: “The awakening of Contemplation and concentration in early childhood”

Friday, October 18

Time Subject
8:30am - 9:45am

SECOND KEYNOTE SESSION: CONTEMPLATION, MISSION AND MARTYRDOM IN EL SALVADOR: 30TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION

CHAIR: JAROSLAW DURAJ SJ Keynote Speaker: Martin Maier SJ, Secretary of European affairs of the Jesuit European Social Centre, Brussels

9:45am - 10:15am Coffee/Tea  
10:15am - 11:45pm

SECOND PANELS SESSION: CONTEMPLATION THEORY AND PRACTICE

SESSION A: WELLSPRINGS OF CONTEMPLATION:

CHAIR: OLIVIER LARDINOIS SJ

Bishop Anton Jamnik, Archdiocese of Ljublijana, Slovenia: “Mysticism, Contemplation, Christian Life” Alessandro Andreini: “Put out into Deep Water: Meanings and Methods of Catholic mission from Pope Benedict XV to Pope Francis in the light of the meeting of Saint Francis of Assisi with the Sultan al-Malik al-Kamil” Antoine Ren SJ: “Obedience for Mission, Mission in Obedience: A Jesuit Contemplative-Active Way of Proceeding”

SESSION B: PERSPECTIVES ON CHINA:

CHAIR: THIERRY MENARD SJ

Zhang Quan Yi: “Transformation of religious identities: Roles of sovereign nations” Wojciech Rybka, SVD: “Biblical Roots of Meditation and Examples of Their Influence in the History of the Catholic Church in China” Joseph Khor Su Hean: “The Transformative Breath of Universal Perichoresis – Reawakening of Primordial Experience in Contemplative Gestalt Group Therapy”

11:45pm - 1:15pm Lunch
1:15pm - 2:15pm

SPECIAL SESSION ON THE MRI JOURNAL for editors and contributors

Editorial Team (Stephan Rothlin SJ, Dennis McCann, (Mike Thompson), and Mark Pufpaff) will present the recently published issues of the MRI Journal, the processes of its creation, and inform prospective contributors about what to expect in the editorial and peer review processes leading to publication. The session will also provide an opportunity for feedback and constructive criticism on the three issues of the MRI Journal.

2:15pm - 2:45pm Coffee/Tea
2:45pm - 4:15pm

FIFTH PLENARY SESSION: REDEFINING MISSION GLOBALLY

CHAIR: YVES CAMUS SJ

Stephan Rothlin SJ: “The contemplative dimension of mission: towards a new concept of mission” Jaroslaw Duraj SJ: “Between Śūnyatā and Pléroma: Fr. Yves Raguin and His Contribution to Dialogue with Asian Spiritualities” Edmund Eh OP: “Knowledge as Realisation: A Confucian Account of Contemplation-in-Action”

4:30pm - 5:30pm

CONCLUDING REFLECTIONS:

CHAIR: STEPHAN ROTHLIN SJ

Bishop Anton Jamnik Rev. Stephen Morgan Cristina Osswald Martin Maier SJ

 
 
 
 
Title Author Link
The Truth Will Set You Free: Ignatian Examen as Contemplative Practice in Boisterous Digital World Paulus Bambang Irawan, SJ, STD Faculty of Theology Sanata Dharma University Yogyakarta, Indonesia Click here
Spatial Atmosphere and Informal Contemplation Spaces Chang He, University of Florida Click here
Spiritual leadership in hard times: Karl Rahner and Alfred Delp Prof. Dr. Gerhold Becker Click here
Transformation of religious identities: Roles of sovereign nations Quanyi Zhang, Professor of Political Science, Zhejiang Wanli University Click here
Between Śūnyatā and Pléroma: Fr. Yves Raguin and His Contribution to Dialogue with Asian Spiritualities Jarosław Duraj, SJ (杜哲磊) Click here
Knowledge as Realisation: A Confucian Account of Contemplation-in-Action Edmond Eh, University of Saint Joseph, Macau Click here
The Transformative Breath of Universal Perichoresis – Reawakening of Primordial Experience in Contemplative Gestalt Group Therapy Khor Su Hean Click here
Dying for Faith, Transforming Memories: Chinese Christian Martyr Watchman Nee (1903—1972) Joseph Tse-Hei LEE, Professor of History, Executive Director of the Confucius Institute Pace University in New York City, USA Click here
  Mark Pufpaff Click here
« Contemplativus in actione iustitiae » – the Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador Martin Maier SJ PhD Click here
Bonhoeffer and the Problem of Dirty Hands: What Counts as Martyrdom? Dennis P. McCann Click here
The Directory of the Jesuits in China from 1842 to 1955, which was recently published by the Taipei Ricci Institute Olivier Lardinois, SJ Click here
On the perception of Christian martyrdom in Japan: (1597-1639) Cristina Osswald (Universidade do Porto and former research fellow at Macau Ricci Institute) Click here
Contemplation, Mission and Jesuit Martyrs in El Salvador ----Companions of Jesus in El Salvador Zhiyuan Wang Click here
The Fate of Nagasaki’s Urakami Community: Looking inside the Atomic Black Box Paul Spooner Click here
Contemplating Renewed Mission and Martyrdom in the Context of Modern Plural Society Rafael Mathando Hinganaday (Graduate Student, Faculty of Theology, Sanata Dharma University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia) Click here
Proposed contribution to the Symposium CONTEMPLATION, MISSION AND MARTYRDOM (Macau, October 17-18, 2019) Roland JACQUES, OMI, Ph.D. Click here
The contemplative dimension of mission: towards a new concept of mission. Macau Ricci Institute Stephan Rothlin Click here
Contemplation in a world of action: the English Benedictine tradition of mental prayer and the changing nature of Christian witness Stephen Morgan Click here
Biblical Roots of Meditation and Examples of Their Influence in the History of the Catholic Church in China Wojciech Rybka SVD Click here
 
 
 
 
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