Jesuits in Science is a network of support and collaboration for individual Jesuits in the apostolate of natural sciences and technology. Forty-one members met in Chennai (India) in January for their first truly intercontinental meeting.
According to the newly drafted mission statement, a Jesuit in science is a man of God and a man for others. He discovers and reveals the wonders of God’s Creation through his teaching and research. He also experiences our world as broken and shares responsibility for it. While promoting the positive aspects of science, he must look for ways to overcome its misuses. A Jesuit in science, guided by the spirit, is called to work for the development of the world, particularly the less privileged sectors of society, based on human dignity, faith and justice. In Chennai, for example, the Loyola Institute of Frontier Energy is researching the photoelectric effects in organic material rather than in minerals such as silicon, with great potential for solving problems of energy, pollution and poverty. The mission is to bear witness to the gospel values through science in union with lay collaborators, and with them to network effectively in building a just and integrated society.
The European network will meet in Malaga (Spain) in September 2001. See www.jesuitsinscience.org