The Jesuits in East Timor have accompanied the people ever since the struggle for independence in the late 1990s. A central work of the Jesuits in Dili has been the San Jose High School, from which the future leadership of East Timor hopefully will be drawn. The Jesuits are also working in the parishes of Railaco and Suai where they are involved in the education of village children who suffered terrible neglect during the colonial period.
East Timor is a beautiful country, but one of the poorest in the world. A number of young East Timorese are becoming Jesuits and it is hoped that through their dedication the Jesuits will be able to continue to contribute to the welfare of this fledgling nation.
East Timor welcomes Sr Selma D'Souza and Sr Mary Francis from India. They will be joining the community at the Cardoner complex and will be assisting with good works being initiated in East Timor. Read more...
Colégio Santo Inácio de Loiola.
The 15th of January spells a new start for many with the opening of Colégio Santo Inácio de Loiola. There has been excitement from 14 July 2012 when construction commenced to today when the children and teachers occupied this wonderful facility. Read more
Instituto de Educação Jesuíta
The Australian Province is raising funds for a new Loyola high school and teacher training college in Kasait, East Timor. The high school opened in January 2013. Read more about the project and how you can contribute to its success.
News from Br Noel Oliver, SJ
Relating his recent trip accompanying Fr Phoung and 28 Catechists, volunteers from each of the Mass Centres, from Dili to Suai some 250km across East Timor. Read more...
Jesuit Mission, through St Canice's Parish in Sydney, supports Project Lorosae, which encompasses a medical clinic, a secondary school and a feeding program for the students of Railaco. Direct contributions meet a range of needs, from teacher's salaries to school and medical supplies, and can be made by downloading this Railaco giving form. Find out more about the work St Canice's does with Railaco here.
The Immaculate Conception Parish Gardening Group in the Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn maintains a nursery of colourful cottage plants, proceeds from the sale of which support the Jesuit Mission mobile medical clinic at Railaco in East Timor. Prices range from $3 to $5 per plant. Download pictures and a pricelist here.
Work of the Alma Sisters in East Timor
The Alma Sisters are a group of physiotherapists and nuns who are based in Dili, East Timor. They look after sick, orphaned and disabled children from districts all over East Timor. Recently they were able to build two small classrooms and a physio room- but they still need more funds to buy medical equipment, wheelchairs- and to build a new facility for the children with special needs. Many of the children they work with have Cerebral Palsy - and the quality of life for these children have increased tenfold.
Read more about Jesuit Mission's work in East Timor
Letter from Sister Rita
Good things commenced towards the end of June 2011 when we had a First Communion Day. Don’t think First Communion, as in Australia. Think big! Think 500, because that is the number of children who gathered to celebrate this great occasion, writes Sister Rita.
Railaco, East Timor
My visit to Timor Leste was the culmination of a long-held belief that those of us who have been blessed with health, affluence and a good education should share our time, talent and treasures with our brothers and sisters who have been less fortunate. Read more...
A student's profile: Fr Quyen Vu
From a war-ravaged Vietnam to the budding nation of East Timor, Fr Quyen Vu (ASL) seeks to educate the world's poor. Read more...