As the opening of the 26th General Chapter, those present are living two days of spiritual retreat to invoke the presence of the Holy Spirit in the decisions that will be shared with the entire Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer.
Father Daniel Huang S.J., a Jesuit professor at the Gregorian University in Rome, with great missionary experience, leads the reflections of these two days.
“Missionaries of Hope”, the theme of the first day, has managed to attract everyone’s attention and interest.
“As Redemptorists we are called to give the people reason for Christian hope,” commented one of those present.
Fr. Daniel Patrick Huang, SJ
Fr. Daniel Patrick Huang, SJ is a Jesuit priest and professor in the Faculty of Missiology of the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He is also moderator of the Renewal Program for Missionaries of the same Faculty.
Prior to this assignment at the Gregorian, he served for eleven years (2008 to 2019) in the central office (the General Curia) of the Society of Jesus in Rome, as General Counselor and Regional Assistant for Asia Pacific under two Superiors General, Fr. Adolfo Nicolas, SJ, and Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ. His brief as Regional Assistant included China, Japan and Korea in Northeast Asia; Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and East Timor in Southeast Asia; and Australia.
Since his ordination as a priest in 1988, he has been engaged in various ministries: theological education, as professor of theology at the Loyola School of Theology of the Ateneo de Manila University; priestly formation, as Rector of San Jose Seminary, the national seminary for diocesan priests run by the Jesuits in the Philippines since 1601 (2000 to 2004); and governance, as Provincial Superior of the Jesuits in the Philippines from 2004 to 2008.
Fr. Huang obtained both his Licentiate (1992) and his Doctorate (1996) in Sacred Theology from the Catholic University in America, in Washington, DC, working for his doctoral dissertation under the guidance of Fr. Joseph Komonchak and Fr. (later Cardinal) Avery Dulles. In 2016, Pope Francis appointed him a Consultor for the Congregation for Catholic Education in the Vatican. Fr. Huang is known for his work on mission in the contemporary world, for example, mission in secular societies.