This issue of The FIRST is dedicated to 
Lúcás (Yiu Sing Luke) Chan, S.J.

A musical arrangement by Niall Markey:

"This is my own arrangement of a traditional piece of Irish liturgical music. it was originally written as a poem by Fr. Micheál Ó Síocháin in 1916, and was later set to music by Seán Ó Riada in 1968.

I dedicate this beautiful piece of music in loving memory of my late and beautiful friend, Fr. Lúcás Chan, SJ (06/07/1968 - 05/19/2015)"



Listen to the arrangement here:


Irish text
Ag Críost an síol, ag Críost an fómhar;
i n-iothlainn Dé go dtugtar sinn.
Ag Críost an mhuir, ag Críost an t-iasc;

i líonta Dé go gcastar sinn.

Ó fhás go h-aois, is ó aois go bás,
do dhá láimh, a Chríost, anall tharainn.
Ó bhás go críoch, ní críoch ach athfhás,

i bParthas na ngrás go rabhaimid.


English translation
Christ's is the seed, Christ's is the crop,
in the barn of God may we be brought.
Christ's is the sea, Christ's is the fish,

in the nets of God may we be caught.

From growth to age, from age to death,
Thy two arms, O Christ, about us.
From death to end, not end but growth,

in blessed Paradise may we be.


Lúcás at Marquette Commencement, May 17, 2015

Lúcás Chan Around The World with CTEWC


Lúcás at Padua, July 2006





Lúcás at Trento, Italy (July 24-27, 2010



Lúcás at the Bangalore Conference, July 12-15, 2012





Lúcás at the Nairobi Conference, August 21-23, 2012



Lúcás on a safari in Kenya with Fr. Andrea Vicini




Lúcás presenting a paper in Berlin, June 27-29, 2013




Lúcás Presenting a paper at Krakow Conference, 2014


An Academic Legacy: Publications by Lúcás

"The Hebrew Bible and the Discourse on Migration: A Reflection on the Virtue of Hospitality in the Book of Ruth," Asian Horizons 8.4 (2014) 665-679


"The Bible and Theological Ethics: 3D," Theological Studies 75, no. 3/4 (2014) 112-128.



"Catholic Theological Ethics: Some Reflections on the Asian Scenario." In Moral Theology in India Today. Edited by Shaji George Kochuthara, 101-21. Bangalore: Dharmaram, 2013. 


"Bridging Christian and Confucian Ethics: Is the Bridge Adequately Catholic and Asian?" Asian Christian Review 5, no. 1 (Summer 2011): 49-73.


"As West Meets East: Reading Xunzi's 'A Discussion of Rites' - Through the Lens of Contemporary Western Ritual Theories." In 'Ahme nach, was du vollziehst.' Positionsbestimmungen zum Verhältnis von Liturgie und Ethik. Edited by Martin Stuflesser and Stephan Winter, 101-20. Regensburg, Germany: Friedrich Pustet KG, 2009.



with James Keenan, "Bridging Christian Ethics and Confucianism through Virtue Ethics." Chinese Cross Currents 5, no. 3 (July 2008): 74-85.



For a full CV of Lúcás Chan's Works, click here.


To view the tribute page we have setup for Lúcás, click here

Books by Lúcás Chan 
The Funeral Mass at the Church of Gesu in Milwaukee, Wisconsin 
On Thursday 5/28/2015 the Funeral Mass of Fr. Lúcás was celebrated at the Church of Gesu in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


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A forum article dedicated to our friend Lúcás Chan, inspiration for others to be writers of their own story - Mg. Pablo A. Blanco Gonzalez 
CTEWC Regional News and Reports 

North America Regional News

By Kristin Heyer:


Just last weekend Just Sustainability was the subject of a panel presentation at the annual meeting of the College Theology Society in Portland, Oregon. The conference theme was "An Unexpected Wilderness: Seeking God on a Changing Planet," and so Tobias Winwright of the CTEWC North American regional committee convened a panel to probe such themes and mark the publication of Just Sustainability: Technology, Ecology, and Resource Extraction (March 2015), edited by Christiana Z. Peppard and Andrea Vicini, S.J., volume 3 of the CTEWC Series published by Orbis. Stay tuned for the next issue of "The First" where we will report on the panel's discussion of the book's pedagogical usefulness for infusing cross-cultural theological ethics-about the planet and from Catholic perspectives from elsewhere around the planet-into classrooms in a North American context. The panel included Nancy M. Rourke, who authored "A Catholic Virtues Ecology," Daniel R. DiLeo, who wrote "Fostering Just Sustainability through Ignatian Spirituality," and Daniel Scheid, who has written extensively on the subject elsewhere. 


This month at the annual meeting of the Catholic Theological Society of America, the "Beyond Trento: North American Moral Theology in a Global Church" interest group will continue the conversation we reported on last summer with its second of three sessions. If you plan to attend the CTSA in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, feel free to join us on Friday, June 12 at 11:00-12:45 as we further address the "The Cross-Cultural Challenge to North American Theological Ethics." Christine Firer Hinze, Anne Arabome and Victor Carmona will take up the questions of what it means for North American Catholic ethicists to recast teaching and scholarship in light of cross-cultural and global contributions and perspectives, and by what criteria to evaluate the adequacy of North Americans' engagement with such perspectives in order to safeguard against misappropriation or tokenism. The group will also launch the Just Sustainability volume at the session's conclusion.






Jim Keenan S.J.



Claudio Quintana