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Father General explained the universal apostolic preferences to us like Jesus to the disciples of Emmaus with Jesus

By Honoré Onana Olah

Father Arturo Sosa, General of the Society of Jesus, visited the Jesuit Province of West Africa (AOC) from 16 to 22 April 2019. He landed in Chad and Cameroon which are among the 14 countries of the province (Benin, Burkina-Faso Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Guinea Conakry, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Chad, and Togo). Father Emmanuel Foro, Socius of AOC Province is giving us his thoughts and feelings after the visit of Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ in his province:

Fr. Antoine Kehruel SJ shares on his experience attending the JCAM socii meeting in Nairobi, Kenya

By Honore Onana Olah

All the socii in Africa attended a meeting in Nairobi from 03 to 06 of May 2019. Among the participants was also Fr. Antoine Kehruel SJ (on the photo, left) Secretary of the Society of Jesus who shared about his presence in that meeting in an interview with Honore Onana Olah.

This is an important meeting of socii of Africa and Madagascar. A great opportunity to talk about the relationship between the socii and the secretary of the Society of Jesus in Rome in the curia regarding issues like database, practical issues of the life of the socii in their relationship with the curia.

The environmental consciousness of Africama House

By Honore Onana Olah

If you are a Jesuit or a Jesuit collaborator and you are traveling through Nairobi (Kenya), do not miss that opportunity to visit also Africama House, located in Karen on the outskirts of Nairobi, where Jesuit (Frs) Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator SJ, President of Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM), Anyeh-Zamcho SJ, Socius of JCAM, Paul Hamill SJ, Treasurer of JCAM and JDO Director, and Charles Chilufya SJ, Social Apostolate Coordinator and Director JENA, reside.

Very different schools, adapted to their environments

There are some 850 Jesuit secondary schools in the world; if we add the schools of the Fe y Alegría movement and those of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), the number exceeds 2,000. It is therefore not surprising that Father General’s journeys often find him visiting our many schools. Between the 29th and 30th of April, during his visit to the Central African Province Father General was able to visit three schools: Kubama College in Kisantu, Bonsami College, located in a working-class district on the outskirts of Kinshasa, and Boboto College, an institution with a long Jesuit tradition in the heart of Kinshasa.

DAY THREE: International Conference on Woman, Marriage and Celibacy in Africa

By Amadi Eziokwubundu SJ

The third and final day of the conference was no less interesting. The series of presentations for the day began with Dr Ingiyimbere Fidèle of Arrupe Jesuit University, Zimbabwe. His presentation titled “Célibat féminin et droits de la personne” (“Single Women and Rights of Person”) offered a philosophical exploration of the place of the individual in choosing to or not to marry. Ingiyimbere juxtaposed the African conception of marriage and the perspective of the international human right.

DAY TWO: International Conference on Woman, Marriage and Celibacy in Africa

By Amadi Eziokwubundu SJ

The on-going International Conference on Woman, Marriage, and Celibacy in Africa taking place at ITCJ entered its second day. Activities of the day continued the interesting and animated conversation already begun on the first day. Presentations and conversations on the second day extended from marriage instability in Africa to whether remaining single is a malediction, to a round-table conversation on the struggle of single mother/women in the continent.

DAY ONE: International Conference on Women, Marriage and Celibacy in Africa

By Amadi Eziokwubundu SJ, ITCJ

Since its foundation in the fifteenth century, Jesuits have continued to animate social reflections on issues of global, regional and national interest that touch all facets of human experience. The knack and desire for such social action springs from the penchant to make the world a better place. This is the core cause of the ongoing International Conference on Women, Marriage and Celibacy in Africa.

JCAM Socii meeting in Nairobi

JCAM Socii meeting is taking place in Nairobi, Kenya from May 3 – 7, 2019. In attendance are all Socii from the provinces and regions in the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM). The JCAM president Fr Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator SJ and the JCAM Socius Fr John the Baptist Anyeh-Zamcho SJ are in attendance.

Novices: The future of the Jesuits in Central Africa

Fr. General’s visitations require him to travel the world to experience first-hand the life, prayer and ministry of the Jesuits under his care. During these visits Fr. General often takes advantage of the opportunity to tour the novitiates of the Provinces that he visits. Last December, Fr. Sosa visited the “House of Candidacy” and the novitiate of the Vietnamese Province where more than 130 novices, pre-novices, and candidates are taking their first steps in the Society of Jesus. This February he visited Vinayalaya in India, a Jesuit complex where newly vowed Jesuits were making the transition from novitiate to juniorate. This past week, Fr. General visited more than 30 novices at Kisantu in the Province of Central Africa.

New Deacons ordained at ITCJ

Eyrah Foli SJ, ITCJ - Abidjan

On Saturday, April 27, 2019, there was a sense of something great that was about to happen on the campus of ITCJ. It was the day of the diaconate ordination of 21 people comprising 17 Jesuits! The Jesuits were Jules Allangbe (AOC), Stanislas Andrindrainy (MDG), Evans Appiah (ANW), Augustin Badinga (ACE), Jean-Fidele Solofo (MDG), Eric Kambale (ACE), Aime Kasareka (ACE), Patrick Mugisho (ACE), Simon-Pierre N’sindu (ACE), Joseph Rabarison (MDG), Jerome Rakotonandrasana (MDG), Jean Fleury Ramahafaly (MDG), Hobiniaina Randimbinamalala (MDG), Tahina Randremihaja (MDG), Andriamparany Ranoarivony (MDG), Amen Tobian (AOC) and Stephen Wapa (ZAM).

From “potentiality” to “reality” for the nutritional future in the DRC

The Faculty of Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences in Kimwenza

“We support young people in finding innovative solutions to nutrition issues.” This is how Jean Mboma, Jesuit and Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences in the Democratic Republic of Congo, describes an important aspect of the objectives of this higher education institution. The faculty was recognized in 2016 by the Congolese government as part of a Jesuit-led university project, the Loyola University of Congo. In addition to the FSAV, it integrates existing university centres, in particular, the Faculty of Philosophy Saint Pierre Canisius, as also institutions offering degrees in social sciences, management and business administration sciences.