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SECAM set for 18th Plenary Assembly and Golden Jubilee

15th July, 2019

News Release


All is set for the 18th Plenary Assembly and Golden Jubilee of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), in Kampala, Uganda, from the 20th (Arrival) to 29th (Departure) July 2019, on the theme: “Church-Family of God in Africa, Celebrate Your Jubilee! Proclaim Jesus Christ Your Saviour”

Jesuit education and the Apostolic Preferences

“This year’s meeting has been very special since it has been framed within the spirit of the Universal Apostolic Preferences as the apostolic horizon of our work. We felt consoled and challenged by the UAPs. We see in them a great apostolic opportunity for our schools. We are confirmed by the UAPs in the path we decided in the JESEDU-Rio2017 Action Statement but we are also aware of the invitation to go deeper into our process of discernment. We see the upcoming Colloquium JESEDU-Jogja2020 in Indonesia as an important step to continue this ongoing discernment that will be supported by the publication of a new document on Jesuit Education at the end of the year. These are, no doubt, exciting times for Jesuit Education.”

A "Jesuit/Ignatian" participation in the High Level Forum at the United Nations

The Secretariat for Social Justice and Ecology coordinated the Society's presence at this important forum, which is being held from July 9 to 18 in New York. The meeting aims to follow up on the decisions taken in 2015 on the sustainable development objectives to be achieved by 2030. Watch Father General's message to our delegation.

Jesuits Pay Tribute to a Young Companion Who Died in a Fatal Road Accident

Mourning a young Jesuit who was involved in a fatal road accident on 7 July 2019, between Ndola and Kapiri Mposhi in Zambia. See Eulogy {here}

Jesuits in Zimbabwe-Mozambique Province remember the life of Fr John Bangwe, by paying tribute to the young Jesuit priest from their neighbouring Province of Zambia -Malawi who died in the afternoon of 7 July 2019 in a fatal road accident. The message reads: Death causes us to stop and pause to reflect on the meaning, purpose, and end of life. As Jesuits, we are guided, as always, by the spirituality of our Founder, St Ignatius of Loyola in meditating or contemplating on the subject of life and death.

The Pope visited the General Curia of the Society of Jesus

The Director "ad Interim" of the Press Office of the Holy See, Alessandro Gisotti, responding to the questions of some journalists confirmed that yesterday the Holy Father went privately to the General Curia of the Jesuits.

Vatican CITY

"I can confirm that yesterday the Holy Father went privately to the General Curia of the Jesuits, where he had lunch with the Superior General, Father Arturo Sosa, and with the brothers of the Society of Jesus", said the Director "ad Interim " From the Press Office of the Holy See, Alessandro Gisotti, answering the questions of some journalists, this Monday, July 8, 2019.

The Joint Novitiate in Lusaka Celebrates 50 Years

By Fr Brian Enright SJ

Xavier House, the joint novitiate in Lusaka will be celebrating fifty years in July. It was on 30 July 1969 that the novice master, Fr Francis McKeown accepted the first group of novices, Fr Ignatius Zvarevashe and Br Augustine Kandawasvika among them.

Xavier House was not the first novitiate in Southern Africa. In 1887 Fr Weld, the second superior of the Zambesi Mission had opened a novitiate at Graaf-Reinett in Cape Colony.

Upcoming Ordinations of New Jesuit Priests in the Society of Jesus in Africa and Madagascar


Honore Onana SJ

Honoré Onana Olah was born on 29th March in Yaoundé in Cameroon. He studied law and joined Society of Jesus in 2009. After his noviciate in Cameroon, he did his philosophical studies in Kinshasa (DR Congo), and subsequently his regency at the Vatican Radio in Rome. He speaks fluent English, French, and Italian; and understands Spanish. Currently, he is completing a Master's degree in theology and STL (Sacrae Theologiae Licentiatus) at Hekima University College in Nairobi -Kenya.


Honore Onana (( To be ordained a priest on 27 July 2019 in Douala Cameroon )

Ordination of New Jesuit Priests in the Society of Jesus in Africa and Madagascar

EASTERN AFRICA PROVINCE (Ordinations will be on 20 July 2019 at St. Joseph the Worker - Kangemi Archdiocese of Nairobi at 10:00 am)

AOR OD 1Mutambo Emmanuel SJ 
I am originally from Kitale town in Kenya. Before joining the Jesuits, I trained as a catechist. In the year 2007, I joined the novitiate in Arusha and was there for two years before taking my first vows on 2nd July 2009. I then joined Arrupe College for Philosophy studies until the year 2013.

South Africa Corruption Inquiry signal to Africa and beyond

Former South African President, Jacob Zuma, continues to lay the blame on others and to paint himself as the victim of a conspiracy, as a State Corruption Inquiry goes ahead in Johannesburg. The Director of the Jesuit Institute of South Africa explains why the Inquiry is so important.

By Linda Bordoni

The State Capture Inquiry is spotlighting the allegations of graft that clouded Jacob Zuma's nine-year presidency and provides a strong signal to the nation that the current President, Cyril Ramaphosa, is delivering on his promise to fight corruption.

Day 3: Reinventing Theology in Post-Genocide Rwanda

By Julia Bloechl

The final day of the conference, “Reinventing Theology in Post-Genocide Rwanda: Challenges and Hopes” was focused on the sixth and final theme: “Challenges and Signs of Hope.” The first speaker was Fr. Jean Baptiste Ganza, SJ whose talk was entitled, “The Invisible Hand: Twenty-Five Years of Miracles Seen and Unseen.” He began by suggesting that the theologians Rwanda needs today are those who hunger for God’s self-revelation and live with all of their senses open to his miracles. He outlined four examples of miracles to which he witnessed in Rwanda all of which demonstrated the possibility for growth, reconciliation, and rebirth in the country, after the genocide. He concluded by suggesting that a new church is possible in Rwanda and its foundation depends on God’s invisible hand.

Day 2: Reinventing Theology in Post-Genocide Rwanda

By Julia Bloechl

21 June, 2019 marked the second day of the conference “Reinventing Theology in Post-Genocide Rwanda: Challenges and Hopes.”
The first theme of the day and the second of the conference was, “Justice, Reconciliation, and Reconstruction.” Shelley Tenenbaum presented the first talk entitled, “Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda and the Jews in Europe,” in which she compared the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda to the Holocaust in Germany. She highlighted the similarities and differences between the two noting that both involved the transformation of a fluid to fixed identities. Ultimately, she suggested that while all genocides are unique, the similarities between them can help inform our ability to resist and prevent their reoccurrence.