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Grateful to God and to the newly ordained deacons for their prayers and gifts to the Society of Jesus

The process to become a Jesuit can be arduous given the long time, from entering the order to final vows. On Saturday, February 22, 2020, a Diaconate and Priestly ordination took place in Nairobi. Jesuits, partners in mission, collaborators, family and friends, joined multitudes of people to celebrate and witness a new journey for 22 men. These men have been undertaking Theology studies at the Jesuit School of Theology, Hekima University College in Nairobi.

The focus of Jesuit formation is to prepare priests and brothers who are well-educated, trained in the Spiritual Exercises and have the skills to minister in a diverse and ever-changing environment. Theology studies prepare Jesuits for the service of faith. During Theology studies, a scholastic is ordained as a deacon and after completing theology studies, he is ordained to the priesthood, marking the end of about a decade of study and preparation and making him available for his first assignment as a Jesuit priest.

21 Jesuits were joined by one Carmelite of Mary Immaculate (CMI) in a celebration that marked a new journey, a new beginning, a new mission. The well-animated Eucharistic celebration began at 10 am (local time), as planned.

The JCAM President, Rev. Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator SJ, was present to celebrate the ordinands' new service to the Church.

The Ordaining Prelate, Rt. Rev. David Kamau, Auxiliary Bishop of Archidiocese of Nairobi (Kenya) invited the 22 ordinandus to receive the first of the three major Orders of the Catholic Church. The prelate iterated the ministry of the deacon as one of service in three areas: the Word, the Liturgy, and Charity. Our brothers, the new deacons will exercise their new role to the Hekima community through the ministry of the Word by proclaiming the Gospel, preaching and teaching at Mass.

Being ordained to the diaconate for Jesuits is a key part of formation that is required prior to priestly ordination. In the next few months, as part of their formation, some will proceed for pastoral work while others will undertake the second cycle of studies, the new deacons will continue to gain pastoral experience over the next few months before being ordained to the Catholic priesthood. Roman Catholic deacons are ordained to assist the Bishop and his Presbyterate as ministers of the word, of the altar, and of charity. They can proclaim the Word of God, preach and preside at the sacraments of baptism and marriage and at the rite of Christian burial.

Congratulations to the new Deacons and a Priest, we pray to Mary our Mother to intercede for them as they partake in the mission of Christ and the service of the Church.

Child protection: A social justice issue

By Beatrice Mumbi, Safeguarding Coordinator for JCAM

Children the world over face numerous risks and subsequently abuses that are preventable if adequate attention is paid to the risks. Ideally, the home should provide children physical safety as well as resilience, self-confidence and social-emotional skills that would enable them to navigate the dangerous environments beyond the home. Unfortunately, this is not always the case as violence, substance abuse, and mental health problems are common risks at the family level that erode the family’s ability to nurture their children and predispose them to abuses both outside and outside of the home.

Collaborating for more Tax transparency for Poverty and Inequality Eradication in Africa

By Andebo Pax Pascal, JENA Research and Advocacy Officer

The Jesuit Justice and Ecology Office (JEO) collaborated with the Jesuit European Social Centre (JESC), the Jesuitenmission in Germany and the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) to hold a high-level workshop with representatives of EU institutions in Brussels on 10 December 2019.

A Jesuit School in Zimbabwe Breaks 125-year Tradition, Admits 30 Girls in Inaugural Intake

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By Mercy Maina | ACI Africa

The oldest boys’ school in the South African nation of Zimbabwe run by Jesuits has broken a 124-year tradition by admitting girls for the first-time-ever at its Harare-based facility, a move that the school's administration has termed “historical.”

“Today is a historical day for all of us. After 124 years, today St. George’s is welcoming girls to the school,” the Rector of the institution, Fr. Joe Arimoso said in a February 10 video posted on the Facebook of the Jesuits Communications Zimbabwe.

Reading 'Querida Amazonia' with African eyes

Lucie SarrIvory Coast (La Croix International)

A Jesuit from Ivory Coast says the new papal document confirms that Francis practices ecclesial discernment and true dialogue

Father Jean Messingue, a Jesuit theologian and psychologist, is the interim director of the Theological Institute of the Society of Jesus in Abidjan (ITCJ). In this interview with La Croix Africa's Lucie Sarr, he analyses Querida Amazonia (Beloved Amazonia), Pope Francis' new post-synodal apostolic exhortation.

Catholic youth group IYNIGO worried about public safety report on gun use

The Ignatian Youth Network from Ghana, IYNIGO has expressed worry about revelations in the 2019 Ghana Public Safety and Crime Report released on Monday, February 17.

The Christian youth group championing the agenda of peace in Ghana in synch with African Union’s Year of Peace on the theme ‘Silencing the Guns’ is seeking to be the spotlight spreading the peace message across Ghana and beyond.

Bolster advocacy while promoting hospitality and solidarity

Fr Rampe Hlobo SJ

Concluding their recent meeting in Washington DC, the Global Ignatian Advocacy Network (GIAN) Migration group issued a statement calling upon the Ignatian family to increase advocacy efforts and to promote hospitality and solidarity for vulnerable migrants and refugees.

Aligning the work of GIAN Migration network in light of the Universal Apostolic Preference (UAPs)

By Fr Rampe Hlobo SJ

Washington DC. Representatives of the Jesuit Conferences of Africa & Madagascar, Asia Pacific, Canada & US, Europe, Latin America, South Asia, together with the Deputy Director of JRS and the Network Advocacy & Communications Coordinator of Justice and Ecology Secretariat, came together for a five-day meeting from 3 - 7 February 2020.

A webinar with Fr General Arturo Sosa SJ

The Preferences: a movement of profound change

On Wednesday, February 19 at 17hrs Central European Time (7:00 pm Eastern Africa Time/4:00 pm Greenwich Mean Time), Father General will be hosting a webinar on the Preferences.

There will be input from Fr General and then a Q&A session. Jesuits and our partners in mission all are welcome. Don’t miss this chance to hear from Father General himself and how he has experienced the journey of the Preferences.

The webinar will be in Spanish. If you would like to register, please click HERE

“The Way of the Heart”

Bettina Raed, Antonio Valerio SJ, Frédéric Fornos SJ,

The Continental Coordinators of the Pope’s Prayer Network, and their collaborators, had a meeting in Rome (22-25 January). It was the First Formation Meeting of The Way of the Heart. The Jesuit Continental Coordinators from North America, South America, Europe, South Asia, and Asia-Oceania were present, along with their collaborators. We remembered the recently deceased Continental Coordinator for Africa, Georges Katumba. The meeting was guided by the International Director Fr. Frédéric Fornos, together with his International Assistants, Fr. Antonio Valerio and Bettina Raed, and with the collaboration of Giulia Bianchi, International Assistant, and Patrizia Mesoraca, International Secretary. Fr. Pascual Cebollada, Postulator of the Society of Jesus for the Causes of the Saints, introduced us to the life and experience of Father Arrupe and his deep love for the Heart of Jesus.

U-MAGIS: Staying in touch with Ignatian spirituality and pedagogy while promoting safeguarding practices

By Hilarion Rakotoarison SJ

After the Bilbao’s meeting of the International Association of Jesuit Universities (IAJU) in July 2018, University Magis (U-MAGIS) of Madagascar echoed the spirit of “Transforming Our World Together” in organizing a gathering for professors and staff each year to keep the spirit and motivation in living Ignatian spirituality and pedagogy.