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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.

Why is attending such a meeting very important to you?
It is clear that it is very important for us: to know better the socii, to have a better understanding and feelings of the issues that face Africa and Madagascar. From our part at the General Curia, it is of uttermost significance that why we also had Fr Benoit Malvaux, SJ, Procurator General of the Society of Jesus take part also in this meeting, to listen to the experiences of the socii in Africa and Madagascar.

Comme secrétaire c’est le quantième voyage en Afrique?
Le secrétaire ne voyage pas beaucoup. Il n’a pas beaucoup de raisons de voyager sauf lorsqu’il y a des réunions de socius, ou lorsqu’il y a des réunions officielles de la curie ailleurs qu’à Rome.

Pour conclure...
Je dirais que je suis très heureux de cette expérience, de sentir quelque chose de profondément différent de ce qui se passe en Europe ; de sentir une église vivante ; une église jeune qui a ses défis de croissance ; c’est très précieux de découvrir tout cela.

 

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