From the 22nd of April to the 1st of May, Fr. General Arturo Sosa, SJ visited the capital region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kinshasa. The Province of Central Africa (ACE) created a video of the highlights of Fr. General’s visit as he met his Jesuit brothers and their partners in mission. As he toured the various works and formation centers of the Province Fr. General continued to speak on the importance of the Universal Apostolic Preferences.
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With more than 16,000 Jesuits across the world, spread across hundreds of apostolates that involve millions of people, it’s no wonder that the Society of Jesus needs an organizational structure that allows regions to quickly respond to the needs of its people. One of those structures are the ‘Conferences’, groupings of Provinces created to allow those Provinces to share resources and strategies for ministry.
“The first evening, after he had arrived from the airport I gazed at Father General sitting relaxed as if he had always been here, a member of the community. I did not feel as if he was someone who came from Rome, from the Curia, who was passing through.
By Emery Mumbere, S.J.
On April 26, 2019, Father General, Arturo Sosa SJ, met with the Jesuits of the Central Africa Province (ACE) who were present at the Residence Saint Pierre Claver in Kinshasa, during his visit of the Province. It all started with a family photo taken in front of the residence's chapel. Once this was done, all the companions present went to one of the conference rooms for a presentation with Father General.
Opening the future to young people injured by life
By Pierre Bélanger, S.J.
"The Society of Jesus wants, with an ardent desire, to walk with young people towards a future full of hope". This is the challenge that the Mgr Munzihirwa Centre faces in the supervision and training of street children, but also of unemployed young people. Stanislas Kimpeye, presented the work he leads to Father General and the Provincials of the Conference of Africa and Madagascar who accompanied him. At the same time, it highlighted the links between the CMM's perspectives and two of the Society's apostolic preferences: to walk with the excluded and to accompany the young.
Kinshasa (DRC) - 24 April 2019
My dear friends, good afternoon!
My dear children, MBOTE NA BINO!
First of all, I thank God for allowing us to meet today. I thank you sincerely for your presence and your very warm welcome, in this home located in the center of Matonge, a popular and lively district of Kinshasa.I heard about the Monseigneur Munzihirwa or Bishop Munzihirwa’s Center. I now know all the good that is done here, to welcome children who delink from their families and in a difficult situation on the streets of Kinshasa.
By Rodrigue Ntungu SJ
The Most Reverend Father, Arturo Sosa, S.J., Superior General of the Society of Jesus, landed in Kinshasa on Easter Monday, April 22, 2019, at 5:15 pm. He was accompanied by his two Assistants, Fratern Masawe, S.J., and Vernon D'Cunha, S.J. The delegation was welcomed at N'djili International Airport by Father José Minaku, S.J., Provincial Superior of Central Africa (Angola and Democratic Republic of Congo), accompanied by six Jesuits and two students from Bonsomi Jesuit College. They welcomed Father General warmly with a short speech in English and offered him a bouquet of flowers.
Jean Amegble SJ, AOC communications
Fr Arturo Sosa SJ celebrated the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ in the West Africa Province (AOC) at the courtyard of the provincial house, St Peter Fabre in Douala, Cameroon. The Mass gathered Jesuits, friends of the Ignatian family and Collaborators.
Jude Forbi SJ (JF): Father General, Arturo Sosa SJ is visiting the western part of Africa and the central part of Africa and with us here, we have Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator SJ the President of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM). Father welcome!
Fr. Orobator: Thank you very much. It’s a pleasure to be here.
JF: Father in your welcome message to the General who is visiting West Africa and Central Africa provinces, you stated that Father General is going to discover the vibrancy, the passion of the Jesuits and their partners and the church in this part of Africa.
So far, what do you make of his visit at this stage in West Africa Province?
Father General, Arturo Sosa SJ arrived in Cameroon on Good Friday after his first visit to Chad, where he visited several Jesuit works. He was accompanied by his two assistants, Fr Fratern Masawe SJ (Africa) and Fr Vernon A. Decunha SJ (Asia) as well as the provincial of the West Africa Province (AOC) Fr Hyacinthe Loua SJ.
In early 1974 a small group of religious and faithful of the Chad community in Africa decided that the people of the region needed access to modern healthcare. Led by Jesuit father Angelo Gherardi SJ, in partnership with the Sisters of Charity of Saint Jeanne Antide, and supported by the Chadian Community for Progress (ATCP), this spark of a ministry would turn into “The Good Samaritan Hospital-University Complex”, a multi-location apostolate with a mandate to “provide quality care to the people of Chad, a framework for study, training and education for students especially the most disadvantaged in rural and urban areas.”