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Let the Journey Begin!


Amadi Eziokwubundu SJ

The monthly Faculty mass of the Institut de Théologie de la Compagnie de Jesus (ITCJ, Abidjan) coincided with this year’s Ash Wednesday. A reminder, perhaps, of a communitarian dimension of the 40-day Lenten journey. Through the liturgical readings of the day, songs, the homily of Fr Folifack Aurélien SJ, and the ash-giving ritual, we were reminded that Ash Wednesday is not only a day we begin the penitential season of Lent but also a day in which the Church reminds us of our mortality and dependence on God.

22 men mark a new beginning during a diaconate and priestly ordination at the Hekima Jesuit School of Theology

diaconate and priestly ordination in Hekima University College

Anastasia Makunu | JCAM Communications Officer 

On Saturday, March 2, 2019, Jesuits, friends, and families gathered at the Hekima Gardens in Nairobi’s Hekima University College to witness the ordination of 21 deacons and one priest. 18 Jesuits were joined by four Carmelites 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.

Wonders of Co-Creation: Catholic Theology and Spirituality through African Art

Wonders of Co-Creation: Catholic Theology and Spirituality through African Art

By Patrick Mulemi SJ | Zambia Malawi Province

Lusaka (February 22, 2019): “Art is a story. Art is a living experience. Art is an impression of inner inspirations expressed outwardly through pieces of exquisiteness and mastery works of creation.” Thus begins the introductory remarks of Charity Salasini and Bedah Salasini, proprietors of Zeela Art Gallery in Lusaka, Zambia. The Salasini family have generously given a gift of liturgical artwork for the new chapel of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar in Nairobi, Kenya.

A New Horizon: Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus

A New Horizon: Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus

By Marcel Uwineza SJ1

A new horizon for discernment in common, guidance and orientation for apostolic planning of the Society of Jesus’ resources at all levels was ushered in on February 19, 2019 by Fr. Arturo Sosa’s promulgation of the new Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs). These preferences are: (1) Promoting Discernment and the Spiritual Exercises; (2) Walking with the Excluded; (3) Journeying with Youth; and (4) Caring for our Common Home.

A Perspective on Discernment and "Spiritual Exercises" : Universal Apostolic Preference 1

Universal Apostolic Preferences

Amadi Eziokwubundu SJ | Communications Coordinator at ITCJ

I was in company of a group of university students the day after Father General promulgated the Universal Apostolic Preference. Talks on discernment and spiritual exercises, one of the four apostolic preferences, make rare appearances in our conversations. When I informed the group that the Jesuits have elected to give more priority to discernment and the Spiritual Exercises for the next ten years, an eerie silence fell upon the group as though a common judgement has come upon us.

Pope Francis confirms Jesuits’ mission for next 10 years

Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus

By Ricardo da Silva | Spotlight.Africa

The Jesuits have today announced their “Universal Apostolic Preferences” for the next ten years. These have been decided after a long discernment process and have been confirmed by Pope Francis, as Ricardo da Silva SJ reports.

“Reconciliation today is the most heartrending cry of humanity.” These were the words of Arturo Sosa, the superior general of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), when he wrote to Jesuits the world over in October 2017. He wrote asking them to begin the process of discernment of their Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs) for the next ten years.

Universal Apostolic Preferences promulgated

Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAP)

The much-anticipated announcement of the universal apostolic preferences has given new impetus to the apostolic mission of the Society. Discerned by the universal apostolic body of the Society, under the leadership of Father General Arturo Sosa SJ, and confirmed and conferred by Pope Francis, we now have a clear apostolic road map for the next ten years. In the larger scheme of things, ten years is a short time. But much can be achieved with courage, creativity, and determination.

Jesuit Historians can be young men

Jesuit Historians can be young men

The Archive team has been quite busy in mid-February. Just after the meeting of a group of archivists from the six Jesuit Conferences, Fr. Brian Mac Cuarta, academic director of the ARSI, met with several directors of Jesuit Historical institutes. The main reason for bringing these people together was to respond to the mandate, given by General Congregation 36, to seek greater collaboration within our works and ministries.

Ready to serve: a new mission for the Jesuits

Universal Apostolic Preferences

By Anastasia Makunu | JCAM communications officer

A certain atmosphere of expectation is felt in the General Curia of the Jesuits in Rome. It is because Father General Arturo Sosa is in the final sprint to bring to the public a letter that will guide the future of the Society of Jesus. For almost two years, Jesuits from all over the world have argued, discerned and prayed asking themselves: "Jesus, in this world today where He carried His cross, where does He call us?", "What does the Church ask us? to us? "and" Where are we most in need? " From these exchanges were born the "Universal Apostolic Preferences" (UAPs), in a document with the potential to reform the Society of Jesus.

President of Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) speaks at Marquette

Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator SJ

By Margaret Cahill, News Reporter

The Faber Center invited Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator SJ, a theologian and the president of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) to speak to members of the Marquette University community about Jesuit education on 11 February 2019. He worked in Marquette’s theology department from 2015-2016. Twenty-six Marquette faculty, students and Jesuits attended the free event.

JENA Youth Empowerment and Leadership Development Working Group Meeting

jenaThe Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network Africa (JENA) Youth Empowerment and Leadership Development Working Group met in Lome, Togo at the Centre Sociaux Loyola from 12th to 13th February 2019. The meeting comprised Frs. Desire Yerumuremye, S.J, (Chair) Charles Chilufya, S.J (Ex-Officio), Patrice Ndayisenga, S.J, Kelly Michelo, S.J. and Martin-Claude Domfang, S.J. Based on JENA's Strategic Plan 2019 to 23, the Working Group has developed strategies and implementation plans to continue to effect JENA's work to respond to the situation of young people in Africa across the spaces where various Jesuit ministries serve young people in Africa in schools, colleges, universities, schools, social centres, parishes, etc.