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Highlights from the Jesuit Higher Education in Madagascar gathering

Hilarion Rakotoarison SJ

On 18 January 2019, following the spirit of “Transforming Our World Together” of the International Association of Jesuit Universities (IAJU) conference in Bilbao in July 2018, 114 professors and staff of Jesuit institutes and colleges in Madagascar gathered in Collège Saint Michel Amparibe in Antananarivo. The meeting focused on revitalizing the Ignatian pedagogy for intellectual apostolate in Madagascar; reinforcing togetherness and enhancing the collaboration among our institutes and colleges in becoming progressively University Magis (U-Magis).

Healing the wounds of sexual abuse and visioning a better future

By Amadi Eziokwubundu SJ

As reports of sexual abuse by priests continues to make headlines on the media, the Catholic Church’s commitment at combating the issue has gone stronger over time. Catholic institutions all over the world are making concerted efforts to eradicate culture of sexual abuse, the loss of integrity, the resulting bewilderment, and the discrediting of the Church’s mission.

Recently – on 7 February 2019 – the Child Protection Office of the Institut de Théologie de la Compagnie de Jésus (ITCJ) led the ITCJ academic community through a conversation brothering on sexual abuse in the Church.

Workshop on Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults

At the beginning of January John Enslin, Matsepane Morare and Rampe Hlobo traveled to Harare for the Child Safeguarding Workshop for BOJIF of Zimbabwe -Mozambique Province. Shepherd Muhamba and Ngonizashe Edward who were already in Harare were also in attendance. The workshop was facilitated by Br. Fortune of the Marists Brothers.

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Board of Governors Meeting and Journee Pedagogique at ITCJ (Côte d’Ivoire)

Jocelyn Rabeson, S.J.

From 4 to 5 February 2019, ITCJ hosted its Board of Governors meeting. The board includes the JCAM president (Fr. E.A. Orobator, S.J.) who chairs the meeting, the provincials of ACE (Fr. José Minaku, S.J.), MDG (Fr. Fulgence Ratsimbazafy, S.J.), AOC (represented by the socius, Fr. Emmanuel Foro, S.J.) and NWA (represented by the socius, Fr. Chikere Ugwuanyi, S.J.) as well as the Director of the Institute (Fr. Anicet N’Teba, S.J.) and the Rector of the Jesuit community (Fr. Jocelyn Rabeson, S.J.). This was the first meeting under the background of separation between the Jesuit community and the Institute.

Updates from the JCAM Tertianship programme in Cape Town

Matthew Charlesworth SJ | Jesuits South Africa

We welcomed two tertians, Patric Razafimahafaly (MDG) and Jamesylvester Urama (ANW) who began their tertianship experiments at Holy Trinity and JRS respectively. Matthew Charlesworth picked them up from Park Station and they quickly settled in.

On their first day in the community, Francis Anyanzu and Matthew took them on a tour of Cresta before Matthew and Ricardo da Silva departed to Zimbabwe for a meeting on Safeguarding. Matthew and Ricardo returned to the community, but Matthew barely touched down before he set off to Stellenbosch to do his 8-day retreat at the Tertianship.

Planning Team for Conference Formation Assembly meet in Nairobi

The team planning for the JCAM Formations Assembly scheduled to take place in December 2019, met at the Hekima Institute of Peace and International Relations (HIPSIR) in Nairobi, Kenya from January 29-30.
The objective of the JCAM Formations Assembly meeting is drawn from the JCAM Formation Delegates meeting that took place in Lagos-Nigeria in June 2018, after considering the history of formation across the Conference of Africa and Madagascar, proposing a grand meeting to outline a process of renewing and updating Formation in the Conference with the following specific objectives:

International Conference on Tax Justice and Stemming Illicit Financial Flows

The Justice and Ecology Office (JEO) of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) and Jesuitenmission of Germany in cooperation with Academics Stand against Poverty (ASAP) and Global Financial Integrity (GFI) announce to you an upcoming International Conference on stemming Illicit Financial Flows (IFF) and enhancing Domestic Resource Mobilisation (DRM) in Africa .

The cause of Father Arrupe

Fr. Arturo Sosa, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, invites you to participate in the opening session of the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of Fr. Pedro Arrupe Gondra (1907-1991), 28th Superior General of the Society of Jesus, presided over by His Eminence Angelo Cardinal De Donatis, Vicar General of the Diocese of Rome.

Towards a restructured Society in Southern Africa

Seventeen Jesuits from southern Africa met in Beira, Mozambique on 23 and 24 January 2019 to continue the discernment process that is charting the way for a new Jesuit province in southern Africa. When created, the new province will bring together the current provinces of Zambia-Malawi, Zimbabwe-Mozambique, and the region of South Africa.

Young people themselves are "a sign of the times"

For the past 10 days, a thousand young adults have been on a pilgrimage through Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama. As participants in MAGIS, they have spent their time among the poor, immersing themselves in different cultures, learning to pray and reflect on their experiences, all while travelling the various roads to World Youth Day in Panama. Yesterday those roads led the pilgrims to the church of Colegio San Francisco Javier where they spent an hour with Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ – Superior General of the Society of Jesus.

MAGIS 2019 - The digital age and the proclamation of Jesus

Father General in Panama

Father General Arturo Sosa S.J., arrived in Panama on Saturday, January 19. It is a way for him to accompany the participants in the MAGIS experience, an Ignatian journey offered before each of the WYD gatherings. On Sunday, Father General spent time at the novitiate of the Central American Province. He met not only the novices and the formation team but also the Jesuits of the region, including Costa Rica, who were gathered for the occasion. Another activity on the programme was the celebration of the Eucharist at the church of the Colegio Javier for all members of the "Ignatian family".