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Arrupe Jesuit University organizes a Safeguarding Workshop

by Arinze M. Nnamani SJ

Arrupe Jesuit University started the New Year with a workshop on 1Child and 2Vulnerable Adult Protection against abuse. This initiative was taken in response to the call of Pope Francis on the Universal Church to tackle the menace of abuse of children and vulnerable adults. In the same vain, Fr. Arturo Sosa, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, in his letter to the whole society, “To Share the Suffering of Victims of Abuse and Foster a Culture of Protection,” encourages all Jesuit owned institutions to ensure that all Jesuits and their collaborators are educated to join the fight against abuse of children and vulnerable adults.

ITCJ launches Centre for African Studies and Intercultural Dialogue (CETADI)

By Emmanuel Muzinga SJ

In addition to the Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya Chair in Scripture and the Baraza Chair of African Theology, the Institut de Théologie de la Compagnie de Jesus (ITCJ), on 9 January 2019, officially launched a new Masters programme in African Studies and Intercultural Dialogue. The programme will be under the auspices a new arm of the theologate, Centre for African Studies and Intercultural Dialogue (CETADI).

Expanded Council of Father General pilgrimage to the Church of the Gesù in Rome

GesuRome, 13 January. The Expanded Council of Father General (aka Consiglio Allargato) concluded the penultimate stage in the process of discerning universal apostolic preferences with a pilgrimage to the Church of the Gesù in Rome, led by Father General. The entire process of discernment was a consoling confirmation of the resources at the disposal of the Society for undertaking such an important and ambitious project.

Hekima Mass to pray for the repose of the soul of Fr Tarimo SJ, a former Principal

by Honoré Onana Olah SJ

The New Year wishes, the reopening of academic activities for the second semester and a Mass for the repose of the soul of Fr. Aquiline Tarimo SJ, are the major events that marked Hekima University College (Nairobi-Kenya) at the beginning of this month of January.
“We are gathered here today to celebrate Fr Tarimo's entry into heaven. Those are words Fr Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator SJ, President of JCAM (Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar) expressed during the Mass he presided over last Wednesday in the Jesuit Chapel at Hekima University College.

Jesuits celebrate new life of Fr Tarimo SJ

By Jean Amegble SJ


The Jesuits of Africa have lost a great man who devoted his life for the formation of the young Jesuits” said Fr Orobator SJ, president of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) in his address to the friends, family, collaborators and Jesuits gathered to give a final rest to Fr Aquiline Tarimo SJ. Fr Aquiline Tarimo, a Tanzanian Jesuit of the province of eastern Africa, former principal at Hekima College went to the Father on January 9, 2019 after a long time of sickness. The funeral mass was celebrated in the Umoja Chapel of Pedro Arrupe Community in Mwangaza (Kenya).

Weeping for Fr Aquiline Tarimo, My Mentor!

BeFunky collage 9by Bomki Mathew SJ

It was a sad time when I learnt that Fr Tarimo was sick. Then the terrible moment came when his obituary was published by the Socius of the West African Province. Fr Tarimo is no more! This couldn’t be true, but it was true. Tarimo is gone to the beyond! When I saw the heap of fresh soil in Mwangaza cemetery, I knew it was true! I had great admiration for Fr. Tarimo. Losing someone of that caliber is a great loss to the Tanzanian Church, the Society of Jesus, Hekima University College and the American Universities where he taught.

Did I see a woman within Father General’s Extended Council?

Father General spends more than a week in meetings with his advisors, both those of his regular council and those who join to form an enlarged Council. The discernment on the Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus for the coming years is the only topic on the agenda. In the photos that have been published (see Flickr), someone draws attention: there is a woman among the participants! This is Christina Kheng who, drawing on her knowledge and experience in theology and public administration, participates in the facilitation of the Extended Council session. We asked her to clarify her skills and role. Here is what she replied: “My work involves accompanying Church organizations in leadership and management.

Father General: the preferences will be the fruit of prayer

Most of you are already aware that the Society of Jesus is living an important moment. The Superior General, following the request made to him by the 36th General Congregation, proposed to the whole Society a process to identify its universal apostolic preferences for the coming years. For nearly two years now, Jesuits from all over the world –but not only them but also so many people associated with the Society of Jesus in various capacities– have participated in the various stages of this process.

Meeting of the Extended Council: an experience well underway

Father General has convened his extended Council to discern with its members the options of apostolic preferences of the Society of Jesus for the coming years.

Here are the first impressions of some of the participants in this high-level meeting.

Daily prayer with the Extended Council - 8 January

Father Arturo Sosa asked all Jesuits and all those who are united with the Society of Jesus to accompany in prayer the members of his Extended Council during these days of discernment in order to define the Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus.

The prayers are in the original languages.

Extended Council - Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament

At the end of the first day of Father General's Enlarged Council, a day dedicated to prayer, the members of the Council, joined by members of the community of the General Curia, prayed for one hour before the Blessed Sacrament. They invoked the lights of the Holy Spirit. They nourished their meditation with excerpts from three letters of Father General. We invite you to pray from these same texts.