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Genocide Commemoration: Jesuits in RWB Honor their Victims

On April 7th Rwanda commemorates the victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. It is an annual event during which all Rwandans gather to honor members of their families and relatives who perished during the Genocide. For Jesuits in Rwanda-Burundi Region, that day does not pass unnoticed. Beyond joining the entire nation in mourning for its victims, Jesuits in Rwanda-Burundi mourn also for the victims from their own fraternity.

Global Survey on Collaboration and Networking

May 14, 2017 | Dani Villanueva

"Because of the magnitude and interconnectedness of the challenges we face, it is important to support and encourage the growing collaboration among Jesuits and Jesuit apostolates through networks." GC36 D1, #35. Trying to deepen on the insights from the General Congregation 36, the Jesuit Networking Project is launching a global survey to understand attitudes and behaviors regarding Jesuit Networking and Collaboration. The idea is to reach out to Jesuits, collaborators and the wider community of Jesuit friends and alumni, for a better understanding of the meaning and possibilities of collaboration globally. At the end of June, the results will be presented at the World Union of Jesuit Alumni (WUJA) meeting, in Cleveland.

Hekima Diaconate Ordination 2017

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Twenty three (23) Jesuits were ordained deacons on Saturday 25 February, 2017. The event took place at Hekima Jesuit Community in Nairobi. They were joined by three Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI) and one Vincentian (VC). The twenty three (23) ordained Jesuit deacons come from all the Seven (7) Provinces and the Rwanda-Burundi Region of the African Assistancy.

Hekima: Diaconate Ordination

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Echoes from Hekima University College: On the celebration of the vocation of our brothers, Deacons

On Saturday, February 06, 2016, at 10.00 am, the Hekima University College Jesuit Community invited friends, families, neighbours and all people of good will to its premises. As we came together under the “Botanic Basilica-with the blue Sky” as named by the ordaining prelate, Rt. Rev. Rodrigo Mejia Saldariaga SJ, Titular Bishop of Vulturia and Vicar Apostolic Emeritus of Soddo (Ethiopia), we witnessed the diaconate ordination of seventeen young men, fifteen of whom Jesuits and two Carmelites of Mary Immaculate.

Holy Week Reflection

By *Hiifan Ikyondo, SJ.

Is 50: 4-9a/ Ps 69: 8-10. 21-22. 31 and 33-34/ Mt 26: 14-25

The physical and human suffering of Christ is the subject or central meditation of the Third Week of the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. This meditation or form of prayer stands in contrast with the reaction of our world in the face of suffering especially where we are consciously schooled not to express any sign of emotions of pain because, our society tells us that it is a sign of weakness. This contrast is further heightened by the events of this week and specifically by the texts of today.

How mobile technology is empowering displaced youth learners

24.03.2017 - Education Sector

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Roland Kalamo lives and studies at Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. The Congolese university student and youth community activist is pursuing a degree in Applied Arts. "It is human behaviour to think that everyone is just like you and that we all are the same," he says. "Yet, the similarities we have as humans are not applicable in all the fields." Roland's words kicked off the Mobile Learning Week Symposium's on how technology can provide continuity of education for displaced learners.

How the world's newest Jesuit university is promoting sustainable agriculture

DRC's abundant natural resources are not only to be found underground. Any new visitor to the country cannot fail to appreciate the land's rich vegetation and fertile farmland. And yet despite its excellent soil and climatic conditions, DRC needs to import much of its food from neighbouring countries. The agricultural sector is perhaps another victim of the mineral resource curse. Intense focus on exploitation of precious commodities – the quest for Eldorado – has contributed to the lack of interest in developing the nation's agricultural potential.

Interview with Michael Lewis, SJ

"In Africa, we've got youth, we've got enthusiasm!" – Interview with Michael Lewis, SJ

161010 GC36 Mike Lewis IE 361 e1476198225826 750x420In our series of conversations with members of the General Congregation from all over the world, we met with the President of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar, Fr. Michael Lewis. He is South African but he is stationed in Nairobi, Kenya, where the Conference has its offices. Here are the highlights of our encounter.



'After Jesus had taken the vinegar he said, "It is accomplished"; and bowing his head he gave up his spirit.' John 19:30
This is the absolute end. This is the moment I have been dreading all through Lent as I wait beside my dying beloved. My sense of being loved has deepened, but my fear of losing my beloved has deepened just as much. In the Gospel of John, at the very end of the passion, Jesus seems completely in control of both living and dying.

ITCJ Abidjan

ITCJ SEPYamoussoukro : un mois de préparation aux ordres sacrés pour six jeunes Jésuites (Par Pierre Yèra Boubane)

Du 14 août au 14 septembre se déroule à Yamoussoukro, la capitale politique de la Côte d'Ivoire, un mois de préparation aux ordres sacrés du diaconat et du presbytérat pour six jeunes jésuites de l'Institut de Théologie de la Compagnie de Jésus (ITCJ). Ce mois de préparation est baptisé « Mois arrupé », du nom de son initiateur, Pedro ARRUPE, ancien Supérieur Majeur de la Compagnie de Jésus, l'Ordre des jésuites.

ITCJ Abidjan Diaconate Ordination


By Peter Mvondo, SJ - ITCJ-Abidjan

April 22, 2017 will forever remain a memorable one in the history of ITCJ. The whole theologate was mobilized for this day. A week before the ceremony, well-wishers, friends, relatives, and family members near and far began to arrive. By April 21, the ITCJ premises were full of visitors. On the D-day (April 22) from as early as 7 a.m., a great crowd began to enter the chapel. By 9.30 a.m. the chapel was completely full and the sun shone brightly on Abidjan and the rains held off. The entire courtyard of the chapel was also full of people who came to witness the ceremony and estimated to be between 500 and 600 people. Those ordained were: Banaba Sambo, Ephraim Nlandu, Pierre Yera Boubane, Ibeneto Maximus, Edoh Jean Paul and Bitomo Tsalla Hervé.