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Running in memory of Fr Victor-Luke SJ

This year Jesuit Missions London Marathon runners will be running in memory of Fr Victor-Luke Odhiambo SJ, a 62-year-old Jesuit priest who was tragically murdered in South Sudan in November 2018.Fr Victor-Luke was a Jesuit priest who chose to work in one of the most dangerous and poorest places on earth. He was deeply committed to the people of South Sudan and to the teacher training centre in Cueibet where he worked.

Statement by the President of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) on Cyclone Idai

My thoughts are with the hundreds of thousands in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi who have been affected by Cyclone Idai over the past week. The devastation this storm has caused deserves the attention and support of the international community to rebuild. I am encouraged by the level of humanitarian assistance to the affected countries.

The Jesuits in Africa and Madagascar join the rest of Africa and the world in mourning the loss, interruption and destruction of lives and livelihoods caused by Cyclone Idai. The scale of devastation it caused is enormous.

Kenyan Franciscan Brother Wins 2019 Global Teacher Prize

Brother Peter Tabichi has been praised as an "exceptional teacher" who gives away most of his salary - VARKEY FOUNDATION

BBC News || By Sean Coughlan, Family and Education Correspondent 

A science teacher from rural Kenya, who gives away most of his salary to support poorer pupils, has won a $1m prize (£760,000) for the world’s best teacher.

Peter Tabichi, a member of the Franciscan religious order, won the 2019 Global Teacher Prize.

Brother Peter has been praised for his achievements in a deprived school with crowded classes and few text books.

He wants pupils to see “science is the way to go” for their futures.

Cyclone Idai: A tragedy, a lesson, and demonstration of human solidarity

By Anold Moyo, SJ | Silveira House - Harare

“Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live.” These words from Robert Kennedy continue to ring true and give hope in the disaster that has befallen Southern Africa in the wake of Cyclone Idai. On 14 March 2019, Cyclone Idai, with wind speeds of over 170 km/hr and rainfall of up to 406mm in a day (Chisengu Estate Chimanimani), made landfall at Beira, moving on into Eastern Zimbabwe and Malawi. For scale, it is useful to note that in other areas of the Limpopo basin, annual average rainfall is 400mm.

“INTEGRAL ECOLOGY: The care of our common home” International Conference

Washington, D.C. USA (Georgetown University) - The Director of the JCAM Justice and Ecology Office (JEO), Fr. Charles Chilufya along with Fr. Rigobert Minani, the convenor of the Ecclesial Network for the Congo Basin and the Secretary for Justice and Ecology at the Jesuit Curia in Rome, Fr. Xavier Jeyaraj are participating in an International Conference dubbed “INTEGRAL ECOLOGY: a synodal response from the Amazon and other essential biomes / territories for the care of our common home” taking place from March 19th to 21 at Georgetown University in Washington DC.

A call to donate towards the Cyclone Idai survivors in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi: Jesuit Relief Fund

Cyclone Idai devastates the southern hemisphere: Millions of people in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi affected in what might be the worst disaster amidst climate change

By Anastasia Makunu, JCAM Communications

In a FaceBook post, the Jesuit Province of Zimbabwe Mozambique (ZIM) called on all to help in raising funds for the survivors and victims of Cyclone Idai. The post read “through the Jesuit Relief fund, a project set up to allow the Jesuits to provide emergency humanitarian aid to communities affected by natural disasters such as the one our brothers and sisters have faced.

ICAJE and Secretariat for Education Share their Reactions to the Universal Apostolic Preferences 2019-2029

By Rafa Galaz, Educate Magis

The International Commission for the Apostolate of Jesuit Education (ICAJE) and the International Secretary for Jesuit Secondary and Pre-Secondary Education share their first reactions to the publication by Fr. General of the Universal Apostolic Preferences for the Society of Jesus for the next 10 years.

This February, Fr. General Arturo Sosa SJ shared a text presenting the 4 Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs) for the next 10 years with the entire apostolic network of the Society of Jesus, Jesuits and collaborators in mission.

Being “socius”: a life of multi-faceted service

When we tell someone that we are “Socius”, we get big questioning eyes. Socius is a typical word in Jesuit vocabulary that hides a demanding daily commitment to accompany the Provincial or Regional Superior in all his functions. It is a job that can be learned and this is why, from time to time, the General Curia organizes a colloquium for the new socii.

During the week of March 18 – 23, the participants interacted with various officials at the General Curia and acquainted themselves with the processes and procedures of the Society.

International conference on integral ecology: Exploring options for territorial communion with the Amazon and other critical global biomes

As part of the process leading to the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region in October 2019 at the Vatican, the International Conference on Integral Ecology: A synodal response from the Amazon and other essential biomes/territories for the care of our common home will take place on 19 to 21 March 2019 at Georgetown University in Washington DC, USA.

61 days to start the II Global Development Meeting (II GDM)

The II GDM will take place on May 21-24. Some of the highlights are:

Friends in the Lord: To recommend the best ways of proceeding for the Assistant Treasurers for Development (ATDR), in order to help Conference Development Networks to fulfill the mandate given by Fr. General.

Statement from CPAL regarding the situation in Venezuela

CPAL- Conferencia de Provinciales Jesuitas de América Latina y el Caribe issued a statement regarding Venezuela's situation.  It was issued after the recent seminar held in Lima by CPAL with the presence and support of the Universidad católica Andres Bello in Caracas and Universidad Ruiz de Montoya in Lima.

Venezuela looming crisis as the two adversaries engage in a power struggle