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Meeting of the Extended Council – an important step

Rome - As Father General mentioned in his Christmas message, he is currently convening his Extended Council to discern what the Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus will be in the coming years. The Council includes the General and Regional Assistants, as well as the Presidents of the six Jesuit "Conferences", the heads of the "Secretariats" and other officials.

The next phase of discernment of the Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus begins

Rome - Starting today, Saturday, 5 January, 2019, the Consiglio Allargato (Expanded Council) of Father General will begin the next phase of the process of discerning the Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus. The group comprises Father General’s Counsellors and Assistants, Sectoral Secretaries and Conference Presidents. In the words of Father General Arturo Sosa SJ, “as a group we have been convened to help to discern the mission of the Society in the light of GC36.”

JENA Accredited to the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA)


The JCAM Justice and Ecology Network Africa (JENA) has been successfully accredited to the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) of UN Environment. Accreditation provides non-governmental organizations with observer status to the Assembly and its subsidiary bodies according to Rule 70 of the rules of procedure of the United Nations Environment Assembly of UN Environment.

Arrupe Jesuit University organizes a Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection Workshop

A presenter during the workshop at AJU

January 4: Arrupe Jesuit University completed a Child1 and Vulnerable Adult2 Protection Workshop for its staff members and students. Some of the presenters were from our external partners; Childline Zimbabwe, The Future of Hope Foundation, and ZCBC Education. The Co-Chair of the JCAM Child Protection Commission Fr. Lawrence Daka SJ also presented.

Pedro Arrupe, SJ: a man passionate about God and the Church

Introduction of the cause of beatification

In his letter, Father General emphasizes how, through the insistent prayer in which Father Arrupe asked God to understand the meaning of Ignatian intuitions for today, Jesuit life has been renewed in its different dimensions. Thanks to him, the Society of Jesus, the Church and society at large have been nourished and can still be nourished by the richness of the Ignatian tradition.

Rev. Fr. Eric Goeh-Akue SJ, appointed new director of JRS Great Lakes

Pre Eric Goeh Akue SJThe Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Father Arturo Sosa, has appointed Fr Eric Goeh-Akue SJ, as the Regional Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) of the Great Lakes Region.

Fr Goeh-Akue SJ will continue at the same time to serve as Regional Director for the JRS West Africa Region, carrying out his mandate of service to the weakest in society, migrants and refugees and most importantly following and heeding the call of Jesus Christ to this mission.

Congratulations Fr Goeh-Akue!

Solidarity Commission and Technical Committee meeting in Brussels, Belgium

Photo: Committee of solidarity – Conference presidents

18-21 December. The Commission on Solidarity met in Brussels, Belgium. Father General established the Commission in 2017 to study ways of implementing solidarity in formation as mandated by GC 36. The Commission comprises the six Conference Presidents, the ACE Provincial, Fr. José Minaku SJ, and the ELC Regional Superior, Fr. Johan Verschueren SJ.

Social Justice and Ecology: 50 years of Jesuit Commitment

A video message from Fr. Arturo Sosa, Superior General

Fr. Sosa declares, “This is not only a time of renewal for our institutions, social centres or for members of social apostolates. It is a moment that must permeate the entire Society of Jesus, all Jesuits and all our partners in the mission.”

Jesuit Novice Masters empowered to protect children

By Honore Onana Olah SJ

December 2-5: Antananarivo in Madagascar

The novice masters of the Society of Jesus in Africa held their biennial meeting themed “The health and care of Novice Directors”. A meeting in which Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator SJ, President of the JCAM (Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar) took part.

Accreditation of Arrupe Jesuit University

The Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education (ZIMCHE) has certified and accredited Arrupe Jesuit University as a fully registered and chartered university in Zimbabwe. With this full accreditation status, AJU joins the global network of Jesuit higher education striving to educate and form women and men of competence, compassion, conscience and commitment.

Saint Pierre Canisius - Kimwenza, DRC, progress on Child Safeguarding Process

As part of the initiatory week, Fr Ghislain Kabamba SJ, child protection officer (CPO) of Saint Pierre Canisius in Kimwenza, DRC, in the Jesuit Central Africa Province (ACE), spoke to members of this formation house about the protection of the children. After the opening prayer, Fr Kabamba briefly interpreted the letter of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) President Fr Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator SJ, on the safeguarding and protection of children in our institutions.