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President of Madagascar Mr. Andry Rajoelina surprise visit to Hekima University College

Honore Onana Olah SJ, AOC Province and JCAM Contributor

March 14, Nairobi - “It is certainly a great honour and a surprise.” Fr. Deogratias M. Rwezaura SJ, said, during the visit of the Malagasy President Mr. Andry Rajoelina and the First Lady, Mrs. Mialy Rajoelina who were welcomed on March 14, 2019, for the first time at Hekima University College, in Nairobi-Kenya.

Tax Justice: more about human dignity and wellbeing than money

Tax Justice: more about human dignity and wellbeing than money

Ricardo da Silva SJ | Spotlight.Africa

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Three Jesuit organisations have commissioned research to study correlations between tax and poverty. The final report was presented at a conference taking place in Nairobi, Kenya considering aspects of Tax Justice and Illicit Financial Flows. Ricardo da Silva SJ was at the launch of the report in Nairobi, Kenya.

14,7 million Kenyans live in extreme poverty, that’s 29.4% of the national population. If that’s not sufficiently devastating, the World Bank estimates that in fact, it’s closer to 17 million, or 35.1% of the total population.

Formation of Jesuits and their Collaborators in Burundi on Protection and Safeguarding of Children and Vulnerable Adults

By Fr Felix Barutwanayo SJ, Rector, Lycee du Saint Esprit in Bujumbura & CPO RWB 

It was on a cloudy morning of March 9, 2019, that Jesuits and their collaborators from all the Jesuit apostolic works in Burundi gathered at the Emmaus Spiritual Center in Bujumbura to follow a one-day initial formation and sensitization session on child protection and safeguarding for minors and vulnerable adults. It was attended by 80 persons mainly from Lycee du Saint Esprit, Saint Aloysius of Gonzaga Fundamental School, Emmaus Spiritual Center, young people who are members of choirs at our chapels and the personnel of JRS Great Lakes.

JCAM President visits Tertians in Cape Town

JCAM President Tertianship Visitation

From 9 to 12 March Fr. Orobator SJ did his visitation of the community: He presided at the Mass on Sunday; On Monday he spoke to the group about the Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society and had a session with the tertians on their own. On Tuesday he gave points for a day of recollection before departing for Nairobi. On Sunday David Rowan and Bruce Botha also were in Stellenbosch for a meeting with Orobator, Mike Lewis and Jim McGloin to lay some ground rules in considering a permanent site for the tertianship.

Georgetown Law student among the victims

Cedric Asiavugwa, a third-year law student at Georgetown, Washington DC, died in Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines crash, the school announced. Asiavugwa was on his way home to Nairobi, Kenya, following the death of his fiance’s mother.

“With his passing, the Georgetown family has lost a stellar student, a great friend to many, and a dedicated champion for social justice across East Africa and the world,” the school said in a statement to the University community.

Professor Wenin on Benediction in the Book of Genesis

Alain MADINUNGA, SJ | Director of Communications, ITCJ

The renowned Belgian biblical scholar, Professor André Wenin of the Catholic University of Louvain, gave a brilliant public lecture on 8 March 2019, at the Institut de théologie de la Compagnie de Jésus (ITCJ). The lecture, title “Récit de la bénédiction et ses enjeux dans la Genèse” (the Story of Benediction and its Implications in the Book of Genesis), marks the end of Professor Wenin’s one-weeklong visit at ITCJ as visiting professor.

Let the Journey Begin!

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Amadi Eziokwubundu SJ

The monthly Faculty mass of the Institut de Théologie de la Compagnie de Jesus (ITCJ, Abidjan) coincided with this year’s Ash Wednesday. A reminder, perhaps, of a communitarian dimension of the 40-day Lenten journey. Through the liturgical readings of the day, songs, the homily of Fr Folifack Aurélien SJ, and the ash-giving ritual, we were reminded that Ash Wednesday is not only a day we begin the penitential season of Lent but also a day in which the Church reminds us of our mortality and dependence on God.

22 men mark a new beginning during a diaconate and priestly ordination at the Hekima Jesuit School of Theology

diaconate and priestly ordination in Hekima University College

Anastasia Makunu | JCAM Communications Officer 

On Saturday, March 2, 2019, Jesuits, friends, and families gathered at the Hekima Gardens in Nairobi’s Hekima University College to witness the ordination of 21 deacons and one priest. 18 Jesuits were joined by four Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI) in a celebration that marked a new journey, a new beginning, a new mission. The well-animated Eucharistic celebration began at 10 am (local time), as planned.

Wonders of Co-Creation: Catholic Theology and Spirituality through African Art

Wonders of Co-Creation: Catholic Theology and Spirituality through African Art

By Patrick Mulemi SJ | Zambia Malawi Province

Lusaka (February 22, 2019): “Art is a story. Art is a living experience. Art is an impression of inner inspirations expressed outwardly through pieces of exquisiteness and mastery works of creation.” Thus begins the introductory remarks of Charity Salasini and Bedah Salasini, proprietors of Zeela Art Gallery in Lusaka, Zambia. The Salasini family have generously given a gift of liturgical artwork for the new chapel of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar in Nairobi, Kenya.

A New Horizon: Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus

A New Horizon: Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus

By Marcel Uwineza SJ1

A new horizon for discernment in common, guidance and orientation for apostolic planning of the Society of Jesus’ resources at all levels was ushered in on February 19, 2019 by Fr. Arturo Sosa’s promulgation of the new Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs). These preferences are: (1) Promoting Discernment and the Spiritual Exercises; (2) Walking with the Excluded; (3) Journeying with Youth; and (4) Caring for our Common Home.

A Perspective on Discernment and "Spiritual Exercises" : Universal Apostolic Preference 1

Universal Apostolic Preferences

Amadi Eziokwubundu SJ | Communications Coordinator at ITCJ

I was in company of a group of university students the day after Father General promulgated the Universal Apostolic Preference. Talks on discernment and spiritual exercises, one of the four apostolic preferences, make rare appearances in our conversations. When I informed the group that the Jesuits have elected to give more priority to discernment and the Spiritual Exercises for the next ten years, an eerie silence fell upon the group as though a common judgement has come upon us.