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Rev. Fr. Deogratias Mutayoba Rwezaura appointed president of the Ecclesiastical Faculty in Nairobi, Kenya​

At the request of Very Reverend Arturo Sosa SJ, Chancellor of the Faculty of Theology of the Jesuits in Africa and Madagascar (FTJAM), the Congregation for Catholic Education (CCE) has granted Nihil Obstat for the appointment of Rev. Fr. Deogratias Mutayoba Rwezaura SJ, as the first substantive President of the Ecclesiastical Faculty in Nairobi, Kenya. Fr. Rwezaura is currently rector of the Jesuit community of Hekima University College. In his letter announcing this appointment, Fr. Sosa expressed gratitude for Fr. Rwezaura’s “availability for this important mission of leadership of this nascent faculty.” Congratulations!

A Message from the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) on Worlds AIDS Day 2018

 

In Solidarity for an HIV and AIDS-free World!

Today, in solidarity, we join our brothers and sisters throughout the world to commemorate women, men and children who have died as a result of HIV and AIDS and to express our closeness and support to those among us who are infected and affected by the disease. As AJAN, we continue to empower men, women, youth and children living with HIV to live in dignity and explore their potential to live a full life.

World AIDS Day 2018: “Know your status” — is that the best we can do?

By Ricardo da Silva SJ

world aids day

1 December 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day. Three decades ago the world was becoming aware of HIV/AIDS and its fatal effect on human lives. It was a time of great fear and misinformation (how apt this description remains albeit for different reasons, in our world of ‘fake news’ and untamed populism).

Formation: looking ahead

From November 30th to December 3rd, the Jesuits responsible for formation in each Conference (Asia-Pacific, South Asia, Africa and Madagascar, Europe, Latin America, Canada and USA) are meeting at the General Curia. The workshop is under the guidance of Fr. Mark Ravizza, Father General’s Assistant for Formation. Fr. José Magadia, the former Assistant, is also taking part. Together, they consider how to develop the best formation programmes for young Jesuits.

Republished from: https://sjcuria.global/en/

JCAM Child Safeguarding: “Zero tolerance” an interview with Fr. Lawrence Daka SJ

By Honore Onana Olah,

The Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) aims to promotes, within the communities, formation houses, ministries and governance of the Society, a consistent culture of protection and safety for minors; that is, a normal, habitual way of living, relating, working, in which those whom we serve, particularly children, always feel respected, safe, and loved.

New Major Superiors: Similarities and Differences

The facilitator of the “Colloquium” at the Curia, Fr. José Magadia, answers a few questions

Twelve new Major Superiors (Provincials or Regional Superiors) spent two weeks at the General Curia. They participated in a “multi-dimensional” workshop with the curia officers and with Fr. Arturo Sosa. Our site echoes some of their reactions and reflections at the end of this precious experience. But we wanted the point of view of the organizer, José Magadia, Father General’s Counsellor for Formation. Here is what he is sharing with us.

Beyond the information that the Curia offers to the new Provincials, during their “colloquium”, what fruits are you expecting from this type of session?

JCAM President Annual visit to the Hekima Jesuit Community in Nairobi, Kenya

By Honore Onana Olah SJ

Fr. Orobator SJ paid a visit to the Hekima Jesuit Community on November 18-24, 2018. During his address to the scholastics, he particularly touched on the apostolic preferences of the Society of Jesus. “The Society, under the leadership of Fr. Arturo Sosa, Superior General, has begun a discernment process on universal apostolic preferences for the years to come”.

JCAM Research Networking Workshop

November 16-18: Jesuits and collaborators working in different Jesuit universities met in Hekima University College, Nairobi, Kenya for a research networking workshop organised by the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM). The President of JCAM Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator SJ constituted this Research Network in August 2018, with representatives from: Hekima University College, Arrupe Jesuit University, Saint Paul’s in Antananarivo in Madagascar, and the Institut de Théologie de la Compagnie de Jésus (ITCJ) in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, and Loyola University in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Press Statement: the Murder of Fr. Victor-Luke Odhiambo SJ

Nairobi, Monday, 19 November 2018

Press statement: 

The Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Africa and Madagascar Condemn the Brutal Murder of Fr. Victor-Luke Odhiambo, SJ – a Jesuit Priest in Cueibet, South Sudan – and call for Justice, Reconciliation, Peace and a Complete Disarmament in South Sudan.

We, the Jesuits of Africa and Madagascar, strongly condemn the horrific murder of Fr. Victor-Luke Odhiambo SJ, a Jesuit priest from Kenya, on 15 November 2018, in Cueibet, South Sudan. Our hearts go out to the family of Fr. Odhiambo, praying that the Risen Christ console them.

Jesuit priest killed in South Sudan

A Jesuit priest, Fr Victor-Luke Odhiambo, was killed by unknown assailants who broke into the Jesuit residence in Cueibet, South Sudan on the night of 14 November 2018. Fr Odhiambo, originally from Kenya, was an educationist with vast experience. He previously headed a Jesuit school in Tanzania. He moved to South Sudan about ten years ago and has been involved in teacher training in Wau and Rumbek. Fr Odhiambo was passionate about the Jesuit mission in South Sudan and believed that education was the best of helping the young country.

Read Fr. General's letter as he pays tribute to Jesuit murdered in South Sudan [link]

Fr. Paul Beré SJ appointed to ARCIC

Fr. Paul Beré SJ has been appointed a member of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC). The appointment was made by Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity. As a member of this Commission, Fr. Beré will participate in the dialogue between the Anglican Communion and the Roman Catholic Church, which is presently in its third phase. Fr. Beré is a lecturer of biblical studies and a formator at l’Institut de Théologie de la Compagnie de Jésus (ITCJ), Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Congratulations!