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Fabien Eboussi Boulaga: Honouring the Honourable

By Alain Madinunga SJ, communications ITCJ

Weeks after the death of the Cameroonian philosopher and theologian Fabien Eboussi Boulaga, the Jesuit theologate, the Institut de Théologie de la Compagnie de Jésus (ITCJ), through its Baraza Chair of African Theology, honoured the African icon on November 7, 2018. This was done at the occasion of the theologate’s second academic symposiums titled: “Fabien Eboussi Boulaga: A Faith in Search of Lucidity, Truth and Solidarity”. The keynote speaker was Professor Dr Eugène GOUSSIKINDEY SJ, the Director of CERAP/ABIDJAN.

JCAM President Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator SJ attends the Conference of Provincials of Latin America Meeting in Porto Alegre, Brazil

The Conference of Jesuit Provincials of Latin America and the Caribbean (CPAL) took place from November 6 to 10 at the Christ Rei Spirituality Center (CECREI) in São Leopoldo, Brazil. This was CPAL’s 36th Assembly. The twelve Provincials, two Regional Superiors, two General Counsellors of the Father General for Latin America and four members of the Executive Committee of CPAL, President Roberto Jaramillo SJ; Secretary Luiz Fernando Klein SJ and the two Delegates for the Mission, Hermann Rodríguez SJ and Rafael Moreno SJ.

All Saints and Blesseds of the Society of Jesus...Pray for us!

By Honoré Onana Olah SJ

The Jesuits around the world celebrated today, November 5, 2018, all Saints and Blessed of the Society of Jesus. This year, Fr. Joachim Zoundi SJ, the spiritual father of Hekima Jesuit community presided over the Eucharistic celebration in the chapel of the community. During his homily, Fr Zoundi SJ underlined the fact that by celebrating the Saints of the Society of Jesus, it is an opportunity for us Jesuits to give thanks to God and to keep hope about the future. “Yes, celebrating All Saints of the Society of Jesus, we acknowledge and ascertain the fact that the Society of Jesus is indeed a pathway to salvation”.

The Church welcomes 52 new acolytes and readers

By Honoré Onana Olah SJ

“Receiving ministries is not just an increase in another rank on the shoulder, rather it is a call to service of the people of God.” These are the words pronounced by Fr. Joseph Oduor Afulo SJ, Provincial of Eastern Africa (AOR) last Saturday when he instituted acolytes and lectors (readers) in the Church, fifty-two (52) young men.
On the occasion of the celebration of Blessed Rupert Mayer SJ, Fr. Joseph Oduor Afulo SJ, Provincial of Eastern Africa (AOR) instituted this November 03, 2018, during a Mass, several readers (33) and acolytes (29).

Hekima College: Jesuit Community Sports Day

Hekima Annual Sports Day celebrated its third edition, in an atmosphere of celebration and at the presence of the Lord, the Jesuits of Hekima University College community, led by their Superior Fr. Deogratias M. Rwezaura SJ, on October 20th at Don Bosco Sports Complex (Nairobi-Kenya).

The activities began around 9:00 am (local time) with opening prayer and the opening of the games by Fr. Deogratias M. Rwezaura, SJ. On the schedule: volleyball, football, basketball and athletics (4000, 400, 100 and 200 meters).

Hekima University College: Promoting Inter-Faith Dialogue in Kenya

By Fernando Baleia SJ

Students from Hekima University College attended an open day at Jamia Mosque in Nairobi-Kenya on Saturday, October 27, 2018. According to the Jamia Mosque Committee, the event served; firstly, to enhance a better understanding of Islam; secondly, to promote harmony between different religious and cultural groups; and thirdly, to demystify Islamic practices and traditions. The event was also attended by students from other universities around Nairobi. From Hekima University College, seven students, accompanied by Rev. Dr. Peter Knox SJ, dean at Jesuit School of Theology represented the institution.

Three African Jesuits among those ordained Deacons on October 27, 2018 in Philippines

By Honore Onana Olah SJ

Some people translate the Greek word ‘diakonia’ simply as service. I prefer to translate it as servanthood. These are the words pronounced by Mgr. Pablo Virgilio Siongco David Bishop of Kalookan, Philippines, during the Mass of October 27, 2018, in the church of the Gesù, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines, where he ordained 15 Jesuits from various parts of the world as Deacons among them Hounguevou Barnabé SJ, from Benin, West Africa Province (AOC), Lubanga Nathaniel Oketch SJ, and Mutambo Emmanuel Nyongesa SJ, both from Kenya, Eastern Africa Province (AOR).

Religion and Violence

By Amadi Eziokwubundu SJ

It is true that gathering to examine the link between religion and violence is not new. It is also true that the conclusions arrived at such gatherings do not always cohere. Some lean on the thoughts of historians of warfare to claim that people never go to war for a single reason. There is always a blend of motives. For others, there are no religions whose message is totally anti-violence, any more than there are societies without violence. Sacred books of any world religion, the argument goes, contain texts that have seemed to incite their adherents to violence.

Messingue Defense

By Michel Istas SJ

Monday, 22 October 2018. Fr. Jean Messingue, SJ, of the Institut de Théologie de la Compagnie de Jésus in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, has defended his doctoral dissertation at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). The title of his dissertation is:

Practicing Multidimensional Contextual Counseling with Africans: a critical Appreciative Inquiry of a Counseling with African Single Women.

Harare, Zimbabwe. 21 October 2018

The major superiors of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar concluded their 8-day retreat on a high note. It was the first time in the history of the Conference that they were making a joint retreat. The faith-filled experience offered them a unique opportunity to deepen their fraternal bond and renew their shared mission of service and leadership in the Society.

Creating a Consistent Culture of Child Protection in Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar: One Step at a Time

By: Ms. Isabel de Bruin-Cardoso, Fr. Joachim Zoundi SJ & Fr. Lawrence Daka SJ

In August 2017, the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) constituted a Commission to launch a programme of child protection and safeguarding of children and vulnerable people. The Commission is co-chaired by Frs. Joachim Zoundi SJ and Lawrence Daka SJ. Creating such a programme was deemed imperative in the context of the mandate of GC 36, the ongoing crisis in the church and the critical importance of understanding the importance, relevance and urgency of safeguarding as a first step towards making all the ministries of Jesuits safe for children and vulnerable adults.