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Pope Francis confirms Jesuits’ mission for next 10 years

Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus

By Ricardo da Silva | Spotlight.Africa

The Jesuits have today announced their “Universal Apostolic Preferences” for the next ten years. These have been decided after a long discernment process and have been confirmed by Pope Francis, as Ricardo da Silva SJ reports.

“Reconciliation today is the most heartrending cry of humanity.” These were the words of Arturo Sosa, the superior general of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), when he wrote to Jesuits the world over in October 2017. He wrote asking them to begin the process of discernment of their Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs) for the next ten years.

Universal Apostolic Preferences promulgated

Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAP)

The much-anticipated announcement of the universal apostolic preferences has given new impetus to the apostolic mission of the Society. Discerned by the universal apostolic body of the Society, under the leadership of Father General Arturo Sosa SJ, and confirmed and conferred by Pope Francis, we now have a clear apostolic road map for the next ten years. In the larger scheme of things, ten years is a short time. But much can be achieved with courage, creativity, and determination.

Jesuit Historians can be young men

Jesuit Historians can be young men

The Archive team has been quite busy in mid-February. Just after the meeting of a group of archivists from the six Jesuit Conferences, Fr. Brian Mac Cuarta, academic director of the ARSI, met with several directors of Jesuit Historical institutes. The main reason for bringing these people together was to respond to the mandate, given by General Congregation 36, to seek greater collaboration within our works and ministries.

Ready to serve: a new mission for the Jesuits

Universal Apostolic Preferences

By Anastasia Makunu | JCAM communications officer

A certain atmosphere of expectation is felt in the General Curia of the Jesuits in Rome. It is because Father General Arturo Sosa is in the final sprint to bring to the public a letter that will guide the future of the Society of Jesus. For almost two years, Jesuits from all over the world have argued, discerned and prayed asking themselves: "Jesus, in this world today where He carried His cross, where does He call us?", "What does the Church ask us? to us? "and" Where are we most in need? " From these exchanges were born the "Universal Apostolic Preferences" (UAPs), in a document with the potential to reform the Society of Jesus.

President of Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) speaks at Marquette

Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator SJ

By Margaret Cahill, News Reporter

The Faber Center invited Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator SJ, a theologian and the president of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) to speak to members of the Marquette University community about Jesuit education on 11 February 2019. He worked in Marquette’s theology department from 2015-2016. Twenty-six Marquette faculty, students and Jesuits attended the free event.

JENA Youth Empowerment and Leadership Development Working Group Meeting

jenaThe Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network Africa (JENA) Youth Empowerment and Leadership Development Working Group met in Lome, Togo at the Centre Sociaux Loyola from 12th to 13th February 2019. The meeting comprised Frs. Desire Yerumuremye, S.J, (Chair) Charles Chilufya, S.J (Ex-Officio), Patrice Ndayisenga, S.J, Kelly Michelo, S.J. and Martin-Claude Domfang, S.J. Based on JENA's Strategic Plan 2019 to 23, the Working Group has developed strategies and implementation plans to continue to effect JENA's work to respond to the situation of young people in Africa across the spaces where various Jesuit ministries serve young people in Africa in schools, colleges, universities, schools, social centres, parishes, etc.

Highlights from the Jesuit Higher Education in Madagascar gathering

Hilarion Rakotoarison SJ

On 18 January 2019, following the spirit of “Transforming Our World Together” of the International Association of Jesuit Universities (IAJU) conference in Bilbao in July 2018, 114 professors and staff of Jesuit institutes and colleges in Madagascar gathered in Collège Saint Michel Amparibe in Antananarivo. The meeting focused on revitalizing the Ignatian pedagogy for intellectual apostolate in Madagascar; reinforcing togetherness and enhancing the collaboration among our institutes and colleges in becoming progressively University Magis (U-Magis).

Healing the wounds of sexual abuse and visioning a better future

By Amadi Eziokwubundu SJ

As reports of sexual abuse by priests continues to make headlines on the media, the Catholic Church’s commitment at combating the issue has gone stronger over time. Catholic institutions all over the world are making concerted efforts to eradicate culture of sexual abuse, the loss of integrity, the resulting bewilderment, and the discrediting of the Church’s mission.

Recently – on 7 February 2019 – the Child Protection Office of the Institut de Théologie de la Compagnie de Jésus (ITCJ) led the ITCJ academic community through a conversation brothering on sexual abuse in the Church.

Workshop on Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults

At the beginning of January John Enslin, Matsepane Morare and Rampe Hlobo traveled to Harare for the Child Safeguarding Workshop for BOJIF of Zimbabwe -Mozambique Province. Shepherd Muhamba and Ngonizashe Edward who were already in Harare were also in attendance. The workshop was facilitated by Br. Fortune of the Marists Brothers.

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Board of Governors Meeting and Journee Pedagogique at ITCJ (Côte d’Ivoire)

Jocelyn Rabeson, S.J.

From 4 to 5 February 2019, ITCJ hosted its Board of Governors meeting. The board includes the JCAM president (Fr. E.A. Orobator, S.J.) who chairs the meeting, the provincials of ACE (Fr. José Minaku, S.J.), MDG (Fr. Fulgence Ratsimbazafy, S.J.), AOC (represented by the socius, Fr. Emmanuel Foro, S.J.) and NWA (represented by the socius, Fr. Chikere Ugwuanyi, S.J.) as well as the Director of the Institute (Fr. Anicet N’Teba, S.J.) and the Rector of the Jesuit community (Fr. Jocelyn Rabeson, S.J.). This was the first meeting under the background of separation between the Jesuit community and the Institute.

Updates from the JCAM Tertianship programme in Cape Town

Matthew Charlesworth SJ | Jesuits South Africa

We welcomed two tertians, Patric Razafimahafaly (MDG) and Jamesylvester Urama (ANW) who began their tertianship experiments at Holy Trinity and JRS respectively. Matthew Charlesworth picked them up from Park Station and they quickly settled in.

On their first day in the community, Francis Anyanzu and Matthew took them on a tour of Cresta before Matthew and Ricardo da Silva departed to Zimbabwe for a meeting on Safeguarding. Matthew and Ricardo returned to the community, but Matthew barely touched down before he set off to Stellenbosch to do his 8-day retreat at the Tertianship.