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Breaking the Cycle of Poverty: Educating the Margins

Fr. Mborong Etienne SJ a Jesuit from Cameroon wears many hats, he coordinates a team of the International Federation of Fe y Alegria, (Frontiers), a delegate of Fe y Alegria in the Jesuit West Africa Province (AOC) province and also the national director of Fe y Alegria Guinea.

He began his journey in the year 2003, ordained deacon in 2012 and since then he has been involved in Fe y Alegria, at the service of education in rural Africa, first in Chad for 6 years and now starting a new Fe y Alegria mission in Guinea Conakry.

Fe y Alegría International Federation meeting summed up

Between 28th September and 1st October, the XLVII International Fe y Alegría Federation Congress was held in Madrid. It was called “Fe y Alegría, a global movement. We educate on the frontiers”. The meeting, organized by Entreculturas, organization of Fe y Alegría in Spain, addressed topics such as Fe y Alegría’s current and future frontiers, strategies such as the global movement, and the increasingly important approach being done on global citizenship.

Interning at the heart of refugee community villages in Eastern Cameroon

By Kasereka Mbafumoja Aimé SJ

The accompaniment, the service and the defense of the vulnerable people have always been one of the concerns of the Church, in general, and of the Society of Jesus, in particular. Through the JRS (Jesuit Refugee Service), the Society of Jesus and its collaborators articulate their activities in order to reach this goal with the refugees and the host community. Refugees are vulnerable because not only do they go through difficult times saturated with persecution, threats, desolation, loss of life and property, family destructuring, dislocations of projects that undermine the preparation for the future, etc. but they also lack legal protection to guarantee their full enjoyment of their fundamental rights.

Fe y Alegría Congress Opens in Madrid

The 47th International Federation of Fe y Alegría Congress, hosted by Entreculturas-Fe y Alegría Spain, kicked off today at 10 a.m. Luisa Pernalete took the stage leading into the telling of the foundation of Fe y Alegría by Patricia Reyes, Fe y Alegría founder. After a welcome video in the 15 languages that are currently spoken in Fe y Alegría, evidence of the diversity of our movement, the floor was then given to Dani Villanueva, SJ, Executive Vice President of Entreculturas, who began by thanking the participants at his table –Carlos Fritzen SJ, Coordinator of the International Federation of Fe y Alegría; Antonio España SJ, Provincial Superior of Spain; and Arturo Sosa SJ, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Spain– for their attendance.

Fe y Alegría: We educate at the frontiers

By Fr. Etienne Mborong Senyuy SJ 

Fe y Alegría International Congress - Madrid 2018

Interrogated by the reality we live in, the members of Fe y Alegría feel the need to meet and dialogue about three topics that worry and concern the Federation: Today’s frontiers / Fe y Alegría as a global movement responding to those frontiers / Global Citizenship. Every two years, directors and delegates representing the different countries where Fe y Alegría has a presence gather in an International Congress, which is hosted in a rotating way by all the members of the Federation.

"Confessions of an Animist"

By Jean Amegble SJ

“There was a time when I was not a Christian. In the beginning, I was born in African religion and later converted to Christianity” say Fr. Orobator SJ, President of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) presenting his book Religion and Faith in Africa: Confessions of an animist during the book presentation event organized at the auditorium of Hekima College.

Death of a botanist

The funeral Mass of Fr John J. Moore SJ took place on Monday 24 September in Kasisi Parish, Lusaka. Fr Moore, who was 91 years old, died on 20 September. Charles Searson SJ was the principal celebrant and homilist at the vigil Mass. Speaking to a packed Church he recounted the key moments of his life and the remarkable contribution he made to the Jesuits and to wider society. (Read his homily notes here).

The JCAM Justice and Ecology Office at the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73)

UN General Assembly 73rd Session Opens in New York, USA

The 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) opened Monday, 24th September. The Assembly opened with the unveiling of a statue of Nelson Mandela, the human rights champion and former president of South Africa. Nelson Mandela was honoured as the Assembly pledged to build a just, peaceful and prosperous world and to revive the values for which the former legend stood for.

JCAM Child Protection Officers third meeting takes shape in Nairobi, Kenya

The survey validation workshop began at 8:30 AM with the introduction of the new CPOs for the various houses of formation in the Conference. The JCAM President, Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator SJ, welcomed all the 23 CPOs. Citing recent shocking revelations of clergy sexual abuse of minors, Fr. Orobator affirmed JCAM’s commitment to the safeguarding and protection of children in all Jesuit institutions in Africa and Madagascar.

New JCAM appointments: Called to Serve

 

In the photos above from top left to bottom right: Rev. John the Baptist Anyeh-Zamcho SJ (AOC), Rev. Deogratias Rwezaura SJ (AOR), Rev. Peter Knox SJ (SAF), and Rev. Anicet N’Teba Mbengi SJ (ACE) 

The President of Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar, Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator SJ, has announced the following recent appointments:

-Rev. John the Baptist Anyeh-Zamcho SJ (AOC) will serve as the first Conference Assistant for Formation. Fr. Anyeh-Zamcho is also the Socius to JCAM President.

US Bishops Announce Actions to Address Abuse Crisis

By Jim Fair, Zenit

Credit: Antonio Gravante/Shutterstock

Want Full Investigation of Situation Around Archbishop Theodore McCarrick

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on September 19, 2018, announced several actions they will take in response to the recent sex abuse scandals. Included is a recommendation for a full investigation of the situation around Archbishop Theodore McCarrick.

In a statement issued by the USCCB Administrative Committee, the bishops pledged to “heal and protect with every bit of the strength God provides us.”