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Weeping for Fr Aquiline Tarimo, My Mentor!

BeFunky collage 9by Bomki Mathew SJ

It was a sad time when I learnt that Fr Tarimo was sick. Then the terrible moment came when his obituary was published by the Socius of the West African Province. Fr Tarimo is no more! This couldn’t be true, but it was true. Tarimo is gone to the beyond! When I saw the heap of fresh soil in Mwangaza cemetery, I knew it was true! I had great admiration for Fr. Tarimo. Losing someone of that caliber is a great loss to the Tanzanian Church, the Society of Jesus, Hekima University College and the American Universities where he taught.

Did I see a woman within Father General’s Extended Council?

Father General spends more than a week in meetings with his advisors, both those of his regular council and those who join to form an enlarged Council. The discernment on the Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus for the coming years is the only topic on the agenda. In the photos that have been published (see Flickr), someone draws attention: there is a woman among the participants! This is Christina Kheng who, drawing on her knowledge and experience in theology and public administration, participates in the facilitation of the Extended Council session. We asked her to clarify her skills and role. Here is what she replied: “My work involves accompanying Church organizations in leadership and management.

Father General: the preferences will be the fruit of prayer

Most of you are already aware that the Society of Jesus is living an important moment. The Superior General, following the request made to him by the 36th General Congregation, proposed to the whole Society a process to identify its universal apostolic preferences for the coming years. For nearly two years now, Jesuits from all over the world –but not only them but also so many people associated with the Society of Jesus in various capacities– have participated in the various stages of this process.

Meeting of the Extended Council: an experience well underway

Father General has convened his extended Council to discern with its members the options of apostolic preferences of the Society of Jesus for the coming years.

Here are the first impressions of some of the participants in this high-level meeting.

Daily prayer with the Extended Council - 8 January

Father Arturo Sosa asked all Jesuits and all those who are united with the Society of Jesus to accompany in prayer the members of his Extended Council during these days of discernment in order to define the Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus.

The prayers are in the original languages.

Extended Council - Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament

At the end of the first day of Father General's Enlarged Council, a day dedicated to prayer, the members of the Council, joined by members of the community of the General Curia, prayed for one hour before the Blessed Sacrament. They invoked the lights of the Holy Spirit. They nourished their meditation with excerpts from three letters of Father General. We invite you to pray from these same texts.

Meeting of the Extended Council – an important step

Rome - As Father General mentioned in his Christmas message, he is currently convening his Extended Council to discern what the Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus will be in the coming years. The Council includes the General and Regional Assistants, as well as the Presidents of the six Jesuit "Conferences", the heads of the "Secretariats" and other officials.

The next phase of discernment of the Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus begins

Rome - Starting today, Saturday, 5 January, 2019, the Consiglio Allargato (Expanded Council) of Father General will begin the next phase of the process of discerning the Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus. The group comprises Father General’s Counsellors and Assistants, Sectoral Secretaries and Conference Presidents. In the words of Father General Arturo Sosa SJ, “as a group we have been convened to help to discern the mission of the Society in the light of GC36.”

JENA Accredited to the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA)


The JCAM Justice and Ecology Network Africa (JENA) has been successfully accredited to the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) of UN Environment. Accreditation provides non-governmental organizations with observer status to the Assembly and its subsidiary bodies according to Rule 70 of the rules of procedure of the United Nations Environment Assembly of UN Environment.

Arrupe Jesuit University organizes a Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection Workshop

A presenter during the workshop at AJU

January 4: Arrupe Jesuit University completed a Child1 and Vulnerable Adult2 Protection Workshop for its staff members and students. Some of the presenters were from our external partners; Childline Zimbabwe, The Future of Hope Foundation, and ZCBC Education. The Co-Chair of the JCAM Child Protection Commission Fr. Lawrence Daka SJ also presented.

Pedro Arrupe, SJ: a man passionate about God and the Church

Introduction of the cause of beatification

In his letter, Father General emphasizes how, through the insistent prayer in which Father Arrupe asked God to understand the meaning of Ignatian intuitions for today, Jesuit life has been renewed in its different dimensions. Thanks to him, the Society of Jesus, the Church and society at large have been nourished and can still be nourished by the richness of the Ignatian tradition.