Saturday 31st October 2020 will remain forever in the heart of our companion Father Jean-Luc Enyegue SJ who pronounced his final vows during the mass celebrated by the president of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM), Father Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator SJ. The celebration that took place in the Chapel of Hekima College in Nairobi, Kenya, was placed under the memorial of Saint Alphonsus Rodriguez and under the strict observance of the health guidelines due to Covid-19.
Saint Alponsus Rodriguez: Model of humility, simplicity and service
In the introduction of the celebration, the main celebration presented Saint Alphonsus Rodriguez as a man of simplicity, humility and service. Alphonsus was a great disciple of Christ who always found his delight in being a simple watchman in a school. He is the example of a great Jesuit who is a disciple of Jesus and dedicates his entire life in serving others with joy and meekness. The life of Alphonsus, the patron saint of Brothers in the Society of Jesus, exemplifies and epitomises how a Jesuit fulfils his vows to the Lord in a humble and simple way.
How can we repay to the Lord for his goodness?
The psalmist puts it right in asking: “how can I repay to the Lord for all the great good done for me?” The contemplation Ad Amorem, according to Father Orobator, shows us that everything comes from the Lord and one cannot simply repay Him for all those immense gifts. Furthermore, God always keeps his promise, he is always faithful and never ceases to assist his servant even when he is struggling to repay his debt. This conviction, according to the celebrant, is a motif of joy and gratitude for Father Jean Luc. In fact, how can he repay to the Lord for his goodness to him? Knowing his shortcomings and difficulties to be a genuine witness of the Lord, this conviction is a source of encouragement to follow radically the loving Lord by professing the final vows with simplicity and gratitude.
Final Vows in the Society: Path of gratitude and humble service
Father Orobator made an invitation to Father Jean Luc Enyegue asking him to always remember that the final vows in the Society of Jesus are a not a way to honour but to humility, not a path of pride but of service. Therefore, gratitude should be the core virtue driving father Jean Luc in his every day’s life as professed Jesuit. In that, Father Jean Luc can also rely on the help of all his brothers and sisters because as the idiom puts it well “those who eat together, do not eat one another.”
The ceremony was concluded with the vote of thanks of the Rector of Hekima College, Father Deogratias Rwezauras SJ, who also presented the gift of the community to Father Jean Luc. He particularly mentioned how by his presence and qualities, Father Jean Luc Enyegue is a good and reliable member of the community of Hekima. Father Emmanuel Foro SJ, speaking on behalf of the Provincial of AOC Jesuit Province, extended the gratitude of the latter to all the assembly for supporting the newly incorporated Jesuit. The main celebrant Father Orobator also congratulated the now professed Jesuit Father Jean Luc Enyegue and appreciated the great work and ministries he is carrying at the Jesuit Historical Institute in Africa (JHIA).
Lastly, Father Jean Luc Enyegue himself expressed his gratitude to God, to the Society and to all the assembly for this special and unique moment in his life.
The biography of his life was broadcasted in the chapel and the whole ceremony finished with a fraternal meal shared together to the greater glory of God.
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