Father General begins visit in the Central Africa Province (ACE)

By Rodrigue Ntungu SJ

The Most Reverend Father, Arturo Sosa, S.J., Superior General of the Society of Jesus, landed in Kinshasa on Easter Monday, April 22, 2019, at 5:15 pm. He was accompanied by his two Assistants, Fratern Masawe, S.J., and Vernon D'Cunha, S.J. The delegation was welcomed at N'djili International Airport by Father José Minaku, S.J., Provincial Superior of Central Africa (Angola and Democratic Republic of Congo), accompanied by six Jesuits and two students from Bonsomi Jesuit College. They welcomed Father General warmly with a short speech in English and offered him a bouquet of flowers.

Father General comes first and foremost to Kinshasa, from 23 to 25 April 2019, to attend the Plenary Assembly of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM). This is why the Superiors of the eight other Provinces and Regions (in addition to the Provincial of Central Africa) of this Conference have also been staying in Kinshasa since this Easter Monday. They are Fathers: Hyacinthe-Loua (AOC), Afiawari Chukwuyenum (ANW), Joseph Afulo (AOR), Fulgence Ratsimbazafy (MDG), Jean-BaptisteGanza (RWB), David Rowan (SAF), Leonard Chiti (ZAM) and Chiedza Chimhanda (ZIM). They had preceded Father Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator, S.J., President of JCAM, and his assistant, Father John the Baptist Anyeh-Zamcho, both of whom arrived in the early afternoon. The last traveler, Father Pierre Bélanger, a member of the communication team of the General Curia in Rome, closed the landings in Kinshasa at around 8 pm.

Father General and his assistants were taken from the airport to the residence of Saint Pierre Claver (Servico) in Kinshasa-Gombe. About thirty Jesuits welcomed them in front of the chapel at 6:45 pm.

For three days, which hardly resemble the "Three Glorious Days", when considering their marathon schedule, the participants in the Plenary Assembly should deal, in particular, with the appropriation and implementation of the Universal Apostolic Preferences, let us say the four strategic axes (promoting discernment and Spiritual Exercises; walking with the excluded, walking with the young and taking care of our Common House, i.e. safeguarding the environment) of the Jesuit mission in the world for the decade 2019-2029. Other topics (restructuring of the Provinces and Regions, leadership, formation, etc.) of more universal interest to the Society should also feature prominently in these meetings.