Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator

  • 22 men mark a new beginning during a diaconate and priestly ordination at the Hekima Jesuit School of Theology

    diaconate and priestly ordination in Hekima University College

    Anastasia Makunu | JCAM Communications Officer 

    On Saturday, March 2, 2019, Jesuits, friends, and families gathered at the Hekima Gardens in Nairobi’s Hekima University College to witness the ordination of 21 deacons and one priest. 18 Jesuits were joined by four Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI) in a celebration that marked a new journey, a new beginning, a new mission. The well-animated Eucharistic celebration began at 10 am (local time), as planned.

  • A New Horizon: Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus

    A New Horizon: Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus

    By Marcel Uwineza SJ1

    A new horizon for discernment in common, guidance and orientation for apostolic planning of the Society of Jesus’ resources at all levels was ushered in on February 19, 2019 by Fr. Arturo Sosa’s promulgation of the new Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs). These preferences are: (1) Promoting Discernment and the Spiritual Exercises; (2) Walking with the Excluded; (3) Journeying with Youth; and (4) Caring for our Common Home.

  • Colloque sur la formation en leadership (CFL) module 4: Province Jesuite de Madagascar


    Le quatrième module du CFL s’est tenu le 09 au 15 décembre 2018 au Sanctuaire St Jacques Berthieu Ambiatibe. Ce fut la dernière séance mais pas le moindre comme l’a annoncé le P. Provincial Ratsimbazafy Fulgence SJ, dans son discours. Et « il faut finir en beauté », a-t-il ajouté en encourageant tous les participants à avoir cet état d’esprit. En interpellant les participants dans leur processus de changement, il a réitéré que chaque fin est le début d’un autre processus.

  • Father General’s Extended Council meeting

    June 10-13: An atmosphere of prayer and discernment marked the meeting of Father General’s Extended Council (Consiglio Allargato) which gathered at the Curia of the Society. While the Council’s deliberations are private, the Society’s Secretariat published some of the topics on which the members of the Extended Council focussed on. This Council consists of the ad providentiam and Regional Assistants, the six Presidents of the Jesuit Conferences, and the heads of the Secretariats at the Curia.

  • Fr. Orobator: South Sudan’s leaders renewed and committed to peace

    Before the moving and unprecedented gesture of Pope Francis kneeling (with difficulty) to kiss the feet of South Sudan's previously warring political leaders, Thursday evening, the preacher of the retreat, Nigerian Jesuit priest, Father Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator spoke to Pope Francis on behalf of the leaders.

    By Paul Samasumo – Vatican City

  • Francis to visit three African nations, each one dealing with tensions

    by Joshua J. McElwee, Vatican

    This article appears in the Francis in Africa 2019 feature series. View the full series.

    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is preparing to make only his second visit to sub-Saharan Africa next month, and it appears that it could be one of the most politically delicate among his previous 30 trips abroad.

  • Interview with Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator SJ at the end of Father General’s visit to West Africa Province (AOC) of the Society of Jesus

    Jude Forbi SJ(JF):Father General, Arturo Sosa SJ is visiting the western part of Africa and the central part of Africa and with us here, we haveFr. Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator SJ the President of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM). Father welcome!

    Fr. Orobator: Thank you very much. It’s a pleasure to be here.

    JF: Father in your welcome message to the General who is visiting West Africa and Central Africa provinces, you stated that Father General is going to discover the vibrancy, the passion of the Jesuits and their partners and the church in this part of Africa.

    So far, what do you make of his visit at this stage in West Africa Province?

  • JCAM President visits Tertians in Cape Town

    JCAM President Tertianship Visitation

    From 9 to 12 March Fr. Orobator SJ did his visitation of the community: He presided at the Mass on Sunday; On Monday he spoke to the group about the Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society and had a session with the tertians on their own. On Tuesday he gave points for a day of recollection before departing for Nairobi. On Sunday David Rowan and Bruce Botha also were in Stellenbosch for a meeting with Orobator, Mike Lewis and Jim McGloin to lay some ground rules in considering a permanent site for the tertianship.

  • Pope Francis this week heads to Africa to visit Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius. He will focus on environmental and political issues — as well as spiritual

    Father Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator SJ, President of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM), speaks to Sylvia Poggioli of National Public Radio (NRP) on the importance of inter-religious dialogue during the Pope's upcoming trip to Africa.


    Pope Francis is heading, this week, to three southeastern African nations - Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius. Why there? NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports.

  • Pope to Give Concluding Address at South Sudan Spiritual Retreat in Vatican

    Pope Francis exchanges gifts with South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit during a private audience at the Vatican, Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Credit: AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, Pool.)

    Alessandro Gisotti Issues Statement on April 10-11 Encounter in the Vatican With the African Country’s Civil and Church Leadership

    By Deborah Castellano Lubov 

    Pope Francis will address top South Sudanese civil and church authorities in the Vatican.

    Alessandro Gisotti, Director of the Holy See Press Office, stated this in a statement he issued today, April 9, about the spiritual retreat in the Vatican, April 10-11, in which the highest civil and ecclesiastical authorities of South Sudan will participate. The Pontiff, he said, will give a closing address on Thursday afternoon.

  • 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.

  • Spiritual retreat with South Sudan leaders in Vatican: time to choose life

    Pope Francis meets South Sudan's President Salva Kiir in March 2019  (Vatican Media)

    A Spiritual Retreat involving civil and ecclesiastical authorities of South Sudan is held in the Vatican, and is opened by the Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin. Reflections include a meditation centered on the national anthem of Africa’s youngest country.


    By Giada Aquilino, Vatican News

    A time of grace dedicated to reflection and prayer, to ask God "for a future of peace and prosperity for the people of South Sudan".

  • Statement by the President of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) on Cyclone Idai

    My thoughts are with the hundreds of thousands in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi who have been affected by Cyclone Idai over the past week. The devastation this storm has caused deserves the attention and support of the international community to rebuild. I am encouraged by the level of humanitarian assistance to the affected countries.

    The Jesuits in Africa and Madagascar join the rest of Africa and the world in mourning the loss, interruption and destruction of lives and livelihoods caused by Cyclone Idai. The scale of devastation it caused is enormous.

  • The social apostolate: the importance of collaboration

    The Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat of the Society of Jesus, gathered from 4th to 8th November in Rome to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its creation, following the audience granted by Pope Francis at the Vatican, has continued its work today, examining how to strengthen and develop the different forms of collaboration within and outside the Society of Jesus for a more effective social apostolate.

  • This earth, our mother

    Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator SJ is President of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar

    Fr Orobator wrote the following article for Mission News before Tropical Cyclone Idai hit the countries of southeast Africa {see link}. After the Cyclone, he wrote in a statement: “Disasters such as this one need... [to awaken our sympathy] to God’s creation itself. As humanity, we need to respond to the distress of our planet. Global increase in adverse and calamitous weather conditions is a manifestation of climate change, which we humans are largely responsible for. While the poor are the least responsible for global warming and environmental degradation, it is they who bear the brunt of its effects.

  • What Pope Francis’ visit to sub-Saharan Africa means for the region

    by Gerard O’Connell, American Magazine

    Pope Francis returns to sub-Saharan Africa for the second time on Sept. 4 to 10. He will visit Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius—specifically the capitals of the countries that are all former colonies of different European powers.

    In an exclusive interview with America, the president of the Jesuit Conference of Major Superiors of Africa and Madagascar, Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator, S.J., spoke about the significance of the pope’s visit, not only for the three countries he will visit but also for the Catholic Church in this continent of 54 countries and 1.3 billion people (17 percent of the world’s population).

  • Wonders of Co-Creation: Catholic Theology and Spirituality through African Art

    Wonders of Co-Creation: Catholic Theology and Spirituality through African Art

    By Patrick Mulemi SJ | Zambia Malawi Province

    Lusaka (February 22, 2019): “Art is a story. Art is a living experience. Art is an impression of inner inspirations expressed outwardly through pieces of exquisiteness and mastery works of creation.” Thus begins the introductory remarks of Charity Salasini and Bedah Salasini, proprietors of Zeela Art Gallery in Lusaka, Zambia. The Salasini family have generously given a gift of liturgical artwork for the new chapel of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar in Nairobi, Kenya.