NEWS & EVENTS

Father Arturo Sosa

  • "I am grateful and happy to be in Chad"

    By AOC Communications

    Arturo Sosa SJ, Father General of the Society of Jesus arrived in the West Africa Province (AOC). Hours before he arrived in Chad, Father Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator SJ, President of JCAM, sent a message welcoming him while assuring him that he would appreciate the dynamism, energy, and passion of the Jesuits and of their collaborators in fulfilling the mission of the Society of Jesus in this part of the world.

  • 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.

  • Bishop Munzihirwa’s Centre - Kinshasa (DRC), 24 April 2019

    Kinshasa (DRC) - 24 April 2019

    My dear friends, good afternoon!

    My dear children, MBOTE NA BINO!

    First of all, I thank God for allowing us to meet today. I thank you sincerely for your presence and your very warm welcome, in this home located in the center of Matonge, a popular and lively district of Kinshasa.I heard about the Monseigneur Munzihirwa or Bishop Munzihirwa’s Center. I now know all the good that is done here, to welcome children who delink from their families and in a difficult situation on the streets of Kinshasa.

  • Consiglio Allargato meeting in Rome

    We have just concluded the Consiglio Allargato or “Expanded Council” of Father General, comprising Counsellors, Regional Assistants, Conference Presidents and heads of the Secretariats. It began on Monday, 9 September, 2019, and lasted the entire week. The dynamics of the CA mix inputs from various resource persons, formal discussion sessions, moments of personal and shared prayer, Eucharist, spiritual conversations in small groups and in plenary sessions, and a fair amount of conviviality and fraternal exchanges and encounters. It all happens under the wise and watchful guidance of Father General – no surprise, because the aim of the CA is to offer help and support to Father General in fulfilling his mission of governance. We always aim to do this in a space of prayer, discernment and conversation.

  • 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 Celebrates Easter in Cameroon

    Jean Amegble SJ, AOC communications

    Fr Arturo Sosa SJ celebrated the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ in the West Africa Province (AOC) at the courtyard of the provincial house, St Peter Fabre in Douala, Cameroon. The Mass gathered Jesuits, friends of the Ignatian family and Collaborators.

  • Father General marks Good Friday in Douala, Cameroon

    Father General, Arturo Sosa SJ arrived in Cameroon on Good Friday after his first visit to Chad, where he visited several Jesuit works. He was accompanied by his two assistants, Fr Fratern Masawe SJ (Africa) and Fr Vernon A. Decunha SJ (Asia) as well as the provincial of the West Africa Province (AOC) Fr Hyacinthe Loua SJ.

  • Father General reaffirms the Jesuits’ commitment to JRS

    With the end of the American-Vietnam war came an exodus of two million Vietnamese fleeing the ravaged nation. Almost a million people attempted to flee by sea, with countless innocents lost to storms, hunger, and pirates. Between 1975 and 1995, almost 800,000 refugees landed in Hong Kong, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia, but their arrival was just the start of the long saga of the “Boat People.” Already traumatized by the horrors of war in their home country, the Vietnamese refugees found their fates uncertain as their future was negotiated by countries who wanted nothing to do with refugees.

  • Father General visits Mgr Munzihirwa Centre in Central Africa Province (ACE)

    Opening the future to young people injured by life

     

    By Pierre Bélanger, S.J.

     

    "The Society of Jesus wants, with an ardent desire, to walk with young people towards a future full of hope". This is the challenge that the Mgr Munzihirwa Centre faces in the supervision and training of street children, but also of unemployed young people. Stanislas Kimpeye, presented the work he leads to Father General and the Provincials of the Conference of Africa and Madagascar who accompanied him. At the same time, it highlighted the links between the CMM's perspectives and two of the Society's apostolic preferences: to walk with the excluded and to accompany the young.

  • 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.

  • Father General’s Paschal Triduum in West Africa Province

    “The first evening, after he had arrived from the airport I gazed at Father General sitting relaxed as if he had always been here, a member of the community. I did not feel as if he was someone who came from Rome, from the Curia, who was passing through.

  • Getting ready to welcome Fr. General in West Africa

    For the first time since his election, Fr. Arturo Sosa will visit two countries in the vast Jesuit Province of West Africa. He will spend the Triduum of the Holy Week participating in the liturgical celebrations in two parishes of the Society of Jesus. First in N'Djamena, Chad, on Holy Thursday, then in the Douala area in Cameroon, for the remainder.

  • 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?

  • Jesuit education and the Apostolic Preferences

    “This year’s meeting has been very special since it has been framed within the spirit of the Universal Apostolic Preferences as the apostolic horizon of our work. We felt consoled and challenged by the UAPs. We see in them a great apostolic opportunity for our schools. We are confirmed by the UAPs in the path we decided in the JESEDU-Rio2017 Action Statement but we are also aware of the invitation to go deeper into our process of discernment. We see the upcoming Colloquium JESEDU-Jogja2020 in Indonesia as an important step to continue this ongoing discernment that will be supported by the publication of a new document on Jesuit Education at the end of the year. These are, no doubt, exciting times for Jesuit Education.”

  • Le Général de la Compagnie de Jésus en visite dans la PAO

    Par Honoré Onana Olah SJ

    Le père Arturo Sosa, Général de la Compagnie de Jésus va effectuer du 16 au 22 avril 2019 une visite dans la Province jésuite de l’Afrique Occidentale (PAO). Une rencontre qui va notamment le conduire au Tchad et au Cameroun qui font partie des 14 pays que compte la province (Bénin, Burkina-Faso Cameroun, Centrafrique, Congo Brazza, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Guinée Conakry, Mali, Mauritanie, Niger, Sénégal, Tchad et Togo).

  • Le Père Général en visite à l’archevêché et au Collège Libermann

    Par Jude Forbi SJ, AOC Communications

    Le matin du samedi saint, le Père Général Arturo SOSA S.J a visité l’archevêché de Douala notamment Monseigneur Samuel Kleda et le Cardinal Christian Tumi . Ce fut de très heureux échanges en présence du Père Fratern Massawe, SJ, Assistant Ad providentiam pour l’Afrique, le Père Orobatar, SJ, président du JCAM.

  • Le T.R.P. Général dans la Province d’Afrique Centrale

    Par Rodrigue Ntungu SJ

    Le Très Révérend Père, Arturo Sosa, S.J., Supérieur Général de la Compagnie de Jésus, a atterri à Kinshasa ce lundi de Pâques, 22 avril 2019 à 17h15. Il était en compagnie de ses deux Assistants Généraux, les Pères Fratern Masawe, S.J. et Vernon D’Cunha, S.J. La délégation a été accueillie à l’aéroport international de N’djili par le Père José Minaku, S.J., Supérieur provincial d’Afrique centrale (Angola et République Démocratique du Congo) qu’accompagnaient six jésuites et deux élèves du Collège jésuite Bonsomi. Ces derniers ont souhaité au Père Général une chaleureuse bienvenue, dans une courte allocution en anglais, et lui ont offert un bouquet de fleurs.

  • On se prépare à recevoir le P. Général en Afrique occidentale

    Pour la première fois depuis son élection, le P. Arturo Sosa fera une visite dans deux pays de la grande Province jésuite d’Afrique occidentale. Il y passera les jours du Triduum pascal et vivra les célébrations de la Semaine sainte dans des paroisses de la Compagnie de Jésus. Ce sera d’abord à N’Djamena, au Tchad, le Jeudi Saint, puis dans la région de Douala, au Cameroun, pour la suite.

  • P. Arturo Sosa SJ: Je suis heureux d’être accueilli au Tchad

    Par AOC Communications

    Le père Arturo Sosa, Général de la Compagnie de Jésus, est enfin arrivé dans la Province de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (AOC). Juste à son arrivée au Tchad, le père Emmanuel Orobator, SJ, président du JCAM, a adressé un message pour lui souhaiter la bienvenue tout en assurant le père Général qu’il apprécierait le dynamisme, l’énergie et à la passion des jésuites et de leurs collaborateurs dans la mission dans cette partie du monde.

  • Pope Francis confirms Jesuits’ mission for next 10 years

    Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus

    By Ricardo da Silva | Spotlight.Africa

    The Jesuits have today announced their “Universal Apostolic Preferences” for the next ten years. These have been decided after a long discernment process and have been confirmed by Pope Francis, as Ricardo da Silva SJ reports.

    “Reconciliation today is the most heartrending cry of humanity.” These were the words of Arturo Sosa, the superior general of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), when he wrote to Jesuits the world over in October 2017. He wrote asking them to begin the process of discernment of their Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs) for the next ten years.