ITCJ

  • 21 mars 2019

    Jeudi, 2ème Semaine de Carême

    P. Loïc Mben, sj

    Jr 17, 5-10
    Ps 1, 1-2, 3, 4.6
    Lc 16, 19-31

    Le texte du riche et de Lazare nous plante un décor bien familier dans nos villes où l’opulence et la misère se côtoient. Dans un tel environnement la pauvreté et les pauvres font partie des meubles et leur présence finit par ne plus susciter en nous de réaction. On peut devenir insensible, comme le riche de la parabole, que même les chiens montrent bien plus de compassion.

  • A Perspective on Discernment and "Spiritual Exercises" : Universal Apostolic Preference 1

    Universal Apostolic Preferences

    Amadi Eziokwubundu SJ | Communications Coordinator at ITCJ

    I was in company of a group of university students the day after Father General promulgated the Universal Apostolic Preference. Talks on discernment and spiritual exercises, one of the four apostolic preferences, make rare appearances in our conversations. When I informed the group that the Jesuits have elected to give more priority to discernment and the Spiritual Exercises for the next ten years, an eerie silence fell upon the group as though a common judgement has come upon us.

  • DAY THREE: International Conference on Woman, Marriage and Celibacy in Africa

    By Amadi Eziokwubundu SJ

    The third and final day of the conference was no less interesting. The series of presentations for the day began with Dr Ingiyimbere Fidèle of Arrupe Jesuit University, Zimbabwe. His presentation titled “Célibat féminin et droits de la personne” (“Single Women and Rights of Person”) offered a philosophical exploration of the place of the individual in choosing to or not to marry. Ingiyimbere juxtaposed the African conception of marriage and the perspective of the international human right.

  • DAY TWO: International Conference on Woman, Marriage and Celibacy in Africa

    By Amadi Eziokwubundu SJ

    The on-going International Conference on Woman, Marriage, and Celibacy in Africa taking place at ITCJ entered its second day. Activities of the day continued the interesting and animated conversation already begun on the first day. Presentations and conversations on the second day extended from marriage instability in Africa to whether remaining single is a malediction, to a round-table conversation on the struggle of single mother/women in the continent.

  • ITCJ-Abidjan

    Les scolastiques théologiens de troisième année de licence en pleine préparation spirituelle et réflexion sur l’engagement sacerdotal

     

    Par Alain Madinunga SJ

    Sous la direction du Père Bienvenu Matazonga, SJ, les scolastiques jésuites de la promotion de troisième année de licence à l’Institut de Théologie de la Compagnie de Jésus à Abidjan - Côte d’Ivoire se sont retirés, du 11 août au 12 septembre 2019 à Yamoussoukro et à Bouaké, pour faire l’expérience spirituelle du traditionnel « mois Arrupe ». Dans la Compagnie de Jésus, le mois Arrupe est une préparation immédiate aux ordres majeurs. C’est une occasion privilégiée de prier, de réfléchir, de se faire diriger afin de donner une réponse mûre, réfléchie et discernée à la vocation sacerdotale.

  • ITCJ: Entering the 2019-2020 academic year with a large heart

    by Amadi Eziokwubundu SJ

    Jesuit theologate, Institut de Théologie de la Compagnie de Jesus (ITCJ) in Abidjan, has commenced its 2019-2020 academic year. The opening ceremony of the academic year was held on September 14 in the school premises and in the spell of a slightly cold weather.

  • Let the Journey Begin!

    lent

    Amadi Eziokwubundu SJ

    The monthly Faculty mass of the Institut de Théologie de la Compagnie de Jesus (ITCJ, Abidjan) coincided with this year’s Ash Wednesday. A reminder, perhaps, of a communitarian dimension of the 40-day Lenten journey. Through the liturgical readings of the day, songs, the homily of Fr Folifack Aurélien SJ, and the ash-giving ritual, we were reminded that Ash Wednesday is not only a day we begin the penitential season of Lent but also a day in which the Church reminds us of our mortality and dependence on God.

  • Mercredi des Cendres

    Mercredi des Cendres

    Gauthier Malulu Lock SJ

    Joël 2, 12-18 ; 2 Co 5, 20-6, 2 et Mt 6, 1-6. 16-18

    Le mercredi des cendres marque le début du temps de Carême, les 40 jours chrétiens qui nous préparent à la fête de Pâques. Les chrétiens recevront, sur leur front, la cendre (provenant des rameaux du dimanche de la semaine sainte de l’année passée). Par ce geste venu de l’Ancienne Alliance, l’Eglise veut que les fidèles reconnaissent leur péchés, les confessent, qu’ils s’engagent sur le chemin de la conversion (2 Co 5, 20) et prennent davantage conscience que l’être humain est un mortel. Au bout du cheminement de carême, il y a Jésus-Christ le Vivant. Jésus a triomphé de la mort au matin de Pâques. Pâques est donc la mort de la mort et le triomphe de la vie et de l’amour.

  • New Deacons ordained at ITCJ

    Eyrah Foli SJ, ITCJ - Abidjan

    On Saturday, April 27, 2019, there was a sense of something great that was about to happen on the campus of ITCJ. It was the day of the diaconate ordination of 21 people comprising 17 Jesuits! The Jesuits were Jules Allangbe (AOC), Stanislas Andrindrainy (MDG), Evans Appiah (ANW), Augustin Badinga (ACE), Jean-Fidele Solofo (MDG), Eric Kambale (ACE), Aime Kasareka (ACE), Patrick Mugisho (ACE), Simon-Pierre N’sindu (ACE), Joseph Rabarison (MDG), Jerome Rakotonandrasana (MDG), Jean Fleury Ramahafaly (MDG), Hobiniaina Randimbinamalala (MDG), Tahina Randremihaja (MDG), Andriamparany Ranoarivony (MDG), Amen Tobian (AOC) and Stephen Wapa (ZAM).

  • Professeur André Wenin (de l’Université Catholique de Louvain la Neuve) en conférence publique à l’ITCJ-Abidjan.

    Alain MADINUNGA, SJ., L2 Théo/ ITCJ, Chargé de Communication

    Le Professeur belge André Wenin de l’Université Catholique de Louvain la Neuve (Belgique) a été en conférence publique comme orateur principal le vendredi 08 mars 2019, à l’Institut de Théologie de la Compagnie de Jésus (ITCJ-Côte d’Ivoire).

  • Professor Wenin on Benediction in the Book of Genesis

    Alain MADINUNGA, SJ | Director of Communications, ITCJ

    The renowned Belgian biblical scholar, Professor André Wenin of the Catholic University of Louvain, gave a brilliant public lecture on 8 March 2019, at the Institut de théologie de la Compagnie de Jésus (ITCJ). The lecture, title “Récit de la bénédiction et ses enjeux dans la Genèse” (the Story of Benediction and its Implications in the Book of Genesis), marks the end of Professor Wenin’s one-weeklong visit at ITCJ as visiting professor.

  • Seeking God

    Kaboré Albert SJ

    Isaiah, 58, 1-9 | Psalm 50 | Matthew 9, 14-15

    The readings of this day tell us about the heart that turns to God and the sense of fasting. While meditating on the three texts, two points drew my attention. The first point is the verse from Isaiah: “They seek me day after day, and desire to know my ways”. Far from God, the heart of man is not at peace. Thus the people of God who had moved away from Him came back to Him through fasting.

  • Suffering with Christ

    By Wapa Stephen SJ

    Dt 30, 15-20,1, 1-2, 3, 4.6 | LK 9, 22-25

    Today’s readings remind us of the reality of death and life. Making a choice between good or evil implies choosing life or death. The first reading implores us to choose life over death, to choose good over evil. In the second reading, we have the first profession of Jesus’ passion. “The Son of Man”, he said, “is destined to suffer grievously, to be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes and to be put to death, and to be raised up on the third day”. These words remind us of the very nature of our Lenten season, a time of penance and recognition of our human weakness, fragility, and mortality.

  • Summer Programs at ITCJ

    by Eyrah Foli SJ

    During the summer, the main theological institute closes as students depart for various experiments and pastoral assignments. However, there are some professional courses and programs that take place during the period in ITCJ. 

    The first of these is the Ecole De Formation Des Formateurs Pour l’Afrique (EFFA).

  • Thursday of the first week of Lent

    Kinsou Miflinmahou Kizito

    Est 12: 14-16, 23-25
    Ps 137 (138), 1-2a, 2bc-3, 7c-8
    Mt 7: 7-12

    Today’s readings tell us about the necessity and the power of prayer. In the first reading, Queen Esther entreats the help of God because she trusts totally to Him. Her trust led her to abandons herself to Him. Indeed, Christian life cannot be understood and lived without a relationship with God, a relationship that finds its meaning in prayer: “When I called, you answered me”.

  • Training Pastoral Listening Ministers in Life Safeguarding Practices and Child Protection at ITCJ

    By Jean Messingué SJ, Child Protection Officer, ITCJ 

    ITCJ (Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire) - At the end of the academic year 2018-2019, 60 women and men, engaged in the ministry of Pastoral Listening (Counseling) enrolled in a certificate training in Art of Professional Listening (Counseling), Psycho-spiritual Crisis and Professional Listening and in the context of this training, a full day was dedicated to learning life safeguarding practices and child protection from all forms of abuse.

  • Transforming the Mission of Formation in Africa and Madagascar in the Context of Faith and the Universal Apostolic Preferences

    New Wine, New Wineskins (Luke 5:37-38)


    The Society of Jesus considers formation as “priority of priorities.” Fr. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach developed a set of documents on the various stages, concerns, and objectives of formation in the Society. In 2014, Fr. Adolfo Nicolás launched a programme of renewal of intellectual formation in the Society, with special emphasis on context, content, competencies, and charisms. The Formation Centres in the Conference have initiated programmes of review and revision of their curricula in line with the directives of Fr. Nicolás.

  • Un seminaire qui en appelle un autre à l’itcj - abidjan

    ITCJ

    Yéboua Nina Caroline | Département de Recherche ITCJ

    En partenariat avec la coordination des Communautés Nouvelles et sous le parrainage de Monseigneur Boniface Ziri, Président de la Commission Episcopale de Côte d’Ivoire chargé des Communautés Nouvelles et de la Nouvelle Evangélisation, l’Institut de Théologie de la Compagnie de Jésus (ITCJ) a organisé, du 23 au 24 Février 2019, un séminaire national sur l’identité et la mission des Communautés Nouvelles d’Afrique au sein de l’Eglise Famille de Dieu.

  • Vendredi après les cendres

    Isaïe, 58, 1-9 | Psaume 50 | Matthieu 9, 14-15

    KABORÉ Albert, SJ

    Les textes liturgiques de ce jour nous parlent du cœur qui se tourne à Dieu et du sens du jeûne. En méditant sur les trois textes, deux points ont retenu mon attention. Le premier point est ce verset du livre d’Isaïe qui dit: « Ils viennent me consulter jour après jour, ils veulent connaître mes chemins ». Loin de Dieu, le cœur de l’homme n’est pas en paix. Ainsi, le peuple de Dieu qui s’était éloigné, revient à lui par le jeûne.

  • Wednesday of the first week of Lent

    Manga Jacques

    Jn 3: 1-10 | Ps 50 | Lc 11: 29-32

    There is an urgent call that resonates in the texts of this day, an urgent appeal addressed by Jesus Christ to his disciples and to all of us today. It is a call to penance and redemption. The words of Christ follow a conversion that first passes through penance. A conversion not only external but also and especially interior. Conversion is effective insofar as we put our faith in Christ and obtain from him our forgiveness.