Africa

  • "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.

  • “Go set Africa on fire”: Accompanying and Empowering African Youth in Discernment and Leadership

    by Fr. Joseph Mboya SJ

    11 lay persons, 17 Jesuits and a religious sister, from the Jesuit provinces and regions of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) met in Nairobi from 16-18 August for a workshop on Discernment and Leadership for Youth. This was the first meeting of its kind to be held at conference level. The fruits of the 3 days of intense meeting can be summed up by the phrase “Go set the world on fire”, rightly fitting with the Gospel of the closing Mass where Jesus proclaims that he has come to set the world on fire. Indeed, Fr. Orobator, in his opening remarks at the beginning of the workshop invited the participants to “be fires that kindle other fires”, by being ambassadors, champions, catalysts, and leaders, charged with the zeal to accompany young people in discerning concrete life situations.

  • “INTEGRAL ECOLOGY: The care of our common home” International Conference

    Washington, D.C. USA (Georgetown University) - The Director of the JCAM Justice and Ecology Office (JEO), Fr. Charles Chilufya along with Fr. Rigobert Minani, the convenor of the Ecclesial Network for the Congo Basin and the Secretary for Justice and Ecology at the Jesuit Curia in Rome, Fr. Xavier Jeyaraj are participating in an International Conference dubbed “INTEGRAL ECOLOGY: a synodal response from the Amazon and other essential biomes / territories for the care of our common home” taking place from March 19th to 21 at Georgetown University in Washington DC.

  • 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 call to donate towards the Cyclone Idai survivors in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi: Jesuit Relief Fund

    Cyclone Idai devastates the southern hemisphere: Millions of people in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi affected in what might be the worst disaster amidst climate change

    By Anastasia Makunu, JCAM Communications

    In a FaceBook post, the Jesuit Province of Zimbabwe Mozambique (ZIM) called on all to help in raising funds for the survivors and victims of Cyclone Idai. The post read “through the Jesuit Relief fund, a project set up to allow the Jesuits to provide emergency humanitarian aid to communities affected by natural disasters such as the one our brothers and sisters have faced.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Derniers vœux de PP. Hervé pamphile, Rolland, Christian Nirina

    « Le Préposé Général, ou celui qui tient de lui le pouvoir d’admettre à la profession, après avoir célébré publiquement la messe dans l’église, en présence de ceux de la maison et des autres de l’extérieur qui se trouveront là, se tournera avec le Saint Sacrement vers celui qui va faire profession », Constitution [525]. Les PP. Rakotomalala Hervé Pamphile, Rabenarivo Rolland et Rakotosolofo Christian Nirina ont prononcé leurs derniers vœux dans la Compagnie de Jésus, en ce mois de Février.

  • East African Jesuits running the London marathon

    Fr Kyara Corbinian SJ is a Tanzanian Jesuit who works in the East African Jesuit Development office in Nairobi, Kenya. In less than one week, he will be joining fellow East African Jesuit Fr Alexander Wainaina SJ for the London Marathon.

    Along with the Jesuit Missions London Marathon team, they will be running in memory of Fr Victor Luke Odhiambo SJ who tragically died whilst serving in South Sudan in November 2018. Fr Kyara was one of the last people to see Fr Victor Luke before he died.

  • Echo de l’atelier sur le discernement ignatien et leadership

    Pères François Buhando, sj et Jean-Pierre Luzolo sj

    Il s'est tenu du 16 au 18 août 2019 à Nairobi (Roussel House Donum Dei) un atelier de formation des formateurs de jeunes dans le leadership et le discernement ignatien. Ledit atelier s'est inscrit d'une part dans l'appel du Pape François au terme du Synode sur les jeunes (octobre 2018) à accompagner les jeunes dans le discernement et d'autre part dans la réponse de la Compagnie de Jésus clairement exprimée dans les préférences Apostoliques Universelles : accompagner les jeunes dans la création d'un avenir porteur d'espérance.

  • 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 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.

  • Formation of Jesuits and teachers of Saint Ignatius schools in Kigali, Rwanda on protection and safeguarding of minors and vulnerable adults

    By Fr Olivier Kayitare SJ Rector of Saint Ignatius High School and CPO for Rwanda Burundi Region

    On Saturday, March 9, 2019, Jesuits and teachers of Saint Ignatius High School and Ecole Primaire Saint Ignace gathered at the school hall to follow a one-day formation on child protection and safeguarding. It was attended by around 50 people. The facilitator was Mr. Theodore Nzeyimana, a child safeguarding activist who has worked with various child protection organizations in Rwanda and is well versed with the theme of child safeguarding. Fr Olivier Kayitare SJ, who is a CPO for Rwanda-Burundi Region coordinated the session.