NEWS & EVENTS

West Africa Province

  • "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.

  • 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.

  • 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’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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • Symposium des scolastiques sur la formation des jésuites en Afrique

    Par Mbaïnarem Gérard, SJ

    Du 17 au 19 Juin 2019 s’est tenue au Centre Spirituel Léon XIII de Lomé au Togo, la réunion des scolastiques de la PAO en mission dans la partie ouest de la Province, en vue de réfléchir sur la formation dans la Compagnie de Jésus, particulièrement dans l’Assistance d’Afrique et plus précisément dans la PAO.

    Cette rencontre, initiée par le Père provincial dans sa lettre Pro/2018/05 du 03 Novembre 2018, s’inscrit dans la préparation de la réunion conjointe sur la formation, convoquée par le JCAM du 08 au 14 Décembre 2019.

  • Taking Stock of Safeguarding efforts in the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar

    by JCAM Communications

    Twenty four Child Protection Officers (CPOs) from formation houses, provinces and regions gathered in Nairobi, Kenya for a three-day workshop from Sep 5-8, 2019. This forum is the first of 2019 and follows a Baseline Study conducted from June to September 2018. In the morning of the first day, participants made introductions followed by a welcome message from the JCAM President Fr Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator SJ emphasizing the commitment of JCAM in supporting the CPOs to fully implement the Conference-wide five-year programme.

  • 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.