In Mozambique Fr. General visited Lifidzi, meeting the people of Chapotera. Chapotera holds significance as the site is connected to the ongoing beatification of Jesuit "martyrs of Chapotera." It was here the two Jesuits João de Deus Gonçalves Kamtedza, a Mozambican, and Silvio Alves Moreira from Portugal, met their tragic end dating back to 30 October 1985.
In Zambia, Father General's journey in the Southern Africa Province (SAP) unfolded with profound moments at the first-ever Province Assembly. Covering multiple nations, SAP is vital in the larger Jesuit mission. Fr. General's address resonated with spirituality, urging SAP to embrace its unique role with resilience. Rooted in St. Ignatius' Spiritual Exercises, he emphasised collaboration, community life, and a faith that does justice. Highlighting the Society’s Apostolic Preferences Fr. Sosa urged focus on spirituality, youth engagement, environmental care, safeguarding, and a synodal Church. His address sparked introspection, guiding SAP members in personal and collective missions. Concluding the Province Assembly, Fr. General presided over a Mass where six members pronounced their final vows.
While in Zambia and Malawi, Fr. General, also made a visit to some of the major works like the Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre, the Jesuit Centre for Ecology and Development and later had Mass with the Lay Staff and Jesuits working at the Kasisi Mission. Then to St. Francis Xavier Jesuit Novitiate in Lusaka, Zambia where he was welcomed with joy and excitement. Father General also got to interact with some of the Senior Jesuits from Chula House and shared in the Novitiate meal that was prepared to give him a treat of the Zambia hospitality and unity at the Novitiate. During his visit to Our Heavenly Father Parish - Chelstone, Zambia, together with his entourage Fr. Sosa was received by the Chelstone Jesuit Community Priests (Frs) Nicholas Hamakalu SJ, and Fr Grant Tungay SJ, the Church Council Chairperson Mr Emmanuel Mukonge alongside the representatives of the Catholic Women's Organisation (CWO), Facelift Project Committee, Parish Office Staff and Lay Collaborators. Father General toured the Church premises and was seen off by the Parish Priest Fr David Masikini SJ.
While in South Africa, Fr Arturo Sosa spent time in the Jesuit Community located in Auckland Park, Johannesburg where he met with Jesuits and about 50 Partners in Mission of the Jesuit Institute South Africa, Jesuit Refugee Service Southern Africa, CLC and others from schools, parishes and other organisations. In his final leg of his visit, he also celebrated the Eucharist at St Martin de Porres in Orlando West, Soweto, South Africa.
The Jesuit Southern Africa Province is constituted by the following countries: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, and Eswatini.We are grateful for Father General's successful visit and the time we got to experience with him and do remember him in our prayers he in collaboration with others advance the mission of the Society of Jesus, of faith and promotion of justice.
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