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Provinces and Regions

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JCAM Provinces and Region

The Jesuits in Africa are mainly involved in the fields of education, management of natural resources, prevention of AIDS, and assistance to refugees. In addition, Jesuits dedicate themselves to the training of future African leaders. The Jesuit presence in Africa dates to 1542 when, two years after the founding of the Society of Jesus by St. Ignatius of Loyola, the first mission was established in Congo.

In 1554, some Jesuits were sent to Ethiopia to establish their first contact with the Christians living in that area, while in 1561 they settled in present-day Zimbabwe. Since then, the Jesuit missions have spread throughout the continent, and today the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) which gathers the Major Superiors of the six Provinces and one region of Africa together. The first meeting of Major Superiors was held in Lusaka, Zambia, in 1970.

The Society of Jesus in Africa and Madagascar has expanded widely across the Sub-Saharan part of the continent.

Our Communities & institutions are organized in administrative units called Provinces & Regions.





African Countries