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African Jesuit AIDS network organises a training session for its members across Africa and Madagascar

From AJAN | Caleb Mwamisi

On 7 July 2020, the African Jesuit AIDS Network began a series of training with the theme, Community Empowerment during COVID-19 and Beyond. This was online tutoring for members of the network crafted to help enhance knowledge capacity to deal with COVID-19 and similar problems that may emerge in the future in Africa.

Catholic Social Teaching workshop in Butare diocese

By Aaron Ndamyumugabe, Jesuit Urumuri Centre

From the 28th to the 30th of July 2020, at the premises of GS Officiel de Butare, Jesuit Urumuri Centre conducted a workshop on Catholic Social Teaching for members of CARITAS and the Diocesan Commission of Justice and Peace. As Butare is known for sheltering many religious houses, the uniqueness of the participants was noticeable by the presence of a number of priests, nuns, and brothers.

Impact of COVID-19 in healthcare structures

By Yezu Mwiza

While the Covid-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc around the world, its impact is being felt everywhere, whether in the community or even in health care services where many are afraid to come to the hospital at the risk of being contaminated, and in fact, give up their care.

At service Yezu Mwiza (SYM), a comprehensive care centre (for HIV, TB/HIV co-infection, malaria control, and reproductive health promotion), the number of clients seeking Voluntary HIV Counselling and Testing (VCT) services has decreased significantly since the announcement of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Burundi.

Rectors and Principals virtual meeting

A meeting of Rectors and Principals, of formation houses across the Conference was held on the 4th of August via Zoom. This was an informative meeting where each centre shared how they are winding up with the academic year and at the same time preparing for the next. Generally, external factors majorly as a result of COVID-19 have strongly influenced the end of the year.

Father General's message for the Feast Day of Saint Ignatius celebrated every year on July 31st

This is Father General’s message for the feast of St. Ignatius this year. He is orienting us already towards the experience that the Ignatian Year will be offering. 

You can read his text below or watch the video recording.

Father General, Arturo Sosa, appoints new Provincial for Eastern Africa Province

Through his decree of July 14, 2020, Father Arturo Sosa, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus appointed Very Rev. Fr. Kizito Kiyimba, SJ as the next Provincial of Eastern Africa. Father General congratulated him for accepting to take up this important mission in the Society of Jesus.

Why Upcoming Jesuit Inaugural Talk Series on Peace is Targeting African Youth

Featured Article |  By Mercy Maina, ACI Africa

The members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Africa and Madagascar have organized a series of talks, the first of its kind, targeting young people on the continent.

The speaker at the inaugural virtual event slated for Saturday, July 18 has, in an interview with ACI Africa, explained why the talk series, organized by the leadership of the Jesuits in Africa and Madagascar (JCAM), will be focusing on African youth.

An Ignatian Week at Hekima Under the Banner of Companionship in the Lord

By Gandaf Walle Jean-Pierre SJ, Hekima

In the tradition of the Hekima College community, the First Years Students in theology, after completing their academic year, participate in a week of reflection on their vocations in the Society of Jesus rooted in the experience of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. This moment of sharing, reflection, and spiritual conversations is called “Ignatian week.” It is very key and fundamental in the lives of the young theologians as it helps them deepen certain aspects of the way of life in the Society of Jesus.

Jesuit Urumuri Centre holds training on Catholic Social Teaching in Byumba Diocese

On Tuesday the 14th of July 2020, Jesuit Urumuri Centre kicked off the first training in a series of workshops the Centre is organizing, on Catholic Social Teaching (CST) across the dioceses of Rwanda. In total, 14 participants (8 men and 6 women) from the Justice and Peace Commission in the Byumba diocese benefited from the three-day workshop. Topics covered were: Origins and Theological Foundations of CST, the Historical Development of CST, Principles of CST, Thematic study of CST, and Methods of Pastoral Action and Advocacy.

IYNIGO Launches “Pax Africana” Series to complement JENA’s “Silencing the Guns” Campaign

By Joshua Pwalia, Accra-Ghana

Riding on the crest of its impressive “Youth Beyond Covid-19” webinars, the Ignatian Youth Networks Initiating Generational Outcomes (IYNIGO), the youth leadership development scheme of the Arrupe Jesuit Institute (AJI), has given birth to another fascinating project. Dubbed Pax Africana with the theme African Youth sowing seeds of peace, this initiative provides a virtual platform for education on peace, targeted principally at young people across the African continent.

Experiencing "School of the Heart" during lockdown: A Tertian's Perspective

Michel Segatagara Kamanzi SJ, RWB for Tubane Magazine

I thank the Lord and the Society of Jesus for the opportunity given to me at the end of my Jesuit formation to go back to our roots through the study of our founding documents (Autobiography of St Ignatius, Spiritual Exercises, our Constitutions, the last six General Congregations, the Spiritual Diary of St Ignatius and some of the letters of St Ignatius) and the experience of the 30 days long retreat.