It began with a joint 8-day retreat animated by Fr. Gilbert Banda, SJ of the Jesuit Southern Africa Province. During this retreat, all Major Superiors had an opportunity do a manifestation of conscience with Fr. General, Fr. Arturo Sosa.
Spiritual moments of each day included points for prayer that were given at 10 am, mass at noon, spiritual conversations at 4:30 pm and adoration of the blessed sacrament at 7 pm.
The event was significant not only for the fact that it was a worthy moment for spiritual upliftment, but because it was the first time in two years that Major Superiors were meeting in person. Since the onset of the global Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020 with the accompanying lockdown measures taken across the board, all meetings had been confined to the online model. During this time too, several provinces and region had changed Major Superiors, so this moment of prayer also presented an important opportunity to know each other and create working relationships.
The visit to the Elmina Castle, the oldest castle along the West-African coast and a holding fort for slaves in the Southeast coast of Ghana provided a composition of place for the ad amorem meditation and a stark reminder of the socio-political challenges facing the continent of Africa. The next plenary will hold from April 27th to May 2nd 2022 in Lusaka Zambia.
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