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Arrupe Jesuit University Inauguration (02/24/2018)

An Interview of Rev. Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator SJ (A.O.), the President of the Jesuit Conference of Major Superiors of Africa, done by Arrupe Insider (A.I.) on the inaugural status of Arrupe College to Arrupe Jesuit University (AJU)

A.I. -Many people have described you virtually. The President of student’s affairs said you are one of the humblest men he ever met, some say the real Jesuit and some the Jesuit the Society Wants.

Summer Camp for Youth at Urumuri Social Centre

Rwandan cultural dance

In Rwanda, one person in two is under 18 years of age and the overall population age is about 22.7 years. Rwanda is a young and lively nation going by age distribution of its population according to the 2012 Rwandan Population and Housing Census. Besides, such statistics indicate that Rwandan society also is at the crossroads of its history. The future of the nation depends today on how well young members of society are integrated and molded into responsible men and women for others.

Marching for Peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

ADDRESS AT CHURCH OF NATIVITY PIAZZA DI PASQUINO, ROME – ITALY, By Fr Rigobert Kyungu SJ, (February 11, 2018)

To Our Brothers and Sisters and all our Distinguished Guests,

Your presence in this church - perhaps for the first time - has great significance for us. This is a strong message, showing that there are people who think about us and love us, even if the world seems to be indifferent to the suffering of Africa in general and the DRC in particular. We thank you for coming to pray with us, and if possible, for walking with us. Our march is peaceful, and we are grateful to the Italian and Vatican civil authorities who granted us all the necessary permissions.

Day 1: Insights from 2nd Conference on Jesuit Networking

“This is not a normal group.” That’s how Fr. Dani Villanueva, S.J., introduced the 2nd International Jesuit Networking Conference, speaking to around 35 Jesuits and colleagues gathered from around the world. He pointed out that the diversity of cultures and fields represented made this conference unique: we were not gathered because of shared focus on a specific field of study or apostolic effort. Rather, this group came together because all of our work, at one point or another, faces a question of how to share that work with others, especially across international borders.

Day 2: Insights from the 2nd Jesuit Networking Conference

After the first day of the 2nd International Jesuit Networking Conference, focused on the topics of network strategy and culture, the second day turned to the question of network governance and leadership. The academic input for this session of the conference was provided by Prof. Brooks Holtom, who highlighted the practical shift in the way organizations work in the world today, having moved from authority and leadership following promotion and official position to leadership through inspiring followers and creating shared values and culture.

Jesuits: We must improve our advocacy

By Russell Pollitt SJ 

Jesuits and their collaborators from across the globe, who are members of the Global Ignatian Advocacy Network (GIAN), gathered in Johannesburg, South Africa, in early February, to look specifically at issues related to migration. Last year the meeting took place in Jakarta, Indonesia. At this meeting there was strong consensus that there needs to be improvement in their advocacy work.

Press Statement Jesuit Institute South Africa: Jacob Zuma's Resignation

For immediate release

STATEMENT ON THE RESIGNATION OF JACOB ZUMA AS SOUTH AFRICA’S PRESIDENT

It is a great relief that Jacob Zuma has resigned as President of South Africa. Though one must distinguish between administrative incompetence and poor personal judgment on one hand and corrupt criminality on the other – and, indeed, as much as one may instinctively baulk at anticipating the judgment of the courts as to Mr Zuma’s guilt in the latter – the overwhelming evidence of the era that (hopefully) ended on the night of 14 February 2018 is one of nearly a decade of misrule. At the risk of Biblical parody: corruption and incompetence embraced, poor judgment and criminality kissed. And South Africa is the poorer – much poorer – for it.

Worldwide Workshop on Discernment in Common and Apostolic Planning

By Fr. Joseph Mboya SJ

From the 6th to 9th February, 2018 a workshop on discernment in common and apostolic planning was held at the Jesuit Curia in Rome with a total of 28 participants from the six Jesuit conferences (21 Jesuits, 6 lay persons and a religious woman). The objective of the workshop was to share experiences from different parts of the world in order to develop a methodology for the Universal Society in Discernment in Common-Apostolic Planning.

Bringing hope to South Sudan children

Credit: UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

Education remains one of the shining lights of hope in war-scarred South Sudan. Michael Maclachlan reports on one school which has become a sanctuary of peace and opportunity in troubled country. The province of Wau is one of the most dangerous places in strife-torn South Sudan, but a Jesuit school in the provincial capital, also named Wau, is bringing fresh hope.

The Society across the world is facing key choices – Fr Arturo Sosa

Twenty-eight Jesuits and collaborators from the six conferences are currently at the General Curia in Rome to attend a workshop on Apostolic Discernment in Common. The workshop, which is organised by the office of the General Counsellor for Discernment and Apostolic Planning, Fr John Dardis, runs from 6 - 9 February. Opening the workshop, Father General noted that the Society is a multicultural apostolic body journeying in fulfilment of her mission in the Church.

Thirty ordained as deacons: Hekima College

On Saturday, February 10, 2018, twenty five Jesuits were ordained deacons. The event took place at Hekima College in Nairobi, Kenya. They were joined by five Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI). Family, friends and fellow Jesuits from all over Africa and Madagascar joined the ordinands on this special occassion to mark a new beginning, a new mission, in the Society of Jesus. The JESAM President, Rev. Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator SJ, was present to celebrate the diaconates new service to the Church.

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