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Social Apostolate

The social apostolate in the African Assistancy is undergoing re-development. In fact, after about fifty years of activities of some social centres of the Society of Jesus, we are today witnessing a re-orientation of the commitment – in practice, there is a change in perspective. When, in 1962, the French Jesuits founded the African Institute for Economic and Social Development (INADES) in Abidjan (Ivory Coast), its mission was to study and to teach the Church’s social doctrine and to train future leaders of Africa.For many years, it also offered courses on development and agriculture for the middle class. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Centre for Studies and Social Action (CEPAS) has published the magazine Congo-Afrique for over fifty years.

In the light of the fifty years of independence of many African countries, a number of Jesuit social centres are re-orientating themselves in order to adapt to the present situation and respond to current needs. We are witnessing changes in a number of the earlier centres: INADES has become CERAP (Centre for Research and Action for Peace). And the Centre for Studies and Training for Development (CEFOD), Chad, now focuses on the good management of oil resources, as CEPAS does on those of mining.

The Society’s most recent social centres, such as the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR), established in 1988, or Hakimani Centre founded in 2001, favour a different model of social centre. They are smaller and concern themselves with those new themes (peace, democracy, good governance, reconciliation, public debt, domestic economics, etc…) which are very important for the continent.

Since 2010, the African Assistancy has launches a “Network of Jesuit Social Centres in Africa” (JASCNETWORK) to face these new challenges, and to make its social ministries more obivous and effective. The Network includes the following seven centres:

One of the purposes of this network is to promote the synergy of various centres. The Network aims to accompany the re-development and re-orientation of the social apostolate in the continent, and it proposes to be a force to mobilise and co-ordinate the various efforts in the revival of Africa.

Besides these formal social centres, Jesuits in all the Assistancy’s Provinces and Regions are also actively working with street-children, in prisons, or in centres that teach arts and crafts. The main purpose of these initiatives is one of solidarity with the under-privileged, and to express the preferential option for the poor.

News and Events

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May 25, 2017

JEDOAM Meeting in North-West Africa, Lagos - Nigeria

JEDOAM Meeting in North-West Africa, Lagos - Nigeria

The Jesuit Development Officers of Africa and Madagascar (JEDOAM) gathered in the North-West Africa Province (ANW) Lagos... Read more

May 25, 2017

The Jesuit Webmasters and Communications Meeting (JESWEB): Mosta, Malta

The Jesuit Webmasters and Communications Meeting (JESWEB): Mosta, Malta

The Jesuit Webmasters and Communications Meeting (JESWEB) met in Mosta, Malta from the 8th of May to the 11th of May. Th... Read more

May 23, 2017

Laisse ta marque sur la Croix du Christ !

Benjamin NSENGIYUMVA SJUniversidad de Comillas, Espagne, MADRID « J'avais l'impression de participer à un rite paï... Read more

May 23, 2017

Widening the Scope of Child Protection

Widening the Scope of Child Protection

For the past five years, the Eastern Africa Province has been deeply involved in creating a good environment for childre... Read more

May 23, 2017

Celebrating First Vows; By Gonzaga Rafiki Editorial Team

Celebrating First Vows; By Gonzaga Rafiki Editorial Team

On 16th May 2017, the Gonzaga Gonga Jesuit Novitiate celebrated together with their four companions who professed their ... Read more

May 14, 2017

Global Survey on Collaboration and Networking

Global Survey on Collaboration and Networking

May 14, 2017Dani Villanueva "Because of the magnitude and interconnectedness of the challenges we face, it is importa... Read more

May 11, 2017

En amour avec un Dieu déplacé

En amour avec un Dieu déplacé

(Apr-2017) Pau Vidal sj (ESP) "Paradoxalement, c'est parmi les personnes qui connaissent le plus intimement le pouvoir... Read more

May 11, 2017

Artisanal Mining in Katanga – Arrupe Centre, Lubumbashi

Artisanal Mining in Katanga – Arrupe Centre, Lubumbashi

Source: Jesuit European Social Centre - jesc.eu What is a "conflict mineral"? The recently-approved EU legislation... Read more

May 11, 2017

A choking beast of prey – Mega Mines in Zambia

A choking beast of prey – Mega Mines in Zambia

Fr. Chilufya in Kankoyo "A crouching vicious beast of prey whose snorts grow ever louder as if choking on its painful d... Read more

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January 21, 2016

Vatican City: Pope Francis speaks out for World Day of Migrants and Refugees

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Ongwen’s Surrender and its Implications for Reconciliation in Northern Uganda

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March 11, 2015

Aids in Africa: An overview by AJAN

On 5 June 2011, the world marked an unhappy anniversary: 30 years since the first diagnosed case of what would later bec... Read more

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