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Delegates of Formation Annual Meeting, Antananarivo

By Fr. Shaun Carls SJ

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The Delegates of Formation of the Conference held their annual meeting in Antananarivo from 28th May – 2nd June. We were warmly welcomed to the Province of Madagascar by the Provincial, Fr. Fulgence Ratsimbazafy,S.J., who introduced us to the vision, mission and works of the Province.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 June 2017 06:25

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World Refugee Day: A Kairos moment for the global community not simply a threat!

At a time when an unprecedented 65.5 million people around the world have been forced from their homes, a record high on the levels of displacement globally, among them nearly 22.5 million refugees, over half being under the age of 18. The World Refugee Day, held each year on June 20th, commemorates the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of men, women and children who are on the move, in search of protection and opportunity. 

Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator SJ, JESAM President message on World Refugee Day June 20, 2017, on Migrants & Refugees Section

Last Updated on Friday, 23 June 2017 06:14

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‘Expression 2017’; Competition for Jesuit Schools Worldwide

Jesuit schools are hereby invited for an international drawing competition 'Expression 2017' on Olympic Day, Friday, 23 June 2017. The competition, organized by St. Lawrence High School (SLHS), Kolkata, India, in association with their alumni St. Lawrence Old Boys' Association (SLOBA), is focusing on 'Olympic Games and Peace' as its theme.'

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 June 2017 09:53

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The Catholic Men (CMA) of St. Joseph the Worker Parish Kangemi visit Uganda

by Fr. Paschal Mwijage, SJ

The Catholic Men of St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Kangemi, Nairobi - Kenya undertook a trip to visit a Jesuit community in Uganda and pilgrimage to the Namugongo Shrine from the 1st to 8th June this year.

The delegation of 27 men, commenced their journey on 1st June 2017 from Nairobi and arrived in Kampala the same day. While in Kampala, they visited Xavier House and were hosted by Fr. Dougals Onjala, SJ and shown around the community.

They witnessed the work of Jesuit Refugee Service next to the community. They later joined in the Celebration of the Holy Mass conducted by Fr. Alexander Wainaina S.J. who was also their companion throughout the visit to Uganda. With the guidance of Fr. Onjala, they visited many other historical and religious sites within Kampala. No doubt, the men will always be indebted to him.

On the 3rd of June, the Feast of the Martyrs of Uganda, the men joined the millions of other Pilgrims at the Namugongo Shrine which was very spiritually enriching and an experience to remember. On Sunday, the delegation attended Mass at St. Matia Mulumba Parish, Old Kampala and experienced the journey and suffering of St. Matia Mulumba and St. Charles Lwanga. Having concluded the Kampala visit, Fr. Paschal Mwijage S.J accompanied them to Gulu in Northern Uganda for a 2 day visit to see the works of the Jesuits in that region.

They toured the massive Ocer Campion Jesuit College, a Jesuit mixed boys and girls college offering education to the less privileged children in the area and beyond. They also visited Junior and Major Seminary in Gulu where to their surprise they met with Fr. Valerian Shirima S.J. (Former Provincial of Eastern Africa Province).

The men also had an opportunity to interact with the local community and share their faith experiences and way of life not to mention the huge party hosted by the local community. We take this opportunity to congratulate and commend the Jesuit fraternity in The Eastern Africa Province for their dedication and works in the region.

We are proud to be associated with the Jesuits.

 

Source: Eastern Africa Jesuits (AOR) 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 June 2017 09:36

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Three novices answer the call; profess first vows

zambia5After two years of formation and discernment in the novitiate, three Jesuit novices in Zimbabwe and Mozambique Province professed their first vows of poverty, chastity and obedience at Xavier Jesuit Novitiate in Lusaka on June 17, 2017.

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Chilubi Island: Fr. Bangwe, SJ presides over the Holy Trinity Mass

By Honore Onana Olah, SJ

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The faithful of the Santa Maria Parish of Chilubi Island of the Archdiocese of Kasama in Zambia lived a unique event that will last a long time in their memories with the celebration of the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity on June 11 during the first mass of Father John Bangwe, SJ.

After having been ordained by Archbishop Telesphore G. Mpundu, Archbishop of Lusaka, along with two others Jesuits, Daniel Mutale and Peter Banda, on May 27, Fr. John Bangwe chose, with all humility, to preside over the first Mass in his homeland.

Among the concelebrants were a dozen priests, including the Jesuit Fathers Leonard Chiti, the newly appointed Provincial of the Jesuit Province of Zambia-Malawi, Hector Mukwato, Delegate of Formation , Charles Searson, Charles Chilinda, many scholastics and a Jesuit from Cameroon. Others were diocesan priests, among whom was the parish priest Xavier Chisanga and Johns Chitalu, systematic theology teacher at St. Dominic' seminary in Lusaka who said the homily. There were also several political, military and administrative authorities, including the Honorable Rosaria Fundanga MP, who took part in the mass.

During his homily based on the readings of the day, Fr. Johns Chitalu insisted on the mystery of the Trinity as a community. The Trinity still called UBUTATU in local language Bemba is "community", he said. The Trinity has existed since the beginning, especially when God says in the Book of Genesis, 'Let us make human beings in our image' to speak of this unity. Adding a little humour to show our resemblance to God, Fr. Chitalu pointed out that he had a cousin with a big head, does this mean that the Lord is like him too?

Returning to the figure of Fr. John Bangwe, SJ, the preacher of the day remarked that this unity of the Trinity can also be seen in the life and growth of the one who says his first mass in his own homeland. Fr. Bangwe, SJ, he explained, lost his parents very early in his childhood and was educated by the entire community as it is the case in African families. This can be seen as the link between the community and the unity of the Holy Trinity, as again noted the preacher of the day.

The Mass which lasted nearly three hours ended with several blessings of the faithful as well as sounds, rhythms and African dances.

Source: http://jesuitespao.com

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 June 2017 09:01

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Refugees: An opportunity to grow together

20 June 2017 | Global: Joint ecumenical statement for World Refugee Day 2017

The Christian Bible tells the story of two men, Peter and Cornelius, utterly divided by religious belief and culture, who in encountering each other discovered a truth about God's common will for them that neither had previously grasped. They learnt that the Holy Spirit brings down walls and unites those who might think that they have nothing in common.

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De La Creature Au Createur

Juste après mon arrivée au Noviciat Jésuite Saint Ignace de Bafoussam, la première difficulté à laquelle je m'étais confrontée, fut de trouver les chiens dans la maison. Ainsi, a débuté pour moi l'inquiétude de me voir un jour affecté à la charge de l'amiralat. Une charge où le premier travail consiste à s'occuper des chiens, de prendre soin d'eux : les nettoyer, les alimenter. Alors, il me fallait par tous les moyens chercher à éviter cette situation dans laquelle je risque de me retrouver.

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Dibuixos d'infants en àrees de conflicte

From Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) East Africa

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Aquesta activitat es va dur a terme en escoles amb nens de la comunitat local i refugiada pel programa de dibuixos infantils en àrees de conflicte que l'ACNUR exposarà a França. Les escoles seleccionades van ser 3: el centre d'Educació Infantil a Gulawein, amb 46 participants; l'Espai d'Aprenentatge Temporal d'Huffra, amb 63 participants; i el camp de Refugiats de Doro, amb 28.

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Children's drawings in South Sudan conflict areas

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The activity was carried out among the children in host and refugee community at three schools of displaced people and refugee community for UNHCR drawing exhibition programme due to take place in France.

Three schools were involved: Early Child development Gulawein school (ECD) (46 children), Temporary Learning Space Huffra (TLS) (63 children) & Doro Refugee camp (28 children). The age of the children ranged from seven years to fourteen years.

The children drew what they experienced, saw, and stories from their parents and friends. The children were happy, jumping and murmuring among themselves while smiling after their pictures were being praised, appreciated and selected for interviews by the facilitators. The children managed to explain clearly the stories behind their pictures. However, some children drew meaningful pictures but felt shy to express themselves.

Sadly enough, 98% of the children drew gun related violence pictures.


Dorothy Agoe, Psychosocial Assistant Coordinator

Source: Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Maban Newsletter

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Library at Arrupe Learning Center

From Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) East Africa

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                                                                         Photo Courtesy: Albert González Farran

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