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From L'Institut de Théologie de la Compagnie de Jésus - Abidjan (ITCJ)

By, Hiifan I, SJ

A recent mail from a Jesuit companion reminded me in a subtle manner that after all, we are together when I read the words: "we are fine but busy as you could imagine!" I have personally lost count of how many times I have used the word 'busy' as an excuse for my inability to respond to requests like this one. Busy to my shame, I guess, for not connecting with my brothers but l leave this for the Director of Communications to judge.

The ambience here at ITCJ remains the same as to what characterizes all Jesuits institutions of learning. Our well mapped path in the second semester of the academic year has refused to slow down with activities of all sorts. The third year students are warming up for their oral and written comprehensive exams in theology to be held for the first time at the school premises.

This development seems to be mounting some sort of pressure on both the faculty staff and students because of it novelty. With the academic year halfway gone, Appiah and I are reflecting on pertinent themes on Christology from African perspectives in a seminar course every Thursday. We have been having long and fruitful conversations during and after each session where a student makes a presentation on a given theme under the watchful eyes of our professor. We have found it interesting seeing the Jesus of our experience become present in the various
themes we have discussed so far.

In the month of Febraury, we hosted the 10th edition of the joint annual conference between Institut Catholique Missionaire d'Abidjan (ICMA) and Institut de théologie de la Compagnie de Jésus (ITCJ) on the theme: "Defis des Villes Africaines et evangelisation" (Challenges of African cities and evangelization). The conference drew guests and speakers from different parts of the Côte d'Ivoire. On a similar note, the school community also organized an international conference on Scripture on the theme "Scruter l'Ecriture: les raisons d'une polyphonie
de lectures."(Analysis of Scripture: The Reasons for different interpretations by readers). Ummmm, oga translator!

This is how I keep myself busy for instance by sometimes thinking from English to French or better still, from Tiv language to French in other to grasp the central idea in a text. Life is indeed getting better daily. The season of Lent has been a busy time for Maximus who is charge with the task of preparing and presenting candidates for different sacraments at the English community of Saint Paul Cathedral in Abidjan. Appiah on the other hand works with English club students at CERAP every Wednesday afternoon. We are presently on a
two week vacation while preparing for the celebration of Easter and ordination of some of our brothers to the Order of deacons scheduled for April 22, 2017. Kindly remember them in your prayers.

As members of ANW Province here at ITCJ, we had the opportunity of been with three of our brothers at different moments. The Provincial, Fr. Jude Odiaka,SJ visited us in the month of February while Fr. Chuks, SJ spent three weeks at the Jesuit community immersing himself in the French language and Fr. Orobator, SJ came for the annual Board meeting of the school. We were indeed enriched by their presence. Yes, it is on this note that we say thank you for your brotherly presence and happy Easter as we hope to hear for you too.

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