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The Jesuits in Africa

Jesuits have been part of the fabric of African society for the last 450 years. In the last half century the order in Africa has transformed from a ministry of foreign missionaries to a truly African body representing the aspirations of an organisation that is bound to supporting a "faith that does justice" as they express their love of God.

Close to 400 ministries under our direction

We have close to 400 ministries in schools, communities and projects in Africa. As a Society we are often associated with evangelism, education and priestly formation but we are also active in taking on some of key structural and spiritual challenges of our time like social injustice, health issues and poverty.

Dealing with the challenges of the day

Through the African Jesuit AIDS Network (AJAN) we are helping people deal with the trauma of HIV and Aids both in terms of access to medical resources and in offering a network of collaborative organisations of support and advocacy.

Our companions in the Jesuit Refugee Service are helping some of the most marginalised families who have escaped conflict areas like Somalia, Southern Sudan and the eastern DRC, Congo. This is both in providing essential services, but also ensuring that there voice is heard by politicians.

Wider interests

You may also be surprised to find Jesuits are also working as social entrepreneurs, managing companies and services that are of benefit to their communities. In Zambia they are running a training programme for more than 1,200 organic farmers. In Madagascar we have a construction company capable of managing large infrastructural projects. In Zambia we have a media production company, Loyola Productions which helps create media necessary for spreading the Gospel and making a contribution to social causes.

Services to the individual

Spiritually we are exploring new ways to offer to lay persons our most noted experience of the 30-day Spiritual Exercises in a format that fits their daily lives and the rapidly changing realities of Africa.

These projects are just some of what is happening in our 9 Provinces and Regions. For Jesuits and our partners in ministry the important thing is that there is a real improvement is being made in people's lives. We are fortunate to have the Fr. Adolfo Nicolás, who is originally from Spain, as the 30th Father General of our Society. Father General has committed to lead the community until October 2016 when he will retire and we will have our General Congregation for the election of a new superior general.

 

News and Events

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August 18, 2017

Pope Francis decries attack on Nigerian churchgoers, violence in CAR

Pope Francis decries attack on Nigerian churchgoers, violence in CAR

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis appealed on Wednesday for an end to "every form of hatred and violence", especially those "... Read more

August 18, 2017

PRESS STATEMENT: Dissolving Parliament and Early Elections

August 11, 2017 DISSOLVING PARLIAMENT AND EARLY ELECTIONS The Jesuit Institute South Africa urges opposition parties t... Read more

August 18, 2017

Truth to Power. Sorry Mr Zuma

Truth to Power. Sorry Mr Zuma

By Russell Pollitt SJ President Jacob Zuma has begun to sound more and more like the old apartheid-style leaders BJ Vor... Read more

August 18, 2017

Zambian commitment to Child Protection

Zambian commitment to Child Protection

The Irish Jesuit Missions office has been generous in providing assistance, encouragement and resources to the Zambia-Ma... Read more

August 18, 2017

Catholic students' movement launches Sustainable lifestyles campaign

Catholic students' movement launches Sustainable lifestyles campaign

The National Movement of Catholic Students (NMCS) Zimbabwe a member of the International Movement of Catholic Students l... Read more

August 18, 2017

Chad: Education is the only way to change the world

Chad: Education is the only way to change the world

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August 18, 2017

Pope prays for victims, rescue workers of Sierra Leone mudslide

Pope prays for victims, rescue workers of Sierra Leone mudslide

                     Pope Francis prays with journalists on the p... Read more

August 14, 2017

Celebrating the Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola with Zambuko House

Celebrating the Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola with Zambuko House

The Zimbabwe-Mozambique Province joyfully celebrated the feast of St Ignatius of Loyola with over 400 congregants, on th... Read more

August 14, 2017

Père E. Foro, SJ:« Heureux d'avoir servi, heureux de servir»

Père E. Foro, SJ:« Heureux d'avoir servi, heureux de servir»

Honoré Onana Olah, SJ Le père Emmanuel Foro, SJ vient de passer six années à Hekima College, une institution jésuite ba... Read more

Featured Articles

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January 21, 2016

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

Vatican City, 12 January 2016 – This update originally appeared on the JRS International website. Yesterday, Pope Franc... Read more

January 20, 2016

South Sudan: from Lost Boys to leaders

JRS Eastern Africa Juba, 8 January 2016 In the late 1980's and early 1990's, more than 20,000 boys and girls who fled S... Read more

April 17, 2015

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

By Magara Ibrahim Sakawa- Extract from the Peace Dialogue HIPSIR Since 1989,Northern Uganda has suffered from armed con... Read more

April 13, 2015

Web launching of edujesuit.org

Web launching of edujesuit.org The Society of Jesus and the right to education for everyone: Madrid (Spain), April... Read more

March 11, 2015

JRS: Ethiopia: Photos from Mai Aini refugee camp

Mai Aini refugee camp in northern Ethiopia is home to more than 18,000 refugees from neighboring Eritrea. (Images from C... Read more

March 11, 2015

Jesuits Martyrs in Africa

Jesuits have a tradition of working in some of the most dangerous places and in Africa they can be very often be found i... Read more

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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