Convocation of the 36th General Congregation

Convocation of the 36th General Congregation TO THE WHOLE SOCIETY Dear Brothers, In my letter of 20 May 2014, I informed you that I had "reached the personal conviction that I should take the needed steps towards submitting my resignation to a General Congregation." Having undertaken the various consultations required by our law (NC 362), I now decree the convocation of the 36th General Congregation, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. The 36th General Congregation Read more [...]

JESAM Statement on Migration

“Building a culture of hospitality and inclusiveness” The Society of Jesus and Migration (Download this statement in English or Spanish) With some 232 million migrants worldwide, a threefold increase since 1960, it is evident that migration is no longer a regional or continental concern but a global phenomenon. “This challenge demands the attention of the entire international community so that new forms of legal and secure migration may be adopted”, Pope Francis Read more [...]

Where there is darkness there is light

As I write this letter, media reports continue to flood in on the epidemic of Ebola in West Africa where over 4,500 people have had their lives claimed and countless others are permanently scarred. These are truly dark days when the people of this region feel abandoned by the inaction or inability of international governments who are tasked to deal with this catastrophe. Despite their best efforts health services are unable to respond to the magnitude. Self-imposed quarantine where potential Read more [...]

A WORD FROM THE PRESIDENT ….

These days I am sure the Jesuits of Africa and Madagascar have joined the millions praying for the return of the children abducted in Chibok, Nigeria. Some Jesuits have protested vigorously against the apparent inaction of the authorities. We all are also praying and some of us are working for peace in the Central African Republic and South Sudan. Many of us in Kenya are concerned about the increase in terrorist and bomb attacks against ordinary people. There are areas of great concern in Africa Read more [...]

INDIAN JESUIT KIDNAPPED IN AFGHANISTAN

New Delhi: A Jesuit from India working among refugees has been kidnapped by unknown persons from a village in Afghanistan, a note from the Provincial of South Asia on Monday said.“Alexis Prem Kumar SJ had gone to visit a school for the returnees in Sohadat village 25 km from Herat with the teachers. He was kidnapped from the school as he was about to return to Herat,” said the note from Father Edward Mudavassery, Jesuit Provincial of South Asia.The 47-year-old priest belongs to Madurai Jesuit Read more [...]

PUBLICATIONS

Elias Omondi Opongo, David Kaulemu, eds., Catholic Church Leadership in Peace building in Africa, Nairobi, Paulines, 2014, with articles of Omondi, Minani, Bonabom, Oburu, Egan, Harold Barry, Agbo, and some non-Jesuits. JASCNET , Jesuit African Social Centers Network, Communications sur la Gouvernance minière – pétrolière, forestière et foncière, Lubumbashi, CARF, 2013, 142 pp. Augustin N. Kalubi (ACE), Vision et leadership d’Ignace de Loyola. Pour une éducation de qualité, Paris, L’Harmattan, Read more [...]

OBITUARIES

FR. JEAN LOUIS FYOT (AOC) Born in Dijon in 1922 Jean-Louis begun studies in medecine in 1939. But the next year, he joined the Major Seminary of Issy-lesMoulineaux, and in 1941, the Jesuit novitiate. After his philosophy, he took up studies in economics. He obtained a degree from the Institut d’Etudes politiques of Paris, and successfully defended a doctoral thesis in Economics. As was required in France, he prepared a complementary thesis on John Locke. Both theses have been published. Once Read more [...]

COMMON HOUSES OF FORMATION

ARRUPE – HARARE “HAIL A TREE THAT GIVES BIRTH” The year 2014 began with a reminder and reflections on the impact HIV and AIDS continue to have on the developing nations in Africa. This was in a workshop given to Arrupe Jesuit Scholastics facilitated by Fr. Paterne-Auxence Mombe (AOC) the Director of AJAN and Fr. Yamuremye Désiré (RWB) the Director of Yezu Mwiza Service. Under discussion were the relationship between AIDS and conflicts within Africa, the use of ARV’s and use of certain Read more [...]

COMMON WORKS

THE PLANS OF AJAN FOR 2014 “I came that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Jn 10:10 In 2014, the African Jesuit AIDS Network (AJAN) will work to enhance universal and sustainable access to comprehensive HIV/AIDS services. The words “universal”, “sustainable” and “comprehensive” are not mere buzzwords: they are the precise elements that any HIV/AIDS intervention must have to be successful in the long-term. If services do not reach all those in need; if services are not Read more [...]