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 [...]

June 2014

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 [...]

Superior General to submit resignation at 2016 General Congregation

Father Adolfo Nicolás SJ, who has been Superior General of the Jesuits (the Society of Jesus) since 2008, has announced his intention to resign. Having recently reached the age of 78, Fr Nicolás says he has received the approval of his advisers (Assistants) and has informed Pope Francis that he intends to convoke a General Congregation for the latter part of 2016. That will be occasion when his resignation will be formally submitted and his successor will be elected. In a letter to the entire Read more [...]

JESAM Plenary 2014

The Conference of Jesuit Major Superiors of Africa and Madagascar (JESAM) has met in the Curia in Rome from the 29th of April to the 2nd of May 2014. The president, Michael Lewis, all the Provincials and Regional Superiors have attended, including three CEP (Conference of European Provincials) members of the Commissio Mixta from Europe plus John Dardis, their president, who has come a day in advance, for a one day joint enterprise. This meeting of the Commissio-Mixta, the inter-conference collaboration Read more [...]

Water has no enemy – water is part of the common good

The Provincial of Eastern Africa, Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, SJ has delivered the Trócaire Lenten Lecture 2014 – Water Has No Enemy at the Pontifical University, Maynooth, Ireland. He highlighted that water needs to be understood not as a commodity but part of the common good. You can listen to the full lecture here. He remarks that: "It may be true that water has no enemy, but this vital substance is anything but ethically neutral. Water creates many enemies! … water and the quest Read more [...]

Hekima Review is online

Hekima College, one of JESAM's Common Houses of Formation and our Theologate in Nairobi, Kenya is happy to announce that its House Journal, Hekima Review, has a home on the Internet. The Review has been in continuous publication since 1988. It aims at providing a forum for the development of African Christian Theology and Peace studies. It also publishes articles on other issues intimately connected with the life of the church in Africa and beyond. The Review hopes to contribute to the local Read more [...]

Celebrating 200 Years since the Restoration of the Society of Jesus

Father General Adolfo Nicolas writes about the anniversary celebrations on the new website, http://www.sj2014.net/: We want it to be a year of study and reflection. All the crises of history enclose a hidden wisdom that needs to be fathomed. For us, Jesuits, this is the commemoration of our greatest crisis. It is, therefore, important that we should learn from the events themselves, that we should discover the good and the bad in our behaviour in order to revive those great desires the Pope Read more [...]

Holy Boldness: The story of the Jesuits in Africa

httpv://youtu.be/qr-xZ5zKogM Please email: jesam.development@jesuits.net if you would like to know more or offer help. During May and June of 2013, Edmund Agorhom SJ (ANW) and Matthew Charlesworth SJ (SAF) from Hekima College, completed an internship at Loyola Production Inc. producing, among other things, this short video. The generosity of Fr Eddie Siebert SJ of Loyola Production Inc. is gratefully acknowledged, as is the work of Fr David Ayotte SJ, JESAM Development Director who came Read more [...]

December 2013

As we approach the end of the calendar year our houses of formation are hard at work and some are already preparing for examinations. We wish them good progress. The numbers in all the Common Houses are slightly down on last year but the community life continues with much enthusiasm and commitment. AJAN and the Jesuit Historical Institute in Africa continue their work for the Conference. The Major Superiors of JESAM met at the Menelik Twin Towers in Nairobi for the first of their bi-annual Read more [...]