The Jesuit African Assistancy (Conference) consists of 7 Jesuit provinces: Central Africa (ACE), Africa North-West (ANW), Western Africa (AOC), Madagascar (MDG), Zambia-Malawi (ZAM), and Zimbabwe (ZIM). One independent region: Rwanda-Burundi (RWB) and one dependent regionsSouth Africa (SAF) dependent on the British Province. The Conference of major Superiors of Africa and Madagascar (JESAM) comprises the major superiors of the provinces and regions mentioned above. This body is presided over by the moderator or President of JESAM who is currently Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator E. SJ and who is responsible to the Father General of the Society of Jesus, Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ.
The Mission of Jesuit Superiors of Africa and Madagascar (JESAM) is to "build up the Society of Jesus in Africa and Madagascar into a prayerful and discerning community of apostolic men, and to foster union, communication, effective leadership and planning towards a common vision and the universal mission of the Society." (Statutes 2.1)
History of JESAM
The foundations of JESAM were laid down by Fr. General Pedro Arrupe when he called the Major Superiors of Africa to a meeting in Rome in 1966. In 1970 he created the African Assistancy (Conference). In 1977 the Major Superiors of Africa and Madagascar created a Secretariat. In accordance with the guidelines of General Congregation 34, the Major Superiors of Africa and Madagascar drew up statutes which were submitted to Fr. General for approval. The Conference of Jesuits of Africa and Madagascar (JESAM) was constituted through these statutes. The last revision of these statutes was approved by former Fr. General (Fr. Adolfo Nicolás) on August 29th, 2011.
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