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Jesuit History Timeline

1534

1534

Ignatius and six other young men, including Francis Xavier and Peter Faber, gathered and professed vows of poverty, chastity, and later obedience, including a special vow of obedience to the Pope.
1540

1540

Foundation of the Society of Jesus
1541

1541

Francis Xavier Spends six months in Madagascar
1548

1548

João Nunes Barret makes it to Morrocco to serve African Slaves. Jesuits arrive in Mbanza-Kongo and start the first mission following request by King Dom Diogo
1553

1553

Ignatius wrote the Jesuit Constitutions which created a tightly centralized organization and stressed total abnegation and obedience to the Pope and their religious superior
1557

1557

Jesuit bishop André de Oviedo arrives in Ethiopia with five priests to convert the local Ethiopian Christians to Catholicism.[132]
1548

1548

Four Jesuits estalish a mission in Angola
1560

1560

St Silveria dies while on Mission in Mozambique. (First first European of whom detailed and accurate knowledge exists, who penetrated the interior of the southern part of Africa and reached as far as today's Zimbabwe.) Arrives in Mozambique + Forst College built on Madagascar
1589

1589

Pedro Páez Jaramillo sent to Ethiopia from Goa and leads an expedition that discovers the source of the Blue Nile and inspires the young emperor Za Denge to convert to Catholisim
1610

1610

St Peter Claver goes to the city of Cartagena (Present day Colombia) to attend to the spiritual needs of Slaves from Arfica
1624

1624

First copy of a Kikongo Catechism is published by Fr Mateus Cardoso
1633

1633

Emperor Fasilides expels the Jesuit missionaries in Ethiopia; the German Lutheran Church sends Peter Heyling as the first Protestant missionary to Ethiopia.[152]
1685

1685

South Africa, Capetown: Calvinist Dutch colony asked a passing Jesuit Priests (Including Guy Tachard) for help with astronomical Readings
1759

1759

Jesutis of Mozambique were thrown out by the Spanish
1760

1760

Jesuits expelled by the Portuguese from Luanda
1773

1773

Pope Clement XIV dissolves the Jesuit Order;[194], During the suppressiong the Mission in Africa comes to a standstill.
1814

1814

Pope Restores the Jesuits
1832

1832

French Jesuits return to Madagascar but fail to have much impact until the death of the anti-christian Queen Ranavalona in 1860. The success was linked to French colonial expansion. Victoria Rasoamanarivo (1848-94), a woman of great courage and determination who defended the church against political assault
1840

1840

French Jesuits make it to Algeria and build schools and Orphanages
1876

1876

The Famous St. Aidan's College in Grahamstown was establised in South Afica under the invitation of the Bishop
1879

1879

College de la Sainte famille opens in Cairo, aiming to prepare Coptic candidates for seminary training in Beirut. By 1900 there would be 44 Jesuits in Cairo
1890

1890

Return of the Jesuits to Kwango in the present-day Democratic Republic of Congo. By 1931 there would be 91 Jesuits in the Province. The biggest in Africa.
1881 - 1910

1881 - 1910

The Zambezi mission expands to cover Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwae
1945

1945

Expansion of the Jesuits througout Africa. Emperor Haile Selasie invited Canadian Jesuits to modernise the Ethiopian education service and found the Unviersity of Addiss Ababa
1947

1947

French Jesuits invited into Chad
1954

1954

University of Lovanium was established by the Jesuits for Africans in the Congo
1957

1957

Jesuits asked to takeover school in Duala, Cameroon
1961

1961

Jesuits invited in 1961, by Archbishop Sergio Pignedoli to start a school Nigeria. Indian Jesuits move to Mwanza Tanzania
1962

1962

Foundation of the Institut Africain pour le Développement Economique et sociale int Cote d'Ivoire. Jesuits come to Niger
1965

1965

Pedro Arrupe becomes Father General and heralds a new African Jesuit Society
1967

1967

Jesuits Return to Angola
2013

2013

Pope Francis (The First Jesuit Pope Becomes Pope)

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

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January 21, 2016

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

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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

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March 11, 2015

Aids in Africa: An overview by AJAN

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