Marathon MeetingIn the framework to end the AIDS pandemic, the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) is organizing the biggest Conference on AIDS in Africa. This great event will take place at the Kigali Convention Centre in Rwanda, from 2nd -7th December, 2019.

The conference is engaging the whole continent and all stakeholders in the Post-SDG framework around the theme “AIDS Free Africa- Innovation, Community, and Political Leadership”

Nduba4Aussitôt dit, aussitôt fait! La semaine dernière, vingt-six enseignants en provenance des écoles catholiques de l’Archidiocèse de Kigali ont terminé la formation des formateurs au Programme Génération Heureuse, dénommé “AHAPPY Generation Programme for Youth”, en anglais. La dite formation s’est tenue aux enceintes de l’Hôtel CENETRA, district de Gasabo, Kigali, du 22 au 31 Juillet 2019.

AHAPPY launch CakeAHAPPY is an acronym for AJAN HIV and AIDS Prevention Programme for the Youth. It is a programme initiated by AJAN (African Jesuit AIDS Network) in different countries of Africa and Madagascar. The launching of this program by JUC was a culmination of a ten days training of trainers workshop that was held in Kigali from 22-31 July 2019, which had gathered 30 teachers from 15 Catholic Education Schools in the Archdiocese of Kigali.

The purpose of the workshop was to awaken participants to different problems that are threatening the youth, especially HIV and AIDS pandemic, early pregnancies amongst teenagers and drug abuse urging them to join hands for positive solutions, once back to their respective schools.

As highlighted by Fr. Elphège QUENUM, SJ, the director of AJAN, AHAPPY Generation Programme for Youth is rooted in the tradition the Ignatian Pedagogy which promotes integral development of a human person.

Ahappy group photo3Jesuit Urumuri Centre (JUC) in collaboration with African Jesuit AIDS Network (AJAN) and the Catholic Education Secretariat in the Archdiocese of Kigali are now conducting a Workshop on the A HAPPY Generation Programme. This is a ten days training of Trainers ( TOT) Workshop that is taking place at CENETRA Hotel, the premises of Saint Therese Sisters of Kabuga in Gasabo District, from the 22 to 31 July, 2019.

conference day3The final day of the conference, “Reinventing Theology in Post-Genocide Rwanda: Challenges and Hopes” was focused on the sixth and final theme: “Challenges and Signs of Hope.” The first speaker was Fr. Jean Baptiste Ganza, SJ whose talk was entitled, “The Invisible Hand: Twenty-Five Years of Miracles Seen and Unseen.” He began by suggesting that the theologians Rwanda needs today are those who hunger for God’s self-revelation and live with all of their senses open to his miracles. He outlined four examples of miracles to which he witnessed in Rwanda all of which demonstrated the possibility for growth, reconciliation, and rebirth in the country, after the genocide. He concluded by suggesting that a new church is possible in Rwanda and its foundation depends on God’s invisible hand.

RTPGR Conference day221 June, 2019 marked the second day of the conference “Reinventing Theology in Post-Genocide Rwanda: Challenges and Hopes.”

The first theme of the day and the second of the conference was, “Justice, Reconciliation, and Reconstruction.” Shelley Tenenbaum presented the first talk entitled, “Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda and the Jews in Europe,” in which she compared the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda to the Holocaust in Germany. She highlighted the similarities and differences between the two noting that both involved the transformation of a fluid to fixed identities. Ultimately, she suggested that while all genocides are unique, the similarities between them can help inform our ability to resist and prevent their reoccurrence.

Thursday day1On 20 June, 2019 the conference entitled Reinventing Theology in Post-Genocide Rwanda: Challenges and Hopes kicked off at Centre Christus in Kigali. Fr. Marcel Uwineza and Fr. Elisée Rutagambwa began by welcoming distinguished speakers from Africa, Europe, and the United States. Fr. Rutagambwa then introduced the day’s keynote speaker – Mgr. Antoine Kambanda.

Mgr. Kambanda’s talk was titled “The Role of the Church in the Process of Reconciliation in Rwanda.” He began by noting that before 1994, Catholicism in Rwanda was flourishing as 62 percent of the population identified as Catholic. After the genocide, preaching in Rwanda became more complex. On this note, Mgr. Kambanda began to discuss the nature of the genocide and suggested that it was particularly unique because it pitted neighbor against neighbor and prompted the breakdown of previously strong notions of community and unity.

Entree du Lycee du Saint Esprit small194.140.000 FBU. La somme dont le Lycée du Saint Esprit a besoin pour rénover certaines de ses infrastructures. Comme l’école ne peut pas générer autant de fonds, elle organise ce vendredi 26 avril 2019 à l’hôtel Roca Golf un dîner de fundraising auquel elle convie ses amis, et les anciens de l’établissement

Construit il y a 66 ans par la Compagnie de Jésus, le Lycée du Saint Esprit (LSE), à l’époque Collège du Saint Esprit a d’abord été abrité dans les locaux de l’actuel Campus Kiriri de l’Université du Burundi avant de déménager à Gihosha en 1984 sous le nom du Collège Kamenge, pour afin adopter l’actuelle appellation.

kwibuka25articleCentre Christus, 7 Avril 2019

En ce jour de commémoration, nous aurons droit à des discours bien rédigés. Nos autorités les prononceront. Les nations amies feront de même. Et même cette organisation appelée ONU enverra un message, elle qui a failli à sa mission en abandonnant les victimes à leurs bourreaux. Les victimes ont un discours. Les génocidaires aussi. Si vous visitez YouTube, vous entendrez des discours venant des groupes obscurs aux projets sombres. Quel est le discours de Dieu aux Rwandais aujourd’hui?

JENA Lome1The Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network Africa (JENA) Youth Empowerment and Leadership Development Working Group met in Lomé, Togo at the Centres Sociaux Loyola from 12th to 13th February 2019. The meeting comprised Frs. Desire Yamuremye, S.J (Chair), Charles Chilufya, S.J (Ex-Officio), Patrice Ndayisenga, S.J, Kelly Michelo, S.J. and Martin-Claude Domfang, S.J. Based on JENA's Strategic Plan 2019 to 2023, the Working Group has developed strategies and implementation plans to continue to effect JENA's work to respond to the situation of young people in Africa across the spaces where various Jesuit ministries serve young people in Africa in schools, colleges, universities, social centres, parishes, etc.

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