Classroom Block InaugurationOn the sunny afternoon of Sunday, September 24th 2017 we, Jesuits, collaborators, friends, and benefactors gathered at Saint Ignatius High School (SIHS) for the presentations of the new facilities erected therein. When the first ribbon was cut by Julie and Daniel Coleman, SIHS’s benefactors, we got into the building –the second to be inaugurated in the history of SIHS. Therein, we forgot about the sun heat outside, for the insides are cool and tranquil! The second ribbon was cut by elder Jesuits –Théoneste Nkeramihigo, Augustin Karekezi, and Martin Mudendeli – opening up to a magnificent storey building of 12 classrooms.

Fr Martin speaking for webCe Vendredi, 19 Mai 2017 au Centre Urumuri s’est tenu une conférence sur la découverte et l’appréciation de la Bible. L’enseignement visait à ouvrir les yeux des auditeurs aux analogies se trouvant entre la culture rwandaise et celle dont est originaire la Bible.

Le Père Martin Mudendeli, SJ a relevé de nombreuses similitudes entre la culture hébraïque et la culture rwandaise allant de la ressemblance des mots ayant le même sens en Hébreux et en Kinyarwanda aux importantes croyances comme les alliances scellées par le sang, en passant par les mêmes structures grammaticales, le parallélisme poétique, le port des noms événementiels et théophores, la conception de la famille et la désignation respectueuse de l’Etre Suprême.

Fr General at NDRMonday, 1 May 2017

On his way to the Central Africa Province this Monday, 1 May 2017, Father General took a stop-over at the novitiate of the Rwanda-Burundi Region, located in Cyangugu, Western Rwanda. Upon arrival, Father General was welcomed by the novices with loud beats of drums as traditionally done in the Rwandan/Burundian culture.

The Novitiate, Our Lady of the Wayside currently has twelve novices, six novices in each year, who are accompanied by three formators.

Fr General in the MassSunday, 30 April 2017

On Sunday 30th April, Father General ended his one day visit to Bujumbura, Burundi. He was to travel to the Central Africa Province, however, there was no airline connection to make a direct flight to Bukavu, DRC. He flew back to Kigali in this afternoon in order to make connection to the eastern Congo.

The timing of his fight offered a chance to the faithful in Burundi who worship at the Sacred Heart Chapel to celebrate the Eucharist in the company of Father General. The mass ended minutes past noontime, just the time needed for the General and company to prepare for their flight which was at 15:00 hours.

The General visit to Bujumbura was a joyful experience for all those who came to meet him. The Jesuits were excited and left in great awe for this rare opportunity of seeing the General in one’s lifetime. The collaborators and friends of Jesuits were too grateful as that could be felt on their faces and expression of gestures such as gift offerings that they prepared for him even up to the very last hours before his departure.

Fr General and Burundian DrummersSaturday, 29 April 2017

This Saturday, 29 April 2017, Rev. Fr. Artura Sosa, SJ continued his visit of the region to Burundi. Upon arrival at Emmaus Spiritual Centre, in Bujumbura, he was warmly welcomed by joyful sounds of ululation and Burundian drums.

He proceeded to have a tour of Jesuit works in the country which include the Ecole Fondamentale Saint Louis de Gonzague (ECOFO), the Service Yezu Mwiza (SYM), the Lycee du Saint Esprit (LSE) and the Emmaus Spiritual Centre. His passage at ECOFO will be probably remembered for the enthusiasm and warmth with which the school received him. He was greeted with a very entertaining play of drums during which he could not hold back his enthusiasm to join the play. When offered the drum sticks, he enthusiastically offered some beats to the greatest admiration of the people who had gathered to welcome him.

Fr General and a kid HifiveFriday, 28 April 2017

Very Rev. Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ began his visit of the RWB region this Friday, 28th April 2017. He was accompanied by Rev. Fr. Fratern Masawe, SJ and Fr. Paul Claudio, both assistants to the General, Rev. Fr. Orobator Agbonkhianmeghe, SJ, the President of JESAM and Rev. Fr. Klaus Väthröder, SJ, Director of Jesuiten Mission, Nuremberg, Germany.

In his tour of the Jesuit works in Kigali, Fr. Sosa, SJ met the children studying at Ecole Primaire Saint Ignace and at Saint Ignatius High School. Pupils and administrative staff at the two schools had prepared to welcome the Superior General of the Society of Jesus with various kinds of entertainments, eloquent speeches, and some gift souvenirs.

Jesamed day4Thursday, 27 April 2017

This Thusday, 27th April, the members of the Commissio Mixta EUR-AFR gathered in the morning. Present at the meeting from the Conference of Africa and Madagascar were Rev. Fr. Orobator Agbonkhianmeghe, SJ, President of the JESAM, Rev. Fr. Michel Istas, SJ, Rev. Fr. Jose Minaku, SJ, Provincial of ACE, Rev. Fr. Chiedza Chamhanda, SJ, and Rev. Fr. Michel Istas, SJ, Socius of the JESAM President; from the Conference of Europe, there were Rev. Fr. John Dardis, SJ, outgoing President of the Conference, and Rev. Fr. Klaus Väthröder, SJ, the director of Jesuiten Mission, Nuremberg, in Germany. Fr. Klaus arrived in Kigali in the evening of Wednesday, 26th April.

In the meanwhile, provincials and other participants not involved in the Commissio Mixta meeting seized the free-time to bid their farewell in Kigali while Fr. General took the opportunity to prepare for his tour of African provinces: RWB, ACE, and AOR scheduled to commence this Friday, 28th April.

Rev. Fr. Klaus Väthröder, SJ and Rev. Fr. John Dardis, SJ

Jesamed ChristusWednesday, 26 April 2017

In the morning of this Wednesday, 26th April, the fathers at the JESAM meeting gathered again to continue proceedings of their meeting. It was to be their last main gathering in plenary sessions since Thursday, 27th April will gather a section of JESAM provincials with delegates from the Jesuit conference of Europe representing both conferences as members of the “commissio mixta EUR- AFR.”

The afternoon was more relaxed and the fathers took opportunity to tour the City of Kigali and to pay a visit to the complex schools of Kibagabaga: Ecole Primaire Saint Ignace, and Saint Ignatius High School. The day concluded with a closed door meeting of the consultors of the JESAM.

 

Jesam Meeting Day2Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Today, the JESAM annual meeting entered its second day. Rev. Fr. John Dardis, SJ joined the group this morning following his late arrival in Kigali on the night of Monday, 24th. Rev. Fr. John Dardis, SJ is the outgoing president of the Conference of the European Provincials and the incoming General Counselor for Discernment and Apostolic Planning.

Following the morning session, the delegates at the meeting took a moment in the afternoon to pay a visit to the Genocide memorial at Centre Christus, where three Jesuits, Frs Chrysologue Mahame, SJ, Patrick Gahizi, SJ, and Innocent Rutagambwa, SJ are laid rest. After Christus, they proceeded to Kigali Genocide Memorial in Gisozi where about 250,000 genocide victims are interred.

Fr Gen in MeetingMonday, 24th April 2017

The annual meeting of the Jesuit Superiors of Africa and Madagascar began this Monday, 24 April 2017 in Kigali, Rwanda.

Were in attendance, Very Rev. Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Rev. Fr. Fratern Masawe, SJ and Rev. Fr. Paul Claudio, SJ, both assistants and counselors of Father General, Rev. Fr. Orobator Agbonkhianmeghe, SJ, the JESAM President, Rev. Fr. Michel Istas, SJ, the socius of the President, Rev. Fr. Jean Baptiste Ganza, SJ, Regional Superior of the Rwanda-Burundi Region and the host, Rev. Fr. Jose Minaku, SJ, Provincial of the Central Africa Province, Rev. Fr. Joseph Afulo, SJ, Provincial of the Eastern Africa Province, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Mumba, SJ, Provincial of the Zambia-Malawi Province,

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