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African Jesuits Gathering in Baltimore Explores Future Opportunities to Partner with American Jesuits

In May, the Jesuit Conference of the United States sponsored a gathering at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore of African Jesuits currently studying in the U.S. and Canada. The gathering was a means of solidarity, support and collaboration with the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JESAM) with its president, Jesuit Father Michael Lewis also present at the meeting.

During the meeting, the members of the U.S. Assistancy and JESAM in attendance considered strategies for the various ways the U.S. and the African provinces might have opportunities to work more closely together, such as in the arenas of potential exchange programs between the U.S. and Africa’s apostolic works, in creating partnerships between apostolates, and by identifying tertianship experiences in Africa for U.S. Jesuits.

The African Jesuits also shared with their U.S. brothers the challenges the Society of Jesus faces in Africa around educational opportunities; with ethnic and political tensions; in health care, especially for HIV/AIDs and malaria treatments; and also the environmental and ecological concerns facing the continent.

“It bodes well for the future of the Society of Jesus that there will be well trained men in various disciplines to continue and develop the work of the Jesuits in Africa and Madagascar. It goes without saying that the Jesuits of North America have been extremely generous to us in providing the wherewithal for African and Malagasy Jesuits to specialize in these many and varied subjects. The Church and the Society are very grateful for this often unsung and open-handed support for the apostolates of the Society in our continent,” said Jesuit Father Michael Lewis, president of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar. “There are men studying everything from engineering, informatics, administration, to pedagogy and the like which will help the Church and the Jesuits of the future to continue offering the work we do for the people of Africa and Madagascar.”

Thirty-seven African Jesuits participated in the gathering (there are approximately 60 African Jesuits currently in the U.S. and Canada), representing seven African provinces and regions, and 16 different countries. The participants came from various places throughout the U.S. and Canada where they are studying, ministering or on sabbatical.

In addition, five people from the U.S. Assistancy participated: three from the Jesuit Conference, including Jesuit Father Tom Smolich, president of the Jesuit Conference of the United States; a provincial assistant from the New York province; and a provincial assistant from the Wisconsin province.

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U.S. Jesuit on New Jesuit High School in Tanzania

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Jesuit Father Martin Connell, of the Chicago-Detroit Province, is currently visiting the United States to discuss the Jesuits’ successful efforts in opening a new high school in Tanzania.

Fr. Connell left his faculty position in the School of Education at Loyola Marymount University in March 2009 to help open St. Peter Claver High School in Dodoma, Tanzania. The Jesuit boarding school opened in January 2011 with Connell as headmaster, and it currently serves 140 boys and girls in their first year of secondary school.

“We’re here because it’s a poor region that’s been underserved by education,” said Connell.

Connell’s primary mission is to help Tanzanians “build capacity” by establishing a strong educational system. He said the notion of building capacity is a fundamental value of the democratic way of life.

“St. Peter Claver High School will cultivate these democratic ideals, which in fact dovetail with Jesuit values,” Connell said. “Students will be encouraged to build their capacity as individuals, always with an eye to how this positively affects their fellow citizens to the greater glory of God.”

For more information on Connell and his U.S. visit, go to the Chicago-Detroit Province website.

Jesuits in Eastern Africa – St. Peter Claver High School from Midwest Jesuits on Vimeo.

Jesuit Reflects on Impact of Globalization in Africa

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The Center of Concern hosted Jesuit Father Peter Henriot at the Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C. last week, where he reflected on the convergence in global crises and the transformation necessary for the world to recover and flourish.

“One of the important signs of the times is the cultural crisis experienced in so many different forms across the globe,” commented Fr. Henriot. “Culture is of course a major contributor to identity and uniqueness, community and solidarity, empowerment and future-building. When culture is endangered at its richest roots, then all of society suffers.”

With deep roots in the U.S. faith-based social justice movement and the experience garnered over another 20 years in Zambia, Fr. Henriot spoke about what is being called for in spirit, in truth and in action for response to the global crises as they affect vulnerable peoples everywhere.

While only in the U.S. for a brief time, Fr. Henriot took full advantage of the opportunity to spread his message of peace and justice in Africa and elsewhere. In addition to his talk at the WTU, Fr. Henriot spoke at Creighton Univeristy on “Why is Africa important for the U.S. at this time?” and at the Africa Faith and Justice Network’s annual meeting, presenting the keynote address: “Africa and Justice: Justice IN and FOR Africa.”

For full video on Fr. Henriot’s talk at Creighton, please click here.

For text of Fr. Henriot’s keynote address at the AFJN’s annual meeting, please click here.

Oprah Picks Jesuit Father Uwen Akpan’s Say You’re One of Them for Her Next Book Club Selection

Jesuit Father Uwen Akpan, SJ’s short story collection, “Say You’re One of Them” is the next pick for Oprah’s book club. It will be announced today on her show.
His five short stories are each set in a different African country. Children play major roles in the stories, which tackle the toughest of topics –  child slavery, rioting and genocide. When the book was published last year it was widely praised by book reviewers but the book’s success up until now is nothing compared with what is likely to be unleashed later this afternoon. Yesterday the book was #165,769 on Amazon.com’s sales rankings, by 10 p.m. last night it had risen to #2,151 and #18 by this afternoon.
Related Links of Interest:
The New Yorker Q and A:
http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2005/06/13/050613on_onlineonly01
Thinking Faith book review:
http://www.thinkingfaith.org/articles/BOOK_20080930_1.htm
New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/03/books/03akpan.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=akpan&st=nyt
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/27/books/27book.html?ref=books
Visit to fairfieldU:
http://www.fairfield.edu/currents/stories/08_12/cc_students_dec08.html
NPR radio:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=91398323

njn_book_Uwen_AkpanJesuit Father Uwen Akpan, SJ’s short story collection, “Say You’re One of Them” is the next pick for Oprah’s book club. It will be announced today on her show.

His five short stories are each set in a different African country. Children play major roles in the stories, which tackle the toughest of topics –  child slavery, rioting and genocide. When the book was published last year it was widely praised by book reviewers but the book’s success up until now is nothing compared with what is likely to be unleashed later this afternoon. Yesterday the book was #165,769 on Amazon.com’s sales rankings, by 10 p.m. last night it had risen to #2,151 and #18 by this afternoon.

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Oprah Picks Jesuit Father Uwen Akpan's Say You're One of Them for Her Next Book Club Selection

Jesuit Father Uwen Akpan, SJ’s short story collection, “Say You’re One of Them” is the next pick for Oprah’s book club. It will be announced today on her show.
His five short stories are each set in a different African country. Children play major roles in the stories, which tackle the toughest of topics –  child slavery, rioting and genocide. When the book was published last year it was widely praised by book reviewers but the book’s success up until now is nothing compared with what is likely to be unleashed later this afternoon. Yesterday the book was #165,769 on Amazon.com’s sales rankings, by 10 p.m. last night it had risen to #2,151 and #18 by this afternoon.
Related Links of Interest:
The New Yorker Q and A:
http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2005/06/13/050613on_onlineonly01
Thinking Faith book review:
http://www.thinkingfaith.org/articles/BOOK_20080930_1.htm
New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/03/books/03akpan.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=akpan&st=nyt
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/27/books/27book.html?ref=books
Visit to fairfieldU:
http://www.fairfield.edu/currents/stories/08_12/cc_students_dec08.html
NPR radio:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=91398323

njn_book_Uwen_AkpanJesuit Father Uwen Akpan, SJ’s short story collection, “Say You’re One of Them” is the next pick for Oprah’s book club. It will be announced today on her show.

His five short stories are each set in a different African country. Children play major roles in the stories, which tackle the toughest of topics –  child slavery, rioting and genocide. When the book was published last year it was widely praised by book reviewers but the book’s success up until now is nothing compared with what is likely to be unleashed later this afternoon. Yesterday the book was #165,769 on Amazon.com’s sales rankings, by 10 p.m. last night it had risen to #2,151 and #18 by this afternoon.

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