The blessing of this new apostolic building is perhaps the last official event that Father Michael Lewis, SJ inaugurates as president of Jesam. It was in these humorous words that Fr. John Ghansah, SJ expressed himself on Friday at the inauguration of a new building in the Jesuit community of Hekima in Nairobi, Kenya.
It was indeed on February 10, 2017 that Fr Michael Lewis, the outgoing President of Jesam, cut the symbolic ribbon preceded and followed by a blessing of the new building at Hekima. The ceremony, which began around 1 pm local time, was marked by a speech by Father John Ghansah, SJ rector of the Jesuit community of Hekima who, after consultation, named the new building Huruma (Kiswahili) because That its construction takes place after the Year of Mercy decreed by Pope Francis.
Fr. Ghansah, SJ, speaking to the community as well as to the guests present, recalled that this new three-storey, 19-room building was the fruit of at least four years of reflection and Financing. Acknowledgments were first addressed to Father Michael Lewis, SJ to David Ayotte and Shane Burke of the Jesam Development Office who contributed to the research and fundraising; Then the various donors, including Irish Famine Memorial Fund from USA, Spanish Mission, Aid to Church in Need from Germany, and finally Peter Njokah, the architect, Steven Huthu, engineer, and Aliyur the project provider.
It should also be remembered that the "small communities" or "life teams" of Shahidi, Kwetu-kwenu and Karibuni throughout the construction of this building offered their generosity, humility and service through the "sacrifice of their person".
The ceremony ended with the visit of the new building and the fraternal agape.
By: Honoré ONANA OLAH, SJ