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Hekima Theatre Presents "Night of Stolen Innocence"

Night Of Stolen InnocenceHekima College has organized a theatrical drama on Saturday, April 22, titled "Night of Stolen Innocence". It is a play written by Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, SJ.

The play aims to promote theater while passing on a message to various participants re-counting comparable circumstances in human life.

The event will commence at 8:00pm Kenyan time at the College and several actors from different nations will be participating.

Admission is Free for All

Migration: Dr. Peter Knox, SJ summarizes the symposium

Entitled "Humanity on the Borders: Migration and Modern Society", the general theme of the seventeenth symposium organized by Hekima College from 15 to 17 March 2017, a Jesuit institution based in Kenya, While trying to provide some answers.

At the end of these 3 days of symposium, the Reverend Dr. Peter Knox, SJ, Dean of the Faculty of Theology of Hekima College, gives us a summary of this event.

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Welcome Words from the Deputy Principal for Academic Affairs Dr. Peter Knox, SJ

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17th Hekima Theological and Peace-Building Symposium on; Migration and Modern Society

SymposiumHekima University College is organizing a Symposium on the Migration Crisis Facing Modern Society from 15 to 17 March in its auditorium.

In his Message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees this year, Pope Francis reminds us that "migrations today are not a phenomenon limited to certain regions of the planet but touch all the continents and always take Plus the dimensions of a dramatic global issue. They are not only people seeking decent work or better living conditions, but also men and women, elderly people and children who are forced to abandon their homes with The hope of escaping and finding peace and security elsewhere. "

The theme of this seventeenth symposium, which is being organized by this Jesuit Institution, is "Migration and Modern Society", which aims to bring the issue of migration to the forefront while attempting to provide some answers.

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Directed Retreat Certificate Ceremony: Graduands cut a cake after completing the training program in Directed Retreat.

Games7They are 21 new directors and managers to obtain their certificate after completing a training program to learn how to become spiritual directors. The certificate ceremony was held on 18 February 2017 at Hekima University College.

It was around 8.30 am that the Ceremony of Certificate Ceremony began with a Mass presided by Fr Peter Knox, SJ, Dean of the Faculty of Theology at Hekima College. Before the certificates were handed out by Fr. Elias Omondi, SJ, acting Principal of Hekima, participants shared their experience and the qualities and skills acquired during the program.

For Father John Ghansah, SJ Rector of Hekima and one of the trainers at this program, "We need these people for deep evangelism". Fr. Ghansah, SJ has not failed to appropriate his words of Pope Francis, who affirms that "more than ever, we need men and women who, from their experience of accompaniment, know the way To proceed with prudence, the ability to understand, the art of waiting, the docility to the Spirit, to protect together the sheep that confide in us, wolves who try to disperse the flock. (Evangelii Gaudium, 171)

For Deogratia Fikiri, SJ, a Jesuit who participated in this program as a student, this program of spiritual directors enabled him, among other things, to master how to "bring souls to the Creator and know how to give an Ignatian retreat". According to him, besides being a Jesuit, this program also allows him to acquire certain "skills" that reinforce the formation and vocation in the Society of Jesus. The Jesuit Fikiri invites all persons (lay people, priests, religious etc.) to participate in this program of spiritual directors in order to avoid "abuses" which sometimes occur due to of the lack of training in the field.

Article by: Honoré Onana Olah

 

 

Father Michael Lewis, SJ inaugurates a new building 'Huruma'

Michael-Lewis-SJThe 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

 

 

JESAM has a new President: Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator, SJ

Fr OrobatorFr Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator SJ has been appointed President of the Conference of Major Superiors of Africa and Madagascar (JESAM) by Father General. He will take over from Fr Michael Lewis SJ on 16 February.

Fr. Orobator, SJ, is a member of the AOR province and hails from Nigeria. He received his PhD from the University of Leeds in England in 2004 and served as Rector of Hekima Community from 2006 and was appointed Provincial Superior of the Eastern Africa Province of the Society of Jesus (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Sudan and South Sudan), from 2009 to 2014.

He is currently serving as Principal of Hekima University College Jesuit School of Theology and Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations, Nairobi, Kenya (hekima), a Campus College of The Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya.

His research focuses on theological ethics and ecclesiology of the global south. He is in demand as a speaker all over the world as a theological speaker with a particular expertise in African Theology.

In October 2013, Fr Orobator delivered CAFOD's annual Pope Paul VI memorial lecture at King's College London. It was entitled "A billion reasons to believe in Africa: The long march from 'the hopeless continent' to 'the spiritual lung of humanity". He is currently serving as Principal of Hekima University College Jesuit School of Theology and Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations in Nairobi, Kenya, a Campus College of The Catholic University of Eastern Africa.

Ecological Christmas: from cans to Crib

Fr. Wilfred Sumani, SJ, Hekima's resident liturgist, made an ecological Christmas by creating a crib from cans. This is an initiative inspired by Pope Francis' call to care for the earth, our Common House. In Laudato Si, the Pope said "Humanity is called to recognize the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption" (n.23)

This call of Pope Francis is seriously taken by the Jesuits at Hekima University College (Kenya). Honore Onana Olah spoke to Fr Wilfred Sumani, SJ, Hekima's resident liturgist, who created the ecological crib for Christmas:

Fr-Sumani-SJ-CribOur cities are strewn with beer cans crushed by vehicles and feet scurrying to various destinations. While prophets of ecology churn out alarming statistics about the increasingly unsustainable levels of waste, not many heed Cornel West's call to 'tracking hypocrisy' as one of the components of the prophetic thought: the plastic bottles, cans and plastic bags that deface our beautiful landscapes come from somewhere – our rooms, homes and communities!

This year, Hekima Jesuit Community decided to 'walk the talk' of environmental stewardship by transforming beverage cans and plastic bags into a Christmas crib. The cans were filled with soil, covered with newspapers and then coated with plastic bags. These cans were then joined one to another, using plastic bags as 'adhesive', to form building poles. The figurines of Jesus, Mary and Joseph were also made from plastic bags, while the mat on the floor was 'sewn' by folding newspapers and then coating them with slices of plastic bags. The manger is made out of sawdust held together with wood glue. A total of 50 cans, over a hundred plastic bags and numerous newspapers were used to make the crib.

Author: Honoré ONANA OLAH, SJ

Africa Matters

TheChurchWeWant

HivAidsTwo new publications offer pan-African perspectives on key issues in theology, ethics, and public health.

Maryknoll, New York – The rapid growth of the Catholic population in African countries has been one of the key factors driving the shift of perspective within the church from Western Europe to what is called the Global South. Veteran Vatican reporter John L. Allen, Jr., has called the African continent "the most dynamic corner of the Christian map."

Two new books from Orbis illustrate this dynamic growth, focusing on issues of both church and society. The Church We Want (August 2016) is the fruit of a 3-year research project, the Theological Colloquium on Church, Religion, and Society in Africa (TCCRSA). The colloquium brought together 60 distinguished scholars and religious who represented a broad spectrum of cultures and regions. Their goal: to develop, model, and sustain a new process and method of theological reflection and study, at the service of the world church. The original essays cover a broad range of topics—ecclesial structure, the bible and the church, the role of women, the gospel of the family, and urgent regional and cultural issues, including the impact of Pope Francis environmental encyclical, Laudato Si'.

In HIV and AIDS in Africa (September 2016) the contributors address the myriad socio-political and spiritual questions raised by the 30-year-long pandemic. As editor Jacquineau Azetsop puts it, "AIDS is altogether a physical, moral, and metaphysical evil that has challenged medicine and human society. How do Christians in Africa reach out to the infected, and how do their communities—especially the Small Christian Communities—provide support to those in need? What biblical foundations can believers draw on in their lives and work, in roles from caregiver to public health administrator? While focused on the particulars of their African context, these essays have resonance for theologians, academics, and health professionals alike.


This fall a series of presentations by the editors and contributors will take place at Boston College (Tuesday, September 20th) Duquesne University (Tuesday, September 27th) DePaul University (Thursday, September 29th) and Villanova University (Monday, October 31st), to which the public is invited.

Wilfred Sumani and Peter Knox (eds.), The JOY of LOVE Made Simple for Christian Couples, Pastors, Youth and Laity (Nairobi, Kenya: Paulines, 2016).

The Joy Of Love

This volume is a contribution from Hekima University College to the pastoral methodology of Amoris Laetitia, to help the church in Africa fully embrace Pope Francis’s methodology. The format of this book is simple: it identifies the core themes, pastoral implications, and key quotes to assist readers understand and apply the message of the exhortation. As a pastoral guide, it is intended to be easily accessible, digestible, and applicable. The primary target audience are pastors and lay Christians. It is divided into sections corresponding to the chapters of Amoris Laetitia.

Each contributor focuses on a particular section and addresses the following questions: What is the central message of this section? What are the pastoral implications and steps called for in this section? What are the key quotes from this section? As readers will discover, the commentary is rendered in simple language but is insightful and stimulating for further engagement with the text and conversations. All the contributors are lecturers at Hekima University College, with the exception of George Macharia, SJ, who has recently graduated from the College.

 

International Visiting Scholar Programme

 

Hekima University College


Jesuit School of Theology and Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations
Nairobi, Kenya

International Visiting Scholar Programme

Hekima University College welcomes interested scholars to spend time in HUC for teaching and/or research purposes. The aim of the IVS programme is to strengthen the international profile of HUC by welcoming scholars from different parts of the world to contribute to the mission of HUC by offering innovative and cutting-edge research and scholarship in theology and peace studies. IVS is envisaged as a mutually beneficial programme for both HUC and the visiting scholar.

For scholars who are interested in teaching, IVS allows for a negotiable short-term period of teaching. Longer arrangements can also be made for one or two semesters.

For scholars interested in research or sabbatical programmes, the timeframe is subject to negotiation and agreement with HUC.

IVS offers room and board for short-term teaching/research. Under certain conditions, HUC will cover partial or full travel cost, depending on need. Opportunities exist for visiting interesting sites to enhance the overall experience of conducting research and scholarship in Kenya.

The IVS scholar is expected to propose a course for approval by the dean 6 months ahead of the projected date. When possible the dean could request and make arrangement with the scholar to teach a particular course depending on the need of HUC.

HUC also requests the visiting scholars who plan to spend a full semester to offer one public lecture.

Send inquiries to principal@hekima.ac.ke and dean@hekima.ac.ke

For more information on HUC, visit www.hekima.ac.ke