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JHIA 2020 Diary - Price: KSh 800 | $ 10 | € 8 (2)

2020 diaryOur 2020 Diary is now out! We at JHIA believe that writing to yourself is an important means of self-expression. Having a place to write down your thoughts, feelings, memories and personal impressions about life can be healing and teach you to know yourself better. It can also unlock the power of your creativity, and inspire you to manifest dreams that might otherwise stay hidden. If you don’t keep a diary already, here are some of the good things about the JHIA 2020 diary you should consider before requesting a copy from us.

· Attractive anti-dust and waterproof cover design

· Daily liturgy readings and references

· Illustrated map showing Jesuit Provinces and Regions in Africa and Madagascar

· Important dates of the ordinary and Jesuit calendar e.g. birthdays, feasts and holidays

· A brief history of the province of Madagascar, marking its Golden Jubilee in 2021

· Year planner and calendar that will help you plan and organize your work.

To order this book, please click here or write to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Engaging the World: The Jesuits and Their Presence in Global History

bc Engaging the World
Lisbon, Portugal   |   June 17–19, 2020
 
 
Engaging the World
 
The Jesuits and Their Presence in Global History
 
 
Co-organized by the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College and Brotéria in Lisbon, in partnership with the Catholic University Portugal
 
Scattered around the globe for nearly five centuries of evangelization, Jesuit missionaries adopted different strategies to communicate with local communities. They were pivotal cultural mediators, serving as cartographers, astronomers, ethnographers, and anthropologists. They were also artists who adapted to local styles, translators and grammarians of native languages, and correspondents who conveyed images of societies previously unknown to European audiences. They fostered commerce and accompanied scientific voyages. They published journals, treatises, biographies, travel logs, and maps, and they participated in worldwide networks circulating literature and art.
 
This symposium is hosted in Portugal, from which thousands of Jesuits departed to engage with people and environments on a global scale. This scholarly event will investigate how such a global engagement developed over time, how it varied from place to place, and how it was similar in different settings. Proposals are welcomed from across thematic, chronological, and disciplinary boundaries that address methods or instruments the Jesuits used to engage the world and its natural or societal environs.  
 
Presentations might address such questions as these: What strategies did Jesuits employ when, as articulated by their Constitutions, “dispersed throughout Christ’s vineyard to labor”? How did the internal structure of the Society of Jesus (and the personalities of the Jesuits themselves) facilitate or hinder missionary labors? How were those labors impacted by external forces—either local or global, cultural or political? For example, how did the Jesuits’ relations with different European powers spark, facilitate, limit, or end evangelization efforts within competing global empires? How did Jesuit missionaries and their superiors determine where to labor and whom to evangelize? What are revealing examples of successful determinations and unsuccessful ones? What were the benefits, hindrances, and consequences of Jesuit accommodation to local customs and virtues? How can Jesuit accommodation be seen in art, theological treatises, scientific work, and pedagogical approaches? How can indigenous people be seen in the books, maps, correspondence, and other materiality produced by Jesuits?
 
Proposals and a narrative CV (together no more than 500 words) are due before the end of Monday, October 28, 2019. Selected papers may be peer-reviewed and published in open access following the event. More details are available at bc.edu/iajs. Contact the Institute with questions ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).
 

Promoting Africa’s Culture

Rev. Dr. John Okoria Ibhakewanlan SJ., Principal, Hekima University College has said that partnering major players in the African art and culture sector is one sure way JHIA can provide researchers with publications that are not available in libraries and historical institutes in Europe, Asia and America.

He stated that through such partnerships, the institute was helping researchers from across the globe to access African records, especially publications that are not available in libraries or historical institutes outside Africa.

Rev Fr. Okoria spoke on the forthcoming group art exhibition tagged African Art, to be curated by Paris-based Nigerian curator Bose Fagbemi.

The exhibition, which will run from the 9th to 30th, November 2019 at the Jesuit Historical Institute in Africa, Nairobi, Kenya, is a follow-up to Fagbemi’s first group exhibition, Art and Spirituality, held at St Ignatius House, Lagos in March 2017.

According to the cleric, JHIA will include African arts in its goal and vision of collecting and preserving vital records on Africa.

He noted that the exhibition fits well into the mission of the institute, adding that the vision of JHIA is to provide a cost-effective environment for the world to see and experience religious histories, cultures, and traditions of the people of Africa and Madagascar.

“Thus far, JHIA has managed to create an excellent environment capable of putting scholars in Africa on a par with others in the world. We are helping researchers from across the globe access African records, especially publications that are otherwise only available in libraries / historical institutes in Europe and America.

 

Source: The Nation, Lagos State, Nigeria 

DEATH ANNOUNCEMENT – Fr Victor-Luke Odhiambo, SJ

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Jesuit Historical Institute in Africa (JHIA) would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and the Jesuits Eastern Africa fraternity following the sudden and brutal death of a humble man of God Fr Victor-Luke Odhiambo, SJ. Fr Victor-Luke, as he was commonly known, was killed during the early morning (around 2.00 am) of Thursday 15th November 2018 when unidentified goons attacked the Daniel Comboni Jesuit Residence in the Cueibet where he lived. Four of the other Jesuits in the community at that time had already gone to sleep. The late Victor-Luke Odhiambo, SJ was in the TV room when the goons attacked. When the rest of the companions heard gunshots and noise, they pressed the alarm and the assassins ran away – unfortunately, Victor-Luke was already dead!!

The motive behind the killing is not established yet either are the killers identified. Security personnel came to the residence and patrolled the place and took control of the situation. The body has been moved from Cueibet to Rumbek for preservation at a hospital; there is no mortuary facility in Ceuibet. Three of his companions – Frs. Kizito Busobozi, Omondi Bernard, Cyriac Malasi (who was visiting), and Scholastic Paschal Isimwamu – are still in Cueibet; only one companion went with the body to Rumbek. They are all in shock! The burial will be held this day (the 19th day of September 2018) in Rumbek.  

At the time of his death, Fr. Victor-Luke Odhiambo was the principal of Mazzolari Teachers College in Cueibet and acting Superior of the Community since January 30, 2017. He had worked in South Sudan for approximately 10 years before this incident. Fr. Odhiambo was the first Kenyan to become a Jesuit. Born on 20th January 1956, entered the Society on 4th July 1978, and was ordained a priest on 22nd August 1987. He took his final vows on 30th May 1993.


++ Condolence Note ++

No one can prepare you for a loss; it comes like a swift wind. However, take comfort in knowing that he is now resting in the arms of our Lord. Our deepest condolences to you and your family.

 

 

JHIA 2019 Diary - Price: KSh 800 | $ 10 | € 8

diary-2019Our 2019 Diary is now out in circulation. We at JHIA believe that writing to yourself is an important means of self-expression. Having a place to write down your thoughts, feelings, memories and personal impressions about life can be healing and teach you to know yourself better. It can also unlock the power of your creativity, and inspire you to manifest dreams that might otherwise stay hidden. If you don’t keep a diary already, here are some of the good things about the JHIA 2019 diary you should consider requesting a copy from us.

· Attractive anti-dust and waterproof cover design

· Daily liturgy readings and references

· Illustrated map showing Jesuit Provinces and Regions in Africa and Madagascar

· Important dates of the ordinary and Jesuit calendar e.g. birthdays, feasts and holidays

· Free booklet about the life and times of St. Aloysius Gonzaga patron of the youth enclosed in the diary

· Year planner and calendar that will help you plan and organize your work.

To order this book, please click here or write to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Way, the Truth and the Life Book Sale!

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More than two millennia after Jesus Christ this book unveils the timeless fruitfulness of the greatest Christological and evangelical trinomial, not as a desiccated theological trilemma, but as the bedrock of renewed faith in the depth and vastness of human existence and experience... ~ A. E. Orobator, S.J.

Past International Forum

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'Encounters between Catholics and Protestants in Africa' is an upcoming international forum organized by the Jesuit Historical Institute in Africa (JHIA) within the umbrella of Refo500 and RefoRC. The conference which will be held in Karen Nairobi from July 11th to 14th, will seek to explore various themes that will revisit critical issues that will be of significance to the religion world with regard to the 500th anniversary of reformation which is being marked in 2017.

To learn more about the conference please follow this link: http://jhia.ac.ke/conference 

JHIA Joins RefoRC

ReforcDuring its meeting of May 2015, the Board of RefoRC accepted the Jesuit Historical Institute in Africa (JHIA) as member of ReforRC. This is in addition to the JHIA’s membership of Refo500. RefoRC is a Research Consortium and an academic arm of Refo500, which connects academics and supports them in research activities by bringing those Refo500 partners together that focus on interconfessional, interdisciplinary and international research.

The JHIA is extremely excited about this recognition and new place in the global research community. In the context of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, the JHIA is keenly interested in ensuring that the lasting impact the 16th century events in Europe had on the second and third waves of evangelization in Africa are not lost to global scholarship. To advance this aim, the JHIA is closely collaborating with the Institute of Advanced Jesuit Studies, Boston College, to organize an international conference on the “Encounters Between Jesuits and Protestants in Africa”, which will take place in June/July 2016 (see more details here). In the same vein, the JHIA is considering plans for a broader conference on “Encounters between Catholics and Protestants in Africa” for June/July 2017, aiming to explore more generally the implications of the Reformation for the evangelization of the African continent.

The JHIA is set to exploit the collaborative opportunities within RefoRC to understand the extent to which Africa was and is still being influenced by the Reformation and its aftermath.

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Engaging the World: The Jesuits and Thei…

Engaging the World: The Jesuits and Their Presence in Global History

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Promoting Africa’s Culture

Rev. Dr. John Okoria Ibhakewanlan SJ., Principal, Hekima University College has said that partnering major players in the African art... Read more

DEATH ANNOUNCEMENT – Fr Victor-Luke Odhi…

DEATH ANNOUNCEMENT – Fr Victor-Luke Odhiambo, SJ

Jesuit Historical Institute in Africa (JHIA) would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and the Jesuits... Read more

JHIA 2019 Diary - Price: KSh 800 | $ 10 …

JHIA 2019 Diary - Price: KSh 800 | $ 10 | € 8

Our 2019 Diary is now out in circulation. We at JHIA believe that writing to yourself is an important means... Read more

The Way, the Truth and the Life Book Sal…

The Way, the Truth and the Life Book Sale!

More than two millennia after Jesus Christ this book unveils the timeless fruitfulness of the greatest Christological... Read more

Past International Forum

Past International Forum

  'Encounters between Catholics and Protestants in Africa' is an upcoming international forum organized by the Jesuit Historical Institute in Africa... Read more

JHIA Joins RefoRC

JHIA Joins RefoRC

During its meeting of May 2015, the Board of RefoRC accepted the Jesuit Historical Institute in Africa (JHIA) as member... Read more