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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.

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Protestant and Catholic Academicians Meet in Nairobi

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Encounters between Catholics and Protestants in Africa was the theme of an Ecumenical Conference held in Nairobi recently. The conference was organised by the Nairobi-based Jesuit Historical Institute in Africa (JHIA). The Ecumenical dialogue brought together over twenty Protestant and Catholic academicians and an audience of over sixty participants. The week-long conference was designed as part of the larger commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation of Martin Luther.

Organiser of the conference, Jesuit priest and Director of the JHIA, Fr. Festo Mkenda told Vatican Radio that although the Protestant Reformation of Martin Luther was a mostly European affair, it has had wider and far-reaching implications on Christianity in Africa.

“It occurred to me that nothing much was being done in Africa (to commemorate the Protestant Reformation of Martin Luther). People felt, ‘well, the Protestant Reformation in 1517 was really a European affair.’ For me that was wrong. It was wrong because the Protestant Reformation shaped Christianity in ways that will never be reversed. Christianity, today, whether Catholicism or of any other form, has been shaped by the Protestant Reformation. .. so we Christians in Africa are actually heirs of what happened in 1517. The third wave of Evangelisation in Africa started in the 19th Century with Protestant missionaries who came to Africa. Quickly Catholics warmed to the idea and also came to Africa. With that, there was that competition that has continued to mark African Christianity,” said Fr. Festo who is an expert in African Political history. 

He says Africans have always known Christianity in its varied form because of the Protestant Reformation. The Nairobi conference was thus an opportunity for Protestants and Catholics to reflect on that experience of encountering one another over the centuries on the African continent. 

Fr. Festo emphasised that the meeting was an appreciation of the history of Christianity on the continent encompassing both successes and challenges. The papers presented examined encounters from various perspectives in a cordial spirit of Ecumenism. He expressed satisfaction with the quality of papers presented as well as the discussions that ensued after every paper. The papers presented will be published in book form in order to make them available to a wider audience.

Set up in 2009, at the instigation of the former Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Fr. Adolfo Nicolás, the Jesuit Historical Institute in Africa is fast becoming an important centre and a required port of call for researchers of history in Africa. From initially being Jesuit-centred, the vision and centre have since expanded. 

“Our vision had to become broader to embrace not just Jesuit history and Christian history in Africa … Actually, we now embrace African history, cultures and traditions, African religions and that includes Islam because Islam is part and parcel of African culture,” said Fr. Festo.

(Fr. Paul Samasumo/ Rose Achiego, Vatican Radio)

This article was first published on the Radio Vatican Website

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 

Fr General's Visit to JHIA

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The Jesuit Historical Institute in Africa (JHIA) would like to thank the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Fr Arturo Sosa, SJ for paying us a visit on Thursday 4th May 2017. Fr. Sosa was in the company of Fr. Fratern Masawe, S.J, and Fr. Claudio Paul, S.J (both counselors to Father General), the JESAM President, Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator S.J, and others. During his visit, JHIA Director Fr. Festo Mkenda SJ took him through the various categories of collections that make up the library of the institute. The delegation was then led through a short video that explains the role JHIA should play as per Fr. Sosa’s predecessor, Fr Adolfo Nicolas SJ. The clip explains the idea in mind in establishing a historical institute not only for Jesuit related material but one that would preserve the history of Africa. He was impressed by the role the institute plays in the society. JHIA Staff will be pleased to host him again. 

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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Fr General's Visit to JHIA

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The Jesuit Historical Institute in Africa (JHIA) would like to thank the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Fr... Read more

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