The Jesuit Mission Office in Dublin has successfully secured funds from the Irish Missionary Resource Service (IMRS) to sponsor a project promoting peace and reconciliation among the people of Kenya. The project, run by the Jesuit Hakimani Centre in Nairobi, aims to rebuild trust and cooperation among the different tribal groups affected by the violence resulting from the elections of last winter. Initially, leaders will be trained in promoting peace and reconciliation, and then these will animate groups in the outlying towns and villages, particularly in the Rift Valley region of Western Kenya.
Conall O’Cuinn SJ has just returned from a three day Jesuit European Vocation Directors Meeting in Frankfurt, Germany. They addressed key questions such as: Is eighteen too young to join the Jesuits? When is too old?; Why are Jesuits reticent to invite people to join? Twenty Jesuit Provinces were represented at the meeting, including Lebanon, Romania, and Malta. Fr. Orlando Torres SJ, assistant to the General for formation, attended all of the sessions. [Conall is pictured here with Paul Nicholson, presenting on the situation in their provinces. For photos of the meeting, click here.]