Zimbabwe

School children from Zimbabwe
If you were asked to name the five biggest UNESCO World Heritage Sites from pre-colonial times the first four might be quite easy (answers at the end!). However, the fifth doesn’t have the same profile and might evade even the keenest of World Heritage Site tourists!  It is the former site of the Kings of the Gokomere people, who are the ancestors of the Shona people. Located in the south of the county that takes its modern day name from the site, ‘Great Zimbabwe’ means ‘Big House of...
Fr Tony Bex, a close friend of Tom Jackson, died on Sunday 12th February also in Richartz House, Zimbabwe.He was aged 94, in the 76th year of religious life.Tony was born on 1st May 1922, joined the Society on 6th September 1941, and was ordained to the priesthood on 8th September 1955. As well as working in Zimbabwe, he served in a number of places in the UK, including St Wilfrid’s, Preston; St George’s, Worcester; and Corpus Christi, Brixton.May he rest in peace.
Dear Companions,Fr. Tom Jackson SJ (1924-2017) RIPI would like to let you know that Fr. Thomas (Tom) Jackson SJ passed away yesterday evening, Wednesday 8th February 2017 at Richartz House, Harare.Fr. Jackson was born on 22nd April 1924 at Pontefract, in United Kingdom. He joined the Society of Jesus on 14th February 1948 and took his first vows in 1950. Fr Jackson was ordained to the priesthood on 31st July 1958 in Enstone, United Kingdom and he took his final vows on the 15th August 1965. Fr...
A plaque at St Paul's Mission recalls the Musami Martyrs of 1977
Today, Jesuits worldwide - especially those in Britain and Ireland - are marking the 40th anniversary of the Musami Martyrs, a group of three Jesuits and four Dominican Sisters who were murdered at St Paul’s Mission in Zimbabwe (which was then Rhodesia).St Paul’s Mission Musami lies about 60 miles northeast of Harare (formerly Salisbury), having been founded in 1923. Over the next 40 years, it developed considerably, with schools, a hospital and sports’...
A new website for the Jesuits in South Africa
The Jesuits in South Africa have launched their new website to enable visitors to find out more about their way of life and the ministries in which they are engaged. At present, there are two Jesuit communities in South Africa: one in Johannesburg and the other in Cape Town. And while this is where they are based, they are often invited to other parts of the country, whether to offer spirituality training, direct retreats, teach a course in a school or university or to offer support to...
Issue 95 of 'Jesuits & Friends' is available now
The winter 2016 edition of Jesuits and Friends is out this week, with the Jesuits’ new Superior General shown at prayer on the cover. Fr Arturo Sosa SJ from Venezuela was elected to be the 30th successor of St Ignatius Loyola at the 36th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus, which concluded last weekend in Rome. The magazine contains a report from the Congregation, alongside a biography of Fr General Sosa."It is clear that, with a Pope and a General both from South America,...
Zimbabwe Jesuit Relief Fund
Father Nigel Johnson, SJ, is a Jesuit working in Zimbabwe. He discusses the famine’s impact on children in the country, and what the Jesuit Relief Fund there aims to do. The NeedHow best can we ensure that our children get a good education? The obvious answers are to send them to a good school. Have competent, skilled, dedicated teachers. Provide the best books, modern facilities, up to date equipment, the latest technology.   But in some parts of the world there is...
Children at Makumbi Mission, Zimbabwe
The Jesuit novices based at Manresa House in Birmingham have completed their ‘experiments’ – assignments during which they have experienced faith and justice in action in situations which might be unfamiliar to them, in a variety of apostolic works either at home or overseas. Among the experiments this year in Britain, for example, novice Stephen worked at a hospice where, he said, he found God’s love to be very tangible; Vincent got an insight into parish life in North Wales; while Christopher...
Harare Dawn Rotary Club
Rotary Club Harare Dawn have presented a reading room and borehole to the St Peter Claver Jesuit Primary School in Chishawasha, Zimbabwe, in a bid both to reduce water shortages and improve literacy learning at the school. The ceremony was attended by the Jesuit Provincial, Fr Chiedza Chimhanda SJ, the Club President Mr Gary Pozzo, Chishawasha mission superior Fr Fidelis Mukonori SJ, Rotarians, and students and staff of the school.Harare Dawn raised money for the drilling of a borehole and...
Fr Nigel Johnson SJ
Last week Fr Nigel Johnson SJ was the main celebrant and homilist at a thanksgiving Mass to celebrate the lives of four Dominican sisters and three Jesuits killed at St Paul's Musami in Zimbabwe 39 years ago on 6 February 1977.Fr Nigel Johnson SJ, who worked at the mission with the martyred priests and religious, was joined by many Jesuits concelebrating and many Dominican sisters. In his homily, Fr Johnson encouraged the sisters and congregation to go on mission to combat hatred and vengeance...

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