Fernando Azpiroz SJ is an Argentinian Jesuit who is Director of Ricci Social Services, in the China Province. He visited Ireland last week to update us about the progress the communities within China and Macau are making and to share the story of their journey.
"One of the most striking and surprising things about Zambia was the native trees that are all around Lusaka and around the country. I was amazed at the variety of the lush greenery everywhere. Another thing I loved is that everywhere we went, we heard wonderful music - from people’s houses and yards, and even on the street."
Rosaleen Kenny has worked for Irish Jesuit Missions for more than 20 years. As the organisation’s receptionist, she is the main point of contact for Irish Jesuits who live and work overseas, and their families. Last year, she fulfilled a dream to visit somewhere she has heard about for many years through the friendships she has made with the Irish Jesuit missionary community. She and her husband visited Zambia and spent time with the Jesuit community there. The trip was very meaningful to Rosaleen, and to the Irish Jesuits in Zambia*.
Fr Adrian Makasa SJ and Fran Flood, Director and Deputy Director at JCED
‘I usually set off from home at 7.30 am on my journey to the office. It’s a half-hour walk which is very pleasant as almost invariably the sun is shining and the temperature not so high. Also, as it’s the rainy season, everything it seems is in bloom. A good harvest beckons!
Basamat Osman Atom, from the Blue Nile region of Sudan, is training to be a teacher with the support of JRS in Maban, South Sudan (Photo: Nyamweya Omari)
Basamat Osman Atom was born just a few kilometres away from Maban, in a small market centre known as Jam in Blue Nile State, Sudan. Her story is one of resilience and deep determination.
’I was born in 1996 to Sarah and Osman Atom, and I am the oldest in a family of six girls and one boy.Before I joined the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Teacher Training Programme in Maban, I was an untrained volunteer teacher at a school in the camps. I am now in my second semester and expect to complete my Certificate in Primary Education course in December 2019.
Elias Arkangelo at Loyola Secondary School in Wau, South Sudan
Education is a tool not only for imparting knowledge, but for achieving societal and political change.
This month, our colleague Noelle Fitzpatrick left Ireland for South Sudan, to take up a post as Country Director with the Jesuit Refugee Service. On a visit to the country last August for the Xavier Network, a group of 13 Jesuit organisations who work together for global justice, she visited Loyola Secondary School, in Wau and was touched by a story of resilience and courage from a young boy she met there.