youth camp 2019Jesuit Urumuri Centre in partnership with the Catholic education secretariat in the Archdiocese of Kigali ran its annual youth camp from the 9th to the 14th December. The youth camp initiative was started by Jesuit Urumuri Centre in 2017 after realizing the challenges that young people are facing with regards to integral development. This year’s event took place at the Rulindo Campus of the University of Kibungo (UNIK). The camp gathered close to 150 attendees who spent the whole week learning and deepening the manual of AHAPPY Generation Program that JUC is currently implementing in partner schools within the archdiocese of Kigali. The JUC training team was seconded by two guest facilitators; namely Ms. Pascalia Sergon and Mr. Johnfisher Ondigo from African Jesuit AIDS Network (AJAN) who hail from Nairobi, Kenya.

The youth camp was officially opened on the evening of Monday the 9th. At the official opening, the ceremony was graced by Fr Kimenyi Damien, the Parish Priest of Rulindo Catholic Parish, Fr Onesphore Ntivuguruzwa, the secretary for Catholic education secretariat in the Archdiocese of Kigali; Mr. Ntabana Cyrille, the Rulindo District officer in charge of emigration and immigration, as well as our very own Fr. Patrice Ndayisenga, SJ, the JUC director.

IMG 20191211 WA0002J’imagine que le premier sigle sonne plus ou moins étrange pour certains d’entre nous, Jésuites de la Région Rwanda Burundi ; mais, sans doute, le deuxième est familier à presque, si ce n’est pas, tout le monde. RMPP représente le Réseau Mondial de Prière du Pape dont l’ancien nom est AP (Apostolat de la Prière), alors que MEJ représente le Mouvement Eucharistique des Jeunes. Les membres de RMPP sont âgés de plus de vingt-cinq ans, alors que ceux de MEJ sont âgés de cinq à vingt-cinq ans. Mais, les deux ne sont qu’un seul mouvement d’action catholique. En fait, les membres de RMPP ont une charge d’accompagner leurs petits/tes frères et sœurs de MEJ.

IMG 20191126 WA0028Jean meurt le 20 Novembre 2019, et fut enterré trois jours après. Apres ses 83 ans, l’homme qui parlait peu de son vivant, rassemblait, pour ses obsèques, une multitude qui parla abondamment de sa vie remarquable: homme sobre, humble, aimant, authentique, respectueux, jésuite, profondément spirituel et profondément humain. Entre autres participaient aux funérailles du Père Jean Gasenge cinq Evêques, nombreux jésuites, prêtres, religieuses et religieux des différents coins du monde et de nombreux membres de famille et amis. Tous témoignaient avoir pu comprendre le cœur de l’homme qui communiquait éloquemment par le langage d’amour.

Marathon MeetingIn the framework to end the AIDS pandemic, the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) is organizing the biggest Conference on AIDS in Africa. This great event will take place at the Kigali Convention Centre in Rwanda, from 2nd -7th December, 2019.

The conference is engaging the whole continent and all stakeholders in the Post-SDG framework around the theme “AIDS Free Africa- Innovation, Community, and Political Leadership”

Nduba4Aussitôt dit, aussitôt fait! La semaine dernière, vingt-six enseignants en provenance des écoles catholiques de l’Archidiocèse de Kigali ont terminé la formation des formateurs au Programme Génération Heureuse, dénommé “AHAPPY Generation Programme for Youth”, en anglais. La dite formation s’est tenue aux enceintes de l’Hôtel CENETRA, district de Gasabo, Kigali, du 22 au 31 Juillet 2019.

AHAPPY launch CakeAHAPPY is an acronym for AJAN HIV and AIDS Prevention Programme for the Youth. It is a programme initiated by AJAN (African Jesuit AIDS Network) in different countries of Africa and Madagascar. The launching of this program by JUC was a culmination of a ten days training of trainers workshop that was held in Kigali from 22-31 July 2019, which had gathered 30 teachers from 15 Catholic Education Schools in the Archdiocese of Kigali.

The purpose of the workshop was to awaken participants to different problems that are threatening the youth, especially HIV and AIDS pandemic, early pregnancies amongst teenagers and drug abuse urging them to join hands for positive solutions, once back to their respective schools.

As highlighted by Fr. Elphège QUENUM, SJ, the director of AJAN, AHAPPY Generation Programme for Youth is rooted in the tradition the Ignatian Pedagogy which promotes integral development of a human person.

Ahappy group photo3Jesuit Urumuri Centre (JUC) in collaboration with African Jesuit AIDS Network (AJAN) and the Catholic Education Secretariat in the Archdiocese of Kigali are now conducting a Workshop on the A HAPPY Generation Programme. This is a ten days training of Trainers ( TOT) Workshop that is taking place at CENETRA Hotel, the premises of Saint Therese Sisters of Kabuga in Gasabo District, from the 22 to 31 July, 2019.

conference day3The final day of the conference, “Reinventing Theology in Post-Genocide Rwanda: Challenges and Hopes” was focused on the sixth and final theme: “Challenges and Signs of Hope.” The first speaker was Fr. Jean Baptiste Ganza, SJ whose talk was entitled, “The Invisible Hand: Twenty-Five Years of Miracles Seen and Unseen.” He began by suggesting that the theologians Rwanda needs today are those who hunger for God’s self-revelation and live with all of their senses open to his miracles. He outlined four examples of miracles to which he witnessed in Rwanda all of which demonstrated the possibility for growth, reconciliation, and rebirth in the country, after the genocide. He concluded by suggesting that a new church is possible in Rwanda and its foundation depends on God’s invisible hand.

RTPGR Conference day221 June, 2019 marked the second day of the conference “Reinventing Theology in Post-Genocide Rwanda: Challenges and Hopes.”

The first theme of the day and the second of the conference was, “Justice, Reconciliation, and Reconstruction.” Shelley Tenenbaum presented the first talk entitled, “Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda and the Jews in Europe,” in which she compared the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda to the Holocaust in Germany. She highlighted the similarities and differences between the two noting that both involved the transformation of a fluid to fixed identities. Ultimately, she suggested that while all genocides are unique, the similarities between them can help inform our ability to resist and prevent their reoccurrence.

Thursday day1On 20 June, 2019 the conference entitled Reinventing Theology in Post-Genocide Rwanda: Challenges and Hopes kicked off at Centre Christus in Kigali. Fr. Marcel Uwineza and Fr. Elisée Rutagambwa began by welcoming distinguished speakers from Africa, Europe, and the United States. Fr. Rutagambwa then introduced the day’s keynote speaker – Mgr. Antoine Kambanda.

Mgr. Kambanda’s talk was titled “The Role of the Church in the Process of Reconciliation in Rwanda.” He began by noting that before 1994, Catholicism in Rwanda was flourishing as 62 percent of the population identified as Catholic. After the genocide, preaching in Rwanda became more complex. On this note, Mgr. Kambanda began to discuss the nature of the genocide and suggested that it was particularly unique because it pitted neighbor against neighbor and prompted the breakdown of previously strong notions of community and unity.

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