The Archive team has been quite busy in mid-February. Just after the meeting of a group of archivists from the six Jesuit Conferences, Fr. Brian Mac Cuarta, academic director of the ARSI, met with several directors of Jesuit Historical institutes. The main reason for bringing these people together was to respond to the mandate, given by General Congregation 36, to seek greater collaboration within our works and ministries. Within the long history of the Society of Jesus, ARSI has played significant role in fostering that kind of broad collaboration. The meeting, held on February 16th and 17th, sought to identify projects in common between existing centres, as well as projects that can benefit research into, and writing about Jesuit history.
The makeup of the meeting was diverse, from Jesuits who have spent decades researching and cataloging the history of the Society, to two young Jesuits who lead historical research centres. Jean Luc Enyegue heads the Jesuit Historical Institute in Africa, in Nairobi, Kenya and Rinald D’Souza oversees the work of the Xavier Centre of Historical Research, in Goa, India. We asked them about their motivations to the History of the Society of Jesus.