Now is the third celebration. Fr. Arturo Sosa, the
current Superior General, communicated to the Major Superiors: David Rowan,
Chiedza Chimhanda and Leonard Chiti and their current 277 companions in
Southern Africa, these words, which will be in effect today,“I unite the present Dependent Region of South Africa, the Province of
Zimbabwe-Mozambique and the Zambia-Malawi Province. The new Province will be
comprised of the territories of the Republic of South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho,
Botswana, Swaziland, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.”
It took nearly ten years of transition to erect this
new Province. And so many Jesuits, dead and alive, to bring it to this third
level of life-mission. Some even say this is the fourth celebration, the first
being the Zambezi Mission, in the 16th Century.
it took two generations of Generals and several major superiors, let alone the
different commissions, task forces and committees; assemblies, conferences,
consults, dialogues, meetings; colloquies and prayers at different levels and
times, to come peacefully to this day of consolation.