session of information and formation, what has surprised you, encouraged you,
helped you? And what will you bring back from Rome to Africa... at the level of
your work, but also perhaps in your heart?
This question inspires me with one word:
demystification. I remember the day I arrived at the General Curia. It was the
early morning of Saturday, November 5th. The weather was cold.
Father Barnabé Ramahatradraibe, Secretary for the Assistancy of Africa and
Madagascar, welcomed me heartily at the door of the Curia. This warmed me up in
a Rome that is on the verge of winter. Then he invited me to breakfast, and
there I found myself with Father General. This was the first opportunity I had
to meet him. I think that I was not expecting to see him, at least not in the
context of a banal activity like breakfast. I was impressed by his simplicity.
This is what I think demystified the idea I may have had, subconsciously or
consciously, of the General Curia. This feeling of simplicity between us ran
through the whole week of formation. When I came, I thought we were going to go
through the Practica Quaedam, a kind
of manual, with the long list of administrative procedures that one has to
follow. But from the first session with Fr. Antoine Kerhuel, Secretary of the
Society, I understood that it was more a question of immersing myself in the
spirit of “our way of proceeding”.
am happy to have taken part in this session because it has helped me answer the
question that occupies me as a Socius: that of the Jesuit identity. It is,
beyond procedures, a matter of spirit, of a Jesuit way of proceeding that is
characteristic of our mission-identity. I am returning to my Province, in
Africa, with the idea that my mission to the Provincial is to work more on the
Mission and the Union of Hearts, the two great aspects that run through our Constitutions from the beginning to the