The announcement was made on the feast of St. Francis Xavier, 3 December. Father José Minaku Lukoli (54) has been appointed to serve as the next President of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM). Father General in his appointment letter described him as a Jesuit endowed with “qualities, language skills and experience that will help him to fulfil the office of President with fidelity, courage and spiritual sense.” He further said that “he will be able to take into account the needs and expectations of the Conference and the Universal Society, and be attentive to Jesuits and collaborators.”
José Minaku is from the Province of Central Africa (ACE). He had previously served as Socius to the Novice Director in Kisantu, DRC, Socius to the Provincial, and Rector of Alfajiri College in Bukavu. But most importantly he served as Provincial of the ACE from 2014 to 2020. He is currently Assistant Tertianship Instructor.
He will assume his position at a yet to be determined date in 2023.