Father General has appointed Fr. Solofonirina Jocelyn
Rabeson (53) as the next Provincial of the Province of Madagascar. He entered
the Society of Jesus at the Province novitiate in 1987. In 1998, he was ordained
a priest in Antananarivo, and he took his final vows in Nairobi in December
Jocelyn Rabeson went through the Society’s standard
formation process: juniorate, philosophy, and theology. He did his theological
undergraduate studies at Hekima College (Nairobi, Kenya), and his graduate
studies at Weston Jesuit School of Theology (Cambridge, USA). After studying library science at the Catholic
University of America (Washington, USA), he completed a PhD in Ecclesiology at the Catholic University
of East Africa, Nairobi, in 2014.
Between and after his academic studies, Fr. Rabeson
worked in a missionary district, was the Province Librarian-Archivist, and also
served as the librarian at Hekima College. Since 2018 he has been the Rector of
the ITCJ (Institut de théologie de la Compagnie de Jésus) in Abidjan, Ivory
will take office after the Congregation of Procurators (May 2023).