Since 2020, Jesuit scholastics studying philosophy at the Catholic
University of Central Africa (UCAC) have been organising what has now become a
tradition, an “Ecological Week”. The twofold aim of the week is to make known
the presence of Jesuits in Yaoundé, Cameroon, and, more importantly, to respond
to the 4th Universal Apostolic Preference of the Society of
Jesus: Caring for our common home.
To raise awareness of the importance of caring for our environment,
Jesuit scholastics collaborate with the UCAC Environment Club in Yaoundé,
organising activities that mobilise students and administrative staff. They are
all inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato si’. This initiative of
dedicating weeks to ecology is part of a series of commitments to raise
awareness of the need to protect our common home. Participants are guided by
themes that invite them to ecological conversion.
The third Ecological Week
was launched last March during a Eucharist at which the UCAC Vice-Rector, Fr
Epiphane Kinhoun, presided. The celebrant stressed that “we remain determined in
our pursuit of this initiative, following in the footsteps of the Holy Father, for
what he calls the preservation of our common home”.