In this issue
The JUEA family congratulates and wishes well Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator, S.J, upon his appointment as the new Principal of Hekima College.Prior to this Fr. Orobator was the Provincial of Eastern Africa Province of the Society of Jesus (AOR).We are indebted to his diligent leadership and support which have brought JUEA project thus far. He remains a full-time member of the core planning team of JUEA. Asante sana (Thank you very much), Bator!!!
We also congratulate Fr. Jerome Manyahi, S.J ., a member of the core planning team of JUEA, upon successful completion of his PhD in physics at Loyola College, Chennai, India.His doctoral dissertation was "The Logical Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics: The Role of Probability Theory in the Description of Quantum Reality."Hongera (Congratulations), Jerome!!!
BEING A JESUIT STUDENT
My first day of primary school took place at a Jesuit School. That was eight years ago. I was a tiny kid, who never cared much about school.School was school, and who owned the school wasn’t an issue to me, and the foundations and the values of the school were not even known to me. Fortunately, my parents knew what a good education was and where to get it. That’s how I found myself at St. Ignatius Prep and Primary School in Dodoma, Tanzania; a Jesuit School where all aspects of life were taken care of.
Back at St. Ignatius School, I learned that God is present in our lives all the time and laboring for us. God is revealed in the mystery of the human person, since we are created in the image and likeness of God.
In those days at St. Ignatius School, God gave us strength, knowledge, love, patience, etc. But towards the end of my primary education, I came to realize what a Jesuit Education really was, and all about serving others. All is reflected in AMDG, initials that stand for “The Greater Glory of God.”
I learned how to use freedom responsibly. Freedom requires a genuine knowledge, love, and acceptance of oneself to make rational decisions; decisions that have helped me to move beyond my “comfort zone” and to show my true self to others. Doing something for the needy in our school, communities, and country are also a part of our education at a Jesuit School.
My experience in Jesuit education, starting at St. Ignatius Prep and Primary School, and now here as a student at St. Peter Claver High School, I have learned so much. This has all happened through “Magis,” which means “the more.” Doing more and being more, for God. St. Ignatius of Loyola usually insisted on Magis. It’s the call for greater service to God and to be the closest imitation to Jesus as you can be; a call to develop my capacity in every stage of my life, in the service of others. Either when I am at St. Peter Claver High School, or in the outside world.
Originally Published in the St. Peter Claver High School Claverian Magazine
By Edith Michael (bottom left) and Walter Basil Mbakile (top left), Recent Form IV Graduates of St. Peter Claver High School in Dodoma, Tanzania (right)