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!!!
EMPOWERED TO EMPOWER
I come from Tanzania, from a family of four children. I am a student at Ocer Campion Jesuit College in Gulu, Uganda. I am in senior three. What I like about Ocer is that they teach students how to grow in their spiritual lives and their relationship with God. In addition, I am inspired by our school motto: “Beyond Academic Excellence”.
Going “Beyond Academic Excellence” does not mean that we don’t take academics seriously. We do take both academics and social life seriously and that way we are able to excel. In other words, we strike a balance between academics, spiritual and social life. For instance, we go to the orphanages to help and be with the children there thus giving them joy and also we go to the hospitals to visit the sick. This is something that is not done in many other schools, and this is why I like being at Ocer.
One example to demonstrate our “Beyond Academic Excellence” motto is that since 2012 we have gotten awards in music, dance, drama, and sports. This gives me confidence that Jesuit education will help me to make it in my future life, especially bearing in mind that Pope Francis is a Jesuit and former US President Bill Clinton is an Alumnus of a Jesuit school.
My ambition is to become a lawyer because I want to help fight the injustices in this world. The other reason I want to become a lawyer is to prove to other women that “we can do it”. At Ocer we are taught that we are “Men and Women for Others.” So I want to become a role model to other women and enable them know that both men and women are equal.
I am excited by the news that the Jesuits plan to start a university in Eastern Africa and it is my hope that after Ocer, I will join the Jesuit University.
By Grace Simon
Student, Ocer Campion Jesuit College, Gulu, Uganda