Opening of the 2nd Year of the JCAM Tertianship – 2019-2020

Seven tertians arrived on 16th September:

  • Mark Luedtke and Matthew Pyrc from the USA,
  • Egide Ndayisenga from Burundi,
  • Nshimbi Kabamba from Zambia,
  • Hubert Ralaivao and Cyprien Ranaivotratra from Madagascar and
  • Ignatius Tambudzai from Zimbabwe

to start the second session of the Tertianship at Paradyskloof, near Stellenbosch and Cape Town.

Mike Lewis developed acute appendicitis and had to have an operation on 17th September. Fortunately he was back on the 19th September.

Whilst he was in hospital, Jim McGloin held the fort and the Tertians settled down. This year we have been bedevilled by the diplomatic tensions between South Africa and Rwanda on the one hand, and Nigeria and South Africa on the other.

The result is that we are still short of three Tertians since Innocent Rugaragu will have to return to sort out his visa and we await with patience for the South African Embassy to issue a visa to Chikere Agbo, before the two Nigerian Tertians can arrive.

Prayers requested

The Spiritual Exercises for the Tertians in Stellenbosch, near Cape Town, begins on Sunday evening, 21 October, and will continue until 20 November.  The Tertians and their Directors would appreciate it if you would keep them in your prayers especially during this time.

Cape Town Tertianship Group 2018-2019  Kneeling:  Patric Razafimahafaly (MDG), Kevin Odey (ANW), Bboloka Nchimunya (ZAM).  Middle Row:  Jamesylvester Urama (ANW), Bernard Karerwa (RWB), Simon Nsielanga (ACE), Philmon Tirkey (HAZ), Cyrille Kazwala (ACE).   Back Row: Mike Lewis (SAF), Gilbert Banda (ZIM), Jim McGloin (ZAM), Fidele Ingiyibere (RWB).

Cape Town Tertianship Group 2018-2019

Back Row: Mike Lewis (SAF), Gilbert Banda (ZIM), Jim McGloin (ZAM), Fidele Ingiyibere (RWB).
Middle Row: Jamesylvester Urama (ANW), Bernard Karerwa (RWB), Simon Nsielanga (ACE), Philmon Tirkey (HAZ), Cyrille Kazwala (ACE).
Kneeling: Patric Razafimahafaly (MDG), Kevin Odey (ANW), Bboloka Nchimunya (ZAM).

Inauguration of JCAM Tertianship, Cape Town, South Africa

On a cold, rainy evening in the Christian Brothers Centre in Stellenbosch, the Cape Town Tertianship was officially opened. Sadly because of a visa problem, the JCAM President, Fr. Orobator was unable to be with us to do the honours. The Regional Superior, Fr. David Rowan, stood in for him.

Fr. Rowan presided at an evening Mass, which was attended by the seven tertians who had arrived, the tertian instructor and his assistant, the Cape Town local Jesuit community and Br. Terry Dowling, the director of the Centre.

Apart from welcoming the pioneer tertians to the beginning of this new tertianship, Fr. Rowan pointed out that they are not the first tertians in South Africa. That honour belonged to those who attended the tertianship set up at the Jesuit formation houses in Dunbrody (in the Eastern Cape near
Port Elizabeth) by the pioneering Jesuits of the Zambesi Mission in 1884. However, the tertianship part of Dunbrody closed its doors after a few years, Dunbrody itself in 1934.

In his homily Fr. Rowan stressed that in a world of instant-this and instant-that, there is nothing instant about Jesuit formation. Rather it is a process of spiritual, academic and pastoral formation which tertianship brings to a close. As St. Ignatius wrote in the Constitutions, it is a time to return to the ‘school of the heart,’ a return to the spiritual and affective sources that nourished and formed their Jesuit vocation.

Stellenbosch is a famous wine-growing area of South Africa. After the Mass Father Rowan introduced the tertians and visitors to the culture of wine-drinking. With two South African white wines and two red wines, all enjoyed a wine-tasting experience. A whole new vocabulary was taught as the gathered community sampled a balon of chardonnay (a gentle wine), a cabernet blanc (smell the strawberry bouquet), a pinot noir (taste the coffee especially after gusto reverto), and a cabernet sauvignon (the queen of wines).

After the inculturation experience for Stellenbosch, all continued to enjoy each other’s company over a meal with other drinks available. And so began the first tertianship in Southern Africa after 130 years.

Jim McGloin, S.J.

Announcing a New Tertianship Programme

The Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) announces the opening of a new tertianship programme. The programme will be based in Cape Town, South Africa, starting on 18 September 2018 and lasting for six months. Fr. Michael Lewis SJ and Fr. James McGloin SJ will be the Tertian Instructors. There are ten places available for the programme. Applications should be sent to Fr. Lewis on