JPIC-ED Strategic Action Plan for 2022-2028

Why Nurture JPIC-ED Values within Us?

From 27th February to 5th March 2023, our Generalate in Rome, hosted JPIC-ED Provincial Coordinators and Section Promotors. The aim of coming together, both in person and online, was to elaborate a JPIC-ED Strategic Action Plan for 2022-2028. Presenters enriched JPIC-ED provincial and section strategic action plans which were prepared prior to the session.

First, a JPIC-ED minister cannot offer what s/he does not have. Thus, processing JPIC-ED values within oneself helped each participant to understand his/her role as an agent peace and positive change in society.  

Second, participants took time to look at the collaboration with the local Church. Issues related to charity and justice, human mobility, anti-human trafficking campaign, education, economy, international trade and poverty, environmental care, healing and reconciliation, etc., call for collaboration.

Third, the challenge of insecurity, mostly in Africa, was not ignored. That is why conflicts management and resolution captured the attention of the participants. Using a theoretical framework, participants took time to investigate and understand causes of conflicts, approaches in peacebuilding, the correlation between conflict prevention, management, resolution, and transformation, etc.

Fourth, participants investigated socio-economic dynamics of our time. A particular attention was drawn on the state of world’s economy, the problem of economic growth, the urgent need to change how the economy works, etc.

Finally, participants looked at the challenge of funding JPIC-ED apostolate.

Why cultivate JPIC-ED values within us? On processing JPIC-ED values within oneself, participants contemplated their inner-selves. Human frailty and tendency to inflict injustices on oneself, the other and the body of the Society stands possible for each and everyone. Aware of one’s struggles and vulnerability to injustice, it becomes an imperative to build a culture of encounter, dialogue, peace, justice, and care for our common home. This comes to corroborate what Mahatma Gandhi once said: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” In other words, ‘practice what you preach’.

The 29th General Chapter of our Society goes in the same line. It recommends the following: (1) a reflection on injustices within our Society and those that affect our collaborators (cf. Cap. Acts, §1, p. 27); (2) a renewed collaboration with the local Church and civil society actors in favor of peace and reconciliation (cf. Cap. Acts, §2, p. 27); (3) communal commitment in the care for our common home (cf. Cap. Acts, §6, p.28); and (4) where needed, to walk on the road of healing and renewal (cf. Cap. Acts, §7, p. 30).

With the current financial ups and downs caused by Covid-19 and Ukraine-Russia war, there is a need to imagine new ways of financing our JPIC-ED activities at the grassroots. To continue this noble aspect of our Charism, participants agreed to source funds from donors and other people of goodwill. Phases of planning, monitoring and evaluation should be well respected. Financial reports should exhibit transparence and accountability.

To conclude, JPIC-ED Coordinators sought to plan for a renewed JPIC-ED Ministry. ‘Walking the talk’ is necessary. JPIC-ED apostolate calls for collaboration with like-minded people and institutions, especially the local Church. It does not ignore the question of insecurity, mostly in Africa. It is aware of Covid-19 related financial challenges that need attention. Further, it seeks to follow the 29th General Chapter recommendations.

Prosper Harelimana

Jerusalem session postponed

Jerusalem Sessions

SESSION / RETREAT (08/03 – 03/06/2021 in French) at St Anne’s in Jerusalem :

Due to the Coronavirus epidemic, and following the guidelines of the Israeli Ministry of Health, the Board of Directors decided to cancel this session. We deeply regret this, but we hope you understand our decision.

Next sessions



07/09 – 02/12: Bethesda Session in French (including an 8-day retreat)

Future sessions will be planned once the pandemic is under control.

The Jerusalem sessions are for confreres Missionaries of Africa, Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa, African clergy and religious working in Africa.

For more information, please contact Father Josef Buholzer, secretary of the sessions:

Coronavirus perturbs our own activities

Coronavirus disturbing our own activities

The participants to the Jerusalem session, which was supposed to take place from this month, have without doubt been disappointed when they received this mail from the secretary of the session a few days ago. All of us in Rome, we are sorry for them, hoping that they will be able to reiterate their project later.

Otherwise, some members of the General Council are grounded in Rome while some of them would have gone to Jerusalem or to Kenya… Indeed, Italy has not the best of reputation when it comes to Coronavirus !


2nd March 2020


How are you? Last Wednesday, the Ministry of Health of Israel issued a statement that “travel for conferences and other international gatherings should be avoided, including trips for religious events.” See below.

We must abide by those directives of the Ministry and so cancel the Biblical session scheduled to take place at St-Anne’s Jerusalem from March 10 till June 6, 2020. We are very sorry about that, but it is the only option. We are very much aware that you have been preparing to take part in this session for a long time. Hopefully it will be possible to do it in the future.

For those who have already paid the fees, please send us the copy of your payment and we shall refund your expenses. On the other hand, it is your responsibility to cancel your air ticket and Health Insurance.

Can you please confirm that you have received this message?

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Denis Laflamme


Subjects: Overseas Travelers, Diseases, Public health

Publish Date: 26/02/2020 19:40

  1. The government has issued a travel warning to Italy in view of the morbidity there. The Ministry of Health recommends all Israeli residents avoid travel to Italy. Additionally, the Ministry of Health issued a Decree that all travelers from Italy in the last 14 days must be placed under a 14-day home quarantine.
  2. The Ministry of Health assesses that it is highly likely that the coronavirus has spread to many other places in Europe and all over the world. Therefore the Ministry of Health advises the general public to consider all nonessential travel, regardless whether a certain destination is specified in the Home Quarantine Decree.
  3. The public is advised to avoid travel to international conferences, conventions or any other congregate settings, including travel to religious events, where foreign nationals assemble. Avoid organizing international conferences in Israel. Elaborate guidance will be released in the Ministry of Health Website. 

Seniors’ session 2019

Seniors Session 2019

Due to a scarcity of candidates, only one session was held this year, namely the Seniors’ Session, which took place at the Generalate in September. Below the group photo, you can read the message written by the sessionists at the end of the session. And, at the very bottom of the page, you will find the link to the beautiful homily delivered by our Assistant General Didier Sawadogo.

Please note that in 2020, there will only be a Session for Seniors. It will take place in Rome from 9th to 26th September 2020 in English. So the Transition Session will not take place in 2020.

Getting together after years, decades, for many of us was an attractive aspect of the session. It aroused surprise, wonder, questioning, joy and humour. Brothers found brothers, sisters found sisters, sisters found brothers and vice versa. Our memories were very excited and we had enough to place beacons on the roads of our lives.

Bernard and Helga had prepared the session with know-how, with meticulousness to facilitate and enrich the journey they proposed, taking into account the limits of our ages.

To go on pilgrimage is to seek a goal. What are we targeting at our ages but the ultimate transition from life to Life? But this passage is of the order of mystery… we must only strive to achieve it by walking – together – and each one at his own pace.

A pilgrimage involves a step-by-step movement. Our steps were to discover, to rediscover the face of Jesus, which He has shown us throughout our lives and still today. 

Marvelling at the progress of this revelation: Jesus, Son of the Father, elder brother, who gives us his Spirit to teach us to love, to let us be loved by God, by ourselves and by others… A stage of wonder also for the Missionary Family in which we have long been engaged. A journey nourished by prayer, sustained throughout the days and facilitated by artistic contributions, careful preparation and enriching sharing, guided by the theme of each stage of the pilgrimage. Benefit of common prayer, of the Eucharist lived peacefully, and therefore more deeply, and undoubtedly of times of personal contemplation.

We experienced all this all the more intensely because we were supported by a very valuable family life environment: guaranteed interculturality, an important presence of Africa, an atmosphere of youth alongside the different ages…. But also comfort, cleanliness and order of the house, quality gastronomy, organisation of the many services… and above all the availability, friendliness, openness and humour that each offered to each other. We leave as rejuvenated, “refreshed” and always carrying the Good News.

Thank you to our two Institutes who have thus obtained for us the grace of rejuvenation in Christ and a renewed openness to the life of our missionary family.

Wish of conclusion: “May the old apple trees we have become still produce good apples!

The sessionists

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Transition Session Opening Mass – Rome September 2018

This homily was delivered by Francis Barnes, First Assistant General, at the opening of the Transition Session in Rome on Thursday, September 6, 2018.

Dive into the depths. This is certainly the call of religious life; to go to the depths; to go into the unmarked waters of life. The problem is that we prefer the shallow waters of our proven methods of doing, we prefer the shallow waters of our doctrine and the laws where we are safe, we prefer to stay on the shore with our fears and feelings of apprehension. We all know that when it comes to jumping into the unknown, we are afraid and moving to deeper waters for sure does not excite us. Continue reading “Transition Session Opening Mass – Rome September 2018”

The session of transition to the third age (PE nr. 1084)

In the back row: Bernard Ugeux, William Crombie,Ursula Finder, Helga Franke, Jacqueline Picard, Marc De Vos, Riny van Broekhoven, Johan Miltenburg, Olivier Lecestre, In the front row: Denise Lavoie, Maria Theresia Hubert, Rita Toutant, Silvia Palomo, Theresa Chimwemwe, Margaret Derek.

This year, the session of transition to the third age in English took place, once again, in Rome at the generalate of the Missionaries of Africa from the 6th to the 9th of September. 13 Sisters of Our Lady of Africa and 5 Missionaries of Africa: Sisters Margaret Derek, Rita Toutant, Jacqueline Picard, Silvia Palomo, Maria Theresia Hubert, Denise Lavoie, Ursula Finder, Theresa Chimwemwe ; Fathers Riny van Broekhoven, Olivier Lecestre, Johan Miltenburg, William Crombie, Marc De Vos.

The session was led by Father Bernard Ugeux and Sister Helga Franke.
They talked about various interesting themes such as: transition, roots, missionary life, my work, my relations, integration, God in my life, the world today, mission today, community life, the last passage, faithfulness … So many themes to help approach a new stage in missionary life. They all seemed joyful and full of confidence for the future.

Freddy Kyombo, M.Afr.

Helga Franke, msola

Bernard Ugeux, M.Afr.
Mass at the beginning of the session