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Magis Kigali Experience

Magis Kigali Experience

Letter from Poland

Magis Kigali Experience

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to other cities in Rwanda in

Let

the next months and years.

us

continue

to

give

thanks as we enter the sea-

forward to ‘go the extra

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mile’ in the coming year.

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‘people’, ‘places’, and ‘events’.

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From the Coordinator’s desk...

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This is the second last newsletter for 2012, an opportune moment to invite us all to look back at how our

The month of November has

journey has been since Jan-

‘To see Him more clearly…to

been especially busy, but

uary.

love Him more dearly…to follow

also

Weekend in Malindi,

Him ever more closely’. These

and fulfilling. The MAGiS

provide a space for partici-

are the words that stayed with

Kigali

International

pants to review the year

me on the Feast of Christ the

Taize meeting were without

and to plan or the next. The

King, a day that was dedicated

a doubt the highlight of the

leaders and mentors will

to the 5th Anniversary cele-

month. Thank you very much

also undertake an important

bration of the MAGiS Kenya

to everyone to made MAGiS

activity-that of identifying

program. As I listened to the

Kigali a success; our hosts

leadership for MAGiS Kenya

reflections offered by Sr. Car-

and local organizers in Kigali

for the year 2013. Please

ol, Andrew and Mr. Kinyua, my

-Benoit, Ildephonse, Fortu-

pray for the success of the-

heart was filled with gratitude.

natus, Vincent, Beatrice and

se activities and I look for-

Gratitude for the many gifts

Calixte; Fr. Marcel Uwineza,

ward to meeting many of

that the MAGiS Kenya family

SJ, Jean Damascene,SJ and

you in Malindi!

has received in the last five

the Centre Saint Francois

years, and as Peter Gumisiriza,

D’Assise in Kicyukiro. I hope

SJ, reminded us at the recol-

that the MAGiS spirit will

lection,

live on in Kigali and spread

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gratitude

for

the

extremely

and

rewarding

The

final

MAGiS will

Allen.


NEWS

MAGiS Weekend/Workshop-Malindi The final MAGiS Kenya activity for

time to evaluate the activities we

2012 takes place in the coastal town

have had in 2012 and to plan for

of Malindi, which St. Francis Xavier

2013. The leaders and mentors, as

visited in 1542. While connecting with

is tradition, will meet to identify

our Ignatian roots, we will also take

the leadership team for 2013.

Magis 2013 and WYD ‘13 - Brazil Registration

for

wishing to take part in the

Theme:

MAG+S 2013 have been

July 2013 events. An im-

“Nations Await

made available by the or-

portant date to keep in

Us”

ganizing team in Brazil. In

mind is the December 21st

the past few weeks, the

deadline for paying the reg-

WYD 2013 Theme:

coordination team has in

istration fee deposit. Please

“Go and Make

turn indicated to you the

get in touch with us if you

Disciples of All

registration dates, costs

have any questions or con-

Nations”

and procedures for those

cerns regarding registra-

Magis 2013

details

tion.

HAPPY 5TH ANNIVERSARY MAGiS KENYA! The Tree seedling planted at Guadalupe Parish to commemorate 5 Yrs of the Magis Program in Kenya. MAGIS

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EXPERIENCES

Magis Kigali...by Fredrick Oyugi names in vain.

plicity, humility, love and union

Our visit to the genocide park was a moment of silence and deep thought in memory of many innocent souls

amongst all participants irrespective of which country one came from. We lived and interacted with

that were killed in the name of ‘our

confidence as if we had set eyes

tribe is better than you’. Remains of

before and other than prayers it was a lifetime experience to re-

The journey to Kigali began on

clothing’s and human bones were evi-

10th Nov’ 2012 at 8am at Kampala

dent enough of how things happened

coach bus terminus in Nairobi.

and how no one could wish the same

Generally our stay in Rwanda was

After 28hrs of travel we eventu-

to come again. A visit to the children

excellent after comparing and con-

ally landed into His Excellency

orphanage was a rare experience

trasting our lives as Kenyans and as

Paul Kagame’s homeland and the

since many were there as a result of

Rwandese, which brought a deep

first word was murakoze neza i.e.

the genocide and other poverty re-

feeling for future continuous visits,

welcome from his lovely people.

lated cases, through the intercession

we exchanged contacts and by the

The first experience by the Mag-

of the ignatian spirituality we were

graces of God at least we communi-

is Kenya group members was that

able to merge and become one family

cate with our dear friends and host

of language barrier fem minutes

and a moment of love and unity

families once in a while. For the in-

after arrival but we could not

through our involvement in their rou-

terested ones we managed to re-

turn back instead ‘kama mbaya

tines which refreshed our lives and

turn home speaking some French

mbaya’.Our host St.Francois de’

theirs.

and Kinyaruanda.Thanks to God for

ssaise led by Mr.Bermuel was the

Rwandese proved to be good people

place to set down our tools for

especially during the Taize pilgrim-

the three days, amongst the best

age, these was evident especially

meal we enjoyed were ‘fwe-fwe’

from those of us who were hosted by

and ‘obunono which we received

families from different parishes for

and were truly appealing the very

the five days pilgrimage of trust,

day we arrived, these were our

they took us in as their own family

own local names we had named

members and great comrades.Taize-

them after searching out their

Kigali was one in a million due to sim-

MAGIS

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NEWSLETTER-NOVEMBER

2012

member and emulate.

the safe journey from and to and for every effort that was behind the success for magis-taize,Kigali may God clothe their nakedness. All these happened FOR THE GREATER GLORY OF GOD.... We salute you our dear comrades.

Freddie-Mbaba.

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EXPERIENCES

Magis Kigali...by Michael SJ ence was.

Ignatian spirituality

ness of a country that has

is rooted in experience, and we

seen so much trauma but

are challenged to engage the

that is currently experienc-

whole breadth of human experi-

ing

ence - even those painful or dif-

ment. We enjoyed a bottle

ficult realities. And we did. We

of Mutsig and various group

visited both an orphanage and

activities that brought to-

or Ignatian

It was a wonderful pleasure

the memorial museum for the

gether our diverse group

the whole

to join fellow pilgrims from

1994 genocide.

from various countries and

experience

Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania

stop there.

languages.

was�.

in Kigali for the Magis and

the experience and looked at

didn't keep such rich experi-

Taize

this

how God continues to labor in

ences to ourselves. We then

month. While I might have

our world. With eyes trained to

came

been the only Jesuit in the

see through the Magis circle

7,000 others for the events

group, apart from those

and our shared companionship,

of Taize, before then re-

who were able to join us

we discovered the joy of work-

turning to our respective

and celebrate Mass, I was

ing with children who radiate

residences.

struck by how Jesuit or

the Kingdom of God.

Ignatian the whole experi-

veled at the beauty and cleanli-

events

But it didn't

We reflected on

We mar-

incredible

develop-

Moreover, we

together

with

‘I was struck by how Jesuit

the

Michael SJ

Witth the Magis 2012 participants at the Kigali Memorial Site...

MAGIS

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2012

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CORRESPONDENCE

Letter from Poland... friends!

been now 2 months of my

It has been 4 months now, since I

stay in Pobiedziska in Poland

left Kenya and I miss you all very

and I am very happy with my

much. First of all, I want to thank you

new life and new community.

so much for taking care of me during

My stay in Africa and also

my 1 year stay in Kenya. I know, that

meeting all of you have made

I didn't get a chance of meeting eve-

it possible for me to hear

ry one of you, but I want to thank all,

the quite voice of Jesus's

because you make a difference by

invitation to what I am begin-

just being a part of the MAGIS fami-

ning to be today.

that participated in the

ly. All the weekends I have spent with

I hope someday I will be giv-

MAGiS’09 Africa program,

you have been a big inspiration and

held in Kenya in August

wonderful fun :) I want to share with

My

Ewa Bartosiewicz was part of the Polish pilgrim group

2009. She returned to Kenya in September 2011 and

dearest

you a bit of my story of the time I came back to Poland. I have spent 2 months

spent close to a year as a volunteer

in

MAGIS

on

holidays

meeting

my

friends and taking a small brake from

Nyahururu,

eating ugali ;) and then... I joined a

Nairobi and Marsabit. We

convent :) the Religious of the Sacred

catch up with what Ewa has

Heart

been up to she returned

of

Jesus

-

Sacre

(www.rscjinternational.org)

Coeur It

has

en a chance to come back to Kenya – my second home! But until then I am hoping that the WYD in 2015 will be a chance for you to visit my c o u n t r y

It will be an honour to stay in touch with you and still be part of MAGIS Kenya, although I am now many miles a

home.

: )

w

a

y

.

Thanks again for doing a wond e r f u l

j o b

: )

Many blessings! During a hike at Ngong Hills with the KU/St.Benedict’s group in February – 2012.

MAGIS

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NEWSLETTER-NOVEMBER

Ewa

(hopefully

someday

RSCJ :))

2012

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EXPERIENCES

Magis Kigali 2012......by Ildephonse (Rwanda) then my prayer end with “St

enced

Ignatius of Loyola pray for

found in everything and

us.” When I was asked to give

God’s presence in my entire

a Saint name to a sharing

life. From MAGis-KIGALI I

group immediately I gave my

learnt best ways of being

beloved saint Ignatius of Loy-

grounded (sharing my per-

ola.

sonal life, how am I living

One day I met Mr Benoit

scriptures “Gospel”, or any

our father

Since years ago St Ignatius

MUSBYIMANA the former

other spiritual theme).

bless you all:

of

c o o r dinato r

I M CS -

MAGis helped me to know

friend and my spiritual di-

RWANDA, he told me of

how to do examination of

rector. This started the

MAGis group program to KI-

conscious:

time I participated in a

GALI: It’s all about St Igna-

meeting it was difficult for

time we

meeting, in it a Jesuit fa-

tius of Loyola! You can’t really

me to do examination of

shared!

ther gave us a brief history

imagine how happy mode I

conscious.

about their found “Saint

then entered and how excited

It’s

Ignatius of Loyola” and I

I was!

KIGALI 2012 I gained ways

Loyola

has

been

my

was deeply intimated by one

of

how God

sure;

can

before

from

be

this

to spiritually live my daily

of his quotations: “Ad Ma-

KIGALI 2012 from 11-14 No-

activities. Through it I re-

iorem Dei Gloriam” For the

vember 2012 has made me an

ceived lots of dons and

great glory of God. This

appreciator and a more lover

graces that lit in me and

occurred in 2006 due to

of St Ignatius of Loyola spir-

find God in all things. May

this I loved him and trail

itually.

the

almighty God our father

started to do everything

good session I also got teach-

bless you all: MAGis-team

“for the great glory of

ings from a measure of how

KENYA-TANZANIA,

God” but I add “… and Sal-

lovely life like brothers and

entire time we shared!

vation of the world.” Since

sisters we enjoyed. I experi-

MAGIS

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in

Regardless

NEWSLETTER-NOVEMBER

of

2012

almighty God

MAGiS-team KENYATANZANIA, for entire

MAGis-

MAGis-

Participating

May

for

Ildephonse Ndibyariye

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Something to think about | I happen to believe that “if you are looking for God, God will find you.” Ignatius of Loyola or Mother Teresa would have likewise believed that even as we are looking, and even when we mostly feel lost, God is somehow finding us, whether or not it feels that way to us.

CONTACT: The Coordinator MAGiS KENYA magiskenya@gmail.com Tel: +254 721 605 830 www.magiskenya.org

Ignatius believed (as I do) that when we set ourselves toward some worthy purpose that transcends our meager strength, we tap into a source of meaning, strength, peace, and courage that is beyond us. We come to realize, in a graced moment, that we are called to some great purpose, that we cannot do it on our own, but that we don’t have to do it on our own. That’s why Ignatius urges, in one after another of his Spiritual Exercises, that we speak to Jesus “in the way one friend speaks to another.”

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Something to think about ¦ Sometimes we’re driven by the I-want-it-sobadly virus: I so wanted to get to the top of the company, or to attract that attractive person, or to be rich, or to be recognized as important, or to have the best house, or to have a more exciting life. In fact, we sometimes delude ourselves into thinking that the object of our affection (the job, the car, the partner, the house) must be right for us precisely because we want it so badly. Sometimes our desires are in fact good indicators of where we need to go or what course we need to take. But sometimes just the opposite is true. What I want so badly may scratch an ego itch but do nothing to further my purpose

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in life; it might even lead me astray of my purpose. Greed, pride, or a host of other debilitating drives can take a powerful hold on us and are all the more pernicious because we’re not fully aware of how deeply they may have af-

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fected our thinking. That’s what Ignatius meant by an attachment to disordered affections that can undermine our judgment. by Jim Manney…(Excerpt from Ignatianpirituality.com)

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