Fr Evaristus Ekwueme finally incorporated in the Society of Jesus

 

Arrupe Jesuit University (AJU) Pro-Vice Chancellor Academics, Fr Dr Evaristus Okechukwu Ekwueme SJ was finally incorporated in the Society of Jesus through the profession of final vows on the 3rd of April 2019.

Fr Ewueme SJ professed his final vows, put an ‘end’ to a long period of formation spanning 24 years, during the mass celebrated in the Chapel of the Holy Name at the University. 

The mass was led by former Rector of Arrupe Jesuit University (then Arrupe College)  and current North-West Africa Provincial, Fr Chuks Afiawari SJ who also received the vows on behalf of the Superior General of the Society of Jesus.

Delivering his thanksgiving words, the newly professed Jesuit thanked companions and family for the role they play in ensuring he responds the best he can to the call to serve.

In his profound words, he mentioned that at this time of his journey of life, he feels completely being taken care of by God.

“For the first time in my life, I feel completely in the hands of God. I don’t know where he will lead me, I don’t know what he will ask me to do, I don’t who he will ask me to meet but I completely trust in his mercy.”

Fr Kizito Kiyimba SJ, the Vice Chancellor of AJU and a former teacher to Fr Ekwueme described the vow man as a person who lives a life spelt out by the University motto, “to love and to serve.” 

He added that Fr Ekwueme’s final incorporation in the Society of Jesus “is a confirmation and a re-commitment in our eyes.”

The event was also graced by Fr Ekwueme’s mother, brother and nephew, Regional Superior for Rwanda Burundi, Jesuits from Zimbabwe-Mozambique province and many families and friends that Fr Ekwueme has met since coming to AJU. 

Apart from being the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Academics, Fr Ekwueme is also the Dean of Studies, lectures in areas of Philosophy, ICT and Engineering at three different campuses online. 

 

He joined the Society of Jesus in 1995 and went through novitiate, philosophical and theological studies, special studies and tertianship before professing final vows.

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