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Title: A Long and Varied Presence: Jesuits in East Africa
Authors: Mkenda, Festo
Keywords: YearBook of the Society of Jesus
Jesuits in East Africa
Jesuits Year Book
Eastern Africa Province
Issue Date: Sep-2011
Publisher: Rome: The General Curia of the Society of Jesus, 2012
Citation: Jesuits: Year Book of the Society of Jesus
Series/Report no.: Jesuits Year Book 2012;Pg. 37 - 42
Abstract: In his fiery zeal for the missions, St Ignatius of Loyola offered himself to go and work in Ethiopia. When, as General of the Society, he could not do this in person, he accepted to create the Province of Ethiopia, to which he assigned fifteen Jesuits in as early as 1553. This became one of the first Jesuit missions to Africa. It now forms part of the Society's history in the territory covered by the Eastern Africa Province. This province is currently coterminous with the geopolitical jurisdictions of Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. It is a vast apostolic field of 5,402,966 km2 (larger than the Indian sub-continent), which is inhabited by about 247,764,600 souls.
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