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The Jesuits are set to begin a mission in Dakar, Senegal



The first group of Jesuits is set to arrive in the Archdiocese of Dakar, Senegal in September. The Archbishop of Dakar, Cardinal Thèodore Adrien Sarr announced that the first two priests of the Society of Jesus, as the Jesuits are also known will be based in the area around Mbour, in the southern outskirts of Dakar while they try to finish building their structures in Gandigal. At the initial stage in the archdiocese of Dakar, the Jesuits will mainly be involved in formation in the area of the ecclesiology of the Second Vatican Council and the Social Teachings of the Church. Between 1973 and 1983, the Jesuits were present in the Cassamance region of Senegal where they had the head office of the Vice-Province for West Africa and were in charge of the St. Charles Lwanga college in Ziguinchor. In their quest to be close to the poor, the Jesuits later moved to the region of Tambacounda, in the country’s east where they had a parish and at the same time founded the St. Peter Claver cultural centre, which had a vast library.




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