Among other Ignatian spirituality principles is the notion of ‘Men and Women for others’ which seeks to form and encourage men and women who do not live for themselves but for God and the love for God translates into love and serving the neighbour.
The boys at St Ignatius College in Chishawasha have embraced this Ignatian principle. They recently donated to fellow students in a remote but glowing school, St Rupert’s Mayer in Makonde in Chinhoyi Diocese.
In his reflection of the visit, St Ignatius College Chaplain Fr Ignatius Padya SJ said he was happy for the charitable gesture by the students and friends of St Ignatius College who made possible the donation.
The donations were gathered from students, parents and friends of the college who contributed various items like, food, boxes of sanitary, learning materials, clothes and many other various valuable items.
Writing on his social media account Fr Padya SJ said his simple task was to deliver the donations from St Ignatius college and he acknowledge the help of other stakeholders like parents from Monte Casino who assisted in sharing the college’s Lenten campaign and also some from parents from the Anglican Church in Harare.
“Our biggest donor is none other than our very students who gave their tuck, pencils, pens, clothes, and many other items for fellow students here in Makonde. Our gifts may not cost thousands of dollars, but I am glad that young people went all the way to take from what they had to give to others,” said Fr Padya SJ.
Commending the efforts by Fr Chrispen Matsilele SJ and his Jesuit brothers at the mission, Fr Padya SJ said “am happy to be here seeing the place and more so seeing the efforts my three brother Jesuits are putting into making it a place of transformation for all around it from those in the school, the boarding facilities, the hospital and the parish.”