Friday, December 10, 2010

Jesuit Scholastic Murdered In Africa

Scholastic Nicolas Eklou Komla, S.J.
A Catholic seminarian of Togolese nationality, Nicolas Eklou Komla, was murdered on Sunday, December 5 on Belair Street, Mont Ngafula, on the outskirts of Kinshasa, capital of Democratic Republic of Congo. Overnight, December 4-5, the seminarian was returning on foot with some colleagues from the Jesuit school, St Peter Canisius in Kimwenza, when a masked gunman blocked their path, presumably to rob them.The assailant soon fired several rounds at the seminarian, who died several hours later. Nicolas Eklou Komla, was born on June 4, 1985 in Togo, and entered the Jesuits October 7, 2008. He made his first vows on October 2, 2010. Nicolas Eklou Komla had arrived in the DRC two months before his death to study philosophy. The funeral for the seminarian will be held on December 11 at the Church of St Mary in Kimwenza. Nicolas Eklou Komla will be buried in the cemetery at St Peter Canisius in Kimwenza.
Link (here) to Spero News 
From the Irish Jesuits
Nicolas Eklou Komla SJ, a young 24 year old Jesuit scholastic, was shot dead on Sunday 5 December  by unknown gun-men at Bel-Air, not far from the Jesuit Canisius College in Kinshasa, DR Congo. Three of his confrères managed to escape the shoooting. Nicolas was the fourth Jesuit from Kimwena-Kinshasa to die violently in the last four years. 
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"Even if he dies before the age, just find the rest (...) On arrival at goal shortly, he covered a long road." (Wisdom 4, 7-13)
It pleased the Lord to remind Him
Eklou Komla Nicolas, S.J.

Scholastic approved the Society of Jesus
Born 04/06/1985 in Togo.
Entered the Society of Jesus on 07/10/2008
Emet first vows on 02/10/2010
Died in Kinshasa, 05/12/2010


Monday 06 to Thursday, December 9
Daily at 20:30 Worship in the Chapel of St Peter Canisius community

Friday, December 10
14h00: Closure of the body (Hospital Monkole)
15.00: Welcome to the community St Peter Canisius
17:30 Vespers
18.00 Eucharist (Chaired by Fr Rector, Father's homily Mpay)
After Vigil Mass in the Chapel St P. Canisius
Saturday, December 11
10:00 am: Funeral Mass (Church of St. Mary Kimwenza)
Interment Cemetery scholasticate P. Canisius
Note: All Jesuits offer Mass for him, according to our manner of proceeding. Those who want to celebrate together muniront of a blade and a purple stole and white on Friday, Saturday.
Link (here) to Jesuits of the Central Africa Province

From the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola

From the Second Exercise On Death

Application of the touch 
Imagine in your feeble hands the crucifix, which the priest presents to you; imagine yourself touching your own  body which will soon only be a corpse. How cold your feet! Your arms, shriveled by sickness, begin to stiffen. How painfully your chest labors with your unequaled breathing, which will soon cease! Your heart which beats with a scarcely perceptible movement, your face hollowed by fever and covered with cold sweat - it is in this state you have seen your friends or near relatives dying? It is in this state that your friends and your relatives will see you before long. Make these reflection today, which your agony will soon inspire in those who witness it. End by a colloquy with our Lord dying: "Into Thy hands o Lord, I commend my spirit" Psalms 30:6

Our Father, Who art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Hail Mary,
Full of Grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary,
Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of death. Amen.

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Anonymous said...

Lux Eterna.

Anonymous said...

RIP But once again an American Jesuit accused of sexual abuse:

In N.J. Senate testimony, Bayonne man says prominent Jesuit scholar abused him as a child