Eastern Africa: Jesuits celebrate new life of Fr Tarimo, SJ

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By Jean AMEGBLE, SJ

The Jesuits of Africa have lost a great man who devoted his life for the formation of the young Jesuits” said Fr Orobator, SJ, president of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar in his address to the friends, family, collaborators and Jesuits gathered to give a final rest to Fr Aquiline Tarimo, sj. Fr Aquiline Tarimo, a Tanzanian Jesuit of the province of eastern Africa, former principal at Hekima College went to the Father on January 9th, 2019 after a long time of sickness. The funeral mass was celebrated in the Umoja Chapel of Pedro Arrupe Community in Mwangaza (Kenya).

Fr Tarimo, SJ a good human person, good christian and good jesuit

A moving and touching ceremony was celebrated on January, 15th 2019 in honor of Fr Tarimo Aquiline, SJ a man of passion and a great teacher. The funeral mass gathered almost a hundred of Jesuits from the different provinces of Africa and Madagascar and other Jesuits from United States and Hong Kong. Fr Joseph Afulo, SJ, provincial of the Jesuits of Eastern Africa Province presided the funeral. The family of the late Fr Aquiline Tarimo, SJ was represented by his brothers and sister. In his homily, Fr Gaspar Sunhwa, SJ, professor of moral theology and close friend and companion of Fr Tarimo, SJ said that: “we are gathered this afternoon to pray in gratitude for the gift of Fr Tarimo. And because of our great friendship with Jesus, we are daughters and sons of resurrection. If we miss the Risen Christ as the center of our lives, we miss everything.” He added that this celebration should be an opportunity to give gratitude to God for the gift of this servant who live among us and now is with Lord. In fact, Fr Gaspar, SJ and Fr Tarimo, SJ entered together the Society of Jesus 34 years ago and were great good friends.

A jesuit of passion

The eulogies at the end of the mass help us to know more the person of Fr Tarimo, SJ. He will be remembered as an intellectual man and a great lecturer” according to his student Fr Bienvenu Matanzonga, SJ, professor of Pastoral Theology at Hekima College. For Fr John Ghansah, SJ, former rector of Hekima Community, Fr Tarimo was such a great man and had a passion for two things: intellectual work cum teaching and football.” The Society of Jesus in general and the Eastern Africa province in particular is grateful for the amount of work and intellectual legacy that Fr Tarimo, SJ has given to the African society. He was laid to rest in the Mwangaza Jesuit Cemetery by the Jesuits, collaborators and his family from Tanzania. May the Light of the Lord continue to shine upon him and may he rest in peace. Amen.

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