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Encounters with Silence - Karl Rahner

Only in love can I find You, my God. In love the gates of my soul
spring open, allowing me to breath a new air of freedom and forget
my own petty self. In love my whole being streams forth out of the
rigid confines of narrowness and anxious self-assertion, which
make me a prisoner of my own poverty and emptiness. In love all
the powers of my soul flow out toward You, wanting never more to
return, but to lose themselves completely in You, since by Your love
You are the inmost center of my heart, closer to me than I am to
myself.

Karl Rahner, from Encounters with Silence

Project Status

Campion Hall
Anew building coming up in the school with the help of Alumni from former Campion High school in the USA. The school director Fr Tony Wach and Assistant Director Fr Jim Strozk went to this same school. This hall will serve as classrooms for the students and will help provide more learning space .Next year the class of senior four will be created at the school and also new students will be admitted in senior .All these will need space in order to attend classes therefore Campion hall will provide this necessary space. The school population will grow from the current 331 to 500.this is a big number for the facility available at the school. Thank you all for making it possible. Prayers.
2013-08-07

OCJC students stock fishpond with 2,000 talapia
Students worked with Fr. Jim and a local fish hatchery to introduce 2,000 Nile talapia fingerlings into the school pond. After contracting a local fish nursery to hatch and grow Nile talapia to finger size, 2,000 talia were introduced into our three-acre fish pond Oct. 13. The pond was created several months ago by daming the headwaters of eight perenial springs flowing through our property. Two control valves and an overflow maintain the water at a desired level. This will allow the fingerlings to grow to hand-size in six months and arms length in the following years. Bring your fishing tackle the next time you visit OCJC.
2011-10-24

OCJC students stock fishpond with 2,000 talapia
Students worked with Fr. Jim and a local fish hatchery to introduce 2,000 Nile talapia fingerlings into the school pond. After contracting a local fish nursery to hatch and grow Nile talapia to finger size, 2,000 talia were introduced into our three-acre fish pond Oct. 13. The pond was created several months ago by daming the headwaters of eight perenial springs flowing through our property. Two control valves and an overflow maintain the water at a desired level. This will allow the fingerlings to grow to hand-size in six months and arms length in the following years. Bring your fishing tackle the next time you visit OCJC.
2011-10-24

The Classroom and IT building nears completion
The new classroom and IT/library building are nearing completion at OCJC. The images show the building in early September, 2011. The building will contain eleven standard classrooms, three science labs, and a library. The whole complex is powered by solar energy. The enterior courtyard contains a very large, 60 cubic meter cistern, which harvests the rainwater for bathroom and cleaning purposes. The science classrooms will be state-of-the art, allowing students to excel in basic sciences like chemistry, physics and biology and environmental sciences, forestry, animal husbandry.
2011-09-06

The girl's dorm and new classroom block turned over
The Girl's dormitory and the new classroom block are being turned over to OCJC by the contractors this month. The boy's dorm is next. The contract for constructing the new boy's dorm was signed July 23rd with construciton beginning July 25th. The dorm it to be finished Jan 2. 2012.
2011-08-02

Project Status #1
Construction of the girl's dorm is nearing completion. What remains is rain guttering, three large external water storage tanks and the constuction of a large 60 cubic meter cistern to harvest rainwater during the two rainy seasons for student. We are looking for funds, about $10,000USD to comlete the cistern and purchase the larege plastic external tanks.
2011-05-31

Project Status #2
The backbone for the campus sewerage system is now in place thanks to a generous donation from James O'Kane, Campion Class of '57. The entire underground system of pipes, manholes, septic tanks and three eco ponds that digest raw sewerage from the dormitory, classrom and future developments extends almost one mile along the south side of the campus. While mostly hidden from sight, it ensures that there will be no future contamination of the local water table from foul sewerage. Since OCJC is located on one of the headwater streams of the Nile River, runoff and management of sewerage is carefully managed by the Uganda Enironmental Protection rules. These have been followed carefully in designing the system by Wagner Associates, Kampala.
2011-05-31

Project Status #3
Jim Strzok, S.J., President of the Building Committee for the Eastern Africa Province just returned from three weeks at OCJC. He posts these images and this progress:
2011-05-31

#4
Solar powered street lighting is now being placed along the long 200 meter campus road connecting the girl's dorm to the upper classrooms. Since the entire campus is solar powered, the automatic switching for the light posts had to be developed locally. It is not available on local markets. But thanks to Fr. John Legge, SJ, who teaches electronics at Gulu University, Fr. Jim Strzok, SJ, was able to develop and enstall a light sensor and main solar collector for a system that will soon light the path during the night.
2011-05-31

 
The Timeframe


Jim Strzok, S.J. and Tony Wach, S.J. meet with the architect, James Okema of ASSPRO group to develop plans for the future Ocer Campion Jesuit College.

This is a 10-15 year project, progressing in phases, as outlined below. The first priority is the construction of a secondary school, hopefully to open by mid-2009 with a modest 1-year pre-secondary class. The following 6 years will realize the 4 ordinary levels and the 2 advanced levels, like the British educational system. Slowly the intake of students and faculty will increase as well as the construction of needed buildings. Afterwards, as soon as feasible, a parish church and primary school will be initiated.

To view the details of a phase select a bar below.

Phase I: 2005 to mid-2008 (COMPLETED)

With the support and encouragement of the local people, land was obtained through a legal Memo of Understanding and the title is soon to be transferred (Phase II). The campus land was cleared and fenced, with trees/bushes planted around the perimeter. A borehole for water was dug and water tank/tower erected. An architectural sketch for the campus was developed. With the topographical survey complete, a local architect created preliminary designs and cost estimates. Tax incentives have been granted by the Ugandan Ministry of Education.

Construction equipment was purchased, including a tractor with implements, a hydraform brick-making machine, and a pole barn for equipment storage. After delays due to the recent disruption in Kenya, all are now on site. However, no buildings will be erected until the land title is officially transferred to the Jesuits.

Initial philanthropic support for the school is from alumni of the former Campion Jesuit High School that was located in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin but closed in 1975. The 2 Jesuits who are the “project directors” graduated from Campion and commenced fundraising by contacting their classmates. Subsequent contributions have been realized through the foundation of 7-state Wisconsin Province Office, the Jesuit Partnership, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

As of 5/1/08, about $1,400,000 has been raised. This includes a most generous contribution of $1,000,000 from a couple who wishes to remain anonymous. Their gift will ensure the “naming rights” for St. Edmund Campion (Jesuit priest-martyr) and ensure that Phase II is not delayed.

The school name is Ocer Campion Jesuit College. Ocer (pronounced “o che’) is local for “He rose,” referring to the Risen Christ who promised to raise His people from their graves and lead them home (cf. Ezekiel 37, 1-14).

Jesuit leadership in Rome requests that 75% of the needed funds for each phase be “in hand” - not merely pledged – before construction begins. This accepted approach will ensure proper planning as well as motivate supporters to help raise the needed money.

Phase II: mid-2008 – 2009

The years 2008 and 2009 will realize finalized architectural plans and construction costs, a detailed educational curriculum, construction of the first buildings, hiring of initial faculty/staff, and enrollment of the first students.

The goal is to:
  • Finish architectural plans/drawings and confirm local construction costs
  • Finalize construction plans through the Project Steering Committee as well as commissions of the EAP and the Roman Curia of the Society of Jesus.
  • Finalize the educational program and receive official government license
  • Enroll 70 students
  • Hire 8-10 faculty/administrators/counselors/dorm supervisors
  • Construct a classroom building, with a meeting hall and counseling facilities
  • Construct initial faculty housing (including for a few Jesuits and also nuns)
  • Construct dormitory and kitchen
  • Prepare some playing fields and gardens
  • Purchase basic educational and housing supplies

An experienced Jesuit headmaster has visited and he will formally join the faculty/staff by mid-2009. A Jesuit seminarian will arrive in July ’08 to assist the Jesuit civil engineer already on site with local workers. Ugandan teachers as well as local religious women will continue to be recruited.

Additionally, requests for philanthropic support will continue with Campion High School alumni, individuals throughout the United States, and governmental agencies as well as foundations throughout the United States and Europe.

Phase II: mid-2008 – 2009

Based on Jesuit experience and the advice of other qualified people, the following are considered imperative for the long-term sustainability of the school:

  • Classrooms, workshops, offices, library auditorium, dormitories, kitchens and equipment to support 7 academic years: U.S.$ 7,000,000
  • Complete landscaping, surface & waste water disposal: U.S.$ 100,000
  • Solar voltaic electricity for IT (computers), dorms, water pump: U.S.$ 500,000
  • Jesuit residence for 12: U.S.$ 200,000
  • Convents (2) for Sisters: U.S.$ 200,000
  • On-campus faculty housing for 25 Individuals U.S.$ 150,000
  • Endowment to subsidize student and faculty expenses, with the goal to hire and retain the best possible faculty and to recruit qualified but economically impoverished students: U.S.$10,000,000
Phase IV: Future

The dream is to establish a parish church on/near the campus for the local community and the students as well as establish an elementary school which will be a feeder school for the “college”.

The projects costs for them are the following:

  • Parish Church: U.S.$ 250,000
  • Primary School for 600 day students: U.S.$ 250,000