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Fr General Arturo Sosa Abascal SJ
Following a voting process which began at 9.00 local time the Jesuits have elected Father Arturo Sosa Abascal SJ, of the Venezuelan Province, as their Superior General. The news was received shortly after 11.00am this morning.Arturo Sosa was born in Caracas (Venezuela), on November 12, 1948. He is the Delegate of Fr. General for the Curia and the Interprovincial Houses and Works of the Society of Jesus in Rome; he is also Counselor of Father General. He has a Licence in Philosophy from the...
Superior Generals Nicolas and Kolvenbach in 2008
Dear Brother in Christ,I do not know who you are.I write this on Thursday and you will be elected as Father General on Friday. Whether you are old or young, or whether I know you well, or whether we have only exchanged a smile and a few words in these last days, I will speak.Firstly, the days of murmuratio will have been gruelling for your soul: as the hours have unfolded, you will have grown aware that people have been inquiring about you and scrutinising you, and those people who know you....
GC36's Small schola in action
Frederico Fellini, the great Italian film director, would have loved the cinematic possibilities for the opening of Day 5.We were off to Mass in the Vatican. All of the delegates gathered on the steps of the Jesuit Curia at 7am. For some, like myself, who live in the Curia, that was a relatively straight-forward task; but for those hardy types lodging in the Russicum and the Germanicum, it took a 45 minute walk just to get to the Curia steps and only then did battle commence.What was meant to...
Fr General (left) with Bruno Cadore OP
"The last time I saw the Master General of the Dominicans was in Westminster Cathedral in the early summer when he was the guest of honour at an 800th anniversary of the Dominicans in Britain. Yesterday he was before my eyes again, this time as the main celebrant at the solemn opening Mass for the Jesuit General Congregation at the Church of the Gesu in central Rome.This role might seem a little strange for a big solemn Jesuit occasion, but there is a centuries old tradition that when a...
Adolfo Nicholas SJ (right) with Pope Francis
The next superior general of the Society of Jesus, the thirtieth successor of St Ignatius, will be elected by the General Congregation convening in Rome on 2 October. It is just the thirty-sixth in our 476-year history and will include provincials and elected representatives from each province, the number depending on its size. For the first time, brothers, who are not ordained, will participate in the election. From Britain, the provincial, Father Dermot Preston, is joined by Father Damian...
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Saint Ignatius Loyola didn’t like meetings. More accurately, living in an age of slow and dangerous travel, he felt that frequent international meetings risked disrupting the work that Jesuits would be doing more locally. So rather than having regular general chapters, like the older religious orders, he stipulated that the Society of Jesus would only summon a General Congregation when a General Superior had died, and it was necessary to elect his successor, or “when it is necessary...
Fr General Nicolás with Pope Francis
Within the next few days, the Society of Jesus will have a new Superior General. The present holder of the post, Fr Adolfo Nicolás SJ, announced his intention to step down at the age of 80, a milestone he passed last April, and one of the first responsibilities for delegates at the 36th General Congregation (GC36) meeting in Rome from Sunday will be the election of his successor.A total of 215 Jesuits will be taking part in GC36, gathered from 66 Provinces and Regions of the Society; 212 of the...
The logo of the 36th General Congregation
It was an exhortation of Pope Francis himself which inspired the logo for General Congregation 36 (GC 36). Speaking on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus on 27 September 2014, he referred to the passage from St Luke’s Gospel in which Jesus told his disciples to “Row out into the deep water” (Lk 5:4). The IHS monogram with the blue green waves, cross and flame for GC36 represent many of the challenges the Society – and the...
GC36 is to put the environment at the heart of its deliberations
Jesuits involved in ecology and the environment are calling for a “renewed imagination”, as they prepare for their 36th General Congregation (GC36). Writing on the Ecojesuit website, they urge delegates at the meeting that will take place in Rome from 3 October to offer “new prospects so the Society of Jesus can respond – as a body – to the environmental and poverty challenges our world is facing”.In an article posted on 31 July – the Feast of the...
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Across the Jesuit world preparations are continuing for the 36th General Congregation (GC36) – the ultimate authority in the Society of Jesus.  GC36 will commence on 2nd October in Rome.  From the British province those attending will be Fr Provincial Dermot Preston SJ, and the Elector Fr Damian Howard SJ. Fr Damian was elected to represent the British Jesuits by a special province congregation last year.  Also travelling with them is Br Stephen Power SJ who was elected to...

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