GC36

Fr Francisco de Roux SJ has been chosen to lead Colombia’s Truth Commission. The commission seeks to establish the truth behind half-a-century of armed conflict with the Marxist FARC guerrillas. The Jesuit priest, a former provincial of Columbia, has more than 40 years of experience in promoting peace and is one of the men behind the CINEP, an influential Christian think tank. Fr ‘Pacho’ is the founder and director of the Magdalena Medio Development and Peace Programme.The formal title for the...
Arturo Sosa was born in Caracas, Venezuela on 12 November 1948.  Born into a large family, he was notable for his curiosity. Studying in the College of San Ignacio, he discovered the beauty of helping others through the Marian Sodality. The Jesuit brothers he met during his studies impressed him and he began to consider a Jesuit vocation.  He entered the novitiate of the Jesuits at the age of 17 in September 1966, a time of transition in the Church following the end of the Second...
Stephen Power SJ with brothers at the opening mass of GC36
There were several firsts at the 36th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus last year. It was the first time tablets had been used by the members for electronic voting, making it a ‘paperless’ Congregation. GC36 elected the first Superior General from outside of Europe: Fr Arturo Sosa SJ from Venezuela. It was the first time that a General Congregation had been addressed by a Jesuit Pope. And it was also a first for six Jesuit Brothers, who took part in the General Congregation as ‘...
Protesters at Standing Rock. Fibonacci Blue/Flickr
The Jesuits in the USA and Canada have described as “morally unacceptable” the decision by the US Army Corps to resume the process that would establish a pipeline that would cross under the Missouri River north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. They claim that it would violate the rights of the indigenous peoples and would threaten their water supplies.In a statement from the Jesuit Conference of the USA and Canada, the Society of Jesus, together with the Red Cloud Indian School on the...
Fr Lombardi with former colleagues from Vatican Radio
The Jesuit who was spokesman for both Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis has been awarded France's highest order. Fr Federico Lombardi SJ, former Director of both Vatican Radio and of the Holy See's Press office, received the Légion d'honneur this week in recognition of a career devoted to communicating the message of the Holy See.The Légion d'honneur was presented to Fr Lombardi on Wednesday evening at the French embassy to the Holy See in Rome. In making the award, his attention to the French...
Europe is looking for a new vision, says Fr Janin
The newly appointed President of the Conference of European Jesuit Provincials (CEP) has said that he believes that Europe is at “a key moment in its history” and that the Society of Jesus has a valuable role in helping the continent to rediscover its roots.Fr Franck Janin SJ, who is currently the Provincial of the Jesuits in South Belgium and Luxembourg, was speaking shortly after the Curia in Rome announced his appointment. He will replace Irish Jesuit, Fr John Dardis SJ, who was...
The documents resulting from GC36 have now been published
The documents from the 36th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus (GC36) have been published. They will be issued by the Jesuits in Britain as part of a book within the next few weeks and will help to formulate the Province’s planning and priorities for the years ahead.GC36 took place in Rome between 3 October and 12 November last year. It brought together more than 200 Jesuits from around the world to elect their Superior General and to address the priorities for Jesuit life and...
Issue 95 of 'Jesuits & Friends' is available now
The winter 2016 edition of Jesuits and Friends is out this week, with the Jesuits’ new Superior General shown at prayer on the cover. Fr Arturo Sosa SJ from Venezuela was elected to be the 30th successor of St Ignatius Loyola at the 36th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus, which concluded last weekend in Rome. The magazine contains a report from the Congregation, alongside a biography of Fr General Sosa."It is clear that, with a Pope and a General both from South America,...
The GC36 Closing Mass at St Ignatius Church in Rome
The 36th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus (GC36) has ended in Rome with a Mass of Thanksgiving at St Ignatius Church, a parish run by the Society of Jesus in Rome. The main celebrant was Fr General Arturo Sosa SJ, assisted by Fathers Douglas Marcouiller SJ and Antoine Kerhuel SJ.In his introduction, the General invoked Mary, under the title of Our Lady of the Way, as is traditional in the Society. He prayed for her intercession as she accompanies the “friends in the Lord...
Closing session of GC36
And unexpectedly, it is over.All votes are cast. All documents written. All jobs that were complete-able are complete. We suddenly find ourselves on the last day, with a last Mass this evening and tonight the goodbyes will begin.We only knew it yesterday.It is slightly unreal. I will see some of the Jesuits from the Aula next week in London; some I will never see again. We are pilgrims on the road, creating community as we travel, breaking and re-creating communities at the next cross-roads,...

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