Universal Apostolic Preferences

Soulserve is an Edinburgh initiative with one goal: to gather around members of the local community recovering from painful addiction, to share a meal together and offer a space to discuss spirituality as a means of healing.The initiative, based at the Sacred Heart Church, Lauriston Street, originated in response to the Universal Apostolic Preferences announced by Fr General Arturo Sosa SJ at the beginning of the year. The reference is the one focusing on walking with the excluded.  ...
Brex Arevalo, Ecojesuit Task Force and Project Manager, with young climate activists September Kelokelo and Rebecca Petz
Ecojesuit and the Don Bosco Green Alliance are collaborating in a partnership to promote global youth environmental action, finding a common ground in youth accompaniment as an integral part of life-mission as expressed in the Universal Apostolic Preferences.The Don Bosco Green Alliance is, as the website reads, the international “green Salesian network of young people from the Don Bosco family of institutions contributing to global environmental action, thought and policy through three...
From May 21 to 24, the second meeting of the delegates of the Development Offices (DO) of the six Conferences of the Society of Jesus, representing the 56 Province DOs, was held at the General Curia. The theme of the meeting was “Friends in the Lord” in recognition of the fact that spiritual conversations to reveal the commonality in mission are the greatest tool for accomplishing that mission.The purpose of the meeting was to provide Father General with answers to his questions about how, over...
The annual meeting of the network of communicators and webmasters of the Society of Jesus in Europe, JesWebCom, took place in Madrid from 14 to 17 May. More than thirty people from some twenty countries - mostly from Europe, but with representatives also coming from CPAL, the African Conference, and Australia - met at a retreat centre in Martinez Campos, La Casa de ejercicios espirituales Rafaela Maria. There, they dealt with three fundamental issues.The first day was led by John Dardis SJ,...
Delegates at Stonyhurst group photo
Last week saw over 90 Jesuits and 40 lay co-workers gather at Stonyhurst College for a conference entitled “Working in Partnership with the Universal Apostolic Preferences”.It is the first time that such a large number of lay partners in mission have joined the Jesuits in a collaborative discernment. Lay people included head teachers from our Jesuit schools, parish council members, and staff working in leadership roles in spirituality, finance, safeguarding, communications and social justice...
Peter Canisius by Moriz Bermann
The Society of Jesus has recently announced four Universal Apostolic Preferences, which are intended to guide Jesuit works in their mission of reconciliation and justice over the next ten years. The preferences, says Thomas Flowers SJ, ‘are a call to a renewed personal, communal and apostolic discernment of how to serve the Church and the world today’. What can the modern Society learn from the example of a sixteenth century Jesuit who had to listen carefully to the way in which God was calling...
Stephen Noon SJ
Earlier this year, Fr General Arturo Sosa SJ announced four new Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus for the next ten years: Promoting Discernment and the Spiritual Exercises; Walking with the Excluded; Caring for Our Common Home; and Journeying with Youth. Jesuit scholastic Stephen Noon is confident that the Spirit has been at work in the discernment of these priorities for the Jesuits. It was not quite at the same level as my childhood eagerness for the coming of Santa...