36th General Congregation confirmed

The Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Fr Adolfo Nicolás SJ, has announced that the Society's 36th General Congregation (GC36) will begin with a celebration of the Eucharist on the evening of 2 October 2016. The first plenary session will take place on 3 October 2016, the Feast of St Francis Borgia, at the General Curia in Rome.

"Meditating on the call of the Eternal King, what do we discern to be the three most important calls that the Lord makes to the whole Society today?" he wrote today in a letter to the Jesuits worldwide.

"It is providential that we, as a Society, are beginning this journey towards GC 36 just as the Year of Consecrated Life begins. In his beautiful Apostolic Letter to All Consecrated People for this year, Pope Francis expresses his hopes that religious such as ourselves might rediscover the joy of consecrated life, recover our prophetic witness that 'wakes up the world', truly become 'experts in communion', and go 'out of ourselves to the existential peripheries'. He asks that all religious discern 'what it is that God and people today are asking of them'. This is precisely the kind of deep discernment we as a Society are called to make."

Photo: Fr General Nicolás - SJ Curia