General Congregation

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...
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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...
Father General Adolfo Nicolás
On 2nd October 2016, the 36th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus will open in Rome. Father General Adolfo Nicolás has indicated that he will submit, to the General Congregation, a request to stepdown from leadership. The General Congregation is free to accept his request to stepdown, or not to accept it. In this short conversation with Fr Patrick Mulemi, Father General speaks about expectations from General Congregation 36.Of course, the agenda is that of the Holy Spirit and 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...
Groups discussions at St Beuno's
Earlier this month St Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre in North Wales hosted a meeting of 43 Jesuits convened to review the state of the Province six months after the Province Congregation in April, and to help prepare for the 36th General Congregation (GC36) next year in Rome. [The General Congregation is the highest authority of the International Society of Jesus and meets next year for the 36th time since the foundation of the Order, to elect a new General and to discern the future...
Jesuits from Europe and the Middle East met in Rome to prepare for GC36
The Electors from the Conference of Jesuit Provincials from Europe and the Middle East (CEP) have met in Rome as part of the preparations for the 36th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus (GC36) next October. Among those at the meeting were the British Provincial, Fr Dermot Preston SJ, and Fr Damian Howard SJ, who was elected to represent the Jesuits in Britain at their Province Congregation earlier this year.  Brother Stephen Power SJ, Treasurer of the Jesuits in Britain,...
Today the Jesuits in Britain are beginning a Province Congregation – a special meeting convened roughly every four years. The main purpose of the meeting is to elect a representative (known as an Elector) to join Fr Provincial at the General Congregation of the Society of Jesus which has been convoked in October 2016 in order to elect a successor to Fr General Adolfo Nicolàs who announced last May that he will retire when he reaches the age of 80. Fifty Jesuits of the British Province...
Jesuit IHS monogram at Gesu Church in Rome
When Ignatius of Loyola was structuring the new religious order that he was setting up to serve the Church in the mid-16th century, he was determined that the Company, or Society, of Jesus would be notably different from the traditional monastic and mendicant forms of religious life, by being more streamlined, more mobile and flexible, to meet the apostolic needs of the contemporary Church.  In addition to deciding against having his men tied down to singing the Divine Office in choir...
Father Adolfo Nicolás SJ, who has been Superior General of the Jesuits (the Society of Jesus) since 2008, has announced his intention to resign. Having recently reached the age of 78, Fr Nicolás says he has received the approval of his advisers (Assistants) and has informed Pope Francis that he intends to convoke a General Congregation for the latter part of 2016. That will be occasion when his resignation will be formally submitted and his successor will be elected.In a letter to the entire...