A Request for Prayer

Your prayers are requested for the success of General Congregation 36.

As October dawns, more than 200 Jesuits from around the world will convene in Rome for General Congregation 36 (GC36). The General Congregation is the highest decision-making body in the Society of Jesus and happens rarely; this is only the 36th such gathering in 460 years!

For Jesuits and the ministries we sponsor, this is a very important time. A two-fold task lies before us, first to elect a new Superior General to replace Father General Adolfo Nicolás, who has asked to resign, and then to discern the call of the Lord to us today.

Jesuits will need wisdom, zeal, and attentiveness, since the decisions made at GC36 will impact our ministries and how we respond to a rapidly changing world.

We invite you to follow what happens at the Congregation at the dedicated website. The site also has relevant information on the importance of the Congregation in the life of the Society and how it works, as well as a prayer room, which will allow you to share in the prayer of the Congregation You can also sign up to receive a daily newsletter.

Even more importantly, we ask you to please pray for and with the Jesuits who attend the Congregation. 

Recent News

April, 2019 - Father Timothy Howe, SJ, the still-new president of Colegio San Ignacio in San Juan, Puerto Rico, writes that he finds his presence at the school both utterly surprising and not surprising at all.

April 4, 2019 — Father General of the Society of Jesus, Fr. Arturo Sosa gave a speech about the collaboration between Jesuits (and the clergy in general) with the laity in Zagreb, Croatia last month.

April 1, 2019 - On a clear, cool day in March, a small group of Jesuit colleagues made a somber journey. The group visited several locales to visit sites of significance to the early Jesuits in St. Louis and to the people enslaved by those Jesuits.

March 29, 2019 - Matthew Stewart, SJ, has been named the formation coordinator for the Alum Service Corps (ASC) for the USA Central and Southern Province. He will coordinate the summer training for new ASC teacher/mentors and plan the fall and spring retreats.

March 21, 2019 - The first-year novices of the Jesuits USA Central and Southern Province were on pilgrimage February 23 – March 6, 2019. Now getting apostolic experience, they have also had a chance to reflect back on the graces received. These reflections are shared here.

March 6, 2019 - The Slavery, History, Memory and Reconciliation Project (SHMR) gained a new project coordinator. Laura Weis, Ph.D., joined the initiative in January.

March 6, 2019 — Today is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent. The Ignatian family offers a wide array of resources to guide you through the next 40 days.

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