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General Congregation 36

The 36th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus has ended. The final Mass was celebrated on Saturday 12 November, six weeks after the Congregation’s opening Mass on Sunday 2 October. During the Congregation, Jesuit delegates from around the world elected Father Arturo Sosa Abascal, of the Venezuelan Province as their Superior General. They also elected his ‘assistants’. Father Arturo now leads the largest order of priests and brothers in the Roman Catholic Church. The election was followed by a memorable visit from Pope Francis who is also a Jesuit. During the six weeks, delegates discussed a variety of topics regarding the mission of the society in the 21st century. The fruit of these deliberations will be a ‘decree’, soon to be published, and addressing the general theme of the ‘Life and Mission of the Society’. For more detailed information regarding GC36 see the stories below or visit

A man of ‘creative fidelity’

Fr Peter Hans Kolvenbach SJ will be remembered for his firm but creative leadership that saw the Jesuit Order through a difficult period in its recent history, says Gerry O'Hanlon

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GC36 is over

The 36th Jesuit General Congregation has ended and John Guiney SJ reflects on the significance of what happened in Rome

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New Irish Provincial announced

Fr Leonard Moloney SJ, former headmaster of Clongowes Wood College, has been named as the next Provincial of the Irish Jesuit Province

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God is with us

The new Fr General of the Society of Jesus has given an extensive interview which throws much light on the man himself, his Jesuit life and the desires that draw and drive him

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Why did the Jesuits elect Fr Sosa?

Michael O'Sullivan SJ says that to understand why the Jesuits elected someone like Fr Sosa, one has to look at the context, as well as the man himself.

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