GC36

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 www.gc36.org.

Jesuit General Congregation in full swing

October 12, 2016

On Friday Jesuit delegates in Rome will elect a new leader. They've been there over a week and here's what they've been doing

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The role of the Trinity in Jesuit deliberation

October 10, 2016

"How do we Jesuits find our unity, being so different in many ways? I would say by talking". Interview with John Dardis SJ in Rome

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Divining the future at GC36

October 7, 2016

John Guiney SJ says the last three days have been intense for the Jesuit delegates in Rome to elect their new leader

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Getting to know one another at GC36

October 5, 2016

The Jesuit delegates in Rome have a period of discussion and reflection before they elect the 31st Superior General of the Society of Jesus

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A first for Irish language in Rome

October 4, 2016

For the first time in the Society of Jesus' four hundred and seventy five year history, Irish has been used at a Jesuit General Congregation.

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Fr Nicolás resigns

October 3, 2016

Fr Adolfo Nicolás Pachón, Jesuit Superior General since January 2008, resigned his office today, during the first plenary session of the Society’s 36th General Congregation

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‘Simple, solemn, beautiful’.

October 3, 2016

At the opening Mass of GC36 Jesuits were called on to be courageous in their deliberations to choose a new leader.

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Prayer for GC36

September 30, 2016

God our Father, almighty and merciful, You sent Your Son Jesus, Your living Word, to save the human race by His life, death, and resurrection, and You send Your Holy...

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GC36 puts ‘out into the deep’

September 28, 2016

In this video, Jim Corkery SJ explains the workings of a General Congregation as the 36th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus convenes in Rome on 2 October.

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Provincial asks for prayers for GC36

audio July 8, 2016

Irish Jesuit Provincial, Tom Layden, talks about the preparations made and the prayers needed for the Jesuit Order’s thirty-sixth General Congregation which will be held in Rome in October 2016.

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