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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

Divining the future at GC36

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

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

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

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’.

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

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 Spirit to inspire and accompany Your pilgrim Church on earth. With confidence, we pray for the Society that bears the name of Jesus: Grant the 36th General Congregation openness to ...

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GC36 puts ‘out into the deep’

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

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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