Jesuits Magazine Winter 2016

 
Dear Friends,

At just about the time that this issue of JESUITS magazine hit the presses, both of us were returning from the General Congregation in Rome, where, amidst many deliberations to preserve and grow the Society of Jesus, we joined more than 200 Jesuit delegates to elect a new Father General—Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ. As we elected our new Superior General, everyone in the room felt a great sense of something new happening and of true joy. And while we prayed and celebrated in gratitude over this new dawn for our Jesuit schools, churches, international works and apostolates, we were also filled with awe and grace, recognizing that we had engaged in a tradition that dates back nearly 500 years, to the earliest days of the Society.

This is one of our greatest blessings and biggest challenges as Jesuits—continually adapting and reshaping our work and mission to best meet the needs of the communities we serve, while holding true to the foundations of our Jesuit heritage and of our founder, St. Ignatius. It was Ignatius who emboldened us to do everything for the greater glory of God, and in this issue of JESUITS, we share some of the ways that our provinces are committed to the work of transformation, enabling Jesuits and their partners to meet the changing needs of God’s people.

In his first homily as Father General at the Mass of Thanksgiving on October 17, 2016, Fr. Sosa proclaimed, “The audacity that we need in order to be servants of the mission of Christ Jesus can flow only from faith … If our faith is like that of Mary, Jesus’ own mother and the Mother of the Society of Jesus, our audacity can go even further and seek not only the improbable but the impossible because nothing is impossible for God.” May we all seek this faith as we go forward into 2017, expressing love for our Lord through service to our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Sincerely in Christ,


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Table of Contents

New Appointments and Leadership

Jesuit Alumni Sunday 

Eastern Point Welcomes Back Retreatants

Nine Jesuit Novices Profess First Vows

In a Historic Moment...Jesuits Elect New Superior General

America’s Oldest Jesuit Parish Turns 375

New Beginnings

Jesuits in Formation 2016-2017

The Jesuit Center: Inspiring Collaboration

Office of Ignatian Spirituality at the heart of all things Jesuit

Slavery, Memory and Reconciliation

In Memoriam

Christmas Mass on the Edge of Heaven

Friends Celebrate 7th Annual Golf Outing




New Appointments and Leadership
Jesuit Alumni Sunday

Eastern Point Welcomes Back Retreatants
Nine Jesuit Novices Profess First Vows

In a Historic Moment...Jesuits Elect New Superior General
America’s Oldest Jesuit Parish Turns 375

New Beginnings
Jesuits in Formation 2016-2017

The Jesuit Center: Inspiring Collaboration
Office of Ignatian Spirituality at the heart of all things Jesuit

Slavery, Memory and Reconciliation
In Memoriam

Christmas Mass on the Edge of Heaven
Friends Celebrate 7th Annual Golf Outing










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