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Sharing Jesuit General Congregation 36 Highlights
Dec. 1, 2016 - From Oct. 2, 2016, through Nov. 12, 2016, 215 Jesuit delegates gathered in Rome for General Congregation 36 to discuss the future of the Society and elect a new Superior General.

Deeply rooted in prayer, the work of GC36 encompassed all manner of concerns that affect the governance and future of the Society, as well as its expansive missions that shape untold numbers of lives in some of the most remote places on the globe. In addition, the Congregation elected Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ, of the Venezuela Province, as the 31st Superior General of the Society of Jesus and the first Latin American to serve in this capacity in the history of the Society. 

A special highlight of the Congregation was the visit from Pope Francis, himself a Jesuit, who walked unaccompanied by Vatican staff into the Jesuit Aula and greeted all who had assembled there to receive him. During his hour there, the pope prayed with delegates and responded to their questions.

Below are GC36 resources that have been assembled for purposes of experiencing again and again the graces that infused those six weeks in Rome. Please enjoy the resources linked below, which include a fine and comprehensive video.

From Caracas to Rome

Read the first in-depth interview with our new Superior General, Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ. Fr. Sosa talks about his Jesuit journey and his vision for the Society of Jesus. “The Society is very much alive … God is at work,” said Fr. Sosa. Click here to read the full interview.

Fr. Cecero Shares Moments of Grace

Fr. Provincial John Cecero, SJ, shares three key moments of grace he experienced during GC 36 - the humility exuded by Fr. Adolfo Nicolás, SJ, during and after his resignation; the election process of Nicolás' successor; and Pope Francis’ special session on Oct. 24. Click here to view the video.

Photos: Images from GC 36

The photographs of Father Don Doll, SJ, bring to life many of the key moments of GC 36. View a selection of his beautiful images, shared with the world through the GC36 website here.

He Never Went Back Home

Early in the Congregation process, the Jesuits accepted the resignation of Father Adolfo Nicolás, SJ, the 30th Superior General of the Society of Jesus. Click here to read about Fr. Nicolás’ lasting imprint on the global community of Jesuits and lay people. 





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