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A renewed imagination in meeting our mission

31 July 2016

José Ignacio García, SJ The Society of Jesus has some peculiarities in its form of government.  While supreme bodies of other religious congregations meet periodically every three, four, or five years, for the Jesuits, their supreme body called the General Congregation (GC) meets only to elect a new Superior General because of death, incapacity, or resignation of the current. Indeed, the Superior General is elected “for life,” something quite unusual in our time, but this was how it was established by the founder, Ignatius Loyola, and it has remained so for over 400 years. The election of the Superior General is a time full of symbolism for the Jesuits, but it is also important because the Superior General runs the apostolic leadership of the Society of Jesus.  The 36th General Congregation or GC 36, to be held in Rome from 3 October 2016, has as its first task the election of the new Superior General, the successor of Father Adolfo Nicolás. But the GC is also the time when new lines of action are identified, or others previously established are confirmed.  As Father Nicolás said recently when asked about his expectations for GC 36: “This observation contains my expectations.  Thus,
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Collaboration through networking: Learnings from the social apostolate in Europe

15 July 2016
: Jesuit Networking es una iniciativa internacional para apoyar el surgimiento de la innovación de abajo hacia arriba de colaboración para la Misión universal en el cuerpo apostólico de los jesuitas.  En noviembre de 2015, el encuentro “Networking for Justice” reunió a las principales redes globales de justicia del Apostolado Social de la Compañía de Jesús en Loyola, España para evaluar y promover el trabajo en red como una herramienta importante en la lucha por la justicia. Foto de: Jesuit Networking

José Ignacio García, SJ (translated by Erika Meyer from the original Spanish) Sometimes the most obvious journey is not always the easiest to accomplish.  This is the case with collaboration through networking.  Although we might be talking about similar institutions engaged in similar activities and all of them either Jesuit or Ignatian; and although you might think they form part of the same organization, the fact is that collaboration is not always a given. Rather, in Europe, our tradition reflects little collaboration.  There is a certain degree of knowledge regarding its importance, but unfortunately we have to recognize that there has been little collaboration until a few years ago. It is not easy to carry out an accurate analysis of the reasons that have kept us in a prolonged state of respectful inaction.  For years, we have launched “euro-groups” of all kinds: schools of philosophy, theology faculties, master of novices, primary and secondary schools, Jesuit students, the apostolate of prayer, specialists in ecumenism or university chaplains. In the best cases, these groups have come to share “best practices” but it is very difficult to accept that they have been true “working groups” or active networks.  We have learned about one
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Campos secos en Lesotho en el sur de África debido a la sequía provocada por El Niño que en 2015 y 2016, uno de los más fuertes jamás registrados y que resultó en graves crisis alimentarias y de agua en la región. Foto de: FAO

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