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JENA Assembly and Conference takes shape in Johannesburg, South Africa

The Jesuits Justice and Ecology Network Africa (JENA) has assembled experts along with some Major Superiors, representatives from Jesuit universities and social research centres from more than 15 countries, to discuss ways to deploy and track the implementation of the Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAP).

Speaking of UAP, what really are we talking about?
The UAP in full Universal Apostolic Preferences are fruits of a discernment process by Jesuits led by Father General, Fr Arturo Sosa and confirmed by Pope Francis in February this year.

They are four:
1.Showing the way to God
Show the way to God through the Spiritual Exercises and discernment

2. Walking with the Excluded
Walk with the poor, the outcasts of the world, those whose dignity has been violated, in a mission of reconciliation and justice

3. Journeying with Youth
Accompany young people in the creation of a hope-filled future

4. Caring for our Common Home
Collaborate, with Gospel depth, for the protection and renewal of God’s Creation

"Universal Apostolic Preferences are the fruit of a process of discernment lasting almost two years. All Jesuits were invited to take part and in addition our mission partners. It concluded with a confirmation from Pope Francis in a special meeting with Fr General Arturo Sosa. The Preferences give a horizon, a point of reference to the whole Society of Jesus. They capture our imaginations and awaken our desires. They unite us in our mission. The new Preferences are four areas vital for our world today. The Society of Jesus will pay special attention to them in the next ten years. We invite you to learn more and take action with us! We want to make a Gospel difference." 

We invite you to learn more and take action with us! We want to make a Gospel difference. Follow this link: https://jesuits.global/…/ab…/universal-apostolic-preferences.


More information on updates from the Conference to follow.


Photo by Fr Rampe Hlobo in Johannesburg, South Africa