Universal Apostolic Preference

  • “Go set Africa on fire”: Accompanying and Empowering African Youth in Discernment and Leadership

    by Fr. Joseph Mboya SJ

    11 lay persons, 17 Jesuits and a religious sister, from the Jesuit provinces and regions of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) met in Nairobi from 16-18 August for a workshop on Discernment and Leadership for Youth. This was the first meeting of its kind to be held at conference level. The fruits of the 3 days of intense meeting can be summed up by the phrase “Go set the world on fire”, rightly fitting with the Gospel of the closing Mass where Jesus proclaims that he has come to set the world on fire. Indeed, Fr. Orobator, in his opening remarks at the beginning of the workshop invited the participants to “be fires that kindle other fires”, by being ambassadors, champions, catalysts, and leaders, charged with the zeal to accompany young people in discerning concrete life situations.

  • A New Horizon: Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus

    A New Horizon: Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus

    By Marcel Uwineza SJ1

    A new horizon for discernment in common, guidance and orientation for apostolic planning of the Society of Jesus’ resources at all levels was ushered in on February 19, 2019 by Fr. Arturo Sosa’s promulgation of the new Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs). These preferences are: (1) Promoting Discernment and the Spiritual Exercises; (2) Walking with the Excluded; (3) Journeying with Youth; and (4) Caring for our Common Home.

  • A Perspective on Discernment and "Spiritual Exercises" : Universal Apostolic Preference 1

    Universal Apostolic Preferences

    Amadi Eziokwubundu SJ | Communications Coordinator at ITCJ

    I was in company of a group of university students the day after Father General promulgated the Universal Apostolic Preference. Talks on discernment and spiritual exercises, one of the four apostolic preferences, make rare appearances in our conversations. When I informed the group that the Jesuits have elected to give more priority to discernment and the Spiritual Exercises for the next ten years, an eerie silence fell upon the group as though a common judgement has come upon us.

  • Bishop Munzihirwa’s Centre - Kinshasa (DRC), 24 April 2019

    Kinshasa (DRC) - 24 April 2019

    My dear friends, good afternoon!

    My dear children, MBOTE NA BINO!

    First of all, I thank God for allowing us to meet today. I thank you sincerely for your presence and your very warm welcome, in this home located in the center of Matonge, a popular and lively district of Kinshasa.I heard about the Monseigneur Munzihirwa or Bishop Munzihirwa’s Center. I now know all the good that is done here, to welcome children who delink from their families and in a difficult situation on the streets of Kinshasa.

  • Echo de l’atelier sur le discernement ignatien et leadership

    Pères François Buhando, sj et Jean-Pierre Luzolo sj

    Il s'est tenu du 16 au 18 août 2019 à Nairobi (Roussel House Donum Dei) un atelier de formation des formateurs de jeunes dans le leadership et le discernement ignatien. Ledit atelier s'est inscrit d'une part dans l'appel du Pape François au terme du Synode sur les jeunes (octobre 2018) à accompagner les jeunes dans le discernement et d'autre part dans la réponse de la Compagnie de Jésus clairement exprimée dans les préférences Apostoliques Universelles : accompagner les jeunes dans la création d'un avenir porteur d'espérance.

  • Father General begins visit in the Central Africa Province (ACE)

    By Rodrigue Ntungu SJ

    The Most Reverend Father, Arturo Sosa, S.J., Superior General of the Society of Jesus, landed in Kinshasa on Easter Monday, April 22, 2019, at 5:15 pm. He was accompanied by his two Assistants, Fratern Masawe, S.J., and Vernon D'Cunha, S.J. The delegation was welcomed at N'djili International Airport by Father José Minaku, S.J., Provincial Superior of Central Africa (Angola and Democratic Republic of Congo), accompanied by six Jesuits and two students from Bonsomi Jesuit College. They welcomed Father General warmly with a short speech in English and offered him a bouquet of flowers.

  • Father General marks Good Friday in Douala, Cameroon

    Father General, Arturo Sosa SJ arrived in Cameroon on Good Friday after his first visit to Chad, where he visited several Jesuit works. He was accompanied by his two assistants, Fr Fratern Masawe SJ (Africa) and Fr Vernon A. Decunha SJ (Asia) as well as the provincial of the West Africa Province (AOC) Fr Hyacinthe Loua SJ.

  • Father General reaffirms the Jesuits’ commitment to JRS

    With the end of the American-Vietnam war came an exodus of two million Vietnamese fleeing the ravaged nation. Almost a million people attempted to flee by sea, with countless innocents lost to storms, hunger, and pirates. Between 1975 and 1995, almost 800,000 refugees landed in Hong Kong, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia, but their arrival was just the start of the long saga of the “Boat People.” Already traumatized by the horrors of war in their home country, the Vietnamese refugees found their fates uncertain as their future was negotiated by countries who wanted nothing to do with refugees.

  • Father General visits Mgr Munzihirwa Centre in Central Africa Province (ACE)

    Opening the future to young people injured by life


    By Pierre Bélanger, S.J.


    "The Society of Jesus wants, with an ardent desire, to walk with young people towards a future full of hope". This is the challenge that the Mgr Munzihirwa Centre faces in the supervision and training of street children, but also of unemployed young people. Stanislas Kimpeye, presented the work he leads to Father General and the Provincials of the Conference of Africa and Madagascar who accompanied him. At the same time, it highlighted the links between the CMM's perspectives and two of the Society's apostolic preferences: to walk with the excluded and to accompany the young.

  • Father General’s Extended Council meeting

    June 10-13: An atmosphere of prayer and discernment marked the meeting of Father General’s Extended Council (Consiglio Allargato) which gathered at the Curia of the Society. While the Council’s deliberations are private, the Society’s Secretariat published some of the topics on which the members of the Extended Council focussed on. This Council consists of the ad providentiam and Regional Assistants, the six Presidents of the Jesuit Conferences, and the heads of the Secretariats at the Curia.

  • Francis to visit three African nations, each one dealing with tensions

    by Joshua J. McElwee, Vatican

    This article appears in the Francis in Africa 2019 feature series. View the full series.

    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is preparing to make only his second visit to sub-Saharan Africa next month, and it appears that it could be one of the most politically delicate among his previous 30 trips abroad.

  • Getting ready to welcome Fr. General in West Africa

    For the first time since his election, Fr. Arturo Sosa will visit two countries in the vast Jesuit Province of West Africa. He will spend the Triduum of the Holy Week participating in the liturgical celebrations in two parishes of the Society of Jesus. First in N'Djamena, Chad, on Holy Thursday, then in the Douala area in Cameroon, for the remainder.

  • ICAJE and Secretariat for Education Share their Reactions to the Universal Apostolic Preferences 2019-2029

    By Rafa Galaz, Educate Magis

    The International Commission for the Apostolate of Jesuit Education (ICAJE) and the International Secretary for Jesuit Secondary and Pre-Secondary Education share their first reactions to the publication by Fr. General of the Universal Apostolic Preferences for the Society of Jesus for the next 10 years.

    This February, Fr. General Arturo Sosa SJ shared a text presenting the 4 Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs) for the next 10 years with the entire apostolic network of the Society of Jesus, Jesuits and collaborators in mission.

  • Jesuit education and the Apostolic Preferences

    “This year’s meeting has been very special since it has been framed within the spirit of the Universal Apostolic Preferences as the apostolic horizon of our work. We felt consoled and challenged by the UAPs. We see in them a great apostolic opportunity for our schools. We are confirmed by the UAPs in the path we decided in the JESEDU-Rio2017 Action Statement but we are also aware of the invitation to go deeper into our process of discernment. We see the upcoming Colloquium JESEDU-Jogja2020 in Indonesia as an important step to continue this ongoing discernment that will be supported by the publication of a new document on Jesuit Education at the end of the year. These are, no doubt, exciting times for Jesuit Education.”

  • Le Père Général en visite à l’archevêché et au Collège Libermann

    Par Jude Forbi SJ, AOC Communications

    Le matin du samedi saint, le Père Général Arturo SOSA S.J a visité l’archevêché de Douala notamment Monseigneur Samuel Kleda et le Cardinal Christian Tumi . Ce fut de très heureux échanges en présence du Père Fratern Massawe, SJ, Assistant Ad providentiam pour l’Afrique, le Père Orobatar, SJ, président du JCAM.

  • Le T.R.P. Général dans la Province d’Afrique Centrale

    Par Rodrigue Ntungu SJ

    Le Très Révérend Père, Arturo Sosa, S.J., Supérieur Général de la Compagnie de Jésus, a atterri à Kinshasa ce lundi de Pâques, 22 avril 2019 à 17h15. Il était en compagnie de ses deux Assistants Généraux, les Pères Fratern Masawe, S.J. et Vernon D’Cunha, S.J. La délégation a été accueillie à l’aéroport international de N’djili par le Père José Minaku, S.J., Supérieur provincial d’Afrique centrale (Angola et République Démocratique du Congo) qu’accompagnaient six jésuites et deux élèves du Collège jésuite Bonsomi. Ces derniers ont souhaité au Père Général une chaleureuse bienvenue, dans une courte allocution en anglais, et lui ont offert un bouquet de fleurs.

  • Pan-African youth leadership development

    Africa is by far the world’s youngest continent, with a median age of only 18. Such a large population of young people presents an enormous challenge for the governments of Africa’s 54 countries. Resources must be found to ensure food, water, shelter, healthcare, education, and livelihood training for fully half of the 1.2 billion people on the continent.

    While this is indeed an enormous challenge, for the Jesuits and their partners it has also become a real opportunity.

  • Pope Francis confirms Jesuits’ mission for next 10 years

    Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus

    By Ricardo da Silva | Spotlight.Africa

    The Jesuits have today announced their “Universal Apostolic Preferences” for the next ten years. These have been decided after a long discernment process and have been confirmed by Pope Francis, as Ricardo da Silva SJ reports.

    “Reconciliation today is the most heartrending cry of humanity.” These were the words of Arturo Sosa, the superior general of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), when he wrote to Jesuits the world over in October 2017. He wrote asking them to begin the process of discernment of their Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs) for the next ten years.

  • Présentation des Préférences Apostoliques Universelles dans l’ACE

    Par Emery Mumbere, S.J.

    La rencontre du Père Général avec les jésuites présents à Kinshasa, hormis les Scolastiques en philosophie, a eu lieu ce vendredi 26 avril 2019 à la Résidence Saint Pierre Claver. Tout a commencé par une photo de famille prise devant la chapelle de la résidence. Ceci fait, tous les compagnons présents se sont rendus dans une des salles de conférence pour un entretien avec le Père Général.

  • Presentation of Universal Apostolic Preferences in the Central Africa Province (ACE)

    By Emery Mumbere, S.J.

    On April 26, 2019, Father General, Arturo Sosa SJ, met with the Jesuits of the Central Africa Province (ACE) who were present at the Residence Saint Pierre Claver in Kinshasa, during his visit of the Province. It all started with a family photo taken in front of the residence's chapel. Once this was done, all the companions present went to one of the conference rooms for a presentation with Father General.