Father Adolfo Nicolás SJ, who has been Superior General of the Jesuits (the Society of Jesus) since 2008, has announced his intention to resign. Having recently reached the age of 78, Fr Nicolás says he has received the approval of his advisers (Assistants) and has informed Pope Francis that he intends to convoke a General Congregation for the latter part of 2016. That will be occasion when his resignation will be formally submitted and his successor will be elected.
The Commissio Mixta of JESAM and CEP met in Madagascar on 13th April. This commission is a collaborative working group of African and European Provincials who look for ways in which the Conferences of European Provincials and of African Provincials can cooperate. There has been a long and fruitful connection between African and European Jesuits for centuries. But times have changed significantly in the Churches of Africa and Europe.
To Set a General Free …
The adjective ‘solemn’ finds itself attached to so many events, usually inappropriately, but occasionally a moment arises when only that word applies. This morning definitely presented one such situation, the acceptance of the resignation of Father Adolfo Nicolás, our Superior General. For me, the moment eclipsed even the moving and beautiful opening liturgy last evening, led by Fr. Bruno Cadoré, the Master General of the Dominicans.
Graham Pugin, SJ Shot by police outside Trinity
Statement from an onlooker:
I just saw the priest at Holy Trinity stand rock still in the driveway to the church while a casspir (riot tank) drove at him at full speed. He was protecting students seeking sanctuary inside.
World Refugee Day 2016 concept note
As human beings, we are at the mercy of nature, at the mercy of governments, at the mercy of leaders, at the mercy of war. We are at the mercy of forces beyond our control. These forces have caused an unprecedented 60 million people – mothers, fathers, sisters and children – to flee their homes.
World Refugee Day 2016: open minds, unlock potential
Rome, 20 June 2016 – As human beings, we are at the mercy of nature, at the mercy of governments, at the mercy of leaders, at the mercy of war. We are at the mercy of forces beyond our control.
By William Bole
September 21, 2016 — In the 476-year history of the Society of Jesus, there have been 30 Superiors General of the order better known as the Jesuits. By contrast, with a history just half as long, the United States has elected 43 presidents.
The Very Reverend Father General, Arturo Sosa, SJ, visited Bishop Francis Xavier Maroy, Archbishop of Bukavu, DRC. The archbishop (alumnus Alfajiri College of the Society of Jesus), welcomed the General and gave a history of the Archdiocese. Thereafter they made a visit to the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel of the Archbishop.
The second part of the visit led Father General to a mausoleum where the servant of God, Archbishop Christophe Munzihirwa, SJ, Archbishop of Bukavu assassinated on 29 October 1996 lays to rest. Led by Bishop Francis Xavier Maroy, Father General, the two Assistants to Father General (Fr. Masawe SJ and Fr. Claudio SJ), JESAM President (Fr. Orobator SJ) and other Jesuits prayed at the tomb. This began with prayer printed on the effigies (provided by Mgr Maroy) Bishop Munzihirwa and, of course, sang along "Nakushukuru e Bwana" (I thank you, Lord), favorite song of the late Archbishop.
A guided tour of the basement of the mausoleum, unfinished, allowed Mgr Maroy explain to guests more about the project. He wants to make the basement a museum for memories of his three predecessors, based at the mausoleum: Christophe Munzihirwa, Emmanuel Kataliko and Charles Mbogha. The tour ended with a visit to the Cathedral of Bukavu and its chapels, and later Father General returned to the Amani Center.