Jesuits' New Superior General Celebrates Mass of Thanksgiving
October 15, 2016 — This morning, the Jesuit delegates of
General Congregation 36 celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving at the Church of the
Gesù in Rome. The Jesuits’ newly elected Superior General, Father Arturo Sosa, SJ,
delivered the homily, offering a spiritual message inspired by the Holy
Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ, newly elected Superior General of the Society of Jesus
In his homily, Fr. Sosa first recalled that a few days
earlier, at the opening of the General Congregation, the Master of the
Dominicans had invited the Jesuits to the audacity of the improbable, something
that characterizes a person of faith. Fr. Sosa was even more daring: referring
to Mary, he opened the way to the audacity not only of the “improbable” but
also of the “impossible,” because “Nothing is impossible for God,” as the angel
Fr. Sosa added: “We ask the Lord for that kind of faith,
because we can make it our own, as the Society of Jesus, the faith expressed in
Mary’s words in response to receiving the extraordinary appeal: ‘Behold the handmaid
of the Lord, all be done according to thy words.’
“As Ignatius and his first companions, like so many brothers
who fought and lived under the banner of the cross in the service of the Lord
and his Church, we also want to contribute to what seems impossible today: a
humanity reconciled in justice, living in peace in a common house well-kept,
where there is room for everyone because we recognize that we are siblings, son
and daughters of the same and unique Father.”
Father General then stressed that Jesuits are not alone in trying
to accomplish this task; they do it in collaboration. Not only collaborators in
their works, but by making themselves collaborators of people, inside and
outside of the Church, who are involved in a mission that is not theirs exclusively,
a mission they share with many men and women dedicated to the service of
others. [Source: GC36.org]
Father Michael J. Mandala, SJ, emeritus president of Verbum Dei High School, Los Angeles, died September 9, 2018 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, California. He suffered from pancreatic cancer. He was 71 years of age and had been a member of the Jesuit Order for 54 years, 41 years a priest.
Father John J. (“Hex”) Kindall, SJ, longtime high school teacher/principal and pastor in schools and parishes throughout the Pacific Northwest, died August 25, 2018 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, California. He was 91 years of age, a Jesuit for 74 years, and 61 years a priest.
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August 24, 2018 - In a letter released today, Jesuit Superior General Father Arturo Sosa addressed the Society of Jesus and its lay collaborators regarding the recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court grand jury report on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.