November 12, 2016 — This morning, members of the Jesuits’ General
Congregation 36 (GC 36) voted to close the congregation. The General Congregation,
the supreme governing body of the Society of Jesus, opened on Oct. 2; elected a new leader,
Father General Arturo Sosa, SJ, on Oct. 14; and ended today with a Thanksgiving
Mass at St. Ignatius Church in Rome.
The last day of the congregation began with prayer and a contemplative
examination of the six weeks of work. The delegates then evaluated the
congregation in small groups.
In the final working session of GC 36 in the Aula, Fr. Sosa
thanked the congregation for its work, emphasizing the importance of
recognizing that it is the Lord who will grow the seed that the congregation planted.
He also thanked all the people and teams involved in the process of
preparation, coordination, logistics and communications, as well as the Curia staff
and the Jesuit communities of Rome that generously welcomed the members of the congregation.
Later in the day at the Jesuits’ St. Ignatius Church, Fr. Sosa
celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving to mark the end of the congregation. Father
General invoked Mary, under the title of Our Lady of the Way, as is traditional
in the Society, praying for her intercession as she accompanies the “friends in
the Lord” leaving for every corner of the world after the congregation. He also
asked Mary to help all Jesuits to be true and authentic witnesses of the
message of Christ, that they might credibly reflect his face to the world.
At the conclusion of the Mass, Jesuits sang a hymn characteristic
of the spirituality of the Society: “Take, Lord, receive all my liberty, my
memory, understanding and my entire will, everything I have and possess. You
have given all to me. Now I return it. All is yours, dispose of it entirely
according to your will. Give me only your love and your grace. That’s enough
for me.” [Source: GC36.org]
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Brother Richard J. Devine, SJ, longtime missionary to Japan, entered into God’s peace in Tokyo April 10. He was 83. Originally a member of the California Province, he transferred to the Province of Japan.
Father Francis “Frank” Goodman Hernandez, SJ, longtime teacher of physics and computer science at Jesuit High School, Carmichael, Calif., entered into God’s peace April 11 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos.
Kate Hannick, a Seattle University junior and economics and public affairs double major, has been named a 2018 Truman Scholar, one of only 59 selected this year by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.
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Gonzaga University will welcome eight new Act Six Scholars to the incoming class of 2022. The urban and community leaders from Spokane and the Tacoma-Seattle area will receive full-tuition, full-need, four-year scholarships as members of the latest Act Six cohort.
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