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.