On the heels of an American presidential election characterized by vitriol, 1,800 young adults from Jesuit institutions across the country gathered in the nation’s capital at the 19th annual Ignatian Family Teach-In to learn, advocate, serve, and meet others devoted to unity and peace.
California Provincial Father Michael Weiler, SJ, and Oregon Provincial Father Scott Santarosa, SJ, took some time from General Congregation 36 in Rome to discuss how new Jesuit Superior General Fr. Arturo, Sosa, SJ, is the right man right man to guide the Society of Jesus.
The day after the U.S. presidential election, students at Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix reported disturbing incidents, including Latino students being asked by fellow students if they realized that their last day at Brophy would coincide with the inauguration of Donald Trump. Brophy Principal Bob Ryan addressed the situation head on, sending a letter to parents that described racial tensions at the school since the election.
On November 12, members of the Jesuits’ General Congregation 36 (GC 36) voted to close the Congregation, the supreme governing body of the Society of Jesus. GC 36 opened on Oct. 2 and elected a new leader, Father General Arturo Sosa, SJ, on Oct. 14.
More than 1,800 individuals are expected to gather at the 19th Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice from November 12-14 in Washington, D.C. The annual gathering provides opportunities for attendees to learn, reflect, pray, network, and advocate in the context of the Catholic faith tradition.
In his first in-depth interview after being elected Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Venezuelan Father Arturo Sosa, SJ, was quick to point out that he didn’t arrive at the Jesuits’ General Congregation 36 in Rome with an expectation that he would be the man selected for the job.
Father Fredric W. Schlatter, SJ, a scholar of classical languages and history who influenced the lives of many students at Gonzaga University, entered into God’s peace on October 21 at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center Infirmary in Los Gatos, Calif. He was 90.
Father Ted Kestler, SJ, minister to residents of Chefornak, Alaska, died in a house fire on October 12. He was 72. At the time of his passing, Fr. Kestler was serving in the Yup’ik village of Chefornak with a population of just over 400.
To raise awareness of the L.A. housing crisis and the opportunity to do something about it on Election Day, Jesuit institutions in Southern California are inviting all Angelenos to a special liturgy Saturday, Oct. 29, 3:30 p.m., at Blessed Sacrament Church in Hollywood.
Father Arturo Sosa Abascal, SJ, of Venezuela was elected the 31st Superior General of the Society of Jesus at the Jesuits’ General Congregation 36 (GC 36) October 14 in Rome. Fr. Sosa is the first Latin American Superior General of the Society of Jesus, the largest religious order of priests and brothers in the Catholic Church.
Today, the 215 Jesuits who are attending General Congregation 36 at the Jesuit headquarters in Rome begin a centuries-old practice called the murmuratio. Four days of one-on-one conversation and information gathering, the murmuratio is designed to prepare the delegation for the election of a new Superior General this Friday.
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