Federico Fellini, the great Italian film director, would have loved the cinematic possibilities for the opening of Day 5. We were off to Mass in the Vatican. All of the delegates gathered on the steps of the Jesuit Curia at 7am. For some, like myself, who live in the Curia, that was a relatively straight-forward task; but for those hardy types lodging in the Russicum and the … [Read more...]
Presentation of the state of the Society. For this congregation, the Deputatio Commission started working on the De Statu Societatis (State of the Society) document several months before the opening of the plenary session, unlike in previous congregations where the commission was appointed during the plenary session. This has given the electors more time to understand the state of the Society for an enriched conversation.
This week started with Fr. Adolfo Nicholas, S.J. nominating Fr. James Grummer, S.J. as Vicar General of the Society of Jesus, and entrusted the General Congregation to his care, till the election of the new General. He then placed his resignation on the floor of the house, which you already know, was accepted. Fr. Nicholas' term as General would rank amongst some of the … [Read more...]
A child on his/her mother’s back (or hands) does not worry about the journey, so says an African proverb. The child feels secure, cared for, protected and loved by the mother. When around mid-morning of Monday, 3 October 2016, Fr. General Adolfo Nicolás tendered his resignation to General Congregation (GC) 36, there was certainly no doubt that that was a “matter of greater … [Read more...]