Since long before the Plenary Session of the General Congregation began, a special committee has been in charge of all the aspects of the preparation of the event. It is the Coordinating Committee, better known among the electors and the staff as the CoCo. We met one member of this Committee, Fr. Tim Kesicki, who is the President of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the … [Read more...]
What is a General Congregation?
In the 476 years since its founding, the Society of Jesus has convened only 35 general congregations. The 36th General Congregation will convene in Rome on October 2, 2016. A general congregation is always summoned on the death or resignation of the head of the Society — the Superior General — to choose his successor, or when the General decides action is needed on serious … [Read more...]
How will the Congregation elect the New Superior General?
The Congregation will begin with a prayer to the Holy Spirit, said by all the delegates. Then, there will be some some brief business that involves electing officers and those who will serve as secretaries for the sake of efficient business. And after the Congregation determines that everyone is there who should be there, the Congregation declares itself in session. The … [Read more...]
Where Will GC36 Take Place?
Delegates to GC 36 will gather in Rome at the Jesuit Curia, the worldwide headquarters of the Society of Jesus. The Curia is a large compound, just steps from the Vatican. Jesuits will meet in the Aula (Latin for hall), a large meeting room that can hold 250 delegates, each seated at a small desk, as well as a long table for the Superior General and staff assisting … [Read more...]
Ten Facts about Jesuit General Congregations
General Congregations are the ultimate governing body in the Society of Jesus, and here are some of the more interesting facts about these gatherings, which began over 450 years ago: 1. The first General Congregation took place in 1558, delayed for two years after St. Ignatius’ death by a war between King Philip II of Spain and Pope Paul IV. Father Diego Laynez was elected … [Read more...]