22 February 2017 : A newsletter of the Australian Jesuits

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Changes to the Society


Fr General Adolfo Nicolás has announced changes to the governance of the Society of Jesus following recommendations during the 35th General Congregation that revisions be implemented.


‘The changes we are introducing concern primarily our capacity to address issues related to our mission, with the flexibility, depth and creativity required at this moment of history and the life of the Church. The ordinary governance of the Society will continue to be handled according to the well-functioning processes that are the fruit of almost 500 years of the Society's experience and wisdom’, said Fr Nicolás.


The overhaul includes the restructuring of the Secretariats based at the Curia, the establishment of a small Commission for Mission in the General Council and the creation of a reflection group in Rome.


The secretariat, which was previously organised according to apostolic sectors, will now comprise three secretaries. Apostolates that affect a great part of the Society's mission, such as education, will also have a secretary. Other areas of mission will be supervised and animated primarily through networks. The changes are intended to promote the Society’s mission better according to the formulation and understanding of recent General Congregations.


The newly formed Commission for Mission aims to make the concern for mission more focused, and the handling of apostolic concerns more responsive.


‘This commission will be formed by the three Core Secretaries, two General Councilors and the General. We will meet weekly and take whatever time is needed for matters under consideration’, said Fr Nicolás.


The Gregorian Reflection group, comprising six Jesuits, will meet regularly to reflect on and understand more deeply different realities concerning the Society’s mission. Meanwhile, the restructuring measures will make redundant the two existing General Councilor positions.


‘All these changes seek to respond to the ever-present invitation of the Society and our tradition to keep the goal of our Society before our eyes and to look for the best instruments that will allow us to discern the will of God and respond generously and effectively to Christ's call to serve with Him in our world of today’, said Fr Nicolás.


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