Vol. XIX, No. 16 October 6 2015
Father General has appointed
- Fr. Edward S. Fassett (CFN) as the new Secretary for Collaboration. Father Fassett was born in 1956, entered the Society in 1978 and was ordained in 1988. Among other assignments, Father Fassett has served as Secretary for Secondary and Pre-Secondary Education and Partnership Formation at the Jesuit Conference office in Washington, DC. Most recently, he has been acting Socius (Executive Secretary) of the Conference President.
GENERAL CONGREGATION 36
Prayer for General Congregation 36
In preparation for the 36th General Congregation, Father General set up several committees in the Curia to help organize different things. One such committee is the Liturgical Committee, which was headed initially by Father Severin Leitner. Before his death, Father Leitner had composed a prayer for General Congregation 36. The prayer has been finalized by the Liturgical Committee and will be used by Jesuits and friends as we pray for the success of the General Congregation.
God our Father, almighty and merciful,
You sent Your Son Jesus, Your living Word,
to save the human race by His life, death, and resurrection,
and You send Your Holy Spirit to inspire and accompany Your pilgrim Church on earth.
With confidence, we pray for the Society that bears the name of Jesus:
Grant the 36th General Congregation openness to hear your Spirit
so that we may live for the greater glory of your name,
faithful to our history and the example of the saints who have gone before us.
Give us the spirit to serve beneath the banner of the Cross on behalf of Your Church,
a profound love for the world You have created and entrusted to Your people,
the grace to see with Your eyes the beauty and suffering of our sisters and brothers,
hearts that beat in union with Your heart, loving You and serving You in all things.
We ask all this through Jesus, the Savior who sets us free. Amen.
Mary, Mother of the Society of Jesus, intercede for us.
All you Saints of the Society, pray for us.
The Work of General Congregation 36 begins
Although the first plenary session of General Congregation 36 does not begin until 2 October 2016, the work of the Congregation begins when Electors and Members from the Jesuit Conferences hold their meetings. On 8 October 2015 when the African Conference meets in Nairobi, Kenya. Other Conference meetings will be from 15-17 October, the Canada-USA Conference meeting in St. Louis, Missouri; 18-20 October, European Conference meeting in Ariccia, Italy. Next will be the meeting of the Asia-Pacific Conference in Manila, Philippines, from 19-22 October. The Latin American Conference will meet in Santiago, Chile, from 2-5 November, while the South Asia Conference meeting will be in Pune, India, from 3-9 November.