GC36, No. 1 September 29, 2016
GENERAL CONGREGATION 36
The opening Mass of the 36th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus will take place 17:00 (5:00 p.m.), Sunday, October 2nd, at the Gesù Church, Piazza del Gesù, 45.
The concelebrated Mass will be presided over by Fr. Bruno Cadoré, O.P., Master of the Dominican Order, who will deliver the homily. Father Adolfo Nicolás, Superior General of the Society of Jesus will assist at the altar.
After the Mass, the remains of Saint Ignatius, which are housed under the altar at the right side of the church, will be venerated, and a lamp will be lit and will remain burning during the time the Congregation meets.
The mass is open to all who wish to join the 215 members of the Congregation.
Photographers and television crews who plan to attend the Mass are requested to apply for a permit via email before noon on Saturday, October 1st indicating the number of crew and specifying the type of permit: still photography or television. E-mail: email@example.com. On Sunday, October 2nd, photographers and television crews are to register at the entrance to the Gesù Church by 16:30 (4:30 p.m.). They will be escorted to the location set aside for them. They will stay in this location for the entire ceremony.
The General Congregation will have its first formal meeting on Monday, October 3rd. No press coverage is planned. The first phase of the Congregation will be private and communication about it will be minimal. After the election of the new Superior General, the second phase of the Congregation begins. Daily communiqués are planned at that time.
For more information, please visit the official website of the General Congregation, www.gc36.org