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Vol. XXII, No. 14, September 11, 2018


We welcome back the readers of the Jesuit Bulletin from the summer break. As in the past, we will continue providing you with news from around the Jesuit world on a bi-weekly basis. We are always happy to receive feedback through the following email address: 



Apostolic Preferences as a Mission from the Holy Father

As the Society of Jesus continues to discern its apostolic preferences, Father General Arturo Sosa has observed that the process should be an occasion for the Society to live "sacramentally" the connection of the Society of Jesus to the Church through its availability to the Holy Father circa misiones. "The process of discernment in common seeks to deepen our availability for collaboration in the mission of the Church in the way that the Holy Father thinks best. Therefore, I will go to the Holy Father not only seeking confirmation and blessing but rather to receive from him the accents of the mission of the Society in the next years through apostolic preferences received from his hand." Read more...


Share the suffering of the victims of abuse and foster a culture of protection

In a letter released on 24 August 2018, Jesuit Superior General Father Arturo Sosa addressed all members of the Society of Jesus and lay collaborators of the Society's mission regarding the recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court grand jury report on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. "Through the intercession of Our Lady of the Way, we ask the Lord for 'growing sorrow and shame' in the face of the suffering caused by so many abuses," Fr. Sosa wrote in his letter. "We ask the Lord to accompany us in a real process of personal and institutional conversion." Fr. Sosa emphasized the contrition and call to reform expressed in Pope Francis' "Letter to the People of God," in which the pope wrote that "We showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them." 



IRELAND: Help with healing process, Pope urges Jesuits

Pope Francis had a private meeting with over 60 Irish Jesuits, including the Irish Provincial Leonard Moloney at the Papal Nunciature in Dublin on 25 August 2018. Fr Moloney began by asking Pope Francis if there was anything the Irish Jesuits could help him with in line with their Fourth Vow - special obedience to the pontiff. The Pope responded by asking them directly to help to address clerical sexual abuse, with the healing process and with the reparative work that needs to be done. Read more...


PHILIPPINES: Adolfo Nicolás EAPI Endowment Fund launched

An endowment fund has been launched to honour the legacy of Fr Adolfo Nicolás SJ, Superior General of the Society of Jesus from 2008 to 2016. The fund will support the work of the East Asian Pastoral Institute (EAPI), where Fr Nicolás was director from 1978 to 1984. The mission of EAPI is so close to his heart that after his resignation as Superior General in October 2016, he returned to EAPI as spiritual director and consultant. Read more...

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