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Fr. General - Visit to USA

From 29 September to 12 October Father General visited the USA. His trip began in Boston, where he visited the faculty members and Jesuits in formation at the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College. He also visited the Campion Center and saw the members of the Province who had gathered to celebrate the Eucharist and a Final Vow ceremony. He then traveled to New York, where a moment of particular significance was the meeting with the Jesuits in formation. At a question-answer session Father General was able to express some of his ideas about the Church and the Society. When a scholastic asked what the magis might mean in a society where to be number one was paramount, Father Nicolás answered: Magis is the magis of Christ, the magis of humility, self-forgetful service, and total dedication to God's will. Our focus is on the wide focus of the mission of God. So ours is not the route of competition, but of collaboration. In Saint Louis, he again spoke to the men in formation as well as the Jesuits of the city, before leaving for Chicago so that he could attend the meeting of the USA Jesuit Conference. Father General was able to meet the men in First Studies, a selected group of students from Loyola Academy, the Board Chairs, Presidents, and Provincials of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) before celebrating the Eucharist with Jesuits from the Chicago-Detroit and Wisconsin Provinces.