Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Opening Way for New Jesuit General Superior

The current Jesuit General Superior, Father Adolfo Nicolás, has decided to resign. He had asked and received permission of Pope Francis. Fr. Nicolás has set in motion the planning processes for what will happen next. He will convoke the 36th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus to begin at the end of 2016.

The Society of Jesus holds a General Congregation:
  • when the General Superior chooses to convoke one;
  • when the provincials and elected delegates of the provinces recommend the General Superior convoke one; or
  • at the death or resignation of a General Superior in order to choose a successor.
The predecessor of Fr. Nicolás, Fr. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, notified the Society of Jesus in 2006 that he would step down in 2008. The Society of Jesus is familiar with the preparation needed again.
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