News Detail
Jesuit Father General Adolfo Nicolás to Convoke General Congregation 36 to be Held in 2016

May 20, 2014 — Jesuit Father General Adolfo Nicolás, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, announced in a letter to the whole Society that at the end of this year he will convoke General Congregation 36 to be held in 2016. The General Congregation, an assembly of Jesuit representatives from around the world, is always convoked on the death or resignation of the Superior General to choose his successor and may also be called to deal with significant matters for the whole Society.

“Several years have passed since my election as Superior General of the Society and I have recently reached the age of 78. Reflecting on the coming years, I have reached the personal conviction that I should take the needed steps towards submitting my resignation to a General Congregation,” Fr. Nicolás wrote in his letter to the Society.

“Through this letter I wish to inform the whole Society that, towards the end of this year, I will convoke the 36th General Congregation, to be held during the final months of the year 2016.”

Fr. Nicolás, who was elected in 2008, said he has already discussed the idea with Pope Francis, with officials at the Jesuit headquarters and with Jesuit provincials around the world.

Like the pope, the superior general of the Jesuits is elected for life, although the Jesuit constitutions include provisions for the superior general to resign. Fr. Nicolás succeeded Jesuit Father Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, who resigned at the age of 79. At the time, Fr. Kolvenbach said, "the Society of Jesus has the right to be governed and animated by a Jesuit in full possession of his physical and spiritual talents and not by a companion whose energies continue to diminish because of age." [Sources: Jesuit Curia, CNS]


Recent News

November 21, 2014 — The 1989 murders of six Jesuits and two women in El Salvador have had a lasting impact on Jesuits and their lay collaborators.

November 20, 2014 — Jesuit Father Dave Anderson, chaplain for Seattle University alumni and the men's basketball team, is now chaplain to the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks as well.

November 14, 2014 — Jesuit Father Ismael Moreno Coto, a human rights activist from Honduras, is a former student of Jesuit Father Ignacio Ellacuría.

November 13, 2014 — Twenty-five years after the murders of six Jesuits and two lay women in El Salvador, Jesuits strive for justice that forges reconciliation and looks to the future.

November 12, 2014 — Twenty-five years after six Jesuits, their housekeeper and her daughter, were assassinated at the University of Central America, Jesuits and their lay collaborators are remembering them with commemorative events.

November 10, 2014 — The Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life held a recent panel discussion at Georgetown University, featuring editors of major Catholic publications.

November 7, 2014 — Artist Mary Pimmel-Freeman brings the Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador to life in portraits she created as a student at Rockhurst University in 2006.

view all news

Search news

Publications
Since St. Ignatius bought a printing press in 1556, the Jesuits have been involved in communications. Today the Society of Jesus publishes a number of award-winning journals and publications. Click below to access our latest issues.

America - 11/24/14

America - 11/17/14

America - 11/10/14



Manresa House of Retreats
Manresa House of Retreats is located on the banks of the Mississippi River in Convent, La., midway between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.