After Fr. General’s talk, Fr. John Dardis, General Counsellor for Discernment and Apostolic Planning, set the tone for the meeting with a simple question: “How do we promote spiritual conversion?” He then asked the participants to be open to a ‘prayer for leadership’ which, if done correctly, leads us away from our areas of comfort, into areas of vulnerability that are essential for the type of conversion being asked for by Fr. General.
Over the course of the next 5 days - filled with workshops, keynotes on different style of leaderships and the challenges faced by the contemporary Church, and spiritual conversations between participants who can voice their hopes and fears for the future of the Society of Jesus - the Discernment and Leadership meeting will be tackling some of the most controversial issues confronting the modern Church. Fr Dardis insists that the meeting will be grounded in prayer and pushed forward by honest conversations between the participants.
“Prayer is the foundation of spiritual conversation because spiritual conversation is where I share the fruits of prayer.”
Watch Fr. General explain the history of why we use ‘Preferences’ instead of ‘Priorities’