Fr. General’s visitations are custom-tailored for the Province that he is visiting. They’re designed to give the General as clear a picture as possible of the variety, diversity and disposition of Jesuits, Jesuit ministries, partners, and the people served by the Church through the Society of Jesus. That being said, no matter what Province is organizing the trip, there are always two communities that the General request to be part of his visitation: the Novitiate and the retirement community. The reason is simple: Fr. General wants all Jesuits, from those who have yet to take first vows to those who have received their final mission to pray for the Church and Society, to remember that they are part of the same mission of the Society of Jesus.
At the end of the first full day of his visitation of the US West Province, Fr. General went to Culver City, California, to celebrate mass and share dinner with the Novices and staff of the Novitiate of the Three Companions. During the visit, Fr. General spent half-an-hour alone with the Novices, inviting them to ask him any questions they had about him, the Society of Jesus, or the Church. We asked Novice Chris Castaneda to provide his reflection of his time with the General.