A few hours after concluding his visitation of the Jesuits in the Los Angeles Area, Fr. General set out for his next stop in the US West Province: Seattle. Arriving after an early-morning flight from Los Angeles, Fr. General headed directly to Seattle Prep to meet the “Directors of Works.” Assembled were presidents, principals, directors and administrators from across the various Jesuit works in the Pacific Northwest, invited to share their experiences of ministry with Fr. Sosa. After some brief introductions, Fr. General invited the assembly to a celebration of the Eucharist, gathering them in the chapel of Seattle Prep.
In his homily, Fr. General recognized both the diversity of ministries in the Pacific Northwest, and of the struggles that many have met in ministry. In response, Fr. Sosa suggested that we should ask for the virtue and grace of courage. “The virtue of courage stands out for me today as I read this gospel precisely because I am reading it with you, the women and men who exercise apostolic leadership in the Society of Jesus in the northwestern United States. You and I will need courage, we will need strong hearts, as we travel the road that the Spirit is beginning to show us.”