the January meeting with his Extended Council,
Father General will discuss the process to be followed by the Society in a
consultation on Jesuit poverty that has already been announced in his letter
about the Ignatian Year.
is a crucial aspect of our lives as Jesuits” said Father Sosa. “In these days
of consumerism and individualism it shows more importantly than ever how we are
called to a life of sharing and that solidarity among human beings is a
necessity and a core value.”
meeting takes place from Monday to Friday, 11th to 15th
January; three full days are dedicated to the issue of poverty. Tom McClain, the General Treasurer and James
Hanvey, the Secretary for the Service of Faith have played key roles in
preparing the meeting along with Fr Claudio Paul, Assistant for the Southern Latin
America, who chaired a small task force.
“Evangelical Poverty has been part of
religious life since the earliest times” said James Hanvey. “For St Ignatius, after his conversion, he
experienced it as a source of apostolic energy and he wanted this for all
Jesuits. Ignatius saw that to preach in poverty was also a mark of the
authenticity of our witness. I think this is even more important than ever with
so many urgent needs”.
meeting is being held online and involves over twenty people from different
continents of the world. All of the
General Counsellors take part, along with the six Conference Presidents, the
Secretaries of the Apostolic Sectors (Faith, Justice and Ecology, Pre-secondary
and Secondary Education, Higher Education) and the General Treasurer.