For 2022, then?
In his letter of convocation, Father Sosa situates the
next Congregation of Procurators within the framework of the Ignatian Year,
with the same theme: Seeing all things
new in Christ. More specifically, he writes: “the Congregation can be a time when we examine together the lights and
shadows of the Society, the particular challenges that face us, and action of
the Holy Spirit, who calls us to ever greater generosity in the service of
Church and our world. There is no doubt that one of the greatest challenges
that our world faces is Covid 19, whose consequences will continue to be with
us for the foreseeable future.”
With regard to the issues that the Superior General
asks the Provincial Congregations to deal with and on which the Procurators
will have to report, the first is the follow-up given to the broad project of
the Universal Apostolic Preferences,
paying particular attention, according to the wishes of Pope Francis, to the first
one, that of “showing the way to God with the help of the Spiritual Exercises
and discernment.” And secondly, the Ignatian youth ministry and the link with
the promotion of Jesuit vocations.
Here we are; the table is set! The Provincial
Congregations must meet within a year to elect their Procurator. They are to
prepare their report on the state of the Society in their own area and prepare
answers to Father General’s questions before arriving in Loyola at the
beginning of May 2022. Eighty-seven participants are expected to attend,
including Father General and his Assistants.
The photos are from the
last Congregation of Procurators, in 2012, in Nairobi, Kenya.