continues at break-neck speed at the General Curia, with an impressive number
of back-to-back workshops, formation sessions, and conferences. From February 6
to 10, some fifteen Jesuits - all recently appointed treasurers of their
respective Provinces - gathered to learn more about the various aspects of
their ministry. Among the topics on the agenda: the functioning of the General
Treasurer’s Office, the ways of communicating with its services, mandatory
requests for use of Province funds, and FACSI (Father General’s Fund for
Specific Needs). Financial planning, budgeting, investments, and financial
reports were also addressed, as were the rules for acquisition and disposal of
the goods of the Society. However, the meeting was far from a checklist of
economic training. The lessons were taught hand-in-hand with time spent on the
spiritual foundations of the treasurer’s work and the stewardship of the “funds”,
the assets dedicated to specific purposes.
One of the participants, Isaac El-Fernandes, the
treasurer of the Southern Africa Province, shared his testimony with us.