each Province, Region and special Mission has elected a delegate, it is that
Jesuit’s responsibility to visit all the communities in his purview: listening
to lights and shadows, and gathering information that he will pass on to Fr.
General and his fellow delegates. In this way, the CP becomes an enormous
grass-roots representation of the Society: the important parts of Jesuits life as
seen by the men who are living and working in the field.
year, the delegates have been asked to focus their reports on the theme, “Seeing
all things new in Christ”. Specifically, Fr. General has tasked the delegates
with reporting on how the Universal
Apostolic Preferences - given to the Society of Jesus by Pope Francis in
2019 - have changed life and ministry across the global Society.
will begin, as all things in Jesuit life do, with prayer. On 5 May, the
delegates and Fr. General will start an 8-day Ignatian retreat, using the
Spiritual Exercises to focus their questions, clarify their understanding of
the movement of the Holy Spirit in their part of the world, and move towards a
conversion that will make the CP a gathering of hearts and minds. The CP itself
will follow, from 15 to 21 May.
pray for Fr. General and the delegates of CP71 as they discern how best to
place the Society of Jesus at the service of the Church and her people.