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Jesuits encouraged to be bold in choosing new leader

October 03, 2016

As representatives of the world’s Jesuit communities prepared to elect a new worldwide leader, the head of the Dominican order encouraged them to make bold choices.

Father Bruno Cadoré preached at Mass in Rome’s Gesu church, the mother church of the Society of Jesus, as the Jesuits opened their 36th general congregation. The Dominican master general urged the Jesuits to “dare the audacity of the improbable and the evangelical willingness to do it with the humility of those who know that… everything depends on God.”

The general congregation has received the resignation of Father Adolfo Nicolas, who was elected superior general in 2008 and now steps down upon reaching the age of 80. The next superior general will be the 30th successor to St. Ignatius of Loyola as head of the Society of Jesus.

Traditionally the Jesuit superior general has held that office until his death. Father Peter Hans Kolvenbach broke that pattern in 2008 when he resigned at the age of 80, opening the way for the election of Father Nicolas.

 
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