Jesuit Superior General Announces Four New Universal Apostolic Preferences

February 19, 2019 — The Society of Jesus has four new core preferences that will guide its mission for the next 10 years, Jesuit Superior General Father Arturo Sosa announced Tuesday. 


Called “Universal Apostolic Preferences” (UAPs) and crafted through a 16-month dialogue process with Jesuits around the world, the preferences include promoting discernment and the Spiritual Exercises; walking with the excluded; caring for our common home; and journeying with youth.

“Our desire has been to find the best way to collaborate in the Lord’s mission, the best way to serve the Church at this time, the best contribution we can make with what we are and have, seeking to do what is for the greater divine service and the more universal good,” Father General wrote in a letter introducing the UAPs to the whole Society of Jesus. “We have lived through a process that has produced, step by step, a consensus that we believe is guided by the Holy Spirit.”

The UAPs replace apostolic priorities that were released by then-Superior General Father Peter-Hans Kolvenbach in 2003, which prioritized ministries in China, Africa, the intellectual apostolate, the Roman houses, and among migrants and refugees.

The new preferences should be seen more as orientations, “as an itinerary for our pilgrimage, a horizon towards which we can journey, as four vectors of growth, four cries of the world to which we must be ever more sensitive.” “Each of these images,” he continued, “captures the intention of the preferences. It is to live the Magis today and now.”

The worldwide discernment process leading to the update focused on three main questions: “Where do we hear the call of Jesus today as He carries His cross in the world?” “What is the Church asking of us?” and “Where are we most needed?”

“I hope the UAPs will challenge Jesuits and our collaborators to think critically about our work in the world and to take bold action in sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ,” said Fr. Timothy P. Kesicki, SJ, president of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States and a participant in the UAP dialogue process. “The UAPs aren’t a new program to implement, though they might lead us to start new programs. Rather, they reflect certain movements of the Holy Spirit we encountered through the discernment process that point a way forward. The UAPs should help sharpen our focus on what’s really central to our mission at this point in history.”

Throughout the preparatory dialogue, several central themes emerged: accompaniment with the people of God at every stage of life and in every social setting; sharing the gifts of Ignatian Spirituality with a broader audience; and caring for God’s creation. Father General and his team boiled them down to the four priorities and shared them with Pope Francis earlier this year. The Holy Father replied with a single question: “Is this what you need the Society of Jesus to be doing at this point in its history?” After a period of prayer and reflection, Pope Francis returned the UAPs to Father General — not just as a document, but as a mission to the Jesuits from the Holy Father himself.

“The preferences seek to unleash a process of apostolic revitalization and creativity that makes us better servants of reconciliation and justice,” Father General wrote. “Let us undertake this process, designing it and assessing it in accord with persons, times, and places in the light of the Church’s orientations and the Spirit’s guidance.”

For more information, visit the website of the Curia, available in four languages:

jesuits.global/en/uap [English]
jesuits.global/es/uap [Spanish]
jesuits.global/fr/uap [French]
jesuits.global/it/uap [Italian]







Recent News

December 13, 2019 – Right at the outset of the Congress for the 50 years of the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat, Fr. Arturo Sosa challenged participants boldly walk with the maginalized.

December 13, 2019 – It was in the sanctuary of Loreto, Italy that, last March, Pope Francis dedicated all the vocations to the Virgin Mary and signed the apostolic exhortation written in response to the Synod on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.

December 6, 2019 – Since the beginning of his papacy, Pope Francis has repeatedly come back to the importance of process and discernment in beginning a shift towards change and the transformation of the Church.

December 6, 2019 – Fr. Julien Harvey, SJ, was a great Jesuit intellectual from Quebec. Though he passed away in 1998, his ideas and ways of proceeding — refusing simplification, listening, dialoguing and concrete proposals — have proven to be prophetic.

November 30, 2019 – We express our solidarity with the women of Fanm Deside in Haiti.

On November 25, in the early afternoon, Fr. Fernand Jutras, SJ passed away at the Richelieu infirmary. He was in his 78th and in religious life for 59 years. From 1971 to 2016, he carried out different ministries and professional activities in Montreal.

November 29, 2019 – On my way to Rome, I was skeptical and critical. I thought to myself: here is another celebration to swell our ego and justify our helplessness. I was comforted by the idea that I would enjoy as a tourist. But I was surprised!

view all news

Search news

Publications

Campion's Brag

Relations Mai 2019

Canadian Jesuits



Manresa Jesuit Renewal Centre
Since 1946, Manresa has welcomed retreatants to grow closer to God on 21 beautiful acres in ...