6 Resources on Ignatian Leadership to Inspire and Guide an Apostolic Planning Process
June 6, 2019 — Appropriating the new Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs) must not only be achieved via contemplation and prayer, but “also through action so that we can further relate to the cries of the world, be closer to one another, closer to Christ and by his side,” has said Father General, Arturo Sosa.
To facilitate both the process of appropriation of the UAPs and apostolic planning, we’ve compiled a set of resources, from documents detailing the UAPs, to content about discernment in common and an online library on Ignatian leadership.
Listening The first step is listening. In fact, this is a theme that Pope Francis himself has often spoken about. In a recent address to the leaders of Caritas Internationalis, he said, “Humility is born when, instead of talking, one listens, when one ceases to be at the centre. (...) It’s the way of humble service, which Jesus followed. It’s always important to listen to the voice of all, especially of the little ones and the least. In the world those who have more means speak more, but among us it can’t be that way.”
Father General’s Letter on Appropriating the Universal Apostolic Preferences Father General’s letter of April 21, 2019 underlines several key aspects regarding the process for appropriating the Universal Apostolic Preferences. First highlighting the importance of “finding a fair and fruitful tension between ‘being’ and ‘doing,’” he then puts forth certain ideas, from the formation of young Jesuits to the needs for effective cooperation with Jesuit partners. Read more here.
Communal Discernment Step-by-Step The Universal Apostolic Preferences are the result of communal discernment from “the bottom to the top.” Now that they have been proclaimed, the Jesuits of Canada must fully understand them and discernment will once again be at the centre of this process. The Society of Jesus has set up a website of Ignatian resources, some of them focused on communal discernment. This site covers different stages, from preparing the group to gathering data and implementing decisions. For more information, click here.
Ten Steps for Apostolic Planning The Jesuit Curia has also produced a detailed document on the 10 steps involved required for apostolic planning. For more information, click here.
A Journal on Leadership and Governance In 2018, the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat published a journal titled Leadership and Governance: A call to Reconcile and Recreate. Amongst other contributors, Élizabeth Garant, director of the Centre Justice et Foi (Centre for Justice and Faith) in Quebec, wrote an essay about leadership in Jesuit works, specifically within social apostolates. In it, she describes the steps and conditions required to favour the emergence of managers in service of the mission. Click here to learn more.
A Online Library on Ignatian Leadership Last but not least, another resource produced by the Jesuit Curia, this time on Ignatian leadership. The website offers a set of educational materials that creatively combine the central elements of the Jesuit tradition with modern tools from the leadership and management world. For more information, click here.
February 20, 2020 — The Jesuits of Canada have urged the Government of Canada to work "assiduously toward a peaceful resolution of the conflict now underway in the traditional territory of the Wet’suwet’en People".
February 17, 2020 — The current conflict between the Wet’suwet’en First Nations and Coastal GasLink has to do with a natural gas pipeline that Coastal Gaslink wants to build, some of which would pass through traditional Wet’suwet’en territory in the northwestern central interior of British Columbia.
February 17, 2020 — Fr. Greg Kennedy, SJ, sees spiritual conversion as an essential step in our struggle to change the beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that lead to the abuse of our Common House and the current climate emergency.
February 10, 2020 — Whether they’re serving immigrants in Richmond, young professionals in New York, or others in settings ranging from Toronto’s inner city to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, Jesuit parishes are different. They share a particular sense of identity.
February 10, 2020 — “Theology is never practiced in a vacuum, but always in a specific time and place. This time and place is the modern world.” Sister Susan K. Wood, first female Academic Dean of Regis College, agreed to talk with us briefly about her career path, her projects and her vision of the Church.
February 3, 2020 — One of the important questions we as faith-filled people should be asking ourselves is: How can we live our faith with greater depth and credibility? Another way we could ask this question is through a more imaginative lens: How can we live with more contemplative attentiveness in and toward the world around us?
January 31, 2020 – Kevin Kelly, SJ co-founded the Ignatian Spirituality Project in Toronto, which offers spiritual aid to those who have experienced homelessness. "You learn really quickly that your story is not that different."