.- The Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Spanish priest Fr. Adolfo Nicolas, recently sent a letter to Jesuits worldwide, announcing a revision to the order's General Curia.
In his letter, Fr. Nicolas explained that the decision was made after he received âa series of guidelinesâ from delegates who attended the Jesuitsâ 35th General Congregation, held in 2008.
The changes will focus mainly on the ârestructuring the secretariats based at the (Jesuit) Curia,â he wrote. He also announced the addition of three principle secretaries âwhose concerns and responsibilities will respond to important dimensions of our mission that should be present in all apostolic sectors.â The superior general added that this includes, âthe service of faith, the promotion of justice, and collaboration with others.â
In addition, a secretary will be added âfor secondary and basic education, higher education and the intellectual apostolate.â
Fr. Nicolas likewise announced the formation of âa small commission within the general council to discuss, discern, and propose matters related to our common mission,â comprised of the three core secretaries, two general councilors and the father general.
âIn order to help me regularly reflect on and understand more deeply different realities concerning our mission, I have formed a group based here in Rome that I have called the "Gregorian Reflection Group" (because we meet in the Gregorian University),â Fr. Nicolas also revealed.
The six members of the group are professors in different fields from the university: Frs. Giovanni Cucci, JosÃ© Funes, Michael Paul Gallagher, Daniel McDonald, Theoneste Nkeramihigo, and Hans Zollner.