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International Networking in the Society of Jesus

Challenges from a Universal Mission

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Introduction

“Can we not go beyond the loose family relationships we now have as institutions, and re-imagine and re-organize ourselves so that, in this globalized world, we can more effectively realize the universality which has always been part of Ignatius’ vision of the Society?”
Fr. Adolfo Nicolás, Jesuit Higher Education Meeting, México, April 2010.
The 35th General Congregation remarked the challenges posed by globalization processes to the mission of the Society of Jesus and has, at the same time, underlined the Society’s potential for acting as a universal body. Both international and interprovincial collaboration has been strengthened to improve the apostolic work, and networking has been identified as one of the ways to do it. “We encourage the society’s government at all levels to explore means by which more effective networking might take place among all apostolic works associated with the Society of Jesus” General Congregation 35, Decree 6, n.28.

The Jesuit Institute at Boston College, together with the Graduate School of Social Work and the Center for Ignatian Spirituality, host this conference to reflect on the challenges and potentials within our international network of institutions in order to facilitate and maximize our impact as a transnational body with a universal mission.