News Detail
Jesuit Father General Adolfo Nicolás. Photo by Bruce Powell.
“In the United States, the laity is taking increasing responsibility for major Catholic ventures, and Father General wanted to thank and to be in touch with the lay people who are doing this kind of work at Jesuit schools.” —Jesuit Father Michael Sheeran, AJCU President
Historic Meeting for Jesuit Superior General and Presidents and Board Chairs of all 28 Jesuit Universities

October 15, 2013 — Jesuit Father General Adolfo Nicolás, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, capped his two-week visit to the United States with a meeting with the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) on Oct. 10-11, 2013, at Loyola University Chicago. The historic meeting was the first in which Fr. Nicolás met with both the presidents of all 28 Jesuit colleges and universities and the chairs of the Boards of Trustees for each institution. The importance of lay leadership at U.S. Jesuit schools was one of the many issues discussed during the meeting. 

“In the United States, the laity has come into its own in taking real authority for church ventures,” explained Jesuit Father Michael Sheeran, president of AJCU. “Father General is impressed by this, and it is new to him. He wanted to get to know these board chairs and thank them for taking this kind of responsibility and for guiding the schools.”

In addition to the presidents and board chairs, representatives of the Jesuit Curia in Rome, U.S. Jesuit provincials and rectors of several Jesuit communities also attended the meeting.

Jesuit Father Michael Sheeran“Father General also wanted to talk about rethinking how Jesuit schools can have the maximum impact on the quality of education all around the world, with a focus on Jesuit schools in this country helping Jesuit schools in other countries and learning from them,” said Fr. Sheeran. “It’s not a one-way relationship.”

According to Fr. Sheeran, Fr. Nicolás challenged the group to think about how the schools can cooperate better together, as well as make a bigger impact in the larger world.

The first day of the meeting included time for the group to get to know one another by comparing notes about what got them involved in Jesuit education. Presidents and chairs worked together in small groups to discuss their goals for their schools.

On Friday, the final day of the meeting, Fr. Nicolás gave a talk to the board chairs, the presidents and the provincials. Afterward, he met with the chairs so they could speak candidly with him about what they see as the futures of their schools and American Jesuit education.

“In the United States, the laity is taking increasing responsibility for major Catholic ventures, and Father General wanted to thank and to be in touch with the lay people who are doing this kind of work at Jesuit schools,” Fr. Sheeran explained.


Recent News

March 24, 2015 — “La Voz del Pueblo” is told from the perspective of journalists at a Jesuit-run radio station.

March 23, 2015 — Cheverus High School in Portland, Maine, has named Jesuit Father George E. Collins to succeed current president, Jesuit Father William R. Campbell.

March 20, 2015 — Thirteen schools are partnering with Jesuit Refugee Service/USA to help unaccompanied Central American children and immigrant families seeking refuge in the U.S.

March 19, 2015 — Jesuit Refugee Service marks 35 years of accompaniment.

March 18, 2015 — Jesuit Father Richard Clifford was recently honored for his service to the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.

March 16, 2015 — Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero will be beatified May 23, and the beatification process for his friend Jesuit Father Rutilio Grande has also begun.

March 13, 2015 — Today marks the second anniversary of Pope Francis’ election to the papacy, and in the short time since he was elected, the "Francis effect" has taken hold.

view all news

Search news

Publications
Since St. Ignatius bought a printing press in 1556, the Jesuits have been involved in communications. Today the Society of Jesus publishes a number of award-winning journals and publications. Click below to access our latest issues.

America - 3/30/15

America - 3/23/15

America - 3/16/15



Jesuit Retreat House on Lake Winnebago
Located 80 miles north of Milwaukee, the Jesuit Retreat House on Lake Winnebago welcomes men and women of all faiths to its silent preached and directed retreats.