December 2016 Connections:
Impact of GC36 on Jesuit Education
When we chose the Connections topics for the 2016-17 academic year, we were hopeful that the timing of General Congregation 36 would coincide with the publication of the December issue. Thankfully, it reached its conclusion just over a month ago allowing ample time for our contributors to write meaningful articles about the impact that GC36 made on them, their institutions and the Society of Jesus.
Late last week, the U.S. Senate finally passed the Continuing Resolution (CR) for FY17 to keep the federal government funded and running until April 28, 2017. The 114th Congress came to a close after earning the description of “the do-nothing Congress.”
Boston College School of Theology and Ministry Dean Rev. Thomas Stegman, S.J. and Rev. Joseph Costantino, S.J., a member of the Boston College Jesuit community who serves as pastor of St. Ignatius Church in Chestnut Hill, MA, were among the more than 200 delegates to the 36th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus (GC36), where Rev. Arturo Sosa, S.J., of Venezuela, was elected the 31st Superior General.
As we in the Society of Jesus transition from the leadership of retired Superior General Rev. Adolfo Nicolás, S.J. to newly-elected Superior General Rev. Arturo Sosa, S.J., I am struck by how fortunate we are to have such outstanding men as leaders, and how the Holy Spirit is at work among the Jesuits.
Rev. Claudio Burgaleta, S.J. recently left his position as a professor at Fordham University to become rector of the Jesuit community at Saint Peter’s University. His arrival at the University coincided with General Congregation 36 (GC36) to elect the new Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Rev. Arturo Sosa, S.J.
Very Rev. Robert M. Hussey, S.J. began his term as Provincial Superior of the Maryland Province Jesuits on July 31, 2014. In October 2016, he served for the first time as a delegate in a General Congregation.
AJCU Connections Archive
November 2016: Distinguished Faculty on Jesuit Campuses
October 2016: Election 2016 on Jesuit Campuses
September 2016: Town & Gown Partnerships for Jesuit Schools
May 2016: How Jesuit Institutions Help Alumni Live the Mission
April 2016: Eco-Jesuit: Campus Responses to Laudato Si'
March 2016: The Jesuit Mission of Athletic Programs
February 2016: Diversity on Jesuit Campuses
January 2016: The Impact of STEM Programs on Jesuit Institutions
December 2015: Celebrating the Arts on Jesuit Campuses
November 2015: The Jesuit Mission of Graduate & Professional Programs
October 2015: 100th Anniversary of Alpha Sigma Nu
September 2015: The Impact of HEA Reauthorization on AJCU Campuses
May 2015: Fostering Vocations on Jesuit Campuses
April 2015: New International Collaborations Among Jesuit Institutions
March 2015: How Women Are Shaping Jesuit Institutions