General Congregation 36 (GC36)

October, 2016

What is a General Congregation?

General Congregations are the supreme legislative body of the Society of Jesus consisting of major ("provincial") superiors and locally elected representatives. It is called to elect a new superior general when the previous one dies or resigns and/or to address major issues confronting Jesuit works and Jesuit life. There have been 35 such congregations in the more than 450 years of the order. The most recent General Congregation met from January to March 2008 to accept Peter-Hans Kolvenbach's resignation at age 80 and to elect his replacement, Adolfo Nicolás.

Arturo Sosa, SJ elected as new Superior General:

Information About GC36:


Preparing for GC36:

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Information about the Superior General's Resignation

Prayer for General Congregation 36:

God our Father, almighty and merciful,
You sent Your Son Jesus, Your living Word,
to save the human race by His life, death, and resurrection,
and You send Your Holy Spirit to inspire and accompany Your pilgrim Church on earth.

With confidence, we pray for the Society that bears the name of Jesus:
Grant the 36th General Congregation openness to hear your Spirit
so that we may live for the greater glory of your name,
faithful to our history and the example of the saints who have gone before us.

Give us the spirit to serve beneath the banner of the Cross on behalf of Your Church,
a profound love for the world You have created and entrusted to Your people,
the grace to see with Your eyes the beauty and suffering of our sisters and brothers,
hearts that beat in union with Your heart, loving You and serving You in all things.
We ask all this through Jesus, the Savior who sets us free. Amen.

Mary, Mother of the Society of Jesus, intercede for us.

All you Saints of the Society, pray for us.

- Father Severin Leitner, S.J.


Past General Congregations:

GC 36 - 2016
Election of Arturo Sosa as the new Superior General of the Society


Additional Documents:


GC 35 - 2008
Election of Fr. Adolfo Nicolas as the new Superior General of the Society

From January to March of 2008, the Society of Jesus celebrated the General Congregation 35. After the election of Fr. Adolfo Nicolás as new Father General, the Congregation, during two months, was debating different issues related with the mission, the structure, and the identity of the Society. This web site has been the window through which we have been witnessing to the world all this important event. View more

GC 34 - 1995

GC 33 - 1983
Election of Fr. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach as the new Superior General of the Society

GC 32 - 1974-1975

GC 31 - 1965-1966
Election of Fr. Pedro Arrupe as the new Superior General of the Society





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