Jesuits and Their Lay Partners

by Jim Manney

Adolfo-NicolasFr. Adolfo Nicolas, SJ, Superior General of the Jesuits, reflects on Jesuit institutions and lay people. This is from a summary of a talk he gave recently to Jesuits working in the social apostolate:

Mobility is essential to our charism; thus we need to learn a new way of discernment, to let go and move on. For example, when starting a school, we should immediately prepare our lay successors so that we can hand the work over to them after no more than 15 to 30 years. He also stressed the fact that the shrinking number of Jesuits is being compensated for by the growing number of competent lay people who wish to work in our institutions. This gives us the freedom to dream again, to be creative, flexible and mobile. He encouraged us to see our institutions as our children: let them go off, get married and go their own ways.

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Jim Manney

Senior Editor at Loyola Press
Jim Manney is a popular writer on Ignatian topics (God Finds Us, A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer) as well as the editor of many books on Ignatian spirituality, including What Is Ignatian Spirituality? He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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julie varney February 3, 2012 at 1:46 pm

how can i be a part of the jesuit community as a lay christian /practicing catholic ?

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Vero August 18, 2012 at 12:02 pm

How to become a lay jesuit missionary

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anne Hansen October 26, 2012 at 1:36 pm

One might consider joining the Ignatian Volunteer Corps. It is domestic missionary work here in the US working with the poor and for a more just society. There are 16 branches in major cities across the US. It is for mature (50-ish and over ) adults.

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Diana Gaillardetz October 29, 2012 at 2:52 pm

I have been an Ignatian Volunteer in Boston for two years and I have found it to be a very rewarding experience. My placement is a vibrant inner city parish. I meet monthly with the other IVC members and supportive Jesuits and I have a reflector/spiritual director to discuss how I discover God in my volunteer work and in my life. Life, service and reflection come together in the Ignation Volunteer Corps program.

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