Lowney and Leadership

Sean Salai, SJ, interviewed author Chris Lowney about Ignatian leadership. Lowney, whose books include Heroic Leadership and Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads, addresses adapting Ignatian spirituality for secular audiences. By no means am I suggesting that one cheapen or water down the content of Ignatian spirituality. But I could envision, for example, plucking out pieces of the tradition that might appeal to businesspeople (or teachers, hospital workers or any in active […]

How the Pope Would Like to Be Remembered

In a recent interview with a Spanish newspaper, Pope Francis talked about world economic systems and other topics, including his leadership priorities. “I don’t have any personal agenda that I carried in under my arm, simply because I never thought they were going to leave me here, in the Vatican,” he said. “What I am doing is carrying out” the recommendations made by cardinals prior to the March 2013 conclave. Among those recommendations, the pope […]

Spiritual Leadership

America Magazine has published an address of the Superior General of the Jesuits, Very Rev. Adolfo Nicolás, SJ, who recently met in Chicago with the board chairs and presidents of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. His subject was spiritual leadership in Jesuit institutions. [I]n the understanding of St. Ignatius, the principal function of a leader is to help the members of a community grow to become the living presence of […]

Discover the Leadership Values of Pope Francis

In the new book, Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads, author Chris Lowney delves into what made Pope Francis who he is today and the impact of his Jesuit formation. Enjoy this excerpt. The pope has already been articulating a vision that challenges his Church to reimagine itself in the twenty-first century: He challenged “lukewarm Christians” and “couch potato” Christians to engage much more energetically in spreading the Church’s message, not to […]

Jesuit Cardinals and Bishops

Since Pope Francis’s election, we’ve heard a lot about the Jesuit aversion to assuming positions of honor and power in the church. Every Jesuit makes this promise when he makes final vows: “I also promise that I will never strive for or ambition any prelacy or dignity outside the Society; and I will to the best of my ability never consent to my election unless I am forced to do so by obedience to him […]

Ignatius’s First Followers

Let’s take a moment in IgnatiusFest to think about the men who first followed Ignatius.  We wouldn’t be here without Ignatius, but we wouldn’t be here without the first companions either.  They were a handful of students who met Ignatius at the University of Paris.  They made the bold decision to join their lives together in a radical fellowship.   It was a crucial moment.  As the narrator of this video says, “the first follower turns […]