Prayer for the General Congregation of the Society of Jesus

Jesuits from around the world have gathered in Rome this evening to begin the 36th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus, called to accept the resignation of the current Superior General, Fr Adolfo Nicolás, and to elect a new Superior General. The congregation begins at 7pm. Please join us in praying for the Holy Spirit to guide all the members.

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.


Mary, Mother of the Society of Jesus, intercede for us.
All you Saints of the Society, pray for us.