The Jesuit church in Rome hosted two of the GC36 masses. Ignatius himself chose the site of the church on the popular parade in the 16th century. Ignatius wrote the constitutions of the Society in the adjoining building.
GC 36 Opening session with a Prayer.
Adolfo Nicolás, hands over the meeting to Jim Grummer, SJ, as vicar of GC36. Afterwards, Adolfo took his seat among the delegates.
Every morning at 9 a.m., the delegates prayed for 15 minutes before beginning their deliberations.
Each delegate received a tablet and participated in training sessions to learn how to access all documents, music and information on a closed intranet system.
Adolfo Nicolás hands over the meeting to Jim Grummer, SJ, as vicar of GC36. Afterwards, Adolfo took his seat among the delegates for a few session before departing GC36.
Delegates proceed to a Mass at the Vatican in the chapel of the Cathedra or chair of St. Peters. Adolfo Nicolás, former Superior General, leads the way.
GC36 Mass at the Vatican in the chapel of the Cathedra or chair. Celebrant is Bienvenido F. Nebres, SJ, of the Philippines, accompanited by Fr. James Grummer, SJ.
GC36 had 20 different groups working in various rooms around the Curia and the Canisio communities. This group met in the 16th century dining room of the Canisio Jesuit Community.
An early 7:30 a.m. Mass of the Holy Spirit celebrated by the Vicar General of the Congregation, Fr. Jim Grummer, SJ. The delegates prayed for the gifts of the Holy Spirit before electing the Superior General of the Society of Jesus.
After his election as Superior General of the Society of Jesus by the GC36 delegates, Fr. Arturo Sosa, of Venezuela, makes his oath of office.
After his election as Superior General of the Society of Jesus, every delegate came up to congratulate and wish him well - including the former Superior General, Fr. Adolfo Nicholas, SJ.
Before the mass at the Gesu, In the chapel of the rooms of St. Ignatius, Fr. Sosa, SJ, is reminded by the oldest member of the Congregation, Fr Bienvenido Nebres, SJ, of the Philippines, of the qualities he must posses as Superior General, ending with: "May you be helped by the intercession of St. Ignatius."
During his first mass as Superior General at the Gesu, newly elected Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ, celebrates with Fr. Jim Grummer, SJ, vicar of the GC36 at his left, and Fr. Adolfo Nicolas, SJ, former Superior General, on his right.
At the end of the mass at the Gesu, Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJprays before the tomb of St. Ignatius.
Pope Frances visited the Jesuit house and joined in the opening prayer with the GC36 delegates before his formal address. In previous congregations, delegates and the newly elected Superior General, visited the Pontiff at the Vatican.
Pope Frances posed with the new Superior General, Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ, and Fr. Orlando Torres, the newly elected secretary of the Society.