Rev. Arturo Sosa, S.J., Jesuit Superior General (photo by Lukas Keapproth)

On Saturday, April 6, the presidents and board of trustee chairs for Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States and Belize met with the Jesuit Superior General, Rev. Arturo Sosa, S.J., during a meeting with the Provincials of the U.S. Jesuit Provinces at Loyola University Chicago.

The meeting was convened by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) and the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States (JCCU) in order to accomplish the following goals:

  1. Continue development of a corporate sense of purpose regarding the Society of Jesus’ mission in higher education, including how the Mission Priority Examen (MPE) functions to assure a commitment to the Catholic and Jesuit identity of the institutions.
  2. Initiate a collective discernment with the Jesuit Provincials of the challenges and opportunities faced by Jesuit, Catholic higher education today by sharing perspectives and hopes regarding this apostolic endeavor.
  3. Carefully examine the way governance in Jesuit higher education is evolving, the potential for development of the AJCU network of institutions, and the sharing of best practices.

In his remarks to the attendees, Fr. Sosa addressed the responsibilities of presidents and chairs as the key leaders of their institutions, and urged strong ties with the Society of Jesus in order to strengthen their Jesuit character. He said, “Peacebuilding, care for our common home, orienting the use of new technologies toward the common good: what makes these problems particularly difficult is the collapse of dialogue. We speak but we do not listen.” (Click here to download full remarks.)

Throughout the meeting (which began on Thursday, April 4), attendees heard from several panelists and keynote speakers, and discussed such topics as board governance, leading institutional change with support from Jesuit Provinces, and formation for board leaders. Please view the following gallery for highlights from the meeting (all photos by Lukas Keapproth).