Assistancy Strategic Discernment: Celebrating Success, Creating the Future (Update 2012)
Assistancy Strategic Discernment: Decisions and Commitments of the U.S. Provincials
"The goal of strategic discernment was and continues to be vibrant ministries, partners rooted deeply in the Ignatian tradition and Jesuit communities that serve and inspire us toward a future rich in the service of Christ’s mission."
Although each province has its own administrative headquarters, the eight provinces of the United States are organized into a conference to promote common goals and oversee international projects. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Jesuit Conference of the United States provides liaison staffing among the eight provinces, various national associations and the Society’s international headquarters in Rome.
In 2004, Jesuit Father General Peter-Hans Kolvenbach asked the Society of Jesus in the United States to begin a process of “strategic discernment,” of how we can best respond to the apostolic needs of the people of God in the future.
The vision described our mission as solidarity with “the least" and with “all” and challenged us to renew our existing commitment to Christ. Responding to the Call of Christ (2008) provided the concrete directions for the mission. Approved by Father General Adolfo Nicolás and promulgated by the provincials, Responding articulated mutual agreements in the areas of ministry, partnership, Jesuit life and governance.
The goal of strategic discernment was never simply reconfiguration. The goal was and continues to be vibrant ministries, partners rooted deeply in the Ignatian tradition and Jesuit communities that serve and inspire us toward a future rich in the service of Christ’s mission.
To the left you will find links to key documents related to strategic discernment.
The Society's Superior General appoints a president to oversee the work of the Jesuit Conference. The Jesuit Conference Board is comprised of the eight provincials of the United States. National secretariats under the direction of the executive secretary /socius staff its mission.
Timothy Kesicki, S.J.
President of the Jesuit Conference
Gerard L. Stockhausen, S.J.
Executive Secretary / Socius
Sherri Weil joined the staff of the Maryland Province of Jesuits just over two years ago. Sherri's broad background in the field of advancement, which includes Georgetown University, the Veteran's Association and the Smithsonian, gives her a unique perspective and talent in her field.Sherri's love of the Jesuits and their mission, her knack for knowing most of what is happening at any given time, and her love of meeting knew people adds vibrancy and life to the Maryland Jesuit headquarters.
David Godleski, S.J.
Secretary for Formation and Jesuit Life
Br. Michael Breault, S.J.
Director of National Vocation Promotion
Gregory N. P. Konz, S.J.
Secretary for Higher Education, Finance and Development
Edward S. Fassett, S.J.
Secretary for Secondary and Pre-Secondary Education and Partnership Formation
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