News

Welcome to the news section of this website, created to accompany us towards our General Congregation. We thought of it as an instrument for sharing our journey toward this important moment for our congregation in the light of the charism of our Foundress, the Venerable Mary Ward, who guides us and gives us her spirit in our mission.

We hope you enjoy exploring the website and accompanying us on our journey.

GC website is back!

We are once more back with the GC website, after a time of silence, and we look forward to receiving more of your contributions, in particular at present for the Covid-19 section. As always, you can choose to share your experience and/or your reflections in whatever form you wish (text,…

Our website goes on holiday!

During the month of August our GC website will not be updated (apart from the 31 Days with Mary Ward in the Blog section) as the DCT will be on holiday. We invite you to take the opportunity to review, reflect and pray with all the material we currently have…

30th with Mary Ward

As you know, on the 23rd of each month we pray for the Cause of Mary Ward and on the 30th for the intention of union between our two branches. Each month Sister Anna Quinterio of the Italian Province and a friend of hers provide an image and brief text…

31 days with Mary Ward

Until the pandemic that has changed our world, Saturday 18 July would have been the first day of what was to be General Congregation 2020.  For the period from 17 July to 16 August we had planned to share a text from Mary Ward's writings and an accompanying image on…

Thank you!

For almost two months, our website has been updated with your testimonies and reflections on how the Provinces and Regions, communities, CJ members and our lay friends have responded and are responding to the Covid-19 pandemic emergency. Thank you all very much for having welcomed with such enthusiasm the invitation…

Statement On Racial Injustice

June 15th 2020 STATEMENT ON RACIAL INJUSTICE The Mary Ward family, the Congregation of Jesus (CJ) and the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM) join in prayer with the families and friends of victims of cruel and senseless killings. We stand in solidarity with all those who have raised…

First virtual meeting of the CJ Extended Leadership team via ZOOM

Covid-19 has been instrumental in bringing about some changes in the CJ Generalate as in other places. The pandemic not only forced us to postpone the General Congregation for one year, but it has also influenced our way of communicating with our extended leadership group of Provincial and Regional Superiors.…

New date for General Congregation 2021

General Congregation 2021, postponed from 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, will now take place from 14 July to 11 August 2021.   The venue will remain the Divine Word Ad Gentes Centre in Nemi.  One result of the postponement has been the re-designing of the GC logo, which…

Covid-19 section

We have created a new section to this website – Covid-19 – to share our responses, personal and practical, to the virus.  If you have any reflections or experiences to share, please get in touch with assistsec@congjesu.org, so that we can share them more widely.

Blessed Easter 2020

Christ is risen. Hallellujah!

#PrayTogether

Pope’s Holy Week celebrations in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Copyright vatican.va

Postponement of General Congregation 2020

Covid-19 is affecting our world with very serious implications. Most of the countries are actually under lockdown, the numbers of sick people are increasing and, unfortunately, those who died as well. In the light of this and not knowing how the virus will develop in the coming months the Generalate…

Extraordinary moment of prayer and “Urbi et Orbi” Blessing presided over by Pope Francis

Pope Francis delivered a special Urbi et Orbi blessing on Friday 27 March to pray for the end of the Covid-19 pandemic. Standing in an empty St. Peters's Square, the Pope spoke to the world and in His meditation refleted on Jesus’ words to the disciples: “Why are you afraid?…

#PrayTogether!

Join Pope Francis in prayer and receive his extraordinary “Urbi et orbi” blessing and plenary indulgence today, Friday 27, at 6pm Rome time.

Worldwide day of prayer and solidarity

On 22 March all women's religious congregations belonging to the International Union of Superiors General were invited to participate in a worldwide day of prayer and solidarity in the face of the Covid-19 crisis facing our world.   On our blog section you will find examples from each part of our…

Feast of the Annuncation

In our CJ Complementary Norms [CN 10.2] we are reminded that - “All her life Mary Ward loved and reverenced the Mother of the Lord…Mary shared in the life and work of Jesus in a particular way.  We commend ourselves and our mission to her, as individuals and as the…

New prayers

We invite you to visit the Prayer section of this website, where you will find two prayers for this difficult time of the coronavirus pandemic.  We invite you to join us in these prayers.

Preparing for GC2020 on social media

The preparations for GC2020 continue and they are not only happening in meetings and prayers but also on social media. Perhaps you have already discovered our Facebook site https://www.facebook.com/CJGC2020/ and our Instagram profile https://www.instagram.com/cjgc2020/? The links to both social media profiles as well as to our Youtube channel are now…

Coronavirus and its implications

As many parts of our world face the reality of the coronavirus and its implications, especially in Italy, South Korea and China, we invite you to pray through the intercession of the Venerable Mary Ward for all who are suffering from the virus, all who have died from it and…

SEASON OF LENT

26th February  - Ash Wednesday Today we begin the season of Lent.  It is a season – and an invitation – to deepen our prayer and to come closer to Our Lord in preparation for the great joy of the Resurrection at Easter.  Pope Francis gives us some concrete examples…

A song for the future – E’ il mondo che cambia (Keep your voice up)

As we move closer to General Congregation 2020, all CJ communities and members have been invited to engage in a series of five community conversations in preparation for the General Congregation.  The first two of these conversations – CC#1 and CC#2 – are based around the signs of hope that…

Booklet for Community Conversations #1, 2 are now online

Having given time and attention to reflecting and praying with Mary Ward during the week 23 to 30 January, the whole membership of the CJ is now being invited to participate in a process of preparation for the General Congregation.  This process involves conversations based on generative speaking and listening,…

Mary Ward Week 2020

Mary Ward Week begins on January 23, 2020. It extends from January 23rd, the birthday of our foundress, to January 30th, the day she died. You will find at least one entry every day in our blog this week. Have a look, find prayer suggestions and basics for your meditation.…

First meeting of the General Congregation planning group

The planning group for the 2020 General Congregation met at the Generalate in Rome from 7 to 10 January. The preparatory work at this stage turned out to be sensing of the possible dynamics we would use for the proceedings of the GC. We summarized this process figuratively as ‘loosening…

Complete reports from Provincial and Regional Congregations now available

The complete reports from the Provincial and Regional Congregations are now available in the members area. Please log in to download and read the complete internal reports and learn about the discussions and results from the various. If you do not know the password for the members area, please write…

Designing a process to prepare for General Congregation 2020

Over the two days of 8 and 9 November 2019, a small group came together at the Generalate in Rome to design a process to involve the whole CJ in preparing for General Congregation 2020. The group consisted of Matthieu Daum, its facilitator, and the facilitator of the General Congregation,…

Welcoming video of Sr Jane Livesey CJ

Welcome to the GC2020 website. Please find the message of our General Superior here:

Welcome to the General Congregation 2020 website of the Congregatio Jesu

Welcome to the General Congregation 2020 website of the Congregatio Jesu, created to accompany us towards our General Congregation. We thought of it as an instrument for sharing our journey toward this important moment for our congregation in the light of the charism of our Foundress, the Venerable Mary Ward,…

Provincial Congregation of the English Province

In April 2019, the sisters of the English Province of the Congregation of Jesus met for their Provincial Congregation. Here is their report:

Provincial Congregation of the Delhi Province, 5th – 7th October 2019

From 5th to 7th October 2019 took place the Provincial Congregation of the Delhi Province. This video gives an insight in what happend there:

Provincial Congregation of the CJ Chilean: a gift from God

From August 7-10 2019 the congregation took place in the conference centre at San Fabián de Alico with 24 Chilean sisters participating.  In view of the unification of the Latin American provinces and the reunion of the branches, one CJ sister from Argentina, two CJ sisters from Brazil and one…

Bangalore Regional Congregation 2019

On 27 September at 9 a.m. all the participants of the Bangalore Region assembled for the Regional Congregation. Sr. Daisy, the Regional Superior welcomed the participants and Sr. Clara IBVM, the Loreto representative. Sr. Daisy reminded us that the success of R.C. will depend upon the quality of our participation.…

Argentine Provincial Congregation

La Ruah no se puede apagar - One can not exstinguish the Spirit During the days 7 to 9 July 2019 we gathered to continue the process of “Perception of our reality” initiated in the communities in May. By letting the world around us into our CP, we were deeply…

Provincial Congregation of the Middle European Province (MEP) 2019

From 2nd to 6th October, we met for the Provincial Congregation of the Middle European Province (MEP) in St. Ottilien. More than 60 sisters and two “ Friends of Mary Ward” – who are members of our lay community – met to address the 3 tasks of a provincial congregation:…

Brazilian Province Congregation, 7–9 September 2019

The Brazilian Province Congregation took place on 7, 8 and 9 September, in our retreat house, Itapecerica da Serra, São Paulo. We were 33 participants from CJ: of these, two were from Chile, one from Argentina, and one IBVM sister from Peru. Four lay people also participated for a whole…

Slovak Province Congregation, 16–21 September 2019

The Provincial Assembly and Provincial Congregation 2019 of the Slovak Province was held from 16th to 21st September. The meeting took place at the Jesuits´ Retreat house in Prešov. Its main purpose was to review the past 9 years and elect delegates to the GC 2020. The Provincial Congregation had…

Allahabad Province Congregation, 27–29 August 2019

Fifty members of the Allahabad Province met as a Congregation from 27–29 August 2019. Sr Roshni opened the Congregation in prayer on the morning of 27 August. Participants were encouraged to reflect on four questions: Who are we together? Where is God leading us today? Who is God calling us…

Regional Congregation in Nepal

The Regional Congregation of the region of Nepal took place in Kathamandu. The sisters there have produced a short video giving insights in their discussions and prayers:

Provincial Congregation in Italy: Three days … of grace and growth!

6-7-8- September 2019: three days of the Assembly of the Italian Province, reunited in Rovereto, in our home for the elderly and sick Sisters. Three days lived peacefully, in the union of mind and heart, engaged in prayer, reflection, generative listening and discernment. 27 members who participated, with the enthusiasm…

Provincial Congregation in Patna

The provincial congregation of the Patna province took place from 31st August to 2nd September 2019.

“Together we are more” – Provincial Congregation of the Spanish Province

From 28 to 30 August 2019 we held the Provincial Congregation in Donostia-San Sebastian. It was a rich and joyful experience because for the first time, Elena Cerdeira IBVM and Paz Herrera IBVM (Provincial and Councillor) were present during the 3 days. From the very first moment we felt like…

Zimbabwe Regional Congregation 2019

The 10th of August 2019 marked the beginning of the Regional Congregation in Zimbabwe led by the theme “Called to some other thing” - Honouring the Past, Embracing the Present and Cocreating the Future. The purpose of the Regional Congregation were: To reflect on the impact of GC 2011 in…

Provincial Congregation in Korea

The reality of the world around us: what is dying? What is being born? What excites us? Why are we crying? What do we see as the trends for the future? Those where some of the main questions of the Provincial Congregation in Korea. But there was much more to…

Provincial Congregation in Romania: Called to bring hope

We took as our  motto: "HONORING THE PAST, EMBRACE THE PRESENT, CO-CREATING THE FUTURE, IN THE SERVICE OF THE MISSION”, From 1 to 5 July the Provincial Congregation of the Romanian Province took place. The first two days 105 sisters attended and the purpose of the gathering was to understand…