The Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus:  Showing the Way to God through the Spiritual Exercises and Discernment

During the current Ignatian Year, the Loyola Institute for Spirituality  and the LMU Center for Religion and Spirituality invite you to the second of five webinars the Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus.

The Holy Father, Pope Francis, when approving the four Universal Apostolic Preferences, pointed out that the first, showing the way to God, must be considered as the basis of all the others. In this webinar, Professor Geger will explain to us what it means to live this preference of showing the way to God, and why it is important for our world today.

To Participate
This event is free and open to the public, and will be streamed on Facebook Live at 9 a.m. Pacific Time. Viewers will be able to participate in the Q&A via the comments section.

About the Universal Apostolic Preferences
The Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesusor UAPs, are the fruit of a two-year process of discernment that took place in the heart of the Jesuit order. The Preferences give a horizon, a point of reference to the whole Society of Jesus and to their partners in mission, and offer a useful perspective for the whole Church. The new Preferences are four areas vital for our world today:

  • Showing the way to God: Show the way to God through the Spiritual Exercises and discernment 
  • Walking with the Excluded: Walk with the poor, the outcasts of the world, those whose dignity has been violated, in a mission of reconciliation and justice
  • Journeying with Youth: Accompany young people in the creation of a hope-filled future
  • Caring for our Common Home: Collaborate, with Gospel depth, for the protection and renewal of God’s Creation

The Society of Jesus will pay special attention to them in the next ten years, and the Jesuits invite everyone to reflect on them and put them into action. You can learn more at Jesuits.Global Web site.

About the Speaker
Rev. Barton T. Geger, S.J., S.T.D., a native of St. Louis, Missouri, entered the Society of Jesus in 1990 and was ordained a priest in 2001. He has a master’s degree in philosophy from Saint Louis University, a master of theology from Heythrop College in London, a licentiate in sacred theology from Weston Jesuit School of Theology, and a doctorate in sacred theology from Universidad Pontificia Comillas. Presently at Boston College, Fr. Geger is a research scholar at the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies, and assistant professor of the practice at the School of Theology and Ministry. He is general editor of the quarterly journal Studies in the Spirituality of Jesuits. Professor Geger recently edited A Pilgrim’s Testament: The Memoirs of Saint Ignatius Loyola.

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