“Three key features of governance in the Society today are discernment, collaboration, and networking” (GC 36 Introduction)


Father General works with a team of counsellors responsible for different areas. Among these, ten are Regional Assistants responsible for geographical regions; two are responsible for specific sectors (General Counsellor for Jesuit Formation, and General Counsellor responsible for the International Houses). There is also a General Counsellor for Discernment and Apostolic Planning. Together with Father General, these form the General Council. The General Council advises Father General and assists him in his service to the universal body of the Society.

Assistants ad Providentiam

The General Congregation elects four Assistantsad providentiam”. Their function is to assist the Father General on behalf of the whole Society.

Fr. John Dardis
(Irish Province)
General Counsellor for Discernment and Apostolic Planning
Fr. Vernon D’Cunha
(Bombay Province, India)
Regional Assistant for South Asia
Fr. Douglas W. Marcouiller
(United States Central-Southern Province)
Regional Assistant for Canada and USA and Admonitor
Fr. Fratern Masawe
(Eastern Africa Province)
Regional Assistant for Africa

Regional Assistants

The “Regional Assistants” have responsibility to give advice for a particular geographical territory called an Assistancy. They are also General Counsellors. In this role, they give counsel to Father General on matters touching on governance beyond their Assistancies.

The entire governance structure of the Society of Jesus is based on a continuous flow of information and extensive consultations.

Every decision is based on the reports received from local Superiors, brother Jesuits, lay collaborators as well as the provincial’s personal knowledge of every Jesuit and apostolate in his province.

Fr. Claudio Paul
(Brazilian Province)
Regional Assistant for Latin America South
Fr. Jesús Miguel Zaglul Criado
(Antilles Province)
Regional Assistant for Latin America North
Fr. Lisbert D’Souza
(Bombay Province, India)
Regional Assistant for South Asia
Fr. José Cecilio Magadia
(Philippine Province)
General Counsellor and Regional Assistant for Asia Pacific
Fr. Tomasz Kot
(Greater Poland Province)
Regional Assistant for Central and Eastern Europe
Fr. Cipriano Díaz Marcos
(Spanish Province)
Regional Assistant for Southern Europe
Fr. Victor Assouad
(Near East Province)
Regional Assistant for Western Europe

Counsellor for Discernment and Apostolic Planning

Fr. John Dardis
(Irish Province)
General Counsellor for Discernment and Apostolic Planning

In our apostolic work, the Society engages in Discernment in Common to reach decisions about important apostolic issues. Those involved pray and reflect on the decision to be made and then share together the fruits of prayer. The major superior or Director of the work then makes the final decision. A special office for Discernment in Common and Apostolic Planning at the General Curia promotes this process.

Counsellor for Formation

Fr. Mark A. Ravizza
(United States West Provinces)
General Counsellor for Formation

The formation of Jesuits, whether of brothers or priests, prepares men to dialogue with the culture around them, finding Christ in that culture and helping others to do the same. Our aim is a strong integration of the spiritual with the human and a full development of the person based on the imitation of Christ.
Because of the importance of formation to the overall mission of the Society, Father General has a Counsellor who advises him for the sector of Formation.

Delegate for the International Houses in Rome

Fr. Juan Antonio Guerrero Alves
(Spanish Province)
Delegate for Interprovincial Houses and Works in Rome

Besides the houses of the Italian Jesuits in Rome, there are some large institutions and communities at the service of the universal Church. They depend directly on the Superior General of the Society of Jesus and are governed in his name by a Delegate who is a Major Superior and General Counsellor. Currently Father General’s Delegate for these apostolates is Father Juan Antonio Guerrero Alves.

Secretary of the Society of Jesus

Fr. Antoine Kerhuel
(Western Europe Francophone province)
Secretary of the Society of Jesus

The Secretary of the Society, assisted by the under-secretary, coordinates the work of the Curia, especially the written and electronic correspondence and is legal representative of the Society of Jesus.