The Province of Vietnam introduces itself and Father General shares his intuitions
Two thirds of the 260 Jesuits in the Province of Vietnam are in formation. This important statistic that was part of the detailed portrait presented to Father General in audiovisual form. This is both a hopeful and challenging situation. The afternoon of Monday, December 3, was devoted to a meeting attended by almost all the Jesuits of the Province of Vietnam. Indeed, in addition to those who are in the infirmary and those who live abroad, all of them participated at this important moment in Father Sosa's visit.
With an emphasis on the Province’s many areas of apostolic commitment and on the life of Jesuit communities. Father General and his two Assistants were able to grasp the specific challenges of a developing Province. These same Jesuits had just spent a day of formation on the themes of participation, dialogue, collaboration and networking.
The General then took the floor and made a five-point presentation, outlining what is particularly close to his heart, now, as Superior General of the Jesuits. These are: the ongoing discernment on the choice of universal apostolic preferences, a project that will involve Pope Francis; then a focus to be given - an “examen” to be made - throughout the Society on the theme of poverty which, in our times, must include an ecological dimension; the importance of advancing the culture of prevention and safeguarding of minors and vulnerable persons; the prominence of collaboration, which also implies a change in mentalities, not only by fighting all forms of clericalism, but by allowing Jesuits to understand that, in our day and age, they “do not have collaborators” but that they themselves are collaborators with others.
In closing, Fr. Sosa recalled his experience at the Synod on youth, faith and vocational discernment. The participation of young people has enabled the Church, in his opinion, to progress along the path traced by Vatican II, according to the wish of Pope Francis. Finally, he mentioned the “signs of the times” of secularization, the digital world and migration flows.