The New General Government: Chronicle of the Elections


          After two days of intense prayer, dialogues and an atmosphere of discernment, on Wednesday, May 1, a cold dawn on the outside but very hot inside. We had the Eucharist at 9:30 A.M. with Orlando Torres, SJ, who helped us with his words to start a special day.

He highlighted three fundamental ideas in his homily. First, that the experience of unconditional love of God is the basis of the faith of the Christian life. The second, that along the way, we discover our limits and the Spirit makes us resuscitate from our limits, from our darkness and our difficulties. And the third, that we need the Spirit to exercise any mission entrusted to us, including that of the government. He added that St. Ignatius understood the government is personal, spiritual and apostolic. It is personal, that is, it implies relationships of trust and transparency; spiritual, because the basis of government is discernment, which is to accompany the will of God for people; and apostolic, because the meaning of government is for the mission, to be sent where we can promote the greater glory of God and the good of our neighbors.


These words helped us to continue listening to what God wanted to choose to be the Superior General of the Congregation today.


Already in the hall, we begin with a time of prayer in which we invoke the Spirit to try to do what God wants. At the presidential table were Inés Ma, the oldest sister, and the secretary, Rosa Espinosa. After the election of the new Superior General, Graciela Francovig, a great grateful applause arose in the assembly, welcoming the will of God. There was time for some words from Mª Inez Furtado de Mendonça and a hug from each of the electors, making it personal what the applause had expressed as a group.

Already in the chapel, a time to thank God so well received: for Graciela, for her availability to the mission received and for Mª Inez, for her service to the body in the last twelve years and for animating the entire Congregation with generosity and enthusiasm.

Afterwards, we enjoyed with the community of the Curia a time of congratulations and shared celebration and later, enjoyed a meal with some of the sisters from Italy who were able to come together.


Once again, we end the day with a grateful heart and wish to continue in the discernment of what God wants today for the Daughters of Jesus. And thanking the greetings of congratulations received and knowing that we are being accompanied by so many people from all over the world.