via the Society of Jesus:
Universal Apostolic Preferences are the fruit of a process of discernment lasting almost two years. All Jesuits were invited to take part and in addition our mission partners. It concluded with a confirmation from Pope Francis in a special meeting with Fr General Arturo Sosa. The Preferences give a horizon, a point of reference to the whole Society of Jesus. They capture our imaginations and awaken our desires. They unite us in our mission. The new Preferences are four areas vital for our world today. The Society of Jesus will pay special attention to them in the next ten years.
The four areas are:
- Discernment and the “Spiritual Exercises”: Helping people find Jesus Christ and follow Him
- Walking with the Excluded: Walk alongside the poor, vulnerable, the excluded and those whom society considers worthless, in a mission of reconciliation and justice
- Caring for our Common Home: Work, with Gospel depth, for the protection and renewal of God’s Creation
- Journeying with Youth: Accompany young people in the creation of a hopeful future