Jesuit Apostolic Preferences

The Society of Jesus has four new “Universal Apostolic Preferences” (UAPs) that will guide its mission for the next 10 years. The Jesuits want to strengthen their identity as a part of the Church which is a field hospital – a Church that goes out to the frontiers, is a field hospital where hearts are healed and love is made possible.

As a Jesuit parish, St. Peter aligns our mission with the Society and will engage in reflection on these key issues.  Through discernment, we will look for opportunities to do justice in these four areas.   

The Universal Apostolic Preferences:

1)  Promoting discernment and to show the way to God through the Spiritual Exercises.

2)  Walking with the excluded. To walk with the poor, the outcast of the world, those whose dignity has been violated in a mission of reconciliation and justice.

3)  Collaborating in the care of our common home.

4)  Journeying with youth. To accompany young people in the creation of a hope-filled future.

In a very Ignatian way of proceeding, the Society chose to emphasize these themes by naming them “preferences” (as opposed to “priorities”) to reflect the spirit of discernment involved in settling on the four UAPs: when deciding between good options, all other things being equal, we should "prefer" to do to one thing over another 

“Our desire has been to find the best way to collaborate in the Lord’s mission, the best way to serve the Church at this time, the best contribution we can make with what we are and have, seeking to do what is for the greater divine service and the more universal good,” Father General Arturo Sosa announced.  This was Jesuit reached by “a consensus that we believe is guided by the Holy Spirit.”