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Let the murmuring begin!

October 10, 2016

Oct. 10, 2016

As previously reported, the Society of Jesus' General Congregation 36 is underway, with Jesuit delegates from around the world now meeting in Rome to elect their next superior general (and attend to other important matters). Today, the delegates begin a centuries-old practice called murmuratio. Latin for "murmuring," murmuratio is a four-day series of one-on-one conversations intended to prepare them for the election scheduled for Friday, Oct. 14.

The website Jesuits explains murmuratio as such:

"In the Jesuit Constitutions, St. Ignatius, the Jesuits' first superior general, instructed his men to use the period of four days to 'seek enlightenment from those able to give good information' about 'who from the whole Society could be most suitable' for the office of superior general."

Visit GC36 for the latest updates from the congregation.