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Discernment is about finding the voice of the Spirit of God speaking to us in the ordinary and practical details of our lives. It is a key gift that St. Ignatius brought in the Spiritual Exercises. By trying always to listen to the Spirit, without being attached to our own desires and ideas, Jesuits wish to find where the Spirit of God is leading and respond with humility and joy.

In our apostolic work, the Society engages in Discernment in Common to reach decisions about important apostolic issues. Those involved pray and reflect on the decision to be made and then share together the fruits of prayer. The major superior or Director of the work then makes the final decision. A special office for Discernment in Common and Apostolic Planning at the General Curia promotes this process.

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How to access DPA.ZONE?

How to access DPA.ZONE?

What is DPA.ZONE? DPA stands for Discernimento e la Pianificazione Apostolica, an office in the Jesuit General Curia, established to promote Discernment in Common and Apostolic Planning in the apostolic work of the Society of Jesus around the world. DPA.ZONE is a...

Video guide: Spiritual Conversation by Fr. John Dardis, S.J.

Video guide: Spiritual Conversation by Fr. John Dardis, S.J.

„… we are each a little word of God and together we will spell out something great… (Elizabeth Johnson paraphrasing some of the work of Karl Rahner) Spiritual Conversation is a new approach for deciding and being together as diverse group. A useful method of making...

Ready to Serve: A new mission for the SJ

Ready to Serve: A new mission for the SJ

There’s an air of excitement flowing through the halls of the Jesuit Curia in Rome. That’s because Fr. General Arturo Sosa and his team are in the final stages of releasing a letter that will guide the Society of Jesus into the future. For nearly two years, Jesuits...


We need a new way forward, something deeper and richer, a values based and transformative
approach, with an emphasis on character – the character of the leader. How can corporate and church
programmes respond to this call?

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Universal Apostolic Preferences

A Universal Preference gives a horizon, a point of reference, an orientation to the whole Society of Jesus. It captures our imaginations, awakens our desires, and unites us in our service of mission.

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