Decree 42: “Journeys by Father General,” General Congregation 31 (1966)

This brief decree was promulgated by the 31st General Congregation. It encourages trips by the superior general as means to “truly help the union of hearts in the Society.” The trips were also helpful for the general to better understand how the Society functioned. Therefore, the delegates of the congregation here endorse such journeys. It was after such travel through Asia, however, that Pedro Arrupe, elected superior general by the same 31st General Congregation, suffered a debilitating stroke, forcing the 33rd General Congregation in 1983 to accept his resignation.

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Since trips by Father General to the Society in various parts of the world truly help the union of hearts in the Society and are helpful in giving him a fuller knowledge of affairs, such trips from time to time are recommended to him by the General Congregation so that personal and fatherly contact with members of the Society may be fostered.



Original Source (English translation):

Jesuit Life & Mission Today: The Decrees & Accompanying Documents of the 31st35th General Congregations of the Society of Jesus, ed. John W. Padberg. St. Louis, Mo.: Institute of Jesuit Sources, 2009, General Congregation 31, Decree 42, “Journeys by Father General,” pg. 198 [642].