The Pandemic: A Challenge And A Great Opportunity

Fr. Arturo Sosa to all the Jesuit schools

Two video messages, linked to each other, have just been released to all educational institutions linked to the Society of Jesus. They express thanks and encouragement.

In the first recording, the Delegate of Father General for Secondary and Pre-Secondary Education, Fr. José Alberto Mesa, presents Father General’s message. Stressing how much the current pandemic has tested the educational systems, he is happy to see how the schools of the Society have done everything possible to continue their mission of formation. He urges everyone to remain confident and hopeful, referring to the exhortations of Pope Francis, so as to make the COVID-19 pandemic an opportunity to serve, in the field of education, with what the Ignatian tradition bequeaths to us.

As for Father General, he observes, first of all, how, faced with the immense surprise caused by the unexpected coronavirus, the institutions of the Society have known how to adapt to the new reality and have sought to accompany the communities of students in the midst of the turmoil.

Above all, he is grateful to all those who have been able to live this necessary transformation with generosity, including parents and students. For him, what matters and what has been best achieved in many environments is to succeed in providing quality services while at the same time taking care of people’s well-being. The vocation of the Ignatian educator, he reminds us, is to accompany, encourage and motivate, even in difficult circumstances.

In publicly expressing his thanks to the members of the educational teams of each of the schools, he invokes the Lord’s blessing on them. He too refers to Pope Francis in hoping that, paradoxically, the current pandemic will create an opportunity to move towards a future full of hope that can contribute to the universal fraternity to which the Holy Father invites us.

Watch the message of Father General: