Memo to the University Community

ATENEO DE MANILA UNIVERSITY
Office of the President

18 December 2007


To: THE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY

From: THE PRESIDENT

Re: TRIP FROM JANUARY 5 TO MARCH 10, 2008

I will leave for Rome on January 5, 2008 to attend the 35th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus.

This is an important event in the life of the Society of Jesus. We expect to elect a new Superior General as Fr. General Peter-Hans Kolvenbach will be submitting his resignation at the Congregation. He was elected General in the 33rd General Congregation in 1983, which I was also privileged to attend as the Provincial at that time. Traditionally, Jesuit Superior Generals are elected for life and Fr. Kolvenbach is the first to be able to resign according to new norms established in the 31st General Congregation in the 1960s. The election is expected to occur in the early part of GC 35. After the election, the General Congregation will meet to discuss important concerns in the life and mission of the Society of Jesus. We do not know how long this will take, but present estimates are that it will go to the end of February or early March.

May I ask for your prayers for this important moment in the life of the Society of Jesus.

ANTONETTE PALMA -ANGELES, Ph.D., Academic Vice President will be officer-in-charge during my absence.

My office has my contact address.

BIENVENIDO F. NEBRES, S.J.
President