“I dream of a ‘missionary option,’ that is a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything so that the Church’s customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures can be suitably channelled for the evangelisation of today’s world rather than for her self-preservation.”

-Evangelii Gaudium n27




Pope Francis calls the Church to conversion at the personal, communal, and structural levels and calls forth a distinct kind of authority and leadership going forward. This “transformed” way of doing things demands a mature form of authority that humbly and generously serves people and while also bearing responsibility for the institution. It also calls for a joyful, courageous, and creative leadership, which embraces vulnerability and acknowledges the need for grace.

What role can Jesuit Higher Education play in supporting this bold vision for a missionary, outward facing Church that is not just reformed, but transformed in every dimension?


It is Pope Francis’ call and his request for the Society of Jesus to share the gift of discernment that inspired the founding of the Program for Discerning Leadership a special project of the International Association of Jesuit Universities in collaboration with the Office of Discernment and Apostolic Planning at the Jesuit General Curia.



Participants: Men and women in Church leadership positions from all over the world, including personnel from varied Vatican Dicasteries, Superiors General of different Female and Male Orders and Congregations and some members of the Jesuit General Council.

The Program actively engages participants through a range of spiritual practices from the Catholic faith and temporal tools taken from the disciplines of management and business.


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Links of Interest

Article. The Program for Discerning Leadership: A Special General Curia and IAJU Project

The Catholic Church takes lessons from business management. Financial Times.

Discernment and Apostolic Planing Office. General Curia.

Pilgrim Leadership. Ignatian Leadership for learning, growth and change.

Partners of the Program


Georgetown University

Jesuit Genera Curia

Le Moyne College


Pontificia Universidad Gregoriana