SUNSET OVER THE POTOMAC FROM THE FAULKNER JESUIT RETREAT HOUSE IN SOUTHERN MARYLAND
The Jesuit Superiors from our Province were there for a meeting last week. We spent some time discussing the future of the Jesuits in the United States. When I first became a Jesuit, we numbered 8100. Today we are a little less than 3000 in number. We may be growing in some other countries but here we continue to decline in numbers.
Meantime a great number of lay men and women are embracing leadership positions in our schools and parishes.
So what looks like a sunset might actually be a sunrise. We are returning to the earliest days of the Jesuits 450 years ago when the lay confraternities were the leaders of Ignatian inspired ministries.