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Interview with the Master of the Order

On Sunday, October 2nd, the 36th Congregation of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) opened, with an Eucharistic celebration presided over by the Master of the Order, Brother Bruno Cadoré.

It was the first time that a Master of the Order opened the Congregation, that is, an Elective General Chapter, and the resigning General Father Nicolas (the Jesuit General appointment is “ad vitam”), has publicly thanked Brother Cadoré, pointing out, at the end of the celebration: “…Master of Preachers, and that he was a preacher it was very clear to us from his ‘homélie’  “(pronounced in French).

The multilingual celebration, solemn as expected, was attended by a varied audience: Spanish, American, African and many curious tourists and bystanders, trying to figure out what kind of strange rite was being celebrated.

Brother Cadoré spoke of the urgent need, in this “time of crisis“, facing “huge challenges“, to “live as men of faith, as contemplative men in action, as men whose life is truly given to others”. He recalled that “we are only servants,” and concluded his homily quoting the Jesuits’ founder, St. Ignatius, who prayed: “Teach us, Lord, to be generous, to serve You as You deserve, to give without measure, to fight with no fear of wounds, to  work without seeking rest, to give ourselves without expecting reward, in the consciousness of doing Your holy will“.

After Mass, having in mind the Masters’s humbleness, I waited for him outside the Palazzo del Gesù (in past occasions, I already had occasions to appreciate his humble lifestyle: on the centenary of the Rosary Convent in Prati (Rome), he arrived walking from the near underground station; and when he participates in events at the Pontifical University “St. Tommaso d’Aquino – Angelicum” he normally arrives and leaves on foot carrying his all-time present rucksack).  Shortly after, I see him walking out of the side door, looking around to get orientation and then setting off with his measured step, typical of expert walkers.

I get closer, I call him: “Master!” (I’ve always wondered how I should call the Master, but I had the same problem with Enzo Ferrari: Engineer? Director? Sir? Doctor? While a more confident bartender, every day, would simply greet him with “Good morning, Ferrari!”).  He turns his head, surprised, but a look at my Dominican badge reassures him a little. I introduce myself.  I offer to accompany him to St. Sabina, to ask him other questions. What followed were twenty minutes of a friendly conversation, just the time to reach the foot of Aventino Hill, where the steep climb would have made it hard for us to talk.

We greeted each other cordially, I thanked him for his time and patience …and, of course, I took a selfie with the Master.

Q:             Master, contrary to what happens with the Franciscans, where one presides over the celebration of the other’s founder, with the Jesuits there is not the same tradition in this regard.

A:             True, this is the first time that we were invited, while there is great friendship with the Franciscans: in fact on October 4th I will celebrate at their place.

Q:             The recent Chapter of Bologna urged for larger collaboration in the Dominican Family and greater participation in the preparation of the respective Chapters (ref. Acts 133).

A:             The Dominican Family is very important and the collaboration process between the branches is proceeding successfully. This is a new step forward: each one can contribute to bringing down walls and misunderstandings, so that everything is in the light of the preaching to which we are called.

Q:             The Chapter includes also a Directory of the Dominican Family (ref.: Acts 131)

A:             The Directory is not a cold tool, a law code to abide by; it will also include ways and opportunities of collaboration within the Dominican Family. Collaboration for preaching, yes, because brothers, nuns, sisters and lay people may have and have different skills, tasks, abilities and different places for preaching. We must know and appreciate those who best suit our mission’s various opportunities. Preaching in the streets is different from preaching in universities; preaching to the sick is different from preaching to the families. We need cooperation also for the government. It should not be taken for granted that the Order or the Congregations will always have the internal human resources necessary or appropriate to ensure their government. We need to broaden our horizons to the whole Dominican Family, and to discover and develop our brothers and sisters who are as available for this service as monks and nuns are.

Q:             This represents a marked transition from a pure pious participation to convinced and belonging vocation to the Order.

A:             There are nuances in the sense of belonging to the Order and where there are these devotional feelings, brothers and sisters should develop their vocational discernment. Education and training are thus very important.

Q:             The 2010 Chapter of Rome had asked for “Schools of Preaching” (ref. Acts 149).  Is this still a real project?

A:             It certainly is. The project is very popular in the US and recently schools opened in France and the Philippines. They are organized either in courses of different duration or periodic meetings where speakers are experts from both inside and outside the Order, reflecting on past living experiences and future projects.

Q:             The Bologna Chapter has requested to include also digital media in the training plans (ref. Acts 151-156). What are the objectives? And what is the Order’s approach to digital media?

A:             Digital media have become instruments of common use and their global diffusion is changing personal relationships, society and language. As preachers, we cannot ignore this change and we must know it in order to understand the world where we are called to achieve our mission. For these reasons,  besides training us on these matters, the Order has promoted OPTIC (Order of Preachers for Technology, Information e Communication) with the aim of studying how to carry out our preaching using digital media, understanding their potential and effects and how to approach people in the digital world, how to talk to them about God.  Also as an Order we must learn how to “connect” ourselves; in this view, a commission of the Congress of the Order next January will focus on this subject.

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On Sunday, October 2nd, the 36th Congregation of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) opened, with an Eucharistic celebration presided over by the Master of the Order, Brother Bruno Cadoré. It was the first time that a Master of the Order opened the Congregation, that is, an Elective General Chapter, and...
On Sunday, October 2nd, the 36th Congregation of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) opened, with an Eucharistic celebration presided over by the Master of the Order, Brother Bruno Cadoré. It was the first time that a Master of the Order opened the Congregation, that is, an Elective General Chapter, and the resigning General Father Nicolas (the Jesuit General appointment is “ad vitam”), has publicly thanked Brother Cadoré, pointing out, at the end of the celebration: “…<em>Master of Preachers, and that he was a preacher it was very clear to us from his ‘homélie’ </em> “(pronounced in French). The multilingual celebration, solemn as expected, was attended by a varied audience: Spanish, American, African and many curious tourists and bystanders, trying to figure out what kind of strange rite was being celebrated. Brother Cadoré spoke of the urgent need, in this "<em>time of crisis</em>", facing "<em>huge challenges</em>", to "<em>live as men of faith, as contemplative men in action, as men whose life is truly given to others</em>”. He recalled that “<em>we are only servants</em>," and concluded his homily quoting the Jesuits’ founder, St. Ignatius, who prayed: "<em>Teach us, Lord, to be generous, to serve You as You deserve, to give without measure, to fight with no fear of wounds, to  work without seeking rest, to give ourselves without expecting reward, in the consciousness of doing Your holy will</em>". After Mass, having in mind the Masters’s humbleness, I waited for him outside the Palazzo del Gesù (in past occasions, I already had occasions to appreciate his humble lifestyle: on the centenary of the Rosary Convent in Prati (Rome), he arrived walking from the near underground station; and when he participates in events at the Pontifical University "<em>St. Tommaso d'Aquino - Angelicum</em>" he normally arrives and leaves on foot carrying his all-time present rucksack).  Shortly after, I see him walking out of the side door, looking around to get orientation and then setting off with his measured step, typical of expert walkers. I get closer, I call him: “Master!” (I've always wondered how I should call the Master, but I had the same problem with Enzo Ferrari: Engineer? Director? Sir? Doctor? While a more confident bartender, every day, would simply greet him with “Good morning, Ferrari!”).  He turns his head, surprised, but a look at my Dominican badge reassures him a little. I introduce myself.  I offer to accompany him to St. Sabina, to ask him other questions. What followed were twenty minutes of a friendly conversation, just the time to reach the foot of Aventino Hill, where the steep climb would have made it hard for us to talk. We greeted each other cordially, I thanked him for his time and patience …and, of course, I took a selfie with the Master. Q:             <strong>Master, contrary to what happens with the Franciscans, where one presides over the celebration of the other’s founder, with the Jesuits there is not the same tradition in this regard.</strong> A:             True, this is the first time that we were invited, while there is great friendship with the Franciscans: in fact on October 4th I will celebrate at their place. Q:             <strong>The recent Chapter of Bologna urged for larger collaboration in the Dominican Family and greater participation in the preparation of the respective Chapters (ref. Acts 133).</strong> A:             The Dominican Family is very important and the collaboration process between the branches is proceeding successfully. This is a new step forward: each one can contribute to bringing down walls and misunderstandings, so that everything is in the light of the preaching to which we are called. Q:            <strong> The Chapter includes also a Directory of the Dominican Family (ref.: Acts 131)</strong> A:             The Directory is not a cold tool, a law code to abide by; it will also include ways and opportunities of collaboration within the Dominican Family. Collaboration for preaching, yes, because brothers, nuns, sisters and lay people may have and have different skills, tasks, abilities and different places for preaching. We must know and appreciate those who best suit our mission’s various opportunities. Preaching in the streets is different from preaching in universities; preaching to the sick is different from preaching to the families. We need cooperation also for the government. It should not be taken for granted that the Order or the Congregations will always have the internal human resources necessary or appropriate to ensure their government. We need to broaden our horizons to the whole Dominican Family, and to discover and develop our brothers and sisters who are as available for this service as monks and nuns are. Q:            <strong> This represents a marked transition from a pure pious participation to convinced and belonging vocation to the Order.</strong> A:             There are nuances in the sense of belonging to the Order and where there are these devotional feelings, brothers and sisters should develop their vocational discernment. Education and training are thus very important. Q:             <strong>The 2010 Chapter of Rome had asked for “Schools of Preaching" (ref. Acts 149).  Is this still a real project?</strong> A:             It certainly is. The project is very popular in the US and recently schools opened in France and the Philippines. They are organized either in courses of different duration or periodic meetings where speakers are experts from both inside and outside the Order, reflecting on past living experiences and future projects. Q:             <strong>The Bologna Chapter has requested to include also digital media in the training plans (ref. Acts 151-156). What are the objectives? And what is the Order's approach to digital media?</strong> A:             Digital media have become instruments of common use and their global diffusion is changing personal relationships, society and language. As preachers, we cannot ignore this change and we must know it in order to understand the world where we are called to achieve our mission. For these reasons,  besides training us on these matters, the Order has promoted OPTIC (<em>Order of Preachers for Technology, Information e Communication</em>) with the aim of studying how to carry out our preaching using digital media, understanding their potential and effects and how to approach people in the digital world, how to talk to them about God.  Also as an Order we must learn how to “connect” ourselves; in this view, a commission of the Congress of the Order next January will focus on this subject.

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