Oct. 3, 2016

Oct. 3, 2016: General Congregation Thirty-Six, Strategic Planning

Creighton University President, the Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, SJ

As we begin the week, 215 delegates from the 66 Provinces of the Society of Jesus worldwide have gathered in Rome for General Congregation Thirty-Six. Their tasks these next weeks are to elect a new Superior General and to discuss the life and mission of the Society.

Rev. Adolfo Nicolás, SJ, Superior General of the Society, announced in December of 2014 his intention to resign and, as is customary, the general congregation was summoned. I ask that you keep the delegates, Jesuits, and institutions of the Society in your prayers as those attending GC36 consider both leadership and global priorities. Today, the University will celebrate a disposition of mindfulness. Too, you are invited to a special Mass at noon, in St. John’s Church, to join members of our community in prayer. 

Regarding our own planning efforts at Creighton, I am very pleased with the progress on shaping a new strategic plan, which is being led by Vice Provost Mary Chase and School of Law Dean Paul McGreal. Please remember that two interactive town hall gatherings are scheduled on Oct. 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m. in the Ahmanson Ballroom on the fourth floor of the Harper Center.

Participants will engage in discussion at round tables and have an opportunity to provide feedback to the planning process. I will answer questions, provide an update on the provost search, and make an announcement regarding the selection process for the strategic planning steering committee. In addition, a new website is being created to share regular updates as our planning process continues, and information regarding that effort will also be provided.

Finally, on Friday I wrote to you regarding the President’s Panel on Race Relations, which will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 4, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Hixson-Lied Auditorium in the Harper Center and feature six members of the Creighton faculty. I hope to see many of you at the discussion as our University community joins the ongoing dialogue around the United States regarding troubling issues currently facing our nation.


Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ