India: Future of Jesuits
Inspired by their charismatic leader, Pedro Arrupe, the Jesuit General Assembly of 1975 gave a clarion call for “a faith that does justice”. It marked a decisive change in the ministries and ethos of the Society.
It asked Jesuits at every level not just to work for individual conversion through prayer, devotions and the catechism, but to strive for a “social conversion” though challenging the unjust structures of society.
This meant working for the rights of the poor, agitating for a more just economic order, working for peace in a violent society, fighting against the sexual exploitation of women, and now, joining hands with others for environmental change.
In Father Arrupe’s famous phrase, Jesuit education should create “men for others.”