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Arturo Sosa was born in Caracas, Venezuela on 12 November 1948.  Born into a large family, he was notable for his curiosity. Studying in the College of San Ignacio, he discovered the beauty of helping others through the Marian Sodality. The Jesuit brothers he met during his studies impressed him and he began to consider a Jesuit vocation.  He entered the novitiate of the Jesuits at the age of 17 in September 1966, a time of transition in the Church following the end of the Second...
Fr General Sosa presides at the Mass of Thanksgiving in Rome
The business of the 36th General Congregation (known as Ad Negotia) has now resumed, after the celebration of the Mass of Thanksgiving at the Church of the Gesù in Rome. Before the Eucharist began, the new Superior General of the Society of Jesus prayed silently upstairs in the chapel of the Rooms of St Ignatius. Fr Arturo Sosa SJ, who was elected as the Society’s 31st General last Friday, was then presented with two books: The Formula of the Institute and The Constitutions of the Society...
Meeting of hte preparatory commission
Across the Jesuit world preparations are continuing for the 36th General Congregation (GC36) – the ultimate authority in the Society of Jesus.The Preparatory Commission (Coetus Praevius) for GC36 met in Rome for a fortnight in September. Its fourteen members included John Dardis SJ of the Irish Province who is the President of the Conference of European Provincials.  British Province Jesuit Mike Lewis attended in his role as President of the Conference of Africa and Madagascar.The task of...
Tributes have been paid to a senior member of the Jesuit Curia in Rome who died on Sunday (7 June) following a mountaining accident in Italy. Fr Severin Leitner SJ, the Regional Assistant and council member of Fr General for Central and Eastern Europe, died tragically after slipping on a snowfield and falling over a cliff, while trekking on the Gran Sasso mountains in Aquila, Italy.On receiving this news, Fr John Dardis SJ, the President of the Conference of Jesuit Provincials in Europe, wrote...
The Jesuits have expressed their solidarity with the people of Kenya, following the massacre at Garissa University. Writing on behalf of the Society of Jesus, the Vicarius ad tempus (representing Father General Nicolás), Fr Gabriel Ignacio Rodriguez SJ wrote to the Jesuits in Nairobi: "I would like to express the Society's sympathy and prayerful support with regard to the continued abominable events in Kenya particularly the most recent Al Shabaab heinous attack at Garissa...
AMDGToday, 7 August 2014, we commemorate the Restoration of the Society of Jesus by Pope Pius VII in 1814. At the start of the year, Fr Adolfo Nicolás SJ, Superior General of the Jesuits, introduced it in this way:"We want 2014 to be a year of study and reflection."All the crises of history enclose a hidden wisdom that needs to be fathomed. For us, Jesuits, this is the commemoration of our greatest crisis. It is, therefore, important that we should learn from the events...
The second day of the Heythrop 400thanniversary celebrations started early on Friday morning with Mass at Farm St Church celebrated by Fr General Adolfo Nicolas SJ who had travelled from Rome for the occasion.  He preached to a very busy church a moving sermon on St Matthew 6:21 “for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”, and observing that  the key to Ignatian spirituality is the continuous learning from experience to listen to the heart.Fr General then...
To celebrate the visit of Father General Adolfo Nicolás SJ to Guyana last month, the Jesuits of the Region have produced a special edition of their newsletter Guyjest. It provides a photographic record of his meetings and conversations with young Jesuits, lay co-workers (pictured) and members of the Region from various ministries and apostolates. Read it here.  Guyjest May 2014 .pdf
Last weekend, the Jesuits in Guyana welcomed Fr Adolfo Nicolás, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus on a brief visit to the country. Fr General was on his way to a meeting in Mexico for all the Jesuit Provincials of Latin America and the Caribbean and had asked to visit some of countries where Jesuits are working. The limitations of travel within the region meant that he was only able to spend a brief time in each place; however he saw to it that every minute of that time was...
Adolfo Nicolás was born in Villamuriel de Cerrato, Palencia, Spain, on 29 April 1936 and entered the Jesuit novitiate of Aranjuez in 1953. He studied at the University of Alcalá, where he earned his licentiate in philosophy. In 1960, he was assigned to Japan where he studied theology at Sophia University in Tokyo. He was ordained to the priesthood on 17 March 1967.From 1968 to 1971, Fr Nicolás studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, from where he earned a doctorate in theology....