Superior general

Fr General Peter-Hans Kolvenbach SJ
Pope Francis has added his condolences to the Jesuits and their co-workers in Britain and beyond who have been paying tribute to Fr Peter-Hans Kolvenbach SJ, the 29th Superior General of the Society of Jesus, who died on Saturday. Elected at the 33rd General Congregation in 1983, Fr Kolvenbach had been a Jesuit for 68 years and served as General for almost a quarter of a century. He was 87 years old.Born on 30 November 1928 in Druten in Holland, Fr Kolvenbach entered the Society of Jesus at the...
Fr General Arturo Sosa Abascal SJ
Following a voting process which began at 9.00 local time the Jesuits have elected Father Arturo Sosa Abascal SJ, of the Venezuelan Province, as their Superior General. The news was received shortly after 11.00am this morning.Arturo Sosa was born in Caracas (Venezuela), on November 12, 1948. He is the Delegate of Fr. General for the Curia and the Interprovincial Houses and Works of the Society of Jesus in Rome; he is also Counselor of Father General. He has a Licence in Philosophy from the...
Adolfo Nicholas SJ (right) with Pope Francis
The next superior general of the Society of Jesus, the thirtieth successor of St Ignatius, will be elected by the General Congregation convening in Rome on 2 October. It is just the thirty-sixth in our 476-year history and will include provincials and elected representatives from each province, the number depending on its size. For the first time, brothers, who are not ordained, will participate in the election. From Britain, the provincial, Father Dermot Preston, is joined by Father Damian...
Fr General Nicolás with Pope Francis
Within the next few days, the Society of Jesus will have a new Superior General. The present holder of the post, Fr Adolfo Nicolás SJ, announced his intention to step down at the age of 80, a milestone he passed last April, and one of the first responsibilities for delegates at the 36th General Congregation (GC36) meeting in Rome from Sunday will be the election of his successor.A total of 215 Jesuits will be taking part in GC36, gathered from 66 Provinces and Regions of the Society; 212 of the...