Jesuits Elect New Superior General

Posted: October 14, 2016

In its 476-year history, the Society of Jesus has had only 30 superiors general. On October 14, 2016, delegates to the 36th General Congregation (GC36), elected Arturo Sosa, SJ, as the 31st.

GC36 took place in Rome at the Jesuit Curia, the worldwide headquarters of the Society of Jesus. A general congregation is always convened upon the death or resignation of the head of the Society. Fr. Sosa, of the Jesuit Province of Venezuela, takes over for Fr. Adolfo Nicolás, who announced his intention to resign in December of 2014.

Fr. Sosa was born in Caracas, Venzuela in 1948. He has dedicated his life to research and teaching, has been deeply involved in issues of social justice and has served as Delegate for Interprovincial Houses of the Society in Rome, as well as Counsellor for the General Council. He served as provincial superior of the Jesuits in Venezuela for eight years in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

"The Bellarmine Jesuit Community, along with our brothers throughout the world, are delighted at the election of our new Fr. General, Arturo Sosa," said Fr. Mario Prietto, SJ, Superior of the Jesuit community on campus. "As the 31st Superior General of the Society of Jesus, he is the successor to St. Ignatius of Loyola. The delegates to our 36th General Congregation spent this past week in prayer and consultation, in preparation for the election. This process, designed by St. Ignatius, is called "Murmuratio" which literally means "murmuring." The 212 elected delegates from every province in the world met in pairs or small groups, to interview one another with the purpose of choosing the best Jesuit for the job. We ask your prayers for Fr. General Sosa, that he might lead us in the service of the Faith and the promotion of justice."

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