Monday, January 21, 2008

Glimpses of the new Jesuit General (Updated)





Father Adolfo Nicolás was elected Superior General of the Society of Jesus on Saturday, 19 January in a solemn ceremony following four days of prayer and conversation by the 217 electors who came to Rome from all over the world.

The Camarette, or Room of Ignatius where he wrote the constitutions of the Society of Jesus. Fr. Adolfo Nicolas gathers for a brief prayer service.

Fr. Nicolas gathers for a prayer at the Camarette as the youngest father presented him a copy of the constitutions.

At the opening mass at the Gesu, the new Superior General welcomes the congregation, saying "This is not a message for the world, but a simple homily from a fellow Christian."

The new Superior General prays before the altar of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

Here is the news article from the Catholic News Network:

Spaniard Adolfo Nicolás elected new Superior General of the Jesuits

ROME, Jan 19, 2008/01:34 pm (CNA) — Pope Benedict XVI gave his consent on Saturday to the election of the Spanish Jesuit Adolfo Nicolás as the new Superior General of the Society of Jesus.

The 217 delegates gathered since January 7 for the 35th General Congregation, chose Fr. Nicolás in the second round of voting. Nicolás hails from Palencia (Spain) and was born on April 29, 1936.

The New Superior General of the Jesuits has lived for the past 43 years in Asia, especially in Japan, where he studied and worked as professor of Theology at Tokyo’s “Sophia University”, founded by the Jesuits in 1913.

Nicolás was present at the General Congregation as the delegate for Eastern Asia and Oceania.

The successor of Fr. Peter Hans Kolvenbach joined the Jesuits at Aranjuez (Spain) in 1953, received his degree in philosophy in Madrid and was then moved to Tokyo. Upon his arrival in Tokyo, he completed his study of theology and was then ordained priest on March 17, 1967.

Between 1968 and 1971 he studied Dogmatic Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and from 1978 to 1984 became Director of the Pastoral Institute of Manila (Philippines).

The new Superior General was also Rector of the Novitiate in Tokyo (1991-1993,) Provincial of the Jesuits in Japan (1993-1999) and from 2004 to 2007 served as moderator of the Jesuit Conference for Eastern Asia and Oceania.

Fr. Adolfo Nicolás S.J. becomes the 29th successor of St. Ignatius of Loyola and the leader of the Society of Jesus, which, according to their latest figures has 19,126 members.

Photos are from The Jesuit Portal.

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