Jesuit Superior General Father Arturo Sosa Ascobal, SJ, recently
gave a 30-minute interview aired through Salt and Light Media, touching on the
latest priorities of the Society of Jesus and what it means to have a Jesuit
Father Sosa is the first non-European leader of the Society
of Jesus. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Fr. Sosa entered the Society of Jesus in
1966 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1977. He obtained a licentiate in
philosophy from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in 1972 and later obtained a
doctorate in Political Science from Università Centrale del Venezuela in 1990.
Between 1996 and 2004, Fr. Sosa was provincial superior of
the Jesuits in Venezuela. Before that, he was the province coordinator for the
social apostolate and director of the Gumilla Social Centre, a research and
social action center of the Venezuelan Jesuits.
In 2008, Father General Adolfo Nicolás appointed Fr. Sosa as
General Counsellor while Fr. Sosa continued his work in Venezuela. In 2014, Fr.
Sosa joined the General Curia community in Rome and took on the role of
Delegate for Interprovincial Roman Houses of the Society of Jesus in Rome,
which include: the Pontifical Gregorian University, the Pontifical Biblical
Institute, the Pontifical Oriental Institute, the Vatican Observatory, Civiltà
Cattolica, as well as international Jesuit colleges in Rome.
Father Sosa has dedicated his life to research and teaching
in the field of political science in various centers and institutions,
including as the Chair of Contemporary Political Theory in the Department of
Social Change at the Universidad Central De Venezuela, member of the Council of
the Andrés Bello Catholic Foundation, and Rector of the Catholic University of
This exclusive WITNESS interview took place in the Salt and
Light Broadcast Centre on May 19 during Fr. Sosa's visit to the Jesuit
communities throughout Canada.
November 6, 2018 — Benefactors and friends of Jesuits West attended the White Collar Luncheon held on All Saints Day at the Isaac Orr Room, Seattle Archdiocese Chancery. Over 25 Jesuits from Seattle U, Seattle Prep, Bellarmine Prep Tacoma and other NW Jesuit ministries were in attendance.
November 1, 2018 — Our new Director of Communications for the Jesuits West Province comes from our own Jesuit family. Tracey Primrose, who served for the last six and ½ years as the Secretary for Communications for the Jesuit Conference, is joining our team at Jesuits West.
October 29, 2018 — Most Reverend Michael Barber, SJ, Bishop of Oakland, ordained 6 Jesuits as Deacons at Christ the Light Cathedral. Two Deacons featured in the video, Andrew Laguna, SJ, and Francis Nguyen, SJ, are from Jesuits West Province.
October 23, 2018 – Two Jesuit Scholastics in 1st Studies, James Millikan, SJ, and Raymond Parcon, SJ, share their personal experiences of serving in Alaska frontier villages that are accessible only by plane or sea.
October 11, 2018 - TESTAROSSA Winery, located at the former Novitiate Winery in Los Gatos, Calif., hosted a 130th Anniversary luncheon commemorating the 1st harvest of grapes at the Novitiate Winery, October 11, 1888. TESTAROSSA owners, Rob & Diana Jensen invited the Sacred Heart Jesuit Community and Staff for wine tasting and buffet lunch.