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.
June 14, 2018 - Rep. Juan Vargas read a letter on the U.S. House Floor by Jesuit West Provincial Fr. Scott Santarosa, SJ, calling for support for the peaceful negotiation of a solution to the crisis in Nicaragua and for respect for the physical safety of all Nicaraguans.
June 11, 2018 - Bishop of San Diego, Most Reverend Robert W. McElroy ordained on Saturday, June 9, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in San Ysidro, California, four Jesuit Priests: Fr. JT Tanner, SJ , Fr. Elías Puentes, SJ, Fr. Alejandro Báez-González, SJ, and Fr. Thomas Flowers, SJ.
June 10, 2018 - The Jesuits West Province of the Society of Jesus held its Ordination Mass near the U.S.-Mexico border to call attention to the plight of immigrants. Province leaders and priests also participated in a Prayer Rally on June 8 at Chicano Park in San Diego in support of immigrants.
Jesuits West sponsored a spiritually enriching Portugal Pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima and the renown cities of Porto and Lisbon, May 21-31. Father Sam Bellino, SJ, and Father John Mossi, SJ, were the spiritual directors for the journey which included daily Masses at Fatima.
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