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Father General

Picture32Who is a Superior General?

Since Saint Ignatius was elected as Superior General of the Society of Jesus in 1540 and as he wrote the Constitutions of his Order, the Superior General has always been elected for life by a “General Congregation” of Jesuits, representatives of their provinces around the world.

The mission of the Superior General consists in guiding the Order, according to the Constitutions and Norms and the Guidelines of the General Congregations.



(Fr. Arturo Sosa, Superior General of the Society of Jesus)


Profile of Father Arturo Sosa

1948/ November, 12, he was born in Caracas, Venezuela

1966/ September, 14, he entered the Society of Jesus 

1972/ He obtained a licentiate in Philosophy from the Catholic University Andrés Bello

1977/ July, 30, he was ordained 

1978-1996/ He was the Province Coordinator for the Social Apostolate and Director of the Gumilla Social Center, a center for research and social action for the Jesuits in Venezuela

1990/ He obtained a doctorate in Political Science from the Central University of Venezuela

1996-2004/ He was Provincial of the Jesuits in Venezuela

2004/ He was Rector of the Catholic University of Táchira for 10 years. He dedicated a large part of his life to research and teaching and has held different positions in academia. He has also been a professor and member of the Council of the Andrés Bello Catholic Foundation. He has pursued research and teaching in the field of political science, in various centers and institutions. He published many works, in particular on Venezuela's history and politics

2008/ During General Congregation 35, Father General Adolfo Nicolás appointed him as General Counsellor, based in Venezuela

2014/ He joined the General Curia community 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.

2016 (October 14)/ He was elected the 31st Superior General of the Society of Jesus.