Welcoming new Jesuit Leader

Posted on 27. Oct, 2016, in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Faith and JusticeComments Off on Welcoming new Jesuit Leader


The new leader of the Jesuits worldwide, Fr Arturo Sosa, is “decisive, visionary and has a great sense of humour,” according to Gerry Whelan SJ, an Irish Jesuit who lectures in the Gregorian Univiersty in Rome.

Gerry describes Fr Sosa as a very decisive man, familiar and comfortable with leadership roles. He says he’s not afraid to get into the middle of complex or fraught situations in order to work for a good outcome. A native of Venezuela, he was involved in mediation role with the controversial government of Hugo Chávez. He set up a university in one of the poorest regions of the country. And his academic credentials leave him well-place to understand societal and political structures.

In this telephone interview with Pat Coyle of Irish Jesuit Communications, Gerry gives his reaction to news of the election in one word – joy. He explains how the murmuratio – the unique Jesuit process to elect a leader – has once again resulted in the right man for the task ahead. He notes also the significance of the Society electing a non-European for the first time in its history.

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