Father Arturo Sosa Abascal, SJ, the 31st Superior General of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) will be visiting Canada from May 18 – 30.
On his first official visit to Canada, Fr. General will meet with all provincial superiors of the Society of Jesus in Canada and the United States. Highlights of his visit to Canada include attending the ordination of Jesuit priests and deacons in Toronto and Quebec City, and visits to Martyrs’ Shrine and Sainte-Marie among the Hurons in Midland, Loyola High School in Montreal, Campion College and Mother Teresa Middle School in Regina, Regis College in Toronto, and other apostolates of the Jesuits in both English and French Canada.
Born in Venezuela in 1948, Fr. Sosa is the first Latin American Superior General of the Society of Jesus, the largest religious order of priests and brothers in the Catholic Church with more than 16,000 members.
Raised in a Catholic family that valued academics, he was encouraged to “to open up to the world, to study languages.” He speaks three languages and is passionate about the need for multiculturalism because “the true face of God is multicultural, multicolored and multifaceted. … If the Society succeeds in reflecting this diversity, it will become an expression of that fascinating face of God.
For more on Fr. Sosa please see the below stories following his election as Superior General to the Society of Jesus.
May 6, 2019 - When I was in the third grade at a Catholic primary school in suburban Maryland, I happened upon a book about St. Isaac Jogues, the 17th century Jesuit missionary, getting flogged, flayed, and having his fingers chewed off on a mission to “New France.” At the time I couldn’t for the life of me understand why someone would choose to go through such an ordeal! Fast forward twenty-some years later, and I am a Jesuit brother living with Jesuits from India, Ecuador, Tanzania, and Wisconsin.
April 29, 2019 — Ask someone who's benefited from a Jesuit education or ministry about the Jesuits’ contributions, and you’ll hear answers like “Jesuits form men and women for others,” “they help people discern God’s presence in their lives,” and "they serve God by caring for and seeking justice for people on the margins.” But we don’t always give thought to how the Jesuits themselves benefit from being in the Society.
April 23, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Theodore J. Hottinger, SJ, who died on April 22, 2019 at St. Camillus, in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He was 87 years old. May he rest in peace.
April 21, 2019 — We turned to Twitter and challenged people to tell the story the resurrection of Jesus in exactly six words — no more. Boil the central truth of our faith down to its essence. What’s most important?