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Loyola congratulates new Superior General of the Jesuits

| By Rita Buettner
Rafael Castillo, '16, and his uncle, Rev. Arturo Sosa Abascal, S.J.
Rafael Castillo, '16, (left) and his uncle, Rev. Arturo Sosa Abascal, S.J., newly elected Superior General of the Society of Jesus.

As the new Superior General of the Society of Jesus, the Rev. Arturo Sosa Abascal, S.J., is the leader of more than 16,000 Jesuits around the world. Fr. Sosa is also the uncle of a Loyola graduate, Rafael Castillo, ’16.

A member of the Jesuits’ Venezuelan Province, Fr. Sosa is the first non-European superior general of the Society of Jesus. He succeeds Fr. Adolfo Nicolas, who resigned at age 80.

Fr. Sosa, who was elected on Oct. 14, now leads the largest religious order of priests and brothers in the Catholic Church.

“At Loyola we are delighted to celebrate the election of the new Father General. We pray that his tenure will be a fruitful one for the Society of Jesus and look forward to benefiting from his faith-filled leadership,” said the Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president. “How wonderful that the first Latin American Superior General of the Jesuits happens to have such a close connection to our university! On behalf of our community, I extend our congratulations to Rafael and his family.”

Learn more about the Jesuits and Jesuit education here.

Learn more about becoming a Jesuit through this video, “The Journey to a Great Life.”

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