Who 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 mission of the Superior General consists in guiding the Order, according to the Constitutions
and Norms and the Guidelines of the General Congregations.
The two last Superior Generals, Frs. Pedro Arrupe (1965-1983) and Peter-Hans Kolvenbach (1983-2008)
have asked and received permission from the pope to step down as Superior General.
Profile of Father Arturo Sosa
He was born in Caracas, Venezuela on November 12.
He entered the Society of Jesus on September, 14.
He obtained a licentiate in Philosophy from the Catholic University Andrés Bello.
He was ordained on July, 30.
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.
He obtained a doctorate in Political Science from the Central University of Venezuela.
He was Provincial of the Jesuits in Venezuela.
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.
During General Congregation 35, Father General Adolfo Nicolás appointed him
as General Counsellor, based in Venezuela.
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.