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|Vol. XXI, No. 05||March 21, 2017|
Father General has appointed:
- Fr. Pascual Cebollada Silvestre (ESP), General Postulator of the Society, replacing Fr. Anton Witwer (ASR). Fr. Cebollada Silvestre was born 1960, entered the Society in 1978 and was ordained in 1989. After obtaining a degree in Philosophy and Theology from the Pontifical University Comillas in Madrid, he defended his doctoral thesis in Theology at the Centre Sèvres in Paris in 1993. Professor from that same year at the University Institute of Spirituality of the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical University Comillas of Madrid, he taught, among others, courses in Theory and Practice of the Spiritual Exercises, Spiritual Discernment, and Spiritual Theology. He is currently Director of the Department of Moral Theology and Praxis of Christian Life, Member of the editorial board of the Manresa magazine on spirituality and Director of the journal, CONFER, of the Spanish Conference of Religious.
Voices of Faith 2017
Father General joined women and men from around the globe for Voices of Faith, an annual event held in Vatican City to mark International Women's Day on March 8. Giving the opening address at the conference, Father General told those gathered, "if we are honest, we acknowledge that the fullness of women's participation in the church has not yet arrived." Father General encouraged the need for women's voices to be heard in the church and in the world, observing, "No one is more resilient than women in building and supporting the church in the poorest parts of our world." Fr. Sosa said the participation of women is also necessary in positions of leadership, especially in areas of conflict such as the Central African Republic, South Sudan and Colombia. While it is hard to imagine peace, "can we have the audacity to dream that women and men working together will bring peace to these countries?" he asked. Organized by Voices of Faith, Jesuit Refugee Service and the Fidel Gotz Foundation, the event's theme was "Stirring the waters: Making the impossible possible."
FROM THE PROVINCES
Fr Arturo Sosa, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, will be in Peru from 18 - 29 March, for the meeting of the Major Superiors of the Jesuit Conference of Latin America (CPAL). He will also participate in a meeting of Jesuits, laity and religious collaborators in the works of the Society throughout Latin America and the Caribbean ("Impactando"), where they will evaluate and project the priorities of the works of the Society of Jesus in the region for the next few years. Father Sosa will take the opportunity to meet with his Jesuit brothers who work in Peru, as well as to know some of the works of the Society in this country. Specifically, Fr. General will visit Jesuit works in Lima, Jaén, the Maranon jungle and Arequipa.