Pedro Arrupe SJ

Pedro Arrupe SJ was working on the outskirts of Hiroshima when the bomb went off, on 6th August 1945. On the anniversary of this tragic event, Fr Denis Blackledge SJ reflects on the man whose future was determined by what happened on that date and whose cause for beatification was opened earlier this year.Pedro Arrupe was born in Bilbao in 1907, the youngest of five children and the only boy. His mother died when he was nine and his father when he was twenty. Sensitive, bright and idealistic,...
The ceremony for the opening of the cause for the beatification and canonization of Pedro Arrupe SJ, Father General of the Society of Jesus from 1965 to 1983, took place at the Basilica of St John Lateran, in Rome yesterday - 5th February, the 28th anniversary of Fr Arrupe’s death.Pope Francis probably carries the laurels as the best-known, most beloved and yet controversial Jesuit of the last hundred years, but Fr Arrupe would be a close second.  Yet despite his huge impact on the Church...
The Society of Jesus has taken the first steps towards the beatification cause of Fr Pedro Arrupe SJ, who was Superior General from 1965 to 1983.Fr General Arturo Sosa SJ announced this at the International Association of Jesuit Universities meeting in Bilbao, Spain when he addressed the 300 Jesuit and lay participants. “We are still at the beginning of the process, but the Cardinal Vicar of Rome, Angelo de Donatis, has given the approval that the Diocese of Rome open the process of...
JRS staff stand both with one another and with the displaced of Syria (Cedric Prakash SJ/JRS)
Jesuits and their lay co-workers from three centres in Syria have gathered to mark the 36th anniversary of the Jesuit Refugee Service and to strengthen their bonds of support and friendship. The assembly was the idea of the Director of JRS Syria, Fr Fouad, who invited staff from Aleppo, Homs and Damascus to celebrate the origins, the spirit, the vision and the mission with all those who have been an integral part of the JRS family in Syria."The war in Syria has grabbed world headlines for...
Fr Peter-Hans Kolvenbach SJ was laid to rest in the country he had made his home
The funeral of Fr Peter-Hans Kolvenbach SJ has been held at St Joseph's Jesuit Church for Collège Notre-Dame de Jamhour, Beirut, Lebanon. Fr Kolvenbach, who was the Superior General of the Society of Jesus between 1983 and 2008, died on 26 November 2016.The funeral Mass was celebrated in French and was attended by patriarchs and bishops, clergy and religious (including many Jesuits), as well as students, teachers and government ministers. Relatives took part too, including Fr Kolvenbach...
Fr General Peter-Hans Kolvenbach SJ
Pope Francis has added his condolences to the Jesuits and their co-workers in Britain and beyond who have been paying tribute to Fr Peter-Hans Kolvenbach SJ, the 29th Superior General of the Society of Jesus, who died on Saturday. Elected at the 33rd General Congregation in 1983, Fr Kolvenbach had been a Jesuit for 68 years and served as General for almost a quarter of a century. He was 87 years old.Born on 30 November 1928 in Druten in Holland, Fr Kolvenbach entered the Society of Jesus at the...
Fr General Sosa presides at the Mass of Thanksgiving in Rome
The business of the 36th General Congregation (known as Ad Negotia) has now resumed, after the celebration of the Mass of Thanksgiving at the Church of the Gesù in Rome. Before the Eucharist began, the new Superior General of the Society of Jesus prayed silently upstairs in the chapel of the Rooms of St Ignatius. Fr Arturo Sosa SJ, who was elected as the Society’s 31st General last Friday, was then presented with two books: The Formula of the Institute and The Constitutions of the Society...
Pope Francis addresses Jesuit alumni in Rome, September 2016
Last week, members of the European Confederation and World Union of Jesuit Alumni and Alumnae met in the Vatican to participate in a conference entitled “Global Migration and Refugee Crisis: Time to Contemplate and Act”. Among the British delegates attending the conference were Fr Kevin Fox SJ, Superior of the Jesuit Community in Boscombe, Dorset, and Bernard Thompson, the Director of the British Jesuit Alumni Charitable Trust and a former President of the World Union of Jesuit...
Fr Pedro Arrupe SJ at prayer
The January 2016 edition of The Way has just been published, with a particular focus on prayer and those who pray.Among the articles in this edition, James Menkhaus asks what lessons can be drawn from Fr Pedro Arrupe SJ’s experience, seven decades after Hiroshima was destroyed. Arrupe was Superior General of the Jesuits in the turbulent years immediately after the Second Vatican Council. Earlier in his Jesuit life, he had been novice master in Hiroshima when the first atomic bomb was dropped on...
A refugee child at school in the Central African Republic (Laura Sheahen)
On Saturday, 14 November at 12pm, 15 refugees, as well as staff and friends of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), will attend a private audience with Pope Francis. The Pope will speak about the importance of education for refugee children and youth as a means to build peace and foster the development of more resilient and cohesive societies. The event will commemorate the 35th anniversary of JRS, founded by the former Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Pedro Arrupe SJ. Pope Francis...

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