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Jesuit leader visits SA


Jesuit Superior General Fr Arturo Sosa, the Venezuelan head of the Society of Jesus, visited Australia to oversee a change of Jesuit leadership in the Asia-Pacific region last month.

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Fr Sosa is the 31st Superior General of the Society of Jesus, the largest religious order of priests and brothers in the Church. He is the third Superior General to visit Australia.

Fr Sosa presided over the Major Superiors Assembly of the Jesuit Conference of the Asia-Pacific, held from January 22 in Sydney.

He also visited Melbourne before coming to South Australia where he spent time at Sevenhill and celebrated Mass at Saint Ignatius Church, Norwood, on January 31, the feast of St John Bosco.

In his homily, Fr Sosa expressed his gratitude for the experiences of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sevenhill where he was shown “the wonderful and good works” of the Australian Jesuits in education, retreat work, parishes and outreach to the marginalised.

“It is through all this that the Good News of Our Lord is shared, and this gives me renewed hope and energy,” he said.

Referring to the Salesians, who were founded by St John Bosco, he prayed for the work they do and for their mission to youth today – “especially for young people who feel lost and isolated, and the young who live in situations of poverty and distress”.

“Most importantly, we pray for all of us, young and old alike, for the grace to fix our eyes on Jesus, and learn how best to follow his ways, his message, his call to compassion and peace, and for a deep conversion of heart, so that His heart might move our own.”

Archbishop Patrick O’Regan with Fr Sosa.

Fr Sosa met with Archbishop Patrick O’Regan in the Diocesan Centre during his visit to Adelaide.

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