Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President


New Superior General Elected

October 14, 2016

Dear Loyola Community,

Earlier this morning, we received the important news that the 36th General Congregation has elected a new Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Father Arturo Sosa Abascal, S.J.

Father Sosa comes from Venezuela and most recently served as the superior of the Interprovincial Houses and Works of the Society of Jesus, a network of international universities and residences in Rome. Our own Thomas Regan, S.J., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, has known Father Sosa for more than a decade and describes him as a staunch supporter of higher education, a true world citizen, and a passionate promoter of the Society’s social justice initiatives.

As one of the largest Jesuit-sponsored universities in the United States, we will no doubt be influenced by his leadership. I know our community joins me in praying for the further work of the General Congregation and in thanksgiving for the election of our new Superior General.

To learn more about Father Sosa, please read the story posted today on the Loyola homepage. The piece includes comments from James Prehn, S.J., rector of the Jesuit community and vice president and special advisor to the president for mission and identity; Brian Paulson, S.J., provincial of the Chicago-Detroit Province; Mark Bosco, S.J., associate professor of English and theology and director of the Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage; and Father Regan.


Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD