So­ci­ety of Je­sus Su­pe­rior Gen­eral Fr Ar­turo Sosa to visit Xavier Ate­neo

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Xavier Univer­sity - Ate­neo de Ca­gayan, a Je­suit ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tion, gears up for the visit of the Su­pe­rior Gen­eral of the So­ci­ety of Je­sus, Fr Ar­turo Sosa Abas­cal SJ, the first Latin-Amer­i­can to lead the largest reli­gious or­der in the world.

XU pres­i­dent Fr Roberto “Bobby” C Yap SJ said in his mes­sage to the univer­sity, “I am de­lighted to in­form ev­ery­one that Fr Ar­turo Sosa SJ, Su­pe­rior Gen­eral of the So­ci­ety of Je­sus, will be vis­it­ing Ca­gayan de Oro from the 12th to 14th of De­cem­ber 2018.”

Sosa will ar­rive in the af­ter­noon of De­cem­ber 12 at the Laguindin­gan Air­port and will pro­ceed to the Loy­ola House Je­suit Com­mu­nity. Mem­bers from var­i­ous Xavier Ate­neo units are set to wel­come him along the univer­sity’s main lane.

On Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 13, he will visit the Xavier Ecov­ille in Lumbia, the XU-led re­set­tle­ment vil­lage for typhoon Sen­dong sur­vivors, to meet some part­ner ben­e­fi­cia­ries of XU’s so­cial devel­op­ment projects, in­clud­ing Ta­bang Marawi and Ser­vice Learn­ing Pro­gram (SLP) in Alu­bi­jid.

In the af­ter­noon, Sosa will at­tend the “Con­ver­sa­tions with Je­suits and Lay Part­ners” at the XUAVR1 to dis­cuss the apos­to­lates in Min­danao. A Eucharis­tic cel­e­bra­tion to be presided by Sosa will fol­low at the Univer­sity Church of the Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion of the Blessed Vir­gin Mary.

“Let us wel­come Fr Gen­eral and his party to Ca­gayan de Oro and Xavier Ate­neo,” Yap added. “Let us also ex­tend our hospi­tal­ity to the Je­suits and lay part­ners from other parts of Min­danao who will at­tend the var­i­ous events.”

Xavier Ate­neo con­sid­ers this visit of Father Gen­eral “a mo­ment of grace for all those who par­tic­i­pate in the Je­suit mis­sion.”

The 31st Su­pe­rior Gen­eral

Sosa is the 31st Su­pe­rior Gen­eral fol­low­ing a long line of gen­er­als all the way to Ig­natius Loy­ola, the founder of the So­ci­ety of Je­sus.

He was born in Cara­cas, Venezuela on Novem­ber 12, 1948. Just like Latin-Amer­i­can Pope Fran­cis (Jorge Mario Ber­goglio) who had to deal with his di­vided prov­ince dur­ing the Ar­gen­tine dic­ta­tor­ship in 1970s, Sosa served as the Venezue­lan provin­cial from 1996 to 2004, where he steered the ten­sions within his own prov­ince over the pop­ulist au­toc­racy of Hugo Chávez.

His ed­u­ca­tional back­ground in­cludes a doc­tor­ate in po­lit­i­cal sciences from the Univer­si­dad Cen­tral de Venezuela. He re­ceived his li­cense in phi­los­o­phy from An­drés Bello Catholic Univer­sity in 1972. He is flu­ent in Span­ish, Ital­ian, and English, and un­der­stands French.

Be­fore his ap­point­ment as the provin­cial su­pe­rior of the Je­suits in Venezuela, Sosa was the co­or­di­na­tor for so­cial apos­to­late and later as the di­rec­tor of Cen­tro Gu­milla, a re­search and so­cial ac­tion cen­ter run by the Je­suits in his home coun­try.

Sosa has had a long ca­reer ded­i­cated to teach­ing and re­search in the area of po­lit­i­cal sciences. He held a num­ber of re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in the academe, as a pro­fes­sor and a mem­ber of the foun­da­tion coun­cil of the An­drés Bello Catholic Univer­sity. For ten years, he was the rec­tor of the Catholic Univer­sity of Táchira. He has pub­lished a num­ber of works, mainly about the Venezue­lan his­tory and pol­i­tics.

In 2004, he was in­vited by the Cen­ter for Latin Amer­i­can Stud­ies of Ge­orge­town Univer­sity in the United States as a lec­turer and was a pro­fes­sor of Venezue­lan Po­lit­i­cal Think­ing of the Catholic Univer­sity of Táchira.

Dur­ing the 35th Gen­eral Con­gre­ga­tion in 2008, he was cho­sen coun­selor gen­eral by then-Su­pe­rior Gen­eral Fr Adolfo Ni­colás. In 2014, he joined the Curia of the So­ci­ety of Je­sus in Rome as the del­e­gate for the In­ter­provin­cial Houses and Works of the So­ci­ety of Je­sus in Rome, which in­clude the Pon­tif­i­cal Gre­go­rian Univer­sity, Pon­tif­i­cal Bi­b­li­cal In­sti­tute, Pon­tif­i­cal Ori­en­tal In­sti­tute, and Vat­i­can Ob­ser­va­tory, among other in­ter­na­tional col­leges and res­i­dences.

In Oc­to­ber 2016, 212 Je­suit elec­tors, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of more than 17,000 Je­suits world­wide, voted for Sosa dur­ing the re­cent con­gre­ga­tion fol­low­ing the res­ig­na­tion of Fr Adolfo Ni­colás SJ.

Je­suit-run Xavier Ate­neo

Ate­neo de Ca­gayan was founded in 1933 by Fr James TG Hayes SJ, su­pe­rior of the Philip­pine Je­suit mis­sion and first bishop and arch­bishop of Ca­gayan de Oro.

On Au­gust 27, 1958, Ate­neo de Ca­gayan was in­au­gu­rated as a univer­sity and was, thence­forth, called Xavier Univer­sity - Ate­neo de Ca­gayan, in honor of St Fran­cis Xavier, a Je­suit mis­sion­ary to the In­dies and com­pan­ion of Loy­ola.

Xavier Ate­neo be­came the first univer­sity in Min­danao and the first Je­suit univer­sity (among Ate­neo schools) in the Philip­pines.

Etched in its mis­sion, “As a Je­suit univer­sity, Xavier par­tic­i­pates in the Je­suit mis­sion of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion with God, with oth­ers and with cre­ation; it seeks to serve the faith, pro­mote jus­tice, di­a­logue with cul­ture and re­li­gions, and pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment; it up­holds the Ig­na­tian val­ues of magis, cura per­son­alis, and find­ing God-in-all-things.” PR

ZERO EX­TREME POVERTY Philip­pines 2030 (ZEP) coali­tion mem­bers from dif­fer­ent non-govern­ment en­ti­ties, civil so­ci­ety or­ga­ni­za­tions, cor­po­rate foun­da­tions, and ad­vo­cacy groups along with part­ner com­mu­ni­ties come to­gether at their 3rd Gen­eral As­sem­bly led by (in the mid­dle) ZEP Co-Chair­per­sons Philip­pine Busi­ness for So­cial Progress (PBSP) Pres­i­dent Bro. Ar­min Luistro and As­sisi Devel­op­ment Foun­da­tion (ADF) Chair­per­son Amb. Howard Dee. PR

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