Superior General of the Society of Jesus

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The Superior General of the Society of Jesus is the official title of the leader of the Society of Jesus – the Roman Catholic religious order which is also known as the Jesuits.wikipedia
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The Superior General of the Society of Jesus is the official title of the leader of the Society of Jesus – the Roman Catholic religious order which is also known as the Jesuits.
The Society of Jesus is consecrated under the patronage of Madonna Della Strada, a title of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and it is led by a Superior General.

Arturo Sosa

The thirty-first and current Superior General is the Reverend Father Arturo Sosa, elected by the 36th General Congregation on October 14, 2016.
Arturo Marcelino Sosa Abascal (born 12 November 1948) is the thirty-first and present Superior General of the Society of Jesus.

Pedro Arrupe

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The exceptions being Father Pedro Arrupe (resigned for reasons of failing health) and both his successors, Father Peter Hans Kolvenbach and Father Adolfo Nicolás.
Pedro Arrupe (14 November 1907 – 5 February 1991) was a Spanish Basque Jesuit priest who served as the twenty-eighth Superior General of the Society of Jesus (1965–83).

Peter Hans Kolvenbach

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The exceptions being Father Pedro Arrupe (resigned for reasons of failing health) and both his successors, Father Peter Hans Kolvenbach and Father Adolfo Nicolás.
Peter Hans Kolvenbach (30 November 1928 – 26 November 2016), was the twenty-ninth Superior General of the Society of Jesus, the largest male Catholic religious order.

General Congregation

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The thirty-first and current Superior General is the Reverend Father Arturo Sosa, elected by the 36th General Congregation on October 14, 2016.
A General Congregation is always summoned on the death or resignation of the administrative head of the order, called the Superior General or Father General, to choose his successor, and it may be called at other times if circumstances warrant.

Adolfo Nicolás

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The exceptions being Father Pedro Arrupe (resigned for reasons of failing health) and both his successors, Father Peter Hans Kolvenbach and Father Adolfo Nicolás.
He was the thirtieth Superior General of the Society of Jesus, the largest religious order in the Roman Catholic Church.

Ignatius of Loyola

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23 October 1491 – 31 July 1556) was a Spanish Basque Catholic priest and theologian, who co-founded the religious order called the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and became its first Superior General at Paris in 1541.

Everard Mercurian

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Very Rev. Everard Mercurian, S.J. (1514 – 1 August 1580) was the fourth Superior General of the Society of Jesus.

Francis Borgia, 4th Duke of Gandía

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Saint Francis Borgia, 4th Duke of Gandía (Valencian: Francesc de Borja, Francisco de Borja) (1510–1572) was a great-grandson of Pope Alexander VI, a Grandee of Spain, a Spanish Jesuit, and third Superior General of the Society of Jesus.

Diego Laynez

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Diego Laynez, S.J. (sometimes spelled Laínez) (Spanish: Diego Laynez), born in 1512 (Almazán, Spain) and died on 19 January 1565 (Rome), was a Spanish Jesuit priest and theologian of Jewish descent, and the second Superior General of the Society of Jesus.

Claudio Acquaviva

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Claudio Acquaviva, S.J. (14 September 1543 – 31 January 1615) was an Italian Jesuit priest elected in 1581 the fifth Superior General of the Society of Jesus.

Mutio Vitelleschi

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Very Rev. Mutio Vitelleschi, S.J. (also Muzio, Mutius) (2 December 1563 – 9 February 1645) was the sixth Superior General of the Society of Jesus.

Vincenzo Carafa

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Very Rev. Vincenzo Carafa, S.J. (5 May 1585 – 6 June 1649) was an Italian Jesuit priest and spiritual writer, elected the seventh Superior-General of the Society of Jesus.

Goschwin Nickel

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Very Rev. Goswin Nickel, S.J. (1582 - 31 July 1664) was a German Jesuit priest and the tenth Superior-General of the Society of Jesus.

Giovanni Paolo Oliva

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Giovanni Paolo Oliva (4 October 1600 – 26 November 1681) was the eleventh Superior General of the Society of Jesus.

Charles de Noyelle

Very Rev. Charles de Noyelle, S.J. (28 July 1615 - 12 December 1686) was a Belgian Jesuit priest, elected the twelfth Superior General of the Society of Jesus.

Thyrsus González de Santalla

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Very Rev. Tirso González de Santalla, S.J. (18 January 1624 - 27 October 1705) was a Spanish theologian who was elected, in 1687, the thirteenth Superior General of the Society of Jesus.

Aloysius Gottifredi

Very Rev. Aloysius (Alessandro Luigi) Gottifredi, S.J. (3 May 1595 – 12 March 1652) was an Italian Jesuit, elected the ninth Superior-General of the Society of Jesus.

Francesco Piccolomini (Jesuit)

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Very Rev. Francesco Piccolomini, S.J. (22 October 1582 – 17 June 1651) was an Italian Jesuit, elected the eighth Superior-General of the Society of Jesus.

Michelangelo Tamburini

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Very Rev. Michelangelo Tamburini, S.J. (27 September 1648 – 28 February 1730) was an Italian Jesuit, who was elected fourteenth Superior General of the Society of Jesus from January 31, 1706 to February 28, 1730.

Aloysius Centurione

Alessandro Luigi Centurione (29 August 1686 – 2 October 1757) was the seventeenth Superior General of the Society of Jesus.

Lorenzo Ricci

Lorenzo Ricci, S.J. (August 2, 1703 – November 24, 1775) was an Italian Jesuit, elected the eighteenth Superior General of the Society of Jesus.

Gabriel Gruber

Gabriel Gruber, S.J. (May 6, 1740 – April 7, 1805) was the second Superior General of the Society of Jesus in Russia.

Franz Retz

Very Rev. Franz Retz, S.J. (sometimes Francis Retz) (13 September 1673 - 19 November 1750) was a Bohemian Jesuit, elected fifteenth Superior General of the Society of Jesus, which he governed from 7 March 1730 to 19 November 1750.

Tadeusz Brzozowski

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Very Rev. Tadeusz Brzozowski, S.J. (October 21, 1749 – February 5, 1820) was a Polish Jesuit, elected nineteenth Superior General of the Society of Jesus.