|Adolfo Nicolás Pachón|
Adolfo Nicolás, Superior General of the Jesuits
|Born||April 29, 1936 |
Villamuriel de Cerrato, Spain
|Occupation||Superior General of the Society of Jesus|
|Society of Jesus|
History of the Jesuits
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Adolfo Nicolás was born in Villamuriel de Cerrato, Palencia, and entered the Society of Jesus, more commonly known as the Jesuits, in the novitiate of Aranjuez in 1953 . Villamuriel de Cerrato is a municipality located in the province of Palencia, Castile and León, Spain. Palencia is a province of northern Spain, in the northern part of the autonomous community of Castile and León. The Society of Jesus ( Latin: Societas Iesu, SJ and SI or SJ, SI) is a Catholic religious order Novitiate, alt noviciate, is the period of training and preparation that a Novice (or prospective) monastic or member Population 2002 40928 2004 46891 2005 48139 May 2007 52873 Government He studied at the University of Alcalá, there earning his licentiate in philosophy, until 1960, whence he traveled to Japan to familiarize himself with Japanese language and culture. The University of Alcalá (Universidad de Alcalá is an institute of higher learning located in the city of Alcalá de Henares, to the east of Madrid in Licentiate (from Latin licentia docendi = permission/right to teach is the title of a person who holds an Academic degree called a License. Philosophy is the study of general problems concerning matters such as existence knowledge truth beauty justice validity mind and language For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Japan topics. is a language spoken by over 130 million people in Japan and in Japanese emigrant communities The culture of Japan has evolved greatly over millenia from the country's prehistoric Jomon culture to its contemporary hybrid culture which combines influences from Asia Nicolás entered Sophia University in Tokyo, where he studied theology, in 1964, and was later ordained to the priesthood on March 17, 1967. is a private university in Japan with its main campus located in Yotsuya, an area of Tokyo 's Chiyoda Ward in Japan. officially, is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan and located on the eastern side of the main island Honshū. Theology is the study of a god or the gods from a religious perspective In a general sense the term Holy Orders refers to those in the Christian religion who have been ordained in Apostolic Succession. The ministerial orders of the Catholic Church includes both the orders of bishops and presbyters, which in Latin is sacerdos. Events 45 BC - In his last victory Julius Caesar defeats the Pompeian forces of Titus Labienus and Pompey the Younger Year 1967 ( MCMLXVII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the 1967 Gregorian calendar.
From 1968 to 1971, he studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, from where he obtained his Master's degree in theology, and later earned a doctorate in theology. Pontifical Gregorian University (Pontificia Università Gregoriana (also known as the Gregorianum) is a Pontifical university located in Rome, Italy Rome ( Roma ˈroma Roma is the capital city of Italy and Lazio, and is Italy's largest and most populous city with more than 2 Licentiate of Sacred Theology ( STL) is the title of an intermediate graduate degree with canonical effects in the Roman Catholic Church offered by "STD" redirects here For other uses see STD. The Doctor of Sacred Theology ( S Upon his return to Japan, Nicolás was made professor of systematic theology at his alma mater of Sophia University, teaching there for the next thirty years. The meaning of the word professor ( Latin: professor, person who professes to be an expert in some art or science teacher of highest rank) varies Systematic theology is a discipline of Christian theology that attempts to formulate an orderly rational and coherent account of the Christian faith and beliefs Alma mater is Latin for "nourishing mother" It was used in Ancient Rome as a title for the mother Goddess, and in Medieval
He was Director of the East Asian Pastoral Institute at the Ateneo de Manila University, in Quezon City, Philippines, from 1978 to 1984, and later served as rector of the theologate in Tokyo from 1991 to 1993, when he was appointed Provincial of the Jesuit Province of Japan. An executive director is the senior manager or Executive officer of an Organization, company, or Corporation. The Ateneo de Manila University (also called " Ateneo de Manila " or simply "the Ateneo " is a private University run Quezon City ( Filipino: Lungsod Quezon) is the former capital ( 1948 - 1976) and the most populous The Philippines ( Filipino: Pilipinas, officially known as the Republic of the Philippines (fil ''Republika ng Pilipinas'' RP The word rector ("ruler" from the Latin regere and Rector meaning "Teacher" In Latin has a number of different meanings but all of them indicate an academic A provincial superior is a major superior of a Religious order acting under the order's Superior general and exercising a general supervision over all the local superiors Nicolás remained in this post until 1999, and then spent three years doing pastoral work among poor immigrants in Tokyo. In the Roman Catholic Church, a parish is the lowest ecclesiastical geographical subdivision from Ecclesiastical province to Diocese to Deanery Immigration refers to the movement of people among countries While the movement of people has existed throughout human history at various levels modern immigration implies long-term In 1998 he clashed with the Vatican when he and several Asian bishops requested for more local authority for Church decisions. The Holy See is the episcopal jurisdiction of the Bishop of Rome, commonly known as the Pope, and is the preeminent Episcopal see of the Roman Catholic In the Catholic Church, a Bishop is an ordained minister who holds the fullness of the priesthood.
In 2004 he returned to the Philippines after he was named Moderator of the Jesuit Conference for Eastern Asia and Oceania. As Moderator, he was responsible for the Jesuits of several countries, including Australia, China, Japan, Korea, Micronesia, Myanmar, and East Timor. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics. China ( Wade-Giles ( Mandarin) Chung¹kuo² is a cultural region, an ancient Civilization, and depending on perspective a National Korea is a geographic area composed of two sovereign countries a civilization and a former state situated on the Korean Peninsula in East Asia. Micronesia, from the Greek mikros (μικρός (meaning small) and nesos (νῆσος (meaning island) is a Subregion Burma, officially the Union of Myanmar ( pjìdàunzṵ mjàmmà nàinŋàndɔ̀ is the largest country by geographical area in mainland Southeast Asia. East Timor, also known as Timor-Leste (officially the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste) is a country in Southeast Asia.
On the second ballot of the thirty-fifth General Congregation (GC XXXV) of the Society of Jesus, Nicolás was elected as the Order’s thirtieth Superior General on January 19, 2008, succeeding the Dutch Fr. Peter Hans Kolvenbach. highest authority in the Society of Jesus is the General Congregation, an assembly of the Jesuit representatives from all parts of the world The Superior General of the Society of Jesus is the official title of the leader of the Society of Jesus &mdashthe Roman Catholic religious order also known Events 1419 - Hundred Years' War: Rouen surrenders to Henry V of England completing his reconquest of Normandy. 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common The Netherlands ( Dutch:, ˈnedərlɑnt is the European part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which consists of the Netherlands the Netherlands Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, SJ, STD (born in Druten, 30 November, 1928) was the 29th Superior His election was immediately relayed to Pope Benedict XVI, who confirmed him in the post. Pope Benedict XVI ( Latin: Benedictus PP XVI; Italian: Benedetto XVI; German: Benedikt XVI; born Joseph Alois Ratzinger Many have marked the similarities between Nicolás and former Superior General Fr. Pedro Arrupe, who was also a Spanish missionary in Japan; Nicolás has described Arrupe, of whom he was once the personal barber, as a "great missionary, a national hero, a man on fire". Fr Pedro Arrupe SJ ( November 14, 1907 &ndash February 5, 1991) (full name Pedro de Arrupe y Gondra) was the twenty-eighth A missionary is a member of a Religion who works to convert those who do not share the missionary's faith someone who proselytizes. A barber (from the Latin barba, " Beard " is someone whose occupation is to cut any type of hair give shaves, and trim He leads a congregation which currently numbers 19,126 members. 
In addition to his native Spanish, Nicolás can speak English, Italian, French, and Japanese. English is a West Germanic language originating in England and is the First language for most people in the United Kingdom, the United States Italian ( or lingua italiana) is a Romance language spoken by about 63 million people as a First language, primarily in Italy. French ( français,) is a Romance language spoken around the world by 118 million people as a native language and by about 180 to 260 million people is a language spoken by over 130 million people in Japan and in Japanese emigrant communities
He once stated, "Asia has a lot yet to offer the Church, to the whole Church, but we haven't done it yet. Maybe we have not been courageous enough, or we haven't taken the risks we should". In an article on Fr. Nicolas, Michael McVeigh said that Nicolás has also expressed his wariness of missionaries who are more concerned with teaching and imposing orthodoxy than in having a cultural experience with the local people, saying, "Those who enter into the lives of the people, they begin to question their own positions very radically. "
A month before the General Congregation that would eventually elect him, Fr. highest authority in the Society of Jesus is the General Congregation, an assembly of the Jesuit representatives from all parts of the world Nicolas described the General Congregation as "an event of the heart. " It is "a time of intensive search and of exhilarating exchange, where questions and answers do not come lineally, but dance within us and around us, at the rhythm of fraternal and humble mutual openness. " According to him, "My hope is that this happens to the whole Society of Jesus. " He then emphasized that "Prayer, reflection and exchange are the gift and the contribution. "
After asking why "we elicit so much admiration and so little following," he stated that one of his hopes is for the Jesuits to "begin a process of dynamic and open reflection on our religious life that might begin a process of re-creation of the Society for our times, not only in the quality of our services, but also and mostly in the quality of our personal and community witness to the Church and the World. "
According to Father Paolo Molinari, the Postulator General of the Society of Jesus, Nicolas was the "optimal choice" for Superior General. Molinari views him as someone with "excellent theological formation and a great missionary spirit. " "In regard to his kind of formation and the service he has done, he seems precisely to respond to the indications of the Holy Father, Benedict XVI. Certainly he will help us to rediscover and reinforce the Christian roots of Europe and to witness to Christ in the whole world," stated Molinari. 
In the homily of the Mass celebrated after his election, Nicolas emphasized service, based on the scriptural reading for that day, the words of St. Ignatius of Loyola, and Benedict XVI's teaching on God is love. He stated: "The more we become as servants, the more pleased God is. "
Delving further on the scriptural passage and after relating an anecdote of experiences with the poor in Asia, he related poverty with having God as the only source of strength, pointing out that the Jesuit's strength is not in externals (power, media, etc. ) nor in internal fortitude (research). "The poor only have God in whom to find strength. For us only God is our strength. "
Nicolas also developed the following ideas: the message of the Jesuits is "a message of salvation" and the challenge of discerning the type of salvation that people today are waiting for. 
After having received a message from Pope Benedict XVI asking the Society of Jesus to affirm its fidelity to the magisterium and the Holy See, the Congregation presided by Nicolas responded with a formal declaration titled "With New Fervor and Dynamism, the Society of Jesus Responds to the Call of Benedict XVI. " Nicolas said the delegates approached the question "with interest and enthusiasm and also with joy. " "The Society of Jesus was born within the Church, we live in the Church, we were approved by the Church and we serve the Church. This is our vocation," he said. Unity with the pope "is the symbol of our union with Christ. It also is the guarantee that our mission will not be a 'small mission,' a project just of the Jesuits, but that our mission is the mission of the Church," Father Nicolas said. 
Peter Hans Kolvenbach
|Superior General of the Society of Jesus|
|NAME||Pachón, Adolfo Nicolás|
|SHORT DESCRIPTION||Superior General of the Society of Jesus|
|DATE OF BIRTH||1936-4-29|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Villamuriel de Cerrato, Spain|
|DATE OF DEATH|
|PLACE OF DEATH|