Jesuits in Asia Pacific: Fr General Arturo Sosa's visit to JCAP in July 2017

Fr General Sosa in Asia Pacific


Fr General Arturo Sosa arrives for first visit to JCAP

Fr General Sosa arrives in YogyakartaSuperior General of the Society of Jesus Fr Arturo Sosa arrived in Yogyakarta, Indonesia today, July 11, on the first leg of his first visit to the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific (JCAP).  Tomorrow, Fr General will meet with the Jesuits of the Indonesia Province for talks pertaining to General Congregation 36, which elected him as Superior General last year, and directions of Jesuit life, mission and engagements.  Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim country and in Yogyakarta, Fr General will be meeting with Muslim scholars.  Read more

Fr General Sosa highlights community and collaboration in visit to Indonesia

Fr General Sosa with the Jesuits in IndonesiaFr Arturo Sosa SJ kicked off his first official trip to Asia Pacific as Superior General of the Society of Jesus with a visit to the world’s most populous Muslim nation – Indonesia.  Fr Sosa, who spent most of his three-day visit from July 11 to 13 in Yogyakarta, stressed that he was there “to learn and not to teach”.  At a gathering with some 300 Jesuits of the Indonesian Province on July 12 at the Driyarkara Auditorium of Sanata Dharma University, Fr Sosa learned the context and challenges they face in Indonesia. Among these challenges are addressing the country’s poverty, environmental degradation and radicalism.  Read more

We are united in our desire to promote peace and reconciliation, says Fr Sosa after first dialogue with Buddhists

Fr General Sosa, Jesuits, collaborators and Buddhist monks unite for peace and reconciliationLanding in Siem Seap on the second leg of his first trip to Asia Pacific, Fr General Arturo Sosa quickly found himself in completely different setting.  From Indonesia, a predominantly Muslim country with about 350 Jesuits and many institutions and collaborators, he was now in a largely Buddhist country, with a small cohort of 26 Jesuits working with a modest number of collaborators.  It was his first time in a Buddhist country, and to visit Jesuits and partners in mission working together in such a context, he shared in his homily on July 15 in the chapel of the Metta Karuna Reflection Centre in Siem Reap where stayed for most of his visit.  Read more

Fr General stresses shared mission and common discernment in first visit to JCAP

Fr General Sosa

Fr Arturo Sosa SJ has sparked renewed vigour in the Jesuits and their collaborators in Asia Pacific with his first visit as Superior General to Indonesia, Cambodia and Singapore.  In each country, he met with Jesuits and collaborators, learning from them about their context and giving them much food for thought with his reflections on the world today and the response of the Society of Jesus from the 36th General Congregation.  In Singapore, he also joined the Major Superiors of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific in their bi-annual assembly from July 18 to 21.  Read more


Fr General in Asia Pacific, in photos and videos



Day 1 (July 11, 2017)Fr General in Indonesia Day 2Fr General in Indonesia Day 3
Day 1 (July 11, 2017)Day 2 (July 12, 2017)Day 3 (July 13, 2017)


Fr General with Jesuits in IndonesiaFr General meets with Muslim scholarsFr General celebrates Mass at USD
Gathering with Jesuits in IndonesiaMeeting with Muslim scholarsCultural Mass at Sanata Dharma University
Reception with lay collaboratorsFr General meets the Bishop of SemarangFr General concelebrates Ordination Mass
Reception with lay collaboratorsMeeting with the Bishop of SemarangConcelebrating the Mass of Ordination



Fr General in Cambodia Day 1Fr General in Cambodia Day 2Fr General in Cambodia Day 3Fr General in Cambodia Day 4
Day 1 (July 14, 2017)Day 2 (July 15, 2017) Day 3 (July 16, 2017)Day 4 (July 17, 2017)



Fr General in Singapore
July 17 to 22, 2017


Fr General Arturo Sosa with the Major Superiors of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific
Fr General Arturo Sosa with the Major Superiors of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific