I congratulate my friends from the Society of Jesus and all who are associated with them on the election of the new Father-General, Adolfo Nicolas, SJ. Until he assumed the chair of St. Ignatius of Loyola, he was the president of the Jesuit Conference of East Asia and Oceania and was in the past director of the East Asian Pastoral Institute, which is based in the Ateneo de Manila campus. If the Kolvenbach precedent is followed, he has nine years as Fr. General (he is 71 years old), but if God and his health will it, he can serve longer.
I pray that as the Society’s 35th General Congregation continues, this time to determine the future direction of the order’s work, they may continue to be filled with the zeal for mission and the Gospel, which ought to be an example to us all.