Pedro Arupe SJ: reflections on a man for others

Pedro Arupe SJ

Listen to a special meditation on the life of the great Jesuit leader Pedro Arupe, to mark the 200th anniversary of the 'Restoration' of the Jesuits.

Saint Ignatius of Loyola's Society of Jesus (Jesuits) was founded in 1540, but by 1773 the Order had become a victim of its own success, and, under pressure from the Imperial crowned heads of Europe, was 'suppressed' by Pope Clement XI.

It took until 1814 for the Order to be 'restored.' The following audio reflection has been made as part of a series commemorating great Jesuits of the last 200 years.

Pedro Arrupe (1907-1991) was the first Basque since St Ignatius to be superior General of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).

He trained as a doctor before entering the Society and became a member of the Japanese Province. When the atomic bomb was dropped in August 1945 he was novice master at the community on the edge of Hiroshima and he organised for the care of many of the victims in the city.

He became Provincial in Japan, and was elected General of the Jesuits in 1965. He was a inspirational leader and was widely respected as a 're-founder' of the Society of Jesus in the light of Vatican II.

He became a vocal advocate of peace and justice being an integral part of the preaching of the Good News in the modern world. Just before he was incapacitated by a stroke in 1981, he established the Jesuit Refugee Service, now at work today in more than 50 countries worldwide.

To listen to this special audio presentation featuring music and reflections on the life of Pedro Arupe, CLICK HERE.

To read more on Pedro Arupe, CLICK HERE.

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