[Blueboard] Fwd: Remembering Fr. Pedro Arrupe

L/S Campus Ministry Office ls_cmo at admu.edu.ph
Mon Nov 12 14:59:25 PHT 2007

Nothing is more practical than finding God,
that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way.

What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination,
will affect everything.
It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning,
what you will do with your evenings,
how you will spend your weekends,
what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart,
and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.

Fall in love, stay in love and it will decide everything.

                                                  Pedro Arrupe, SJ (1907-1991)
                            Superior General of the Society of Jesus 1961-1984

On November 14,
in commemoration of the centenary of the birth of Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ,
28th Superior General of the Society of Jesus,
all masses at the College Chapel will be celebrated in his honor.

The life of the charismatic Father General of the Jesuits will be recalled by
our priest presiders as they  share about Fr. Arrupe’s life and his lasting
contribution to 'faith that does justice.’

Basque-born Fr. Arrupe joined the Society of Jesus in 1927. Because of the
order of expulsion by the Republican government of Spain at the time, all
Jesuits were sent into exile. Accordingly he pursued his philosophical and
theological studies in Belgium and the Netherlands. Ordained a priest in 1936
and sent off for doctoral studies in medical ethics in the United States, he
was unexpectedly sent as a missionary to Japan in 1939.

He was appointed Jesuit superior and the master of novices in Japan in 1942.
He was living in suburban Hiroshima when the atomic bomb fell in August of
1945. He described that event as "a permanent experience outside of history,
engraved on my memory." He utilized his medical skills in the service of the
wounded and the dying, transforming the novitiate into a make-shift hospital
for over 200 greviously scarred human remnants. He eventually was appointed
the provincial superior of the Jesuits in the Japanese province.

At the 31st General Congregation of the Society of Jesus in 1965 he was
elected to be the order's 28th Superior General. He served in that position
from 1965 to 1981. Fr. Arrupe died on February 5, 1991 in his 84th year.

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