Fr. Adolfo Nicolás, the 30th superior General of the Society of Jesus, has passed on in Tokyo, Japan, at the age of 84 on Wednesday, May 20th, after taken ill for some time, ADM News can report.
On Wednesday, the Jesuit Curia in Rome announced the death of Fr. Adolfo Nicolás SJ.
A statement by the current Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Fr. Arturo Sosa said “With sorrow, but at the same time full of gratitude, I wish to inform you that today… the Lord called to Himself Father Adolfo Nicolás, our former Superior General”.
Nicolás was born in Palencia, northern Spain, on April 29, 1936. After entering the Jesuits in 1953, he volunteered for the foreign missions and was sent to Japan. He was ordained to the priesthood in Tokyo in 1967.
After further studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome from 1968 to 1971, he returned to Japan, where he served as a professor of systematic theology at Sophia University.
From 1978 to 1984, he was director of the East Asian Pastoral Institute at the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. Later he served as rector of the scholasticate (house of formation) in Tokyo.
In 1993, Nicolás became Provincial of the Jesuit Province of Japan. At the end of his six-year term, he devoted four years to serving poor immigrants in Tokyo.
Here is a prayer composed Nicolás during his annual retreat in 2011
“Enlighten our minds and our hearts, and do not forget to make us smile when things do not go as we wished. At the end of the day, of each one of our days, make us feel more united with you and better able to perceive and discover around us greater joy and greater hope,” the prayer concluded.
Source: ADM NEWS