Pedro Arrupe, S.J.

His Life and Legacy

Pedro Arrupe, S.J. (1907-1991)

Pedro Arrupe, S.J. has been called "The Second Founder" of the Society of Jesus. Confronted by momentous world events that helped shape his interior life, Arrupe was chosen to lead the Jesuits through a tumultuous period of ecclesial and cultural renewal after the Second Vatican Council.

In the spirit of Ignatius Loyal who sought the greater glory of God and the well being of humankind, Arrupe championed a spirituality meant to engage the world rather than to retreat from it. As a result, Arrupe leaves a legacy that enriches not only Jesuits, but the world at large.

His legacy is one of "men and women for others," committed to human dignity, the common good, and the integration of lay men and women into the Jesuit mission -- the service of faith and the promotion of justice.

About Father Pedro Arrupe

Fr. Pedro Arrupe, was the 28th general (1965-83) of the Society of Jesus. Born Nov. 14, 1907 in the Basque country of Spain, Fr. Arrupe interrupted medical studies at the University of Madrid to join the Jesuits in 1927. He was ordained at St. Mary's Seminary in Kansas in 1936, and in 1938 he went to Japan, where he spent a total of 27 years as a missionary.

Fr. Arrupe became Jesuit vice provincial (1954-58), the first Jesuit provincial for Japan (1958-65), and was elected superior general at the 31st General Congregation of the Society of Jesus in 1965. Arrupe resigned due to ill health in 1983 and was the first (and only) Jesuit superior general to resign instead of remaining in office until his death. He died in Rome on Feb. 5, 1991.

Pedro Arrupe: His Life and Legacy

Georgetown University commemorated the 100th Anniversary of the birth of the Very Reverend Pedro Arrupe, S.J., through the commissioning of a documentary entitled Pedro Arrupe: His Life and Legacy. Georgetown University commissioned this film to promote the life and work of Fr. Arrupe and his lasting influence on Jesuit higher education and commitment to social justice.

The documentary premièred along with a panel discussion exploring the influence of Father Arrupe on our current lives and work. Panelists included Rev. Howard Gray, S.J., Rev. John O'Malley, S.J., and Ms. British Robinson. This Arrupe centenary celebration was co-sponsored by the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus, the Woodstock Theological Center, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, and the Georgetown Jesuit Community.

University News

Remembering Jesuits' 'Second Founder'
Georgetown University's commissioned documentary on the Very Rev. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., screens on what would have been the Jesuit leader's 100th birthday. Read more ....

Georgetown Commemorates the Life of Pedro Arrupe
Georgetown University hosted an evening celebrating the centenary of the birth of the Very Rev. Pedro Arrupe, S.J. with the premier of an original documentary, reflections and a panel discussion. Watch the event.

Pedro Arrupe: His Life and Legacy