Pedro Arrupe, S.J.

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

Celebrating 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.