Gathering in Bilbao of the International Association of Jesuit Universities

Gathering in Bilbao of the International Association of Jesuit Universities

University President Mark R. Nemec, PhD, (left) and the University’s Vice President for Mission and Identity Rev. Gerry Blaszczak, S.J., (right) traveled to Bilbao, Spain in July along with representatives from some 200 Jesuit colleges and universities to attend the Deusto Assembly 2018, an inaugural gathering of the International Association of Jesuit Universities.

While in Bilbao, they visited the birthplace of the former Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Rev. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., (1907-1991) in the company of the current Superior General, Rev. Arturo Sosa Abascal, S.J.(center). Fr. Sosa told the gathering at the conference that they had come to Spain “to be strengthened as a universal apostolic body inspired by the Ignatian charism, united by a fruitful humanist intellectual tradition, rooted in the Christian faith.”

The Society of Jesus, he said, has found that universities are “a formidable space to put into practice the mission received from and inspired by the Gospel, to determinedly promote social justice and environmental sustainability through dialogue with cultures and religions.” For the full text of Fr. Sosa’s remarks go to iaju.deusto.es/press.