Over the past few weeks, Father General has appointed four major Superiors. Here is a short presentation of these Jesuits who have accepted a leadership role for their Province or Region.
Portugal (POR): Fr. Miguel Nuno Maria de Siqueira de Almeida
Miguel Almeida was born in Lisbon on 6 November 1967 and is 52 years old. He graduated in Philosophy from the Faculty of Philosophy of the Portuguese Catholic University in Braga and in Theology from the Gregorian University in Rome. He did his Masters in Moral Theology at Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, MA - USA. He has been Socius to the Master of Novices, director of several university centres and is currently the Superior of the Juniorate in Braga. He was an elector at the 36th General Congregation.
Region of the European Low Countries (ELC): Fr. Marc Desmet
Marc Desmet was born in Roeselare (West Flanders,) Belgium, in 1956. He studied medicine and worked as a physician for a few years before joining the Society of Jesus in 1984. He specialised in palliative care and is one of the leading authorities in Belgium in this field. He has also been the superior of the international Jesuit community in Leuven since 2013. He will take office on 31 July 2020.
Middle East (PRO): Fr. Michael Zammit Mangion
Michael Zammit Mangion, 58, is the new Provincial of the Province of the Near East and Maghreb (PRO.) Fr. Michael is originally from Malta but has been living in the Near East for more than 35 years. He has worked in education, has been the Province Treasurer and Regional Director of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) for the Middle East and North Africa. He is currently Jesuit superior for Syria and the Beqaa Valley (Lebanon.) He will take office on 28 June 2020.
Brazil (BRA): Fr. Mieczyslaw Smyda
Mieczyslaw Smyda was born in Piwniczna, Poland; he is 62 years old and has been a member of the Society of Jesus for 46 years. He became a Brazilian citizen in 2008. He has a degree in Philosophy and Theology from the Faculty of Our Lady of the Assumption in Sao Paulo. The positions he has held include Prefect of the Church of the Colegio San Inácio, in Rio de Janeiro, and director of pastoral care in various institutions. He was Provincial of the Province of Central-East Brazil (BRC) from 2011 to 2014. He is currently Delegate of the Provincial of Brazil for the health and welfare of his Jesuit companions.