Fr. Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., former Superior General of the Society of Jesus, passed away on May 20.

Fr. Adolfo Nicolás, S.J.

Fr. Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., former professor of Faculty of Theology, Sophia University and former Superior General of the Society of Jesus, passed away on May 20.

Fr. Nicolás fostered many students of Sophia University with his passion as well as devoted himself in doing pastoral work among poor immigrant in Japan and East Asia whilst serving responsible posts at the Society of Jesus, our university’s founding institution. In January 2008, Fr. Nicolás was elected the 30th Superior General of the Society of Jesus, had contributed in carrying the Society’s mission with his utmost effort.

The entire Sophia community is deeply saddened by this loss and extends its sincere condolences.

  • A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 5:00p.m., Saturday, May 23, and it will be live-streamed on YouTube;
  • A memorial mass will be held at a later date (date and time undecided).

Fr. Adolfo Nicolás, S.J.
 Born on April 29, 1936, in Palencia, Spain
 Died on May 20, 2020, in Tokyo (Age: 84)
 - 1953 Entered the Society of Jesus
 - 1960 Earned Licentiate in philosophy from University of Alcalá, Spain
 - 1961 Traveled to Japan
 - 1967 Was ordained a priest
 - 1968 Graduated Graduate School of Theology of Sophia University (Tokyo)
 - 1971 Earned Doctorate in Sacred Theology (STD) at Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome)
 - 1971-1974 Part-time Lecturer at Sophia University
 - 1974-1985 Full-time Lecturer at Sophia University
 - 1978-1985 Director of the East Asian Pastoral Institute (EAPI) in Manila, Philippines
 - 1985-1988 Associate Professor of Sophia University
 - 1988-2000 Professor of Sophia University
 - 1994-2000 Provincial of the Jesuit Province of Japan
 - 2004-2007 President of the Jesuit Conference of East Asia and Oceania
 - 2008-2016 Superior General of the Society of Jesus

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