“One of my tasks is to accompany the Province treasurers in ‘Our Way of Proceeding’ in regard to financial matters and in the observance of our ‘Statutes on Poverty,’ In this process, the willingness of the treasurers to follow the norms of the Society and the efforts made by them is truly gratifying.
“I have interacted with over a hundred Jesuit treasurers. Most of them did not have professional training in accounting and finance. Many of them would not have opted to become treasurers. Yet, the zeal with which they applied themselves to their tasks always enthused me.
“I had the opportunity to observe the dynamics of financial administration of over forty Provinces and Regions. While some Provinces oversee their financial affairs with textbook precision, others are a bit liberal. A few of them placed faith more in personal trust than on a paper trail. It is amazing to know the diversity of accounting and financial management practices followed by the Society worldwide.”
As for his successor, Fr. Sebastian Jeerakassery - better known simply as "Jeera" - he will soon complete his mandate as Provincial of the Delhi Province. Here is his reaction when he learned of his appointment.