"A man of grace and wisdom, simple, unpretentious, devoted"
The General Curia of the Jesuits in Rome announced today that the
former Superior General, Fr. Adolfo Nicolás, has passed away this
Wednesday, 20 May, in Tokyo, Japan. He was a member of the Jesuit
community at Loyola House in Kamishakujii and had been ill for some
years. He is deeply missed by the Jesuits in Japan and the Asia-Pacific
region, his family and fellow countrymen in Spain, and his many friends
around the world.
"I offer my sincere condolences to the Jesuit Province of Japan, to
the family of Father Nicolás, to the Jesuits in Spain and to his many
friends," said Father Arturo Sosa, current Superior General. "Father
Nicolás gave of himself throughout his life. It was a life marked by
intense service, serene availability and a deep capacity to live
inculturation in Japan, where he went as a young Jesuit. It was a
culture that he loved very much and in which he invested himself. The
period of his Generalate was marked by his sense of humour, courage,
humility and his close relationship with Pope Francis. All of us at the
Jesuit General Curia deeply regret him; a special Mass will be offered
here in Rome a the Church of the Gesù. Due to current travel
restrictions, I cannot travel to Japan for the funeral, but I assure all
his many friends there of my closeness, compassion and condolences".
Speaking of the reactions of the Jesuits of the Curia who knew or
collaborated daily with his predecessor, the present General said: "All
those who worked with Father Nicolás in the General Curia greatly
appreciated his presence during his mandate. He will be widely
remembered throughout the Society as a wise, humble and dedicated
Jesuit, a man of grace and wisdom, simple, unpretentious."