Father General has appointed Fr. Thierry Dobbelstein
as the next Provincial Superior of the Jesuits of French-speaking Western
Europe. This Province includes France, the
Walloon Region of Belgium and Luxembourg, as well as Greece, Mauritius
and Réunion. Thierry Dobbelstein will succeed Fr François Boëdec and will take
office on 31 July 2023, the feast of St Ignatius.
Thierry Dobbelstein was born in 1968 in Belgium. As a
student at the Collège Saint-François-Xavier in Verviers (in eastern Wallonia,)
he met the Jesuits and got to know Ignatian spirituality through CLC-Youth
groups. He entered the novitiate in 1988. He then went on to study physics
(which he had started before joining the Society,) Philosophy in Namur and
Paris, and theology in Frankfurt and Brussels. He was ordained to the
priesthood in 2000.
dedicated fifteen years to teaching and youth ministry in Liege and was
superior of the community from 2010 to 2016. That year, he was appointed Socius
of the Provincial of the Jesuits of Southern Belgium and Luxembourg and, in
this capacity, participated in the creation of the French-speaking Western
European Province. In 2017, he became Socius to the current Provincial,
François Boëdec. In 2022, he returned to his native country to coordinate the
Jesuit educational institutions of French-speaking Belgium in Namur.