Father General has appointed Fr. Roberto Jaramillo,
from the Province of Colombia, as the next Director of the Secretariat for
Social Justice and Ecology. He will succeed Fr. Xavier Jeyaraj, from the
Calcutta Province, who has been serving at the General Curia since 2017.
Roberto Jaramillo, 61, joined the Society of Jesus in
1981 and was ordained a priest in 1993 after completing his first studies in
philosophy and theology in Colombia. He then worked in the Amazon region of Brazil
between 1995 and 2014. It was during this period that he pursued a doctorate in
social anthropology in Paris and did his Tertianship in Montreal (Canada)
before taking his final vows in 2003. He also served as Superior of the
Brazilian Amazon Region before working with indigenous communities on the
border of Brazil and Guyana.
2014, he was missioned to Lima, to the headquarters of the CPAL (Conference of
Provincials of Latin America and the Caribbean) as delegate for social
apostolate for four years. Following that, in 2018, he became President of the
Conference, a position he held until last April. He
will take on his new role on 8 January 2024.