Father General Arturo Sosa has
appointed Fr Thomas Hollweck as the next Provincial of the Central European
Province of the Society of Jesus (ECE).
Fr Hollweck is 56 years old and was
born in Germany. He studied theology in Eichstätt and Rome before joining the
Society of Jesus in 1992 while he was a candidate for the priesthood in the
diocese of Eichstätt. After novitiate, he worked as a university chaplain at the
University community (KHG) in Munich. This was followed by postgraduate studies
in Spiritual Theology in Madrid. He returned to Munich in 1998 and was ordained
to the priesthood a year after.
Among the many responsibilities he
has had over the years, Fr Hollweck has served as the appointed ecclesiastical
assistant of the CLC (GCL) in Germany, spiritual director and priest chaplain.
He also served as consultor to the Provincial of the German Province of the
Society of Jesus (2010-2015). When the Central European Province was founded in
2021, he became its first novice master as well as the delegate of the Provincial
for young people and vocations. In 2021, the first Provincial Congregation of
the ECE elected him as Procurator for the 2023 Congregation of Procurators in
He succeeds Fr Bernhard Bürgler who has been the
Provincial of the Central European Province since its foundation. Fr Hollweck
will take office on 31 July 2024.