Tuesday, September 18, 2012

SSCC Leadership for the next six years

Fr. Javier Alvarez Ossorio & Sr. Emperatriz Arrobo
On Sept. 17th 2012, at the General Chapters of the Sisters and the Brothers of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts being held in Rome, Fr. Javier Alvarez Ossorio (Spain) and Sr. Emperatriz Arrobo (Ecuador) were elected as Superior Generals of their respective branches. They are charged with the responsibility of leading our Congregation for the next six years. May God bless them in their service of the Congregation.

This General Chapter, the highest authority within the Congregation, is seeking concrete orientations for the mission of this religious family, starting from the needs of the world and Church, being especially attentive to those who are living at the margins and at the edge of society.

Biographic data of the Superior General
of the Brothers
Fr. Javier was born in Seville in 1962, the second of three brothers. He studied at Colegio San José SS.CC. He made his temporary profession in the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts in 1982. In 1987, he was ordained to the priesthood by the archbishop of Seville, Cardinal Amigo in Sacred Hearts Parish. He worked in various ministries of the Congregation with the most disadvantaged before doing his licentiate in Sacred Scripture at the Catholic Institute of Paris.
After these studies he was assigned to the Democratic Republic of Congo in en 1993, where he finished his licentiate in Philosophy at the University of Kinshasa. In 2001 he was elected as the first Provincial Superior of Africa and was reelected in 2004, a job he held until being elected as Superior General in 2006.
The newly elected is a member of the Executive Committee of the USG (Union of Superiors General). Over the past six years he has written a monthly letter to the Congregation, inspired by what he sees in the real life of the Congregation and by personal reflection on what the texts which inspire the religious life of the Sacred Hearts might possibly mean for today. This letter has been an impetus in the renewal, commitment and spirituality of the SS.CC. religious. In addition, he is a regular columnist for the 21st religious magazine in Spain.

Biographic data of the Superior General of the Sisters
Emperatriz Arrobo Lima ss.cc. was born in 1959 in Loja (Ecuador). She has been the Provincial of Ecuador and the Coordinator of the Latin American Conference of the religious women of the Sacred Hearts.
During her religious life she has served as director of schools, formator of religious women, as well as in tasks of governance and coordination. She is a psychologist by profession. She has become the first Latin American Superior General in the history of the Congregation.
The sisters highlight her honesty, simplicity, organization, respect, clarity and closeness.

PS:  It was the Superior General of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of the time, who responded to a request of the Holy See to send missionaries to the Pacific Islands, which led to Fr. Damien ministering on Molokai.
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