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Superior General

The Superior General is the overall head of the Society of Jesus and is elected by the General Congregation which is the highest decision-making body within the governance of the Society. Part IX of the Constitutions outlines the role of the Superior General and his governance over the whole Society. The General is assisted by a team of counsellors within the General Curia that enable his government. His term in office is for life, though he has the option to resign. In official correspondence and documents, the Superior General has been variously addressed as Praepositus Generalis (Superior General) or Paternitas (Paternity) or more generally as Admodum Reverendus Pater (Very Reverend Father) or Father General. In October 2016, Arturo Sosa (1948-) was elected Superior General by the 36th General Congregation.