Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Georgetown University Calls Wlodimir Ledochowski "One of the best superior generals in Jesuit history"


Wlodimir Ledochowski, S.J., was a Catholic priest and the 26th superior general of the Society of Jesus. The son of a count with a background in law and politics, Fr. Ledochowski entered the Jesuit order in 1889 and was ordained a priest five years later. He was significantly involved with the administration of the Jesuits in today's Poland, Germany, and Austria before being elected superior general in 1915. Ledochowski's time as superior general was marked with the significant changes of World War I, the Great Depression, and World War II; he called together two general congregations, negotiated a concordat with the Italian government over the Society, and invested in infrastructure and reforms that helped bring new momentum to the Jesuits. Following his death in 1942, he was widely considered to have been one of the best superior generals in Jesuit history.

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