Adolfo Nicolás (aged 71) was born in Spain, and joined the Jesuit Japanese Mission. He studied theology at Sofia University, Tokyo, and at the Gregorian University in Rome. A former Provincial of Japan, he has most recently been the Moderator of Jesuit Provincials in East Asia and Oceania.
The election followed four days of prayer and conversation by the 217 electors who came to Rome from all over the world.
CathNews from Australia reproduces the following biographical details,
The new Jesuit General speaks Spanish, Japanese, English, French and Italian.
The Jesuits have released the following biographical data about Nicolás:
• 29 April 1936: born in Palencia, Spagna
• 15 September 1953: Enters the novitiate at Aranjuez in the Province of Toletana (Spain).
• 1958-1960: License in Philosophy (Alcalá, Madrid)
• 1964-1968: Studies theology in Tokyo, Japan
• 17 March 1967: Priestly ordination in Tokyo, Giappone
• 1968-1971: Masters in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome
• 1971: Professor of Systematic Theology at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan
• 1978-1984: Director of the East Asian Pastoral Institute in Manila (the Philippines)
• 1991-1993: Rector of the Scholasticate (Tokyo, Japan)
• 1993-1999: Provincial of the Province of Japan
• 2004-2007: Moderator of the Jesuit Conference of East Asia and Oceania.
On Monday morning, he will take over leadership of the General Congregation as it begins charting a future course for the Jesuit order.