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Two complex entities, the Near-East and Maghreb Province (Lebanon, Syria, the Holy Land, Jordania, Egypt, Algeria and Morocco) and The European Region of the Lower Countries (Flanders - North Belgium - and The Netherlands) received a new Major Superior.

 

Near-East and Maghreb Province.

On January 28, 2020, Fr General appointed Fr. Michael Zammit Mangion Provincial for the Near-East and Maghreb Province. He will take charge of the Province on June 28, 2020.

Fr. Zammit Mangion, born in 1962 is actually province consultor,  assistant of the province treasurer and superior of the Syrian communities of Aleppo, Homs and Damas and of the Jesuit Residence and Retreat House Our Lady of Consolation in Taanayel (Lebanon).

May the Lord grant him strength and wisdom, that he may lead the Province in the paths of God.

 

European Low Countries

On January 29th Father General has appointed Fr Marc Desmet SJ  to be the  new Regional Superior of the European Low Countries . Marc will take office on July 31  - until that moment Fr. Jan Stuyt remains Vice-Regional. Marc has been consultor of the Region since its beginning two years ago. 

Father Marc Desmet was born in Roeselare (West Flanders) in Belgium 1956. He studied medicine and practiced as a medical doctor during a few years, before joining the Jesuits in 1984.

He studied philosophy in Paris and Theology in Louvain, and was ordained a priest in 1992.

Since 1992 he has specialized in palliative care and is one of the leading voices in Belgium on this topic. He published several books on medical ethics and on discernment.  He has been invited professor at the theological faculty of Centre Sèvres in Paris. Father Desmet is since 2013  superior of the Jesuit international community Leuven, where there are eight Jesuits from the Region ELC plus eight Jesuits from other countries who study at the Catholic University of Leuven.

The Dutch Province of the Society of Jesus and the North Belgian Province merged in 2017 and became the Region of the European Low Countries. At present the Region has 125 members and hosts another 25 other Jesuits who are returned missionaries.

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