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Father General Arturo Sosa has appointed Fr Thomas Hollweck as the next Provincial of the Central European Province of the Society of Jesus (ECE).

Fr Hollweck is 56 years old and was born in Germany. He studied theology in Eichstätt and Rome before joining the Society of Jesus in 1992 while he was a candidate for the priesthood in the diocese of Eichstätt. After novitiate, he worked as a university chaplain at the University community (KHG) in Munich. This was followed by postgraduate studies in Spiritual Theology in Madrid. He returned to Munich in 1998 and was ordained to the priesthood a year after.

Among the many responsibilities he has had over the years, Fr Hollweck has served as the appointed ecclesiastical assistant of the CLC (GCL) in Germany, spiritual director and priest chaplain. He also served as consultor to the Provincial of the German Province of the Society of Jesus (2010-2015). When the Central European Province was founded in 2021, he became its first novice master as well as the delegate of the Provincial for young people and vocations. In 2021, the first Provincial Congregation of the ECE elected him as Procurator for the 2023 Congregation of Procurators in Loyola.

He succeeds Fr Bernhard Bürgler who has been the Provincial of the Central European Province since its foundation. Fr Hollweck will take office on 31 July 2024.

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