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Enric Puiggròs, next Provincial of the Society of Jesus in Spain

Arturo Sosa, SJ, Provincial Head of the Society of Jesus, has named Father Enric Puiggròs Llavinés, SJ, as the new Provincial of the Society of Jesus in Spain. The nomination,which was communicated today, will take effect at the end of this academic year, between the months of June and July. He will replace Father Antonio España, SJ; who has held this position since July 2017.

Enric Puiggròs was born in Barcelona in 1974. After studying Primary and Secondary Education at Sarrià Sant Ignasi School, he entered the novitiate of the Society of Jesus in Zaragoza in 1993. He later studied Contemporary History at the University of Barcelona and did his teaching at the Claver Raimat School (Lleida). He studied Theology at the Faculty of Theology of Catalonia and at the Institute of Fundamental Theology in Sant Cugat del Vallès, where he studied a degree in Fundamental Theology on Ignatian Pedagogy.

He was ordained a priest in 2006 and, after finishing his studies in 2007, he joined the mission of the Society of Jesus. Between 2007 and 2011 he was assigned to the El Clot Professional Technical School (Barcelona). His training was completed with the third probation, which he did in Cape Coast (Ghana) between January and June 2012. That same year he spent a few months working with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Yei (South Sudan).

Back in Spain, he was appointed consultant for the Province of Tarragona and began to work as vocation promoter for the Province of Spain, a position he held for eight years. At first, he combined it with the pastoral direction of the Jesuit Education Foundation and then, assigned to Madrid since 2017, with the coordination of the pre-novitiate team of the Province of Spain.

Since 2014, when the Jesuit provinces were merged into one, he became consultor of the Province of Spain, a responsibility he has held until now. In 2020, the Provincial appointed him Delegate of the Apostolic Platform of the Society of Jesus in Catalonia, a position he has held for the last two years.

His artistic side is well known, with a special sensitivity to pastoral work through music, which has led him to participate in several Christian music groups and to initiate music production projects. Among them, the best known nowadays is perhaps the group Jesuitas Acústico.

At the Provincial Congregation, in February 2022, Enric Puiggròs was elected Procurator and will therefore participate in the next Congregation of Procurators of the Society of Jesus, which will take place in Loyola from 15 May, bringing together representatives from all the provinces and regions of the Society of Jesus in the world.

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