Fr. Filipe Martins SJ (left) and Fr. Peter Rožič SJ (right) in the April 2022 JCEP meeting in Rodízio (Portugal)
Franck Janin s.j., President of the Jesuit Conference of European Provincials, announced that Father Peter Rožič SJ will leave his position as Director of JESC and European Coordinator of the Social Apostolate on 6 September 2022. He will be succeeded by Father Filipe Martins SJ.
Filipe Martins started working at JESC in September 2021, becoming, at the same time, a member of the St. Benedict Community in Brussels. He was JESC Justice Renewal Assistant and Congress Officer for the Justice and Ecology Congress that took place in Loyola in March 2022.
Filipe was born in Lisbon in 1970, got a degree in Electronics Engineering, and before entering the Society of Jesus in 1995, did one year of volunteer work in Mozambique. He studied Theology in Madrid and Rome. After returning to Portugal, Filipe served the province successively as Vocations Promoter and Director of the University Pastoral Centre of Coimbra, then as Coordinator of the Social Sector and Director of a Centre for homeless people in Oporto, and then as Socius to the Provincial. For the last three years before arriving in Brussels he was engaged in the renewal process of a Jesuit School in the North of Portugal.
We are grateful to Filipe for accepting this position and would also like to thank Peter Rožič warmly for the five years he has dedicated to JESC.
JESC Team at the Loyola 2022 Justice and Ecology Congress, March 2022