Arturo Sosa SJ, General Superior of the Society of Jesus, has appointed Attila András SJ as the new head of the Jesuit Province in Hungary. The outgoing Elemér Vízi SJ’s successor has been the treasurer of the Province, and a member of the community of Dobogókő. He will take office on 25 February at the Jesuit Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Budapest, starting at 6:00 pm.
Attila András SJ was born on 18 September 1977 in Székelyudvarhely/Odorheiu Secuiesc, Romania. He completed his primary school education in his hometown and his secondary school education in Gyulafehérvár/Alba Iulia between 1992 and 1996.
After graduation, he joined the Society of Jesus in 1996. He did the novitiate in Szeged, Hungary. After taking his vows, he spent six months at the Juniorate in Budapest, where he studied German language and literature in preparation for his studies in philosophy at the Formation Center in Munich between 1999 and 2001. After his studies in Germany, he completed his magisterium (2001-2003) in Miskolc, at the Fényi Gyula Jesuit High School and College as a dormitory teacher and prefect. Before his theological studies, he spent two years in Taiwan, at Fu Jen University, studying Chinese language and culture. He was greatly influenced by Eastern culture and the thinking of the Eastern people. He continued his theological studies in London at Heythrop College, where he was ordained a deacon in 2009. He served as deacon in St. Ignatius Jesuit Student Hall, and in the meantime he completed his Master’s degree in theology and child protection (MA) at Sapientia College of Theology of Religious Orders in Budapest in 2009-2011.
On 18 September 2010, he was ordained priest by Archbishop Csaba Ternyák of Eger in the Jesuit parish church of the Divine Word in Miskolc. In 2012, he introduced the teaching of Chinese language and culture at the Jesuit high school in cooperation with the Confucius Institute, which has been successfully running ever since.
He completed his Jesuit training in Dublin with the tertianship in 2013-2014. He pronounced the solemn vows on 7 April 2015 in Budapest, together with his fellow Jesuit Elemér Vízi.
Since September 2019, he has been the treasurer of the Hungarian Province and overseen the developments of the province as a member of the Dobogókő community.