List of Jesuit Generals by a Jesuit writer!!

It is an impossible task to find a true history of all the generals written by a Protestant Christian. We must be content with this brief expose of each general by a Jesuit writer.

General Adolfo Nicolás (b. 1936).
General Adolfo Nicolás (b. 1936).

Like the White Popes, Jesuit generals are elected for life!!

Since the official founding of the Jesuits by Pope Paul III in 1540, there has been a total of 46 White Popes.

Since the official founding of the Jesuits in 1540, there has been a total of 30 Black Popes.

The Gesù—Jesuit Headquarters in Rome.
The Gesù—Jesuit Headquarters in Rome.

Here is the complete list of Jesuit generals beginning with Ignatius LIEola. Chose any war, revolution, assassination, religious persecution, plague, poisoning, etc., etc., for the past 500 years and you can be sure that it can be traced right back to the Black Pope.

Don't be surprised to find that a lot of these Black Popes look alike. The Borgia crime family left hundreds of children around Europe and the surest way to the top of the Jesuit Order is to be a blood relative of the Borgias.

There has never been a French, English, Portuguese, or Irish Black Pope!!

(1)Ignatius LIEola (1541-1556). (15)Francis Retz (1730-1750).
(2) Diego Lainez (1558-1565). (16)Ignatius Visconti (1751-1755).
(3)Francis Borgia (1565-1572). (17)Aloysius Centurione (1755-1757).
(4)Everard Mercurian (1573-1580). (18)Lorenzo Ricci (1758-1775)
(5)Claudius Aquaviva (1581-1615). (19)Thaddeus Brzozowski (1805-1820).
(6)  Mutius Vitelleschi (1615-1645). (20) Luigi Fortis (1820-1829).
(7)Vincent Caraffa (1646-1649). (21)Jan Roothaan1829-1853).
(8)Francis Piccolomini (1649-1651). (22) Peter Beckx (1853-1887).
(9)Alexander Gottifredi (1652-1652). (23)Antonio Maria Anderledy (1887-1892).
(10) Goswin Nickel (1652-1664). (24)Luis Martin (1892-1906).
(11)John Paul Oliva (1664-1681). (25) Franz Xavier Wernz (1906-1914).
(12)Charles de Noyelle (1682-1686). (26)Wlodimir Ledochowski (1915-1942).
(13)Thyrsus Gonzalez de Santella (1687-1705). (27)Jean-Baptiste Janssens (1946-1964).
(14)Michelangelo Tamburnini (1706-1730) (28)  Pedro Arrupe (1965-1983).
(29)Peter-Hans Kolvenbach (1983 to2008). (30)  Adolfo Nicolás (2008----).


Thomas E. Zeyen, S.J. Jesuit Generals: A Glance into a Forgotten Corner. University of Scranton Press, 2004.

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