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Euro-Mediterranean Province of the Society of Jesus

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The Society of Jesus is organized in Provinces, each of which is headed by a Provincial Superior, supported in his governance by members of the Canonical and Apostolic Consults.


Roberto del Riccio SJ

Roberto Del Riccio SJ, Provincial of the Jesuit Euro-Mediterranean Province

Father Del Riccio was born on June 17th, 1960 in Bologna. He first met the Jesuits at the High School he attended, where Fr. Filiberto Talamonti taught religion, and then in the AGESCI scouts, where Frs Giuseppe Cascino, Paolo Bizzeti, Stefano Salviucci and Fabrizio Valletti contributed to the spiritual accompaniment of young people.

After graduating in Philosophy from Bologna University and working for three years at Cappelli Publishers in the same city, he joined the Society on 05/11/89. He studied Philosophy in Padua (1991-1992); he was assigned for Regency to our, at the time, Parish in Grosseto (University, Scout and Parish pastoral ministries), and for the three years of Theology to Naples (1993-1997). He was ordained as priest on 20/06/98. He completed a License in Theology (1997-1998) and a Doctorate in Dogmatic Theology (1998-2002) in Frankfurt (Germany). He was assigned for Tertianship to Australia (2005). He professed Final Vows on 05/11/06, as a Jesuit of four vows.

From 2002 to 2010 he was in Naples-Posillipo, where he taught Dogmatic Theology: he was appointed Associate Professor in 2018. During this period in Naples, he was also Rector of the Professors’ Collegium (2007-2011) and Rector of the Interregional Seminary (2009-2014). During this same period, he was also Chairman of the “Laici e Gesuiti per Napoli – Onlus” Association. In 2015 he resumed his teaching activities at the San Luigi Section in Posillipo, where he was Director of “Rassegna di Teologia” for three years. In 2019 the Italian Bishops’ Conference (CEI) appointed him as National Ecclesiastical Assistant for AGESCI – Italy. In 2020 he was appointed Chairman of the Pontifical Theological Faculty of Southern Italy (PFTIM). During the Neapolitan period, he was elected, by the VIII Provincial Congregation, as Procurator of the then Province of Italy (2012) and he also spent a sabbatical year of studies in our residence in Padua (2017-2018).

Fr. Roberto Del Riccio was appointed Provincial Superior of the Euro-Mediterranean Province on December 10, 2020.

Canonical Consult

The Canonical Consult supports the Provincial’s work in decisions concerning internal administration, and is appointed directly by Father General.

  • Paul Pace SJ, Socius of the Provincial
  • Renato Colizzi SJ
  • Michael Bugeja SJ
  • Vitangelo Denora SJ
  • Alessandro Manaresi SJ
  • Angelo Schettini SJ

The Province government features specific committees and working groups for formation, education, finances and property management.


Roberto del Riccio SJ

Socius of the Provincial
Paul Pace SJ

Province Treasurer
Luciano Larivera SJ

General Director
Berardino Guarino

Communications Office Coordinator
Laura Galimberti

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