The Jesuits’ congregational leader will visit Alabama this fall to help mark the 175th anniversary of Spring Hill College and its 50th anniversary of racial integration, reported The Associated Press.
Fr. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, known as “the black pope”, will celebrate the college's annual Mass of the Holy Spirit Oct. 4 in the college’s St. Joseph's Chapel, where a $3-million renovation is expected to be finished by the end of this month. The 75-year-old Dutch-born priest, who lives in Rome, is also expected to meet with local Jesuits and Catholic leaders.
Kolvenbach was elected 29th superior general in 1983. In 2000, he called for Jesuit colleges and universities worldwide to work to end social injustice, reported the AP.