San Ignacio de Loyola

Antonio España Sánchez

Antonio José España Sánchez was born in Madrid in 1966. He studied Primary and Secondary Education at Colegio de San Agustín, Madrid (1972-1981) and High School and University Entrance Exam (COU) at Instituto Ramiro de Maeztu, Madrid (1981-1984). He entered the Society of Jesus in the novitiate in Seville on September 26, 1984.

He studied Philosophy at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid (1986-88). Graduated in Contemporary History at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (1988-93). He studied teaching at the Chamartín School, where he taught History and collaborated in pastoral (1993-94). He began Theology at Comillas Pontifical University (1994-98). He was ordained in Chamartín College (Madrid) on June 19, 1998, by Bishop Eugenio Romero Pose. He then completed a bachelor's degree at Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambrigde, USA, and a master's degree in Education at Harvard (1998-2000).

He lived in the community of the Sacred Heart in Madrid, working in Chamartín as general head of formation and History teacher, in addition to collaborating in the church of his residence (2000-2003).

After his Third Probation in Salamanca with Fr. José Antonio García Rodríguez (2003-04), Antonio José España worked in Chamartín (2004-2009) as head of Formation, teacher of Religion and History, assistant of CLC (2004-2009) and assistant director since 2006.

In Asturias he was superior, coordinator of the Local Apostolic Platform, representative of the Society in the different works and worked as a teacher in the schools of Oviedo and Gijon (2009-13). He was consultor of the Province of Castile (2010-14) and has been coordinator of the Madrid-Chamartin Apostolic Nucleus since 2014.

In May 2017 Antonio España was appointed the new Provincial of Spain of the Society of Jesus by Fr. General, Arturo Sosa.

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