Matius Vitelleschi General # 6
General from 1615 to 1645
After the death of Aquaviva the 7th General Congregation was called for November 5, 1615 and would last until January 6, 1616. On November 15, 1615, Vitelleschi at 51 years old was elected the 6th General of the Society.
He has often been criticized for his mild rule, still the Society grew to over 16,000 members and 35 provinces. In his governance he stayed within the guidelines of St. Ignatius and proceeded with determination and gentleness. He had established the tenure of Superiors and how often there should be a General Congregation.
After 29 years and 3 months as General he died at the venerable age of 82 on February 9, 1645 and his remains were placed in the crypt of the Gesú.