Bishop Jorge Novak

Bishop Jorge NovakProfile

One of eight boys born to Jorge Novak and Christina Prediger. Young Jorge joined the Society of the Divine Word on 1 March 1947, making his solemn profession on 1 March 1953, and was ordained a priest on 10 January 1954 in Bahía Blanca, Argentina. He earned a doctorate in history from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy in 1958. Provincial superior of the Society from 1972 to 1976, and in February 1976 he co-founded the Ecumenical Movement for Human Rights.

Chosen bishop of Quilmes, Argentina on 7 August 1976 by Pope Paul VI; he served for nearly 25 years, dying in office. Known for his defense of human rights, opposition to the violence of the civil war, and advocacy of the Church involvement against the Argentine dictatorship of the 1970s, for his support for proper economic policies and concern for jobs and charity to the poor. He preached against the 1982 Falklands War with the United Kingdom. In 1984 and 1985 he was struck down with Guillain-Barré Syndrome, which causes interference with motor skills, but was able to recover. Bishop Jorge became a spokesman for the families of the tens of thousands of people who been “disappeared” by the Argentine government. His Cause for Canonization has opened.



MLA Citation

  • “Bishop Jorge Novak“. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 November 2018. Web. 17 October 2021. <>