Fr. Georg Sporschill SJ


Georg Sporschill’s path of life began in 1946 in Vorarlberg, Austria, where he grew up as one of nine children. After secondary school, he studied theology, pedagogy and psychology in Innsbruck and Paris. Subsequently he took employment with the Vorarlberg provincial government as adult education program coordinator. At the age of thirty, he entered the Society of Jesus and was ordained as a priest two years later.
As a young chaplain in the Lainz district of Vienna, Fr. Georg Sporschill SJ founded and chaperoned many youth groups. From 1980 onwards, he commited himself to helping young ex-convicts, drug users and homeless young people. He founded the Caritas Youth House and three further houses for homeless people. He sent the „Canisi Bus“ out with soup for the unsheltered and established the restaurant „Inigo“ in the Viennese city centre, which offers work and self-esteem to permanently unemployed persons.
In 1991, his Order sent Fr. Georg Sporschill SJ on a mission to the street children of Bucharest. Envisioned as a six-month assignment, this was to become his life’s work. Together with Ruth Zenkert, he founded CONCORDIA Social Projects and retrieved thousands of children from the streets and sewers of the Romanian capital. For them, a social centre, homes for children and young people, training workshops and trade schools came into being.
„We go to where the need is greatest“. This principle brought Fr. Georg Sporschill SJ to the Republic of Moldova in 2004. Here he dedicated himself to helping orphans and neglected children. However, old people here also suffer dire need. Thus, CONCORDIA wove a web of soup kitchens and social centres. In 2008, Fr. Georg Sporschill SJ began working with children, young people and families in Bulgaria.
In 2012, together with Ruth Zenkert, Fr. Georg Sporschill SJ founded the association ELIJAH in Transylvania/Romania. From that time on, his whole energies have been devoted to the new task of assisting the Roma living here, most especially the children.