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Becoming a Jesuit

Novitiate

Niall Leahy SJ

The first two years of Jesuit formation is a school of the heart.  Its goal is the verification of your vocation to the Society through discernment in the various probations and experiences.

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Philosophy

Philosophy

After taking first vows, Jesuits normally move on to study philosophy. This is a time to develop one's capacity for intellectual enquiry and philosophical argumentation.

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Regency

Regency

After completing his studies in philosophy a Jesuit will normally take two years to engage in apostolic work. It will be an opportunity to experience working full-time and at length as a Jesuit and living in an active community.

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Theology

A Jesuit training for priesthood will typically study an undergraduate degree in theology followed by a licentiate or masters in a particular area of theology.

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Ordination

For those Jesuits who enter the Society as candidates for priesthood, ordination to deaconate takes place during his third year of theology studies. He will then be ordained to the priesthood usually about six months after this.

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Tertianship

School of the Heart

The final element of formation before a Jesuit takes solemn vows is called the tertianship. It is, in effect, a second novitiate and represents a return to the school of the heart.

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Further studies

Further studies

After the basic studies of philosophy and theology, all Jesuits will prepare for a particular type of work by following further studies. This will usually be after ordination.

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Get in touch

Myles O'Reilly

I'm always happy to hear from anybody interested in becoming a Jesuit.

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