Becoming a Jesuit

Niall Leahy SJ
Novitiate

October 27, 2014

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...

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Philosophy
Philosophy

October 27, 2014

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

October 27, 2014

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...

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Theology

video October 27, 2014

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

October 27, 2014

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...

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School of the Heart
Tertianship

October 27, 2014

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...

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Further studies
Further studies

October 27, 2014

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

October 27, 2014

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

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