|Stage of Formation||Description|
|Novitiate||Novices live in community, learning the traditions of the Society of Jesus. They make the 30-day Spiritual Exercises retreat and engage in ministries that include serving the poor.
|First Studies||Jesuits take graduate coursework in philosophy and theology.
|Regency||Jesuits work in ministry and live in community.
(Two or three years)
|Theology||Scholastics undertake an intensive study of theology.
|Ordination||At the conclusion of their theology studies, Jesuits called to the priesthood are ordained.|
|Special Studies||As part of their ongoing formation, Jesuits may pursue enhanced studies in a particular academic or educational field.|
|Tertianship||This is a period of preparation before Jesuits take their final vows.|
|* Source: Based on a publication by the Jesuits West province|