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Becoming a Jesuit

March 13, 2019

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Ever wonder what it takes to become a Jesuit? Well, the short answer is, it's a 12-year spiritual journey that follows the precepts of St. Ignatius, the founder of the Society of Jesus. Following are the specific phases of the process.

Novitiate – Jesuit 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. (Two years)

First Studies – Jesuits take graduate coursework in philosophy and theology. (Three years)

Regency – Jesuits work in ministry and live in community. (Two or three years)

Theology – Scholastics undertake an intensive study of theology. (Three years)

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: Jesuits West province