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March 13, 2019
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
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