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The Stages of Jesuit Formation

Jesuit Formation
prepares men to become priests and brothers who are well educated, trained in the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius, and skilled to minister in diverse and ever-changing environments. The education and training of a Jesuit takes place over a period of 10 to 15 years and encompasses the following dimensions:

Intellectual Formation  |  Spiritual Formation  |  Apostolic Formation  |  Personal Growth Formation  |  Community Life (living in community with other Jesuits)

 
Dan Dixon pronounces First Vows
Tom Stegman, SJ teaches a class
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NOVITIATE (2 years):
A novice learns to create a community of brothers who grow in prayer, knowledge of the Society, apostolic work, and personal enrichment.  He meets the Lord through the 30-day Spiritual Exercises retreat.  At the end of these two years, he pronounces vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.

THE AVERAGE ANNUAL COST FOR A NOVICE IS $30,000



FIRST STUDIES (3 years):
The newly-vowed Jesuit moves into academic work as a brother or a scholastic.  He studies philosophy and theology, and he deepens his Jesuit identity through other ministerial work which strengthens or challenges his gifts.

THE AVERAGE ANNUAL COST FOR A JESUIT IN FIRST STUDIES IS $50,000



REGENCY
  (3 years):
The Jesuit brother or scholastic moves into active Jesuit ministry, usually teaching at a high school or university
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THE AVERAGE ANNUAL COST FOR A JESUIT IN REGENCY IS $5,000



THEOLOGY STUDIES
(3 years):
Jesuit scholastics usually move on to formal theology studies which prepare them for priestly ordination, but the Jesuit brother might study theology for a shorter time as a way to enhance his effectiveness for ministry.

THE AVERAGE ANNUAL COST FOR A JESUIT IN THEOLOGY STUDIES IS $60,000



ORDINATION 

A scholastic receives the Sacrament of Holy Orders (priestly ordination) and is available for his first assignment as a Jesuit priest.



TERTIANSHIP
(about 5 years later):
Jesuit brothers and priests take a year to review their formation, to experience again the 30-day retreat, and to pronounce final vows to the Society.

THE AVERAGE ANNUAL COST IS $30,000
   
   
   
   





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While at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, I embraced many of the freedoms college offers, but I failed to develop my spiritual life in any way beyond an occasional prayer to God for a date to go well or for an A on an exam. After graduating, I moved to Chicago to work for a financial firm. I was achieving my goals, yet I felt deeply unfulfilled by life.

July 1, 2019 — The Jesuits in Honduras are denouncing the Honduran government’s repression of protests over the past two months.

June 29, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. John J. Kilgallen, SJ, who died on June 29, 2019. He was 85 years old. May he rest in peace.

June 5, 2019 —The Society of Jesus is proud to announce the ordination of 22 new priests in Canada, the U.S. and Haiti, including four from the Midwest Jesuits Province.

June 4, 2019 — All 85 graduates will be continuing on with higher education—and all are the first generation in their family to do so.

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