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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 prounounce final vows to the Society.

THE AVERAGE ANNUAL COST IS $30,000
   
   
   
   





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May 16, 2017 — Luke Hansen did not even know what a Jesuit was until a game of darts in college, when he met a priest who encouraged him to apply to the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Years later, Luke is preparing for ordination as a Jesuit priest after accompanying former Guantánamo Bay prisoners in Bermuda and serving all over the country.

May 11, 2017 — Irish Jesuit Fr. John Sullivan, remembered for his healing prayers, will be beatified on May 13 at St. Francis Xavier Church in Dublin.

May 11, 2017 — Fr. William Blazek, SJ, has been named national director of The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, succeeding Fr. James Kubicki, SJ, who served for 14 years.

May 3, 2017 — Students at the Jesuit school near Chicago went through a refugee camp simulation and met former refugees during this year's Solidarity Week.

May 3, 2017 — Pope Francis gave a surprise recorded TED Talk presented on April 25 at the TED2017 conference, the first time a pope has ever given a TED Talk.

May 1, 2017 — Today, on the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, the Catholic Church is also celebrating the first-ever Religious Brothers Day.

April 19, 2017 — Above all else, Jesuits in the United States are known for their schools. But what holds those schools together is a distinctive spirituality named after the Society of Jesus' founder.

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Located 80 miles north of Milwaukee, the Jesuit Retreat House on Lake Winnebago welcomes men and women of all faiths to its silent preached and directed retreats.