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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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May 6, 2019 - When I was in the third grade at a Catholic primary school in suburban Maryland, I happened upon a book about St. Isaac Jogues, the 17th century Jesuit missionary, getting flogged, flayed, and having his fingers chewed off on a mission to “New France.” At the time I couldn’t for the life of me understand why someone would choose to go through such an ordeal! Fast forward twenty-some years later, and I am a Jesuit brother living with Jesuits from India, Ecuador, Tanzania, and Wisconsin.

May 6, 2019 — The author found an unexpected encounter with grace when he attended Mass celebrated by Fr. Larry Gillick, SJ.

May 1, 2019 — Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ, recently gave a speech about the collaboration between Jesuits with the laity.

April 29, 2019 — Ask someone who's benefited from a Jesuit education or ministry about the Jesuits’ contributions, and you’ll hear answers like “Jesuits form men and women for others,” “they help people discern God’s presence in their lives,” and "they serve God by caring for and seeking justice for people on the margins.” But we don’t always give thought to how the Jesuits themselves benefit from being in the Society.

April 23, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Theodore J. Hottinger, SJ, who died on April 22, 2019 at St. Camillus, in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He was 87 years old. May he rest in peace.

April 21, 2019 — We turned to Twitter and challenged people to tell the story the resurrection of Jesus in exactly six words — no more. Boil the central truth of our faith down to its essence. What’s most important?

April 12, 2019 — In the final days of Lent, Fr. Brian G. Paulson, SJ, provincial of the Midwest Jesuits, reflects on A Living Sacrifice of Praise.

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