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Cape Town Tertianship

Description of the Program

The first intake will be in 2018. The programme follows the common tertianship programme of the Society of Jesus with a particular emphasis on the African experience of the Society of Jesus. It is essentially the ‘school of the heart’ for the Jesuit at the end of his primary formation as St Ignatius desired; it aims to create a community of priest and brother tertians through a mutual sharing of our Jesuit life stories and prayer. The consideration of our own life story and that of St Ignatius with the experience of the Spiritual Exercises seeks to integrate the life of each tertian for final incorporation into the Society. A study of the Constitutions, General Congregations, history of the Society, Vows and administration of the Society is an integral part of the tertianship. A detailed timetable is available from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Admission Requirements

  • A strong desire and commitment to the tertianship programme.
  • At least three years apostolic work and experience.
  • A fluency in English for spiritual accompaniment, group work and ministries.
  • A mission from one’s Major Superior to the tertianship. The applicant should contact the
  • Tertianship Director (preferably by email) after discussing the suitability of this program with his Major Superior
  • A confidential recommendation will be asked from the Major Superior, as well as a Testimonial of Suitability for Ordained Ministry i.e. with regard to Safeguarding and Addiction requirements.
  • Members of the African Assistancy will normally be given priority.

For more details on the program, visit the Cape Town website here>>