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Becoming a Jesuit

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For the first two years — the novitiate — the novices complete a series of “experiments,” designed to test them and to help them grow in the love of Christ, increase their knowledge of the Society of Jesus and minister to people on the margins.


This period integrates intellectual and spiritual growth.

After professing First Vows, a Jesuit moves into further study or academic work as a brother or a scholastic (a man who is preparing for priesthood). He studies philosophy at a Jesuit university, usually for three years. Additional ministerial work further deepens his Jesuit identity.

Some scholastics and brothers work on advanced degrees in philosophy or other subjects.


For the first time during formation, a Jesuit brother or scholastic works full-time in a Jesuit ministry, living in an apostolic community of Jesuits, usually for three years.


Theology studies prepare Jesuits for ordination as priests and the service of the faith.

After completing regency, Jesuit scholastics study theology at the graduate and post graduate levels, usually for four years.


Tertianship is a time of renewal and during this period .

A Jesuit revisits the foundational documents and history of the Society of Jesus and once more makes the 30-day Spiritual Exercises — in a sense reaffirming his vocation.