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)
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
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.
June 8, 2020 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Br. Edward C. Gill, SJ, who died on June 6, 2020, at St. Camillus Jesuit Community in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He was 86 years old. May he rest in peace.
May 28, 2020 — The global pandemic has forced everyone to go digital. Spiritual direction — confidential, guided discernment of God — has not stopped. Rather, just like the persons who employ the Exercises, spiritual direction has pivoted online.