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Frequently Asked Questions About the Jesuits - Jesuits of North-West Africa Province | Society of Jesus

Gratitude Magazine March 2015 Edition

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K. What else is involved in becoming a Jesuit?

The applicant will be given an application form to fill out on this website or at the Vocation Director’s addresses above. He must write an essay on his life and vocation -- why he feels called to be a Jesuit. On the basis of these materials he may be referred to the closest local vocation coordinator who works with the Vocation Director. After that, the applicant may be called for interviews. 

L. How do I know if I have a vocation to the Jesuits?

You must be acquainted with, and attracted to the Jesuits and their apostolates, and feel called by God to be a companion in their mission. You should have a great desire to serve God, and you should experience prolonged and intense sense of peace, joy, and freedom when you imagine yourself as a Jesuit. Finally, you must trust the judgment and decision of the Jesuit Superior who, through prayerful reflection, decides either to accept, reject, or postpone the acceptance of the applicant who desires and feels himself called and qualified to be a Jesuit.

M. How many years does it take to become a Jesuit priest?

For most applicants, it will take 12 or more years before he is ordained. This is understandably longer than most other religious orders and diocesan formation in the Roman Catholic Church.

N. That sounds like a long time! Why so many years of training before ordination?

Jesuits are trained to be ready to move into a variety of apostolates, hence the long training. This issue is properly addressed by the link Formation of Jesuits.

O. Is the Jesuit finished with his studies and training after ordination?

The training of a Jesuit may not end with his ordination. An ordained Jesuit may pursue special studies if this training is needed, “For the Greater Glory of God”. For further analysis of how a Jesuit is formed, read the Formation of a Jesuit.

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