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Jesuits in Regency - Jesuits of North-West Africa Province | Society of Jesus

Gratitude Magazine March 2015 Edition

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Jesuits in Regency

Regency is a period of Jesuit formation, when a Jesuit is engaged, for the first time, in a corporate apostolic mission of the Society of Jesus, which includes among others, high and tertiary education apostolates, parish and retreat ministries, social and communication works. This period of formation, which could last 2 – 3 years, affords the Jesuit, referred to as “regent”, the opportunity to put into practice all he has learned about the Society during his noviceship and the knowledge and skills he has acquired during first studies.

The aim of regency is to “deepen the spiritual integration and human maturation of the Jesuit in all its aspects, through serious and responsible commitment to an apostolic activity”. At the end of the period, a Jesuit is expected to have imbibed the Ignatian sense of team-spirit, responsibility and availability for the mission of the Society of Jesus. In a nutshell, regency enables a Jesuit to “grow in real self-knowledge by being put to the ‘test of work’, by learning how to undertake a definite responsibility, and by accepting and shouldering his own limitations and those of others”.

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