When a man answers God’s call to join the Society of Jesus, he begins the process of Jesuit formation, an almost 500-year-old tradition — adapted to today’s needs.

St. Ignatius of Loyola, who founded the Society along with the First Companions in 1540, detailed the process of Jesuit formation in the Jesuit Constitutions. While a man is considered to be a Jesuit from his first day of novitiate, the total journey toward Jesuit priesthood or formed brotherhood can take from eight to 13 years.

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

Click the Novitiate link below to start the journey.

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