This period integrates intellectual and spiritual growth.

After professing First Vows, a Jesuit moves into 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 are missioned to finish work on their bachelor’s degrees, while others work on advanced degrees in philosophy or other subjects.


Philosophy studies help ground a Jesuit in his critical thinking. Studying the ancient, medieval and modern philosophers helps a Jesuit make sense of the world around him and articulate for the people of God what it means to be human, and what it means to be Catholic.


Jesuits in First Studies continue to develop a more intimate relationship with God through daily prayer and Eucharist.


Jesuits live together at the university’s Jesuit community where they are studying.

The Jesuit community provides a positive atmosphere for prayer and study and allows scholastics and brothers to rejuvenate and build a robust community life that will support them during formation and beyond. Daily life often includes communal Mass, recreation and meals.


Scholastics and brothers celebrate Mass together daily as part of their community and prayer life.

"The Eucharist is the center of my life. I cannot imagine a day without the celebration of the Eucharistic Sacrifice. But it is evident that there is a relationship with the Gospels. We find in the Gospels a realistic, historical image of Jesus as he lived in Palestine.  And in the Eucharist we find Jesus Christ living today among us."
Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ
Superior General of the Society of Jesus 1965-1983
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