Society of Jesus
Some contemporary Jesuits
Mitch Pacwa, SJ
Robert Spitzer, SJ
Joseph W. Koterski and John J. Conley have a collection of essays on the thought of John Paul II.
James V. Schall is very orthodox: "What is Roman Catholic Political Philosophy?"
Course of Studies
It takes roughly twelve years, at a minimum, to complete the process of becoming a Jesuit. Formation begins with the first inquiries about joining the Society and ends with taking final vows after tertianship.
|varies||Applicant||The process of "formation"--being trained to be a Jesuit--begins with the dialogue between the Society and a candidate. No one can enter the Society unless they have some understanding of what it means to be a Jesuit.|
|8 days||Postulant||I'm not sure whether this is still officially a part of our formation. No distinction was made when I entered the novitiate. But it is important to know about this stage because it was the 'first probation.' This is what gives tertianship its special meaning as "third probation."|
|2 years||Novice||"Second period of probation." The novitiate ends with taking simple vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience to our religious superiors, along with a promise to enter the Society of Jesus if we are allowed to do so at the end of our formation. These simple vows make a man something like an indentured servant. He cannot free himself, but the Society can let him go without a solemn canonical process.|
|1 year||Tertian||"Third period of probation." Completion of tertianship leads to final vows that are either simple or solemn.|
"Fully Formed Father"
St. Edmund Campion
- And touching our Society, be it known to you that we have made a league—all the Jesuits in the world, whose succession and multitude must overreach all the practice of England—cheerfully to carry the cross you shall lay upon us, and never to despair your recovery, while we have a man left to enjoy your Tyburn, or to be racked with your torments, or consumed with your prisons. The expense is reckoned, the enterprise is begun; it is of God; it cannot be withstood. So the faith was planted: So it must be restored.
I typed this out from the New Yorker in 1974-1975.
- "Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius" (DVD). 13 talks designed for people to do the Spiritual Exercises at home (known among Jesuits as a "Nineteenth Annotation Retreat."
- James Brodrick, SJ, St. Ignatius of Loyola: The Pilgrim Years. From age 30 to 47: "Seventeen years of endless and often very moving trials" (1521 to 1538--Pamplona to Rome).
- ------. The Origin of the Jesuits. (Recommended by Magdeline from Williamsville, but we didn't get it on the air last week.)
- Joseph N. Tylenda, S.J., A Pilgrim's Journey: The Autobiography of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
- Andre Ravier, S.J., Do It at Home Retreat: The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.
- William Bangert, S.J., To the Other Towns: The Life of Blessed Peter Favre, First Companion of St. Ignatius.
- Patrick W. Carey, Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J.
- For the Jesuit saints who lived up to the ideals of St. Ignatius, see books about Peter Canisius and Robert Cardinal Bellarmine, both of whom are doctors of the Church.