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Jesuit Formation. “Formation” of a Doctor. What training does a Doctor need?. A Priest. What training does a Jesuit Priest need?. Stages of Formation. Novitiate First Studies Regency Theology Tertianship. Novitiate. 1 st stage of formation

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formation of a doctor
“Formation” of a Doctor
  • What training does a Doctor need?
a priest
A Priest
  • What training does a Jesuit Priest need?
stages of formation
Stages of Formation
  • Novitiate
  • First Studies
  • Regency
  • Theology
  • Tertianship
novitiate
Novitiate
  • 1st stage of formation
  • A person is a Jesuit the day he begins Novitiate and is called a Novice.
  • Novitiate lasts 2 years
  • Novices:
    • Take classes on the history of the Jesuits
    • Study Spirituality, Ignatian Spirituality in particular
    • Work in the local community in Apostolates
    • Make the Spiritual Exercises in its 30 Day format
  • Novitiate ends with the taking of vows: Poverty, Chastity, Obedience
first studies
First Studies
  • This second stage of formation lasts up to 3 years.
  • Jesuits in this stage are known as Scholastics.
  • First Studies is also known as Philosophy and the Jesuit earns an M.A. in Philosophy. Jesuits study one year of Theology at this time as well.
  • Scholastics work in the local community.
  • The Goal of Philosophy Studies is…
stages of formation1
Stages of Formation
  • Novitiate
  • First Studies
  • Regency
  • Theology
  • Tertianship
regency
Regency
  • This third stage of formation lasts up to 3 years.
  • In Regency a Jesuit is known as a Regent (or Scholastic).
  • During Regency a Jesuit lives in a regular Jesuit community and works full-time in a Jesuit Apostolate.
  • The purpose of Regency is to give the Jesuit ‘real-life’ experience as a person in ministry.
theology
Theology
  • The fourth stage of formation lasts 3 years.
  • In Theology a Jesuit is known as a Theologian.
  • It is the formal studies for Priesthood and a Jesuit earns an M.Div. (Master of Divinity).
  • They work in the local community.
  • Many Jesuits start a professional degree at this time.
  • It ends with ordination to the Priesthood.
stages of formation2
Stages of Formation
  • Novitiate
  • First Studies
  • Regency
  • Theology
  • Tertianship
tertianship
Tertianship
  • Tertiary means third.
  • Tertianship is a third year of Novitiate.
  • A ‘Tertian’ makes the 30 day retreat again.
  • He studies the founding documents again.
  • Tertianship ends with the making of Final Vows (including, perhaps, the 4th vow).
  • Tertianship completes formation.
stages of formation3
Stages of Formation
  • Novitiate
  • First Studies
  • Regency
  • Theology
  • Tertianship