Aug. 11, 2016 - Seven Jesuit novices from the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces will profess their first vows in the Society of Jesus on Sat., Aug. 12, 2017, at Holy Cross Church, DeWitt, N.Y. They are John J. Braithwaite, Brendan G. Coffey, John P. Pignone, Melvin Thomas Rayappa, Christopher V. Smith, Kenneth W. Tompkins and Christian A. Verghese.
The profession of vows comes as a Jesuit completes his first two years of formation in the novitiate and signifies his “entrance into religious life in a vowed way and his commitment to the Society of Jesus,” says Jesuit Father Dave Godleski, delegate for formation and Jesuit life at the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the U.S.
These seven men have experienced a wide-ranging introduction to Jesuit ministries. They have all taken part in the 30-day Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola and have had intensive training in Spanish. Next, they each deepened their faith while providing spiritual support for the sick and dying at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx. Finally, each novice immersed himself into the fabric of one of our Jesuit schools.
Unlike most other religious orders, the Society of Jesus’ first vows are perpetual, meaning the man is promising to spend the rest of his life living out poverty, chastity and obedience. For other religious orders, first vows are usually temporary, lasting about two to three years.
With their time at the novitiate complete, these Jesuits will move on to philosophy studies in the U.S. or Canada, either as a scholastic on the path to be ordained to the priesthood or as a Jesuit brother.
On Oct. 21-22, 2017, Jesuit educated grads and friends of the Society will gather for Masses along the East Coast, which will feature a reception where they can learn about volunteer programs, spiritual development opportunities and other ways to take part in the many offerings of Jesuit ministries.
July 28, 2017 — In honor of the feast of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, we have assembled a list of excerpts from just a few of his 7,000 letters. Read about the saint’s timeless insights on encouragement, poverty and prayer.
Applications are now being accepted for "The Ignatian Charism for the World Today: An International Immersion Course on Ignatian Spirituality," which is offered by the "Cova Sant Ignasi" International Center for Spirituality in Manresa, Spain. The course, offered in English, is limited to 35 participants, and applications will be accepted through mid-September 2017.
Free, online access to numerous scholarly publications and sources in the Jesuit Studies field is now available, thanks to a project of the Boston College Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies. The Portal to Jesuit Studies is meant to serve as a "Jesuit Google," strengthening the institute's efforts to serve as a resource on the history, spirituality, and pedagogy of the Society of Jesus.
Save the date, October 21-22, 2017, for Jesuit Friends and Alumni Sunday, an opportunity for alumni and friends of Jesuit schools to share our common bonds through the celebration of liturgy, followed by a reception highlighting opportunities for continuing spiritual growth and service to the local and global community.