42 young men join European Jesuit Novitiates

God continues to call young people today to discover that it is possible to live a consecrated life. This year 42 young people knocked on the doors of ten Jesuit novitiates in Europe.

Each one of them has followed a different journey, some have known the Society of Jesus since childhood in Jesuit schools and churches, others have collaborated with social and pastoral works, and others have simply approached the Society in the different provinces from their web pages.

However, all of them have in common a process of mutual knowledge between the Jesuits and the candidates to be Jesuits. Entry into the novitiate implies a preliminary program that brings together candidates with Jesuits who are experts in discernment.

The goal is to grow in freedom before God to discover all the dimensions of the Jesuit vocation. This process involves doing spiritual exercises and placing oneself completely in God's hands to choose freely and generously.

All together there are 89 novices in Europe and Near East, 42 in their first year and 47 in their second year.

A novice learns to create a community of brothers who grow in prayer, knowledge of the Society, apostolic work, and personal enrichment. He meets the Lord through the 30-day Spiritual Exercises retreat. At the end of these two years, he pronounces vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.

In the Jesuit Conference of Europe and Near East there are ten noviciates. These are the updates from each one:

Novices at Emo Court

Birmingham (U.K.)

First year: 5 Novices
Second year: 3 Novices

Total novitiate: 8

Countries: Northern Belgium, Ireland, The Netherlands, Sri Lanka and United Kingdom

Coimbra (Portugal)

Coimbra (Portugal)

First year: 5
Second year: 3

Total novitiate: 8

Country: Portugal

Gdynia (Poland)

Gdynia (Poland)

First year: 6
Second year: 12

Total novitiate: 18

Countries: Poland, Russia, Ukraine

Genoa (Italy)

Genoa (Italy)

First year: 10
Second year: 6

Total novitiate: 16

Countries: Albania, Italy, Malta, Romania, and Slovenia

Lyon (France)

First year: 6
Second year: 10

Total novitiate: 16

Countries: France, Southern Belgium and Luxemburg

Nurnberg (Germany)

Nurnberg (Germany)

First year: 3
Second year: 5

Total novitiate: 8

Countries: Austria, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania and Switzerland

San Sebastián (Spain)

San Sebastián (Spain)

First year: 6
Second year: 1

Total novitiate: 7

Country: Spain

Cairo (Egypt)

First year: 0; Second year: 2

Total novitiate: 2     Countries: Egypt, Lebanon and Syria

Ružomberok (Slovakia)

First year: 1;  Second year: 3

Total novitiate: 4     Countries: Chequia and Slovakia

Split (Croatia)

First year: 0; Second year: 2

Total novitiate: 2     Countries: Croatia

This article was first publised on Jesuits in Europe's website.

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