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VOCATION PRAYER
Prayer for Jesuit Vocations
Creator and Lord, You have created us to praise, reverence and serve you for your greater honour and glory. May the call of Christ be heard by young people with generous hearts and a passion for service.
Through the intercession of your Blessed Mother Mary, St Ignatius of Loyola, St Francis Xavier and all your saints, inspire young men to consider serving you and your Church as Jesuit priests and brothers. 
Grant them courage to overcome fear and doubt, and strength to meet the pressing needs of the Church and world today.
Fill them with holy desires to serve the mission of Christ, to find new ways to spread the Gospel message, to defend and proclaim the faith of the Church, and to promote the justice of your Kingdom, as companions of your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen
 
 
Become a Jesuit
 
“The Jesuit Vocation means living the Gospel message fully, generously, perhaps even heroically. It is not an easy life. It is a wonderful vocation.  Everything for the greater glory of God; more is not possible.”
 – Fr. Pedro Arrupe, Superior General (1966 – 1985)
 
It is not uncommon for a young person to want to do something significant, sometimes even heroic,  with his or her life. Often times, this desire is strengthened by a desire to do something significant for God and a desire to make the world better and holier. 
 
If you are interested in becoming a Jesuit, or wondering if you could become one, or wondering how one may become a Jesuit, you should find these pages helpful.
 
Some Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the Society of Jesus?
2. What is Calcutta Province?
3. Who can become a Jesuit?
4. How many years will it take to become a Jesuit?
5. What am I to do, if I want to join the Calcutta province of the Society of Jesus?
 
1. What is the Society of Jesus?
Society of Jesus is an international Catholic religious order founded by St.Ignatius of Loyola and his companions.  S.J. is the common abbreviation for the “Society of Jesus”. The members of this organization are known as Jesuits. We are about 19,000 Jesuits from various nationality spread all around the world serving people for Christ and His Church.
2. What is Calcutta Province?
To focus our service in a particular geographical area and for administrative reasons, we are divided into “Provinces”. These Provinces are grouped into 10 Assistancies. India comes under “South Asian Assistancy”. Calcutta Province is one of the 18 Provinces in India. It consists of the Jesuits who opted themselves to serve the people of Bengal and Bagladesh. (Bengal is one of the States of the Indian Republic and Calcutta (Kolkata) is the capital of Bengal.) At the time of Independence in 1947, Bengal was divided into West Bengal and East Bengal. East Bengal was part of Pakistan. When East Bengal became independent, it was named Bangladesh. Jesuits started working there from 1990.
3. Who can become a Jesuit?
To become a Jesuit:
  • One has to be a baptized Catholic male, who has received the sacrament of Confirmation
  • One who has no obligations to the family
  • One who has a generous heart to serve and follow Jesus
  • One who is ready to follow the rules and regulations of the Society of Jesus
  • One who has passed at least Class XII as a minimum academic qualification.
For further details contact us
Postal Address: Vocation Promoter
Xavier Sadan
9/3 Middleton Row
Calcutta 700 071
OR
The Vocation Promoter
Jesuit Residence
142/A Monipuripara
Tejgaon, Dhaka 1215
Bangladesh.
4. How many years will it take to become a Jesuit?
A person is known as Jesuit from the beginning of his novitiate training in the Society of Jesus. In the novitiate, he is known as aJesuit Novice and in the following years of formation, he is known as Jeusit Scholastic. There are no fixed years to become a “formed Jesuit”.  After completion of novitiate for two years, if a person pronounces three perpetual vows (i.e., poverty, chastity and obedience) in the Society of Jesus,  is generally called  a Jesuit scholastic.  He has to go through certain stages of formation such as Juniorate, Philosophy, Regency and Theology as well as further secular studies before becoming a Jesuit priest or brother.
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 Jesuit Priest Jesuit Brother
Stages of Formation:
Pre-novitiate: 1 year
Novitiate: 2 years
Juniorate: 1 year
College studies: 3 years (If undergraduate study is not completed)
Philosophy: 2 years
Regency: 2 years
Theology: 4 years (at the end of the third year the Jesuit scholastic is ordained a priest)

Stages of Formation:
Pre-novitiate: 1 year
Novitiate: 2 years
Juniorate: 1 year
College studies: 3 years (If undergraduate study is not completed)
Regency: 2 years
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5. What am I to do, if I want to join the Calcutta Province of the Society of Jesus?
Step 1: Pray over the decision – Spend some time in prayer and ask God’s grace to guide you so that you can live His Call.
Step 2: If you think or even doubt that your decision is from God, contact us immediately. We will get in touch with you and we will be with you in your search. We encourage you to attend our vocation camp generally organized during summer holidays.

If you have any more questions, feel free to send a mail to: The Vocation Promoter or webmaster@calcuttajesuits.org

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Advice of Fr Pedro Arrupe (former Superior General of the Society of Jesus) to those who wish to become Jesuits

• Stay at home, if the idea of becoming a Jesuit makes you unsettled or nervous.
• Do not come to us, if you love the Church like a stepmother rather than a mother.
• Do not come, if you think that in joining us you will be doing a favour to the Society of Jesus.
• Come, if serving Christ is at the very centre of your life.
• Come, if you have broad and sufficiently strong shoulders.
• Come, if you have an open spirit, a reasonably open mind and a heart larger than the world.
• Come, if you know how to tell a joke and can laugh with others and on occasion you can laugh at yourself.

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