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Subject Area: Formation

Vocation Promotion Team, Novitiate Respond to Pandemic in Creative Ways

By Jerry Duggan For a man discerning his vocation, in-person interactions with vocation ministers, men in formation and other discerners are fundamental to the process. When COVID-19 rendered these meetings impossible, the vocation promotion team got creative in their outreach. They devised several new strategies to connect with discerners. For starters, Fr. Eddie Gros, SJ, …

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In Everything, Love and Serve: Fr. Hung Pham

By Dave Luecking  Upon his appointment in August as Provincial Assistant for Formation, Fr. Hung Pham, SJ, became a frequent traveler, visiting Jesuits in far-flung outposts nationally and internationally. Gone for weeks —sometimes months — at a time, he rarely was in St. Louis to use his office at the Jesuits USA Central and Southern Province headquarters.   All that changed in mid-March, with shelter-in-place mandates throughout the world because of the global coronavirus pandemic. Just …

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Fathers Knapp and Highberger Celebrate Golden Jubilee

Fathers Don Highberger and Jim Knapp were just 18 years old when they entered the Society of Jesus in August 1969. Today, the two friends reside once again in the same community and enjoy reliving their shared life as Jesuits.

Manufactured Crisis in Jesuit Formation

Jesuit formation is notorious for its length. But intellectual development is only part of what the Society of Jesus demands of its men regarding formation. There’s also the “experiment.”

Enduring Graces: The Jesuit Novice Pilgrimage

The Pilgrimage Experiment for a Jesuit novice dates back to the very beginnings of the Society of Jesus. St. Ignatius Loyola, understanding himself as a pilgrim, included this unique way of encountering God in the Constitutions of the Society as an important experience in one’s formation