The formation of young men is one of the most important ministries of the Jesuits of Canada, as it is an investment in the future – ensuring well-educated, spiritually formed Jesuits trained to take on the challenges of the various ministries to which they are called.
The Cost of Jesuit Formation
The cost of formation for a young Jesuit ranges between $25,000 – $33,000 per year. The combined annual costs for our men in formation poses a financial challenge for the Province. Supporting our men in formation ensures that future Canadian Jesuits receive the best education and training to serve ad maiorem dei gloriam – “for the greater glory of God”. Support the formation of Canadian Jesuits by clicking “Donate Now”.
The Stages of Jesuit Formation
The formation of a Jesuit is divided into five stages, which are supported by the generosity of benefactors.
- Novitiate: This is a two-year introduction to Jesuit life, highlighting spiritual formation in Montréal, QC. Average annual cost per novice: $33,000.
- Philosophy Studies: Philosophy studies extend over 2 or 3 years and take place in Toronto and Ottawa, Canada. Average annual cost per student: $24,000.
- Regency: During this phase of formation the men work in a Jesuit apostolate and are supported by the local community where they live. This phase usually lasts 2 years.
- Theology: This is a four-year program culminating in Ordination to the priesthood. Students attend Regis College in Toronto, ON. Average annual cost per student: $25,000.
- Tertianship: This is the final year of Jesuit formation and occurs about five years after Ordination, just prior to Final Vows. The central element of the program is the 30-day Spiritual Exercises. Average annual cost for one Tertian: $25,000.
Average total cost for the basic formation of a single Jesuit: $263,000