The journey of William Mbilinyi, SJ, from his native Tanzania to his first vows at Villa Saint-Martin, is filled with acts of faith… and great bursts of laughter. When he arrived in Canada in 2015 to begin a master’s degree in theology, nothing prepared him to enter the Society of Jesus; on the contrary! And yet, he has just pronounced his first vows and is now a scholastic.
William Mbilinyi, SJ, professed first vows of poverty, chastity and obedience last August 16, 2020 at the Villa Saint Martin in Montreal.
The path between a lay life and the last Jesuit vows is very lengthy (approximately 13 to 20 years!). Gilles Mongeau, SJ, who helped evaluate this process within the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, details how the five steps of Jesuit formation will tangibly change.