Five young professionals named Jesuit novices
The new Jesuit novices chosen in keeping with the Jesuit mission of doing things “for the greater glory of God”, are set to enter the Sacred Heart Novitiate in Novaliches in Quezon City.
The Philippine province of the Society of Jesus has chosen five young professionals from all over the Philippines for the congregation’s two-year novitiate programme that includes retreats and immersion in different settings.
The new Jesuit novices chosen in keeping with the Jesuit mission of doing things “for the greater glory of God”, are set to enter the Sacred Heart Novitiate in Novaliches in Quezon City on May 30.
They are Jan Brian R. Ano-os, 24, a BS Economics graduate from Iligan City; Melvin Paulme, 30, a Meralco technical engineer from Imus in Cavite; Herold E. Pelonio, 26, a Ateneo de Naga alumni relations staffer from Calabanga in Camarines Sur; Alejo S. San Buenaventura, 32, a computer science graduate from Brgy Manggahan of Pasig City; and June Vasquez, 27, a GMA Network senior videographics artist from Brgy BarangkaIbaba of Mandaluyong City.
As new Jesuit “formands”, they will have to undergo rigorous training designed to “bring about an initial understanding of their personality and determine their motivation for entering the Jesuit religious life”.
The two years of Jesuit novitiate adopt a psycho-spiritual approach and is often compared to a sculptor “carving out bold chiselling strokes”.
A focus will be given to the “Spiritual Exercises”, the book written by Society of Jesus founder St. Ignatius of Loyola between 1522 and 1524.
This set of Christian meditations, prayers, and mental exercises divided into four thematic ‘weeks’ of variable length forms the cornerstone of what later came to be known as “Ignatian spirituality”.
Drawing from the Spiritual Exercises, the new Jesuits will have to participate in a 30-day retreat, which seeks to give them a deeper insight into the basic paradigm of Jesuit life.
The novices will also have to take part in different month-long “trials” in apostolic life that will challenge them to “integrate their own religious ideals with real life experience”.
These include exposures in a Jesuit mission, at a hospital, among the urban poor, and at a factory.
At the end of this two-year period, they will have to be evaluated as to whether they are fit for the Jesuit lifestyle.
Only those of them who have been adjudged “ready and fit” will be qualified to take their first Jesuit vows.
Source: CBCP News