Membership of the Society of Jesus

taken from General Congregation 34

Complementary Norms of the Constitutions

of the Society of Jesus

The Society of Jesus is a brotherhood of men who share in one vocation and mission, according to the modality of each one's call.  So membership, from its broadest to its strictest sense, comprises the following:

1. Novices destined to become either priests or brothers.  Some may be admitted as undecided whether to become priest or brother, but these must opt one way or the other before completing the noviceship.

then they make their FIRST VOWS

2. Scholastics:  Those who, having completed the noviceship and made their first vows, are preparing to assist the Society of Jesus in the priestly or other ministry… They will eventually make their final vows as in (3) and (4) below.

then they make their FINAL VOWS

3.  a) Priests and brothers who make simple final vows.

      b) Priests who make the profession of four solemn vows.

All candidates are first admitted as novices. 

After probation and studies and a prescribed interval of time (as scholastics),

they are definitively accepted into the Society of Jesus (with final vows).


Thus the normal progress for a Jesuit is:

a) Novitiate (2 years)


b) Studies: Philosophy & Humanities (normally 4 years in the Zimbabwe Province)

c) Regency: (normally 2-3 years) (currently Inos Chimire, Fungai Mawire, Collen Mutambirwa, Clemence Mutimutema, Martin Nyadewo, Rudolph Myamudo, Emmanuel Kaparasa, Arnold Murwira, Nelson Nyamayaro).

Often this involves teaching at one of our schools, but can be some other apostolic work.  Sometimes, during this period. the Jesuit may undertake further specialised studies (e.g. recently Anold Moyo).

d) Studies: Theology: (normally 3 years) (currrently Courage Bakasa, Isaac Fernandes, Tafadzwa Masakare, Ignatious Munyoro, Ignatius Padya,

(except for those who choose to be brothers)

e) Aposltolic work (currently Frs Sylvester Kasirori, Ignatius Tambudzai, Watson Matara, Tinashe Mhaka, Gilbert Banda, Bro Ngonidzashe Edward, Frs Chrispen Matsilele, Clyde Muropa, Peter Paul Musekiwa, Shepherd Muhamba, Admire Nhika).

& maybe further studies: (currently Frs George Bwanali. Emmanuel Gurumombe, Dominic Tomuseni).


Others go for further studies some years after final vows, (e.g. many years ago, Ted Rogers and the late Paddy Moloney).  Rarely such studies can immediately follow the novitate (e.g. also many years ago, Michael Lewis).

f) Apostolic Work (another 30-40-50 . . . years)

g) In retirement: Praying for the Church and the Society of Jesus

h) With the grace and mercy of God, to hear the words of the Son of Man:
"Come ... take for your heritage the kingdom prepared for you ... For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you made me welcome; naked and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me so far for as you did this to one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did it to me" (Matthew 25: 34-40)