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Ten Jesuit tertians from around the world are starting the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius today in Portland, Ore. This four-week retreat is an important component of tertianship, a part of the Jesuit formation process.
Tertianship is usually made ten to fifteen years after the novitiate and at the end of a Jesuit’s professional training. St. Ignatius called it a “school of the heart” because it’s a time when the tertian deepens his own commitment to the Society of Jesus.
“The retreat of the Spiritual Exercises is perhaps the key moment of tertianship. After years of living his life as a Jesuit, the tertian once again engages in this month-long program of intense prayer and reflection and brings his lived experience as a Jesuit before our loving God,” explains Jesuit Father Dave Godleski, the delegate for formation and Jesuit life at the Jesuit Conference. The Jesuit Conference represents the nine U.S. provinces of the Society of Jesus, promoting common goals and overseeing international projects.
Because of the long retreat’s importance in the tertianship program, the Jesuit Conference is asking for prayers for the tertians and their directors:
- Jesuit Father Mark Bandsuch (Chicago-Detroit Province)
- Jesuit Father James Conway (British Province)
- Jesuit Father Emerito Salustiano de la Rama (Philippines Province)
- Jesuit Father Jean-Alfred Dorvil (French Canada Province)
- Jesuit Father Wieslaw Faron (South Poland Province)
- Jesuit Father Ian Gibbons (Missouri Province)
- Jesuit Father Edwin T. Gnanaprakasam (Madurai)
- Jesuit Father Michael Harter (Missouri Province) – assistant tertian director
- Jesuit Father Raymund Benedict Hizon (Philippines Province)
- Jesuit Father Charlie Moutenot (New York Province) – tertian director
- Jesuit Father Godwin Mulenga (Zambia-Milawi Province)
- Jesuit Father John Murphy (California Province) – retreat director
- Jesuit Father Ignatius Hadimulia Sasmita (Maryland Province)
After completing the Spiritual Exercises, the tertians will study Society documents, including the Jesuit Constitutions and decrees from recent General Congregations. After studies, they will do apostolic experiments, which often involve pastoral work with the poor. Once the tertianship period is completed, the Jesuit is called to pronounce his final vows in the Society.
Jesuit Father Tom Greene, Secretary for Social and International Ministries at the Jesuit Conference recently returned from his Tertianship in India.
For those unfamiliar, Tertianship is a step in the Jesuit’s formation process, usually to be made after ten to fifteen years after the novitiate and at the end of the Jesuit’s professional training. St Ignatius called it a ‘school of the heart’. It is a time in which the tertian deepens his own commitment to the Society and Jesus.
Fr. Greene sat down with National Jesuit News to talk about his time in India, and his desire to go deeper into the School of the Heart.
Jesuit Father Gregory Kalscheur, an associate professor at Boston College School of Law, reflected on learning more about God’s love while in Australia for his Tertianship, the final formal period of formation in the Society of Jesus.
Fr. Kalscheur spent seven months in Australia with twelve Jesuits from nine different countries and three U.S. provinces. Reflecting on that time, he writes:
“It has been a time to realize again, with great gratitude, that I was made for this life of companionship with Jesus and to reaffirm how deeply I want my relationship with Jesus to be the defining characteristic of who I am.
Tertianship has also been a time in which I’ve been reminded of the fragility of my capacity on my own to be faithful to all those desires, and for that I am grateful as well. While tertianship in one sense brings to a close the process of Jesuit formation, these seven months have reminded me that there is much more for me to learn in companionship with Jesus and in the company of my friends in the Lord.”
More of Kalscheur’s reflections are featured in the latest JESUITS magazine.