If accepted, the applicant is invited by letter to join the Jesuit Novitiate on Entrance Day in August. He is given the necessary information he needs to prepare his personal goods and settle his affairs before moving.
Often, during the summer months, he will be invited to a dinner at the local Jesuit community. The Vocation Director and his spiritual director remain as support for him as he prepares to enter the Novitiate.
Once accepted, the man becomes a “Jesuit Novice.” Society of Jesus assumes full legal and financial responsibility for the man’s training and education as a Jesuit. The Novitiate is a two year training program. It is designed, through various experiences of prayer, study, community life, and volunteer ministry, to test the man’s desire to live and die as a Jesuit, while preparing him to pronounce perpetual vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience in the Society of Jesus.