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All together, 89 Jesuit novices in Europe and Near East.

God continues to call young people today to discover that it is possible to live a consecrated life. This year 42 young people knocked on the doors of our ten novitiates in Europe. Each one of them has followed a different journey, some have known us since childhood in our schools and churches, others have collaborated with our social and pastoral works, and others have simply approached the Society of Jesus from its web pages.

However, all of them have in common a process of mutual knowledge between the Jesuits and the candidates to be Jesuits. Entry into the novitiate implies a preliminary program that brings together candidates with Jesuits who are experts in discernment. The goal is to grow in freedom before God to discover all the dimensions of the Jesuit vocation. This process involves doing spiritual exercises and placing oneself completely in God's hands to choose freely and generously.

All together there are 89 novices in Europe, 42 in first year and 47 in second year. A novice learns to create a community of brothers who grow in prayer, knowledge of the Society, apostolic work, and personal enrichment. He meets the Lord through the 30-day Spiritual Exercises retreat. At the end of these two years, he pronounces vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.

In the Jesuit Conference of Europe and Near East there are ten noviciates. This are the news from each one:

Birmingham (U.K.)

First year: 5 Novices
Second year: 3 Novices

Total novitiate: 8

Countries: Northern Belgium, Ireland, The Netherlands, Sri Lanka and United Kingdom

PHOTO CAPTION: Photo taken on 19th September at Emo Court, county Offaly. From leftFr Kevin O’Rourke SJ (socius) Paul Prior (HIB, first year); Paolo Beltrame (BRI, second year); John Bosco Noronha (BRI, first year); Thiranjala Weerasinghe (SRI LANKA, first year); Ian Jackson (BRI, second year); Desmond Gibney (HIB, first year); Matthew Tumulty (HIB, second year); front row, kneeling – Dunstan Rodrigues (BRI, first year).

 

Cairo (Egypt)

First year: 0
Second year: 2

Total novitiate: 2

Countries: Egypt, Lebanon and Syria

 

Coimbra (Portugal)

First year: 5
Second year: 3

Total novitiate: 8

Country: Portugal

PHOTO CAPTION: From left: Francisco Montellano, Bruno Monteiro, Manuel Sérvulo Rodrigues, Eduardo Amaral, António Ferreira da Silva,

 

Gdynia (Poland)

First year: 6
Second year: 12

Total novitiate: 18

Countries: Poland, Russia, Ukraine

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Genoa (Italy)

First year: 10
Second year: 6

Total novitiate: 16

Countries: Albania, Italy, Malta, Romania, and Slovenia

Photo Caption: Giovanni B., Stefano, Marco M., Filippo, Boštjan, Giovanni, Marco, Aleksandar, Lorenzo e Urban

 

Lyon (France)

First year: 6
Second year: 10

Total novitiate: 16

Countries: France, Southern Belgium and Luxemburg

Photo Caption: first and second year in Lyon. Among them first year novices Maxime, Etienne, Bruno, Bertrand, Charles and Damien.

 

 

 

Nurnberg (Germany)

First year: 3
Second year: 5

Total novitiate: 8

Countries: Austria, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania and Switzerland

Photo Caption: first year in Nurnberg: Philipp Rode (GER), Daniel Weber (ASR), Milan Wehnert (GER)

 

Ružomberok (Slovakia)

First year: 1
Second year: 3

Total novitiate: 4

Countries: Chequia and Slovakia

 

San Sebastián (Spain)

First year: 6
Second year: 1

Total novitiate: 7

Country: Spain

Caption: From top left: Eduardo, David, Jaime, Anselmo, Fran y Luis

 

 

Split (Croatia)

First year: 0
Second year: 2

Total novitiate: 2

Countries: Croatia

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