St Ignatius called tertianship ‘the school of the heart’, a time where the Jesuit is invited to consider his life story and his response to God’s call. A key part of the programme is the experience of the full Spiritual Exercises, an opportunity to renew and deepen one’s sense of discipleship. Tertianship is also the time for rereading the Jesuit foundational documents, especially the Constitutions and the recent General Congregations. In addition, Tertians spend ten weeks away on apostolic placements in a variety of settings. Tertianship is an experience of deep integration of the tertian's life, as he prepares for his definitive incorporation into the Society of Jesus through final vows.

Dublin

The European Tertianship in Dublin, one of around 15 in the Society worldwide, was opened in 2006. It welcomes around 12 Jesuits every year for an 8-month programme, from September to May. Most come from European provinces, but there are always at least two Tertians from outside Europe.

Lebanon

A new Tertianship program of the European Conference begins in 2021 in a Jesuit Residence in Bikfaya, in Mount Lebanon. The new program will focus on Reconciliation as horizon to Jesuit life-mission.

In September two Tertianships opened in Europe, in Dublin (very appreciated since many years) and for the fist time in Bikfaya (Lebanon). We are proud to publish two fresh eyewitness reports. Dublin Here we come the Tertians 2021-22! We are eight Jesuits coming from different parts of the world: France, Germany, Croatia, Italy, Poland, Sri Lanka, US. We gathered in green Ireland, Manresa House - Dublin, last Sep 20th, 2021, and we will live together till the end of May 2022. Fr Paul Pace SJ is our Tertianship Instructor, and Charlie Davy his Assistant. Cool guys… It’s a special opportunity for us to have our Tertianship during the Ignatian Year, the Anniversary in which we remember the beginning of Inigo's spiritual journey by his being harmed. Wounds are part of our story, even inside the Society of Jesus. Misunderstandings, non-communication, negative thoughts are signs that our wounds usually arise from a lack of awareness of God's grace in the here and now. The Tertianship is a time for recognizing that every fragment of our personal story is full of his grace, and nothing will be lost. We hope that by sharing our different stories, our wounds will lead us to a transformative process through which we can become a really reconciled Body at the service of the World.   During our Tertianship experience, we will go through four main experiences: 1) the building of our community: we will become friends through an intensive sharing of our personal stories; 2) the Ignatian Retreat: one month of personal deep reviewing of our life as Jesuits; 3) the study of the Jesuits’ Constitutions to become more aware of our belonging to the Society of Jesus; 4) the “long experiment”: a period of mission among people in need in different parts of Europe. After this experience, we will be ready for the final incorporation into the universal Body of the Society of Jesus. Flavio Bottaro S.J. Bikfaya On Monday 27 September, the anniversary of the foundation of the Society of Jesus, a new European Tertianship was inaugurated in Bikfaya, Lebanon, by Fr Franck Janin, President of the Conference of European Provincials, and Fr Michael Zammit Mangion, Provincial of the Near East. This third year, organised by the Conference of European Provincials with the help of the Near East Province, will be accompanied by Fr Dany Younes, instructor, and Fr Nawras Sammour, superior of the tertianship community. Arriving at night in Bikfaya, I discovered the next morning after having understood how my shutters opened the magnificent setting in which we have the privilege of living this eight-month experience offered by the Society of Jesus. Anchored on the rock of Mount Lebanon, at an altitude of 900 m in the village of Bikfaya, the residence of Notre Dame de la Délivrance, which was the first house of the Society when it was restored, offers a splendid view of the ocean located 7 km away. Such a viewpoint invites peace, leads to contemplation, and the search for the essential. We are 7 tertians from Goa, South Africa, Rwanda, Congo, Poland or France and together we will make community with our instructor and our superior. Two Indian tertians will join us in a few weeks, once their visas are obtained. The theme of our third year will be reconciliation. For this, we will reread our Jesuit history for 9 weeks before the 30 days retreat which will take place from 22 November to 21 December and for which we count on your prayers. Then we will study the Exercises, go on a 9-week experiment before returning to revisit the foundations of our Institute. This reconciliation, which is undoubtedly necessary if we reread any of our Jesuit histories, we discover that it is also necessary in this land of Lebanon, through the witnesses who come to speak to us about the challenges of inter-religious dialogue, the history of the country, and the churches that live together there. This morning Mgr César Essayan, Vicar Apostolic of Beirut for the Latin Rite Catholics in Lebanon, came to speak to us about his work as a pastor and the challenges it represents, with migrants, religious communities and political reconciliation in the Land of the Cedars. An invitation to consent to the death of that which bears no fruit so that resurrection can come into our lives. Vincent Lascève SJ (EOF)
Father General has approved the creation of a new Tertianship program of the European Conference that will be directed by Fr. Dany Younès, former Provincial of the Near-East Province, and will take place in a Jesuit Residence in Bikfaya, in Mount Lebanon. The new program will focus on Reconciliation as horizon to Jesuit life-mission. Through personal prayer, selected readings, communal sharing, spiritual accompaniment and conversations with different people, the Tertian is called into a “school of the heart” where his experience of God reconciles him to his own self and makes him an apostle of reconciliation. All elements of the program aim at facilitating the integration of the Tertian in the Apostolic Body of the Society of Jesus. The Near-East Province covers a space that is torn by long term conflicts and the coexistence of different nations, cultures, religions, churches and mentalities. Seen from this part of the world, the mission of the Society as a ministry of reconciliation takes on a new urgency and a call for depth. The new program will be hosted by the oldest residence of the restored Society in the Near-East, next to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Deliverance, and the Center of Spiritual Arts. The small town of Bikfaya is situated at an altitude of 900 meters, about 30 minutes from Beirut. It is cold in the winter and hot in the Summer, but over the most part of the year it has a nice moderate weather. Candidates for Tertianship are already applying to the new program which will begin on September 26, 2021. You can find more details on the “ad usum nostrorum” section of the website of the Society. Candidates can apply by filling in this Google Form. The respective Major Superiors should also fill in this other Google Form. Fr Dany is reachable on the email address: tertianship.lebanon@gmail.com. Dany Younès (PRO)
Dublin / Salamanca. The formation of a Jesuit takes a long time. It begins with two years of novitiate. This is followed by studies in philosophy and theology. At the end there is a "Third year of formation", a Tertianship. In some places in Europe, such as Salamanca and Dublin, a new year has begun. Salamanca On September 14, the Tertianship began in Salamanca for 10 Jesuits from six different countries: Brazil, Chile, Italy, the United States, Portugal and Spain. The COVID-19 pandemic has not prevented the beginning of the experience, although it will logically condition the performance of some of the planned activities. During the first week, the group received the visit of Fr. Provincial, Antonio España SJ who welcomed them. He encouraged the participants to take advantage of this unique experience and showed them the welcome and availability of the Province of Spain. This time the Tertianship program should make an effort to adapt to the health circumstances. Some of the training talks will take place through videoconference and the visits to Ignatian places as well as the experiences will be conditioned by the evolution of the pandemic. The 10 participants have diverse profiles and have worked in the social, educational, university and even scientific fields. These first days are being dedicated to getting to know each other and sharing the context from which each of them comes. Dublin Last spring we took the decision to offer the European tertianship programme this year as well, and to stick to the original starting date of 21st September so as to minimise+ the risk of coinciding with the onset of the flu in autumn. Little did we know that by then we would be in the midst of the second wave, and that Dublin would have more restrictions than the rest of the country! At that time we had twelve possible tertians on our list, seven of whom needed a visa. On Monday 21st, the feast of St Matthew the evangelist, the group that assembled in Dublin for their tertianship was made up of six: Michele from Italy, Julian from Germany, Lukas from the US, Eugene from Lithuania, Learoy from India and Roman from Poland. Some had dropped out for health reasons, others because they could not travel from their country to Ireland. Others had had their visa refused, one just three days before we started. Two of the six came at the eleventh hour, for they were on the waiting list until less than a week before we started! Since we share the grounds and certain services with the spirituality centre, we are very careful to follow the covid guidelines the house has developed over the summer. For the first two weeks we are living a regime of ‘restricted movement’: we do not leave the grounds of the Manresa spirituality centre, we wear masks whenever we are together and have no contact at all with the Jesuit community at the retreat house next door.  But that will be over in a few days, and tertians can look forward to getting to know Dublin. In the meantime we have already had our first zoom session on Transitions, and are into the week of sharing from the heart. Do keep us in your prayers from time to time. Paul Pace sj
Opening of the Tertianship in Dublin. Greetings from the European tertianship in Dublin. This is the fourteenth year of the tertianship in Ireland, and once more we have a group of 11 tertians, from 10 different countries, and provinces, from four different continents: the Czech Republic, France, Poland, Slovakia, Syria, Canada, China, Guyana, Indonesia, and the United States. The ministries they come from are equally varied: some were university professors or researchers, others involved in Jesuit formation, in direct pastoral ministries in parishes and chaplaincies, others with CLC and JRS. Now they will be spending 8 months in the ‘school of the heart’: after the long years spent at the school of the mind, and a few years of ordained ministry, they will have the opportunity to have a good look at their Jesuit life and vocation in the light of their experience as Jesuits. The most important experience of tertianship is certainly the Spiritual Exercises, which will start on November 18th: do keep us in your prayers. During the weeks before the retreat we are having another look at the writings of St Ignatius, and after the retreat the tertians will go for a ten week experiment, mostly in situations that are new to them. This is a time of great blessing and insight for the tertians. As someone once said, every group of tertians refounds the Society of Jesus anew, and this sounds even more true in these times of profound change. Do keep us in your prayer from time to time.
These words, printed on the cover of a small album of photos and messages from former tertians, sum up the spirit of a simple yet meaningful celebration held at the European Tertianship at Manresa House Dublin, on the 18th of May. It was a celebration marking the end of the tertianship programme that had started eight months previously, in September 2017. The group was made up of 11 tertians from 11 different countries, the most international group ever, and the celebration was presided by Fr Frank Janin, the CEP President and our major superior who was here on his annual visitation. But what is an annual celebration this year had a special character: it was a farewell to Jan van de Poll, one of the founders, together with the late Joe Dargan, of the European Tertianship programme,  who will leave the tertianship after 12 years at the helm.  We wished it to be a surprise, and we succeeded. We invited the Jesuits of Dublin, including the Provincial, Fr Leonard Moloney, together with the staff of the house and our Ireland based lecturers, besides a couple of Jan’s friends. Most of those we invited gladly accepted, and this unexpected turnout left Jan, as he said during the mass, flabbergasted. We also wrote to former tertians whose address we could find, and to one of his brothers, asking for photos and a short message.  Here too the response was excellent, a sign of the esteem and love in which Jan is held by his former tertians. We even had a short video message from Fr John Dardis, former Irish Provincial and CEP President. Xavier Zong, our tertian from China, worked hard to put all this together, and produced a 48-page book which was presented to Jan at the end of the celebration. Two messages sent for this occasion sum up the gratitude and joy we felt on that day: Fr Jose’ Magadia, Fr General's assistant for formation, wrote, Jan, by helping to open spaces in the hearts of a whole generation of Jesuits from all over the world, you have made possible the sending forth of men with renewed energy for mission. Wow!!! … grazie mille! And as one tertian said, Tertianship and life are full of mysteries... But the good Angel gives some key to approach them. Jan, thank you. May God bless you Jan, and welcome to Tom McGuinness (BRI), the new tertian instructor who will join Paul Pace (EUM) in Dublin.
In 2006 the Conference of European Provincials opened a new Tertianship in Dublin under the presidency of Mark Rotsaert. In the grounds of Manresa House Spirituality Centre there was an old novitiate that was completely reformed as a new Tertianship. The first instructors for the formation programme were Jan van de Poll (ELC) and Joseph Dargan (HIB) – who passed away in 2014, being his successor Paul Pace (EUM). Team-work guiding tertians has been one of the main characteristics in this program and now its time to thank Jan van de Poll for his twelve years of outstanding service and to announce the new Tertianship Instructor: Tom McGuinness, from the British Province, who has been working as a Retreat Team member of Manresa House Spirituality Centre in Dublin.  Tom McGuinness, Born in 1947, a Jesuit since 1965 have been working in the field of Ignatian spirituality since 1978, shortly after ordination, in most of the retreat or spirituality centres of the Jesuits in Britain. His final formation year as a Jesuit was spent in an international group in Japan and the Philippines. Where he was drawn to the shared insights of the Ignatian spirituality and Zen practice. Tom has spent most of his ministry engaged with directing the Spiritual Exercises. He gave special attention to music and art. He has written and recorded a number of reflection songs as one way of exploring the spirituality of St Ignatius.  He was recently Chair of the Catholic Network for Retreats and Spirituality (CNRS). This is part of a larger ecumenical network, which offers support, information and opportunities to people across many traditions. From 2008-14 he was director of the Ignatian Spirituality Centre in Glasgow, joining the Retreat Team in Manresa in 2015. He will begin as Tertianship Instructor in September 2018.  We would like to thank him and his provincial for their availability for this formation mission in the Society of Jesus.  In all fairness, on behalf of the Jesuit Conference of European Provincials, we would also like to express our most sincere gratitude to Jan van de Poll as founder and instructor for twelve years in the European Tertianship in Dublin. His life experience of many years in Indonesia, his work as novice master and Provincial, his involvement in General Congregation 35, among many other gifts, have been a grace that he has shared helping more than a hundred tertians during these years, enlarging and deepening their understanding of the universal vocation to the Society of Jesus. We wish the best for Jan in his future mission.