Seven men entered the Society of Jesus on August 24, 2013, at the Jesuit novitiate of St. Alberto Hurtado in St. Paul, Minn. The men, from the US Midwestern provinces, are from various backgrounds and schools. The novitiate is the first two years of training to become a Jesuit priest or brother. They have joined thirteen other Jesuit novices who are already in their second year of training.
L-R: Matt Ippel, Patrick Hyland, Minh-Hoang Le, Sean Barry, Emanuel Werner,
L. Ryne Dwyer, and Bryan Paulsen
During their two years of novice training, they will study the history and founding documents of the Society of Jesus, make a thirty-day silent retreat based on the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius Loyola, make a month-long pilgrimage journey, and do various kinds of volunteer service and teaching in preparation for their profession of religious vows of poverty, chastity and obedience at the end of this period.
The men were welcomed to the Novitiate by the Jesuit staff members: Fr. Tom Pipp, S.J, (Novice Director), Fr. Charlie Rodrigues, S.J. (Assistant Novice Director), and Fr .Chris Manahan, S.J. (Superior of the Jesuit community).
For more information and pictures, see Meet the Novices page.