|Tertianship & Final Vows|
This stage of formation comes usually several years after ordination, or in the case of brothers, after several years of apostolic work as young brothers.
The name “Tertianship” comes from the Greek word for the number three, for this stage is considered to be the third year of the novitiate.
Having gone the full cycle of studies (Novitiate, Philosophy, Regency, Theology) and then a few years of apostolic work, Tertianship gives the young Jesuit the opportunity to re-immerse himself in the spirituality of St Ignatius.
This includes experiencing, for the second time, the thirty day retreat of the Spiritual Exercises, studying the Jesuit Constitutions and recent General Congregations. After the retreat, Tertians then go for insertion experiences, often to live among the poor and marginalised, similar to those made in the Novitiate.
Frs Chiedza Chimhanda and Anesu Manyere SJ
Arrupe College chapel, October 2011
During this time he has been living under the 'Simple' vows made at the end of the Novitiate. The final vows he now takes are Solemn vows; the main practical difference being that Simple Vows are relatively easy to be dispensed from when a young Jesuit finds that he is not in the right place, and wishes to leave the Society of Jesus.