1958: At age 21, Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Pope Francis) enters the Society of Jesus.
1960: Bergoglio pronounces his first vows as a Jesuit.
1969: After the typical decade-long period of Jesuit formation, Bergoglio is ordained a priest.
1973: He takes his final vows as a Jesuit, in April of that year. Three months later, he is named provincial (top leader) of the Society of Jesus in Argentina.
1992: He is ordained auxiliary bishop of Buenos Aires.
1998: Bergoglio is appointed Archbishop of Buenos Aires, the first Jesuit to hold that position.
2001: Pope John Paul II makes him a cardinal.
2013: Bergoglio becomes the first Jesuit ever elected pope. He takes the name “Francis.”
Source: Elisabetta Piqué, Francis: Life and Revolution (Loyola Press, Chicago).
The pope's signature on his final vows. (Michael Rogers, SJ)