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Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, SJ, greeted worshippers after celebrating Holy Thursday Mass in 2008 at a church in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (CNS photo/Enrique Garcia Medina, Reuters)
A Pope’s Jesuit Life

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)





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