Jesuits Report Surge in Vocation Inquiries since Election of First Jesuit Pope
March 11, 2014) — On March 13, Pope Francis will conclude the first year of
his papacy, and the Jesuits, the religious order of priests and brothers who
count Pope Francis as one of their own, have reason to celebrate. In the U.S., the Jesuits are reporting a surge
in vocation inquiries since Pope Francis’ election.
Men interested in exploring the possibility of joining the
Jesuits first make contact with the religious order through regional vocation
offices, and those offices are all reporting a significant uptick in vocation
inquiries — anywhere from a low of 67% to a high of 116% along the East Coast.
Father Chuck Frederico, vocations director for the Jesuits
of the Maryland, New England and New York Provinces, said his office has been
flooded with inquiries in the last year.
“We’ve been hearing from a tremendous number of young men who have no
experience with the Society of Jesus, which isn’t typical because so many of
our vocations come from men who have attended Jesuit high schools or colleges,”
said Fr. Frederico. “But these men are
new to the Jesuits, and they are inspired by the Holy Father. They’re excited about the Catholic Church
and, because of the example of Pope Francis, they want to learn more about the
Jesuits. It’s been a tremendous gift.”
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Jesus in the United States
Founded in 1540 by St. Ignatius Loyola, the Society of Jesus
(Jesuits) is the largest order of priests and brothers in the Roman Catholic
Church. The Jesuits operate 28 colleges and universities, 54 high schools and
67 parishes in the United States and engage in a variety of ministries. As
religious, Jesuits commit themselves to observe vows of poverty, chastity and
obedience in practicing a faith that promotes justice. For more information on
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