Calling

Fr Dermot Preston SJ reflects on the place of the vows in the life of a Jesuit. He has worked as a Jesuit in Britain,  South Africa and Guyana and is now Provincial of the Jesuits in Britain.When I was a novice we used to recite this helpful little meditation:“Poverty – to be free, as He was freeChastity – to love generously, as He lovedObedience – to live a life of service, as He served.”As these words illustrate, the contours of the vows are not narrowly...
How will I know if I am called?If you have a vocation to the Society, then it is likely that either now or in the future you will:feel somewhat dissatisfied with what you are currently doinghave a desire to do more for Christfind in your past indications that this may be a life to which you are suitedrecall having had a strong, perhaps unsought for, sense that this life is for youorwhen peaceful in prayer and close to Christ, have felt an attraction to itfind in the story of St. Ignatius echoes...
I’m Kensy Joseph. I was born in Kuwait of Indian parents in 1980 and I entered the British Province when I was 27. Ten years after joining the Jesuits I was ordained to the priesthood in July 2018. When I first realised God might be calling me to the priesthood and the religious life, I was surprised! In search of deeper meaning than I found in the corporate life - I studied engineering at university, and worked in business consulting and banking prior to entering the Society - I looked to...
I took first vows as a Jesuit brother in September 2012 after a two year novitiate. I feel called to commit my life to finding out where God is sending me to serve the Kingdom of God in the Society of Jesus. At the moment that mostly takes the form of studying philosophy and theology at Heythrop College. I take part in some of the college chaplaincy events and was part of a new initiative in my community to grow vegetables in our garden.For several years I had the feeling that I did not want to...