Vow Day

Christopher and his family on vow day
Three young men gave a powerful witness to their faith and desire to serve by taking simple perpetual vows as Jesuits at the weekend. This marked the end of an exacting and inspiring two years as novices. Their experiences have been rich and varied.Chris Brolly had been a Maths teacher in a Newcastle secondary school. He feels that his two years as a novice have been a process of becoming more human. “The novitiate, gave me a chance to look back at my life and see how God has been working...
Stephen Noon SJ kneels as he professes his first vows
It was 'vow day' last Saturday,  after two years as novices, a time of testing to see if God has called them to join the Society of Jesus, three men were invited by their provincials to take simple and perpetual public vows.  One of them, Stephen Noon entered the novitiate from the cut and thrust of Scottish politics. A member of the SNP, Stephen worked as an assistant to Alex Salmond and an architect of the 'Yes' campaign in the Scottish referendum.Reflecting on the last two years as...
Novices make their First Vows
Dear ‘voventes’, family, friends, companions,Vowday. After two years of probation we are here together at this important encounter with the Lord. The ‘voventes’ are making us witnesses of their intimate secret which they bear in their hearts: the knowledge that the Lord touched each of them in a very special way and that He has been transforming them ever since.Their selection of three texts from Holy Scripture today is a testimony of their private and intimate...
Every year on the first Saturday in September, novices from the Inter-Provincial novitiate in Birmingham pronounce simple and perpetual vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. A Jesuit novice spends the first two years of his formation at the novitiate and this culminates in his profession of the vows. Important aspects of the two years are making the Spiritual Exercises, cultivating a rhythm of prayer and reflection, experiencing Jesuit community life, and participating in a variety of...