Ignatian Equipping Stages

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Candidacy Preparation for Novitiate. Advanced catechesis, apologetics, and basics of Ignatian life. Three months.

Novitiate School of Prayer and asceto-mystical knowledge. Retreat from “the world” (Romans 12:2) in order to equip oneself to return and convert it. Two years.

Catholic Culture and Civilization Program Latin and Greek, Italian, classical logic, public speaking, writing, history, and other subjects which will be continued throughout the stages of philosophy, theology and in summer programs. One year.


According to Saint Thomas Aquinas: four years.

Internship Apprenticeship. One year or several summers.

Theology According to St. Thomas Aquinas. Four years.

Tertianship Contemplative prayer. Four periods of three months, the first before sacred ordination and the others in subsequent years.

Ordination to Sacred Priesthood