Become a Jesuit
Arric Serrano SJ took first vows Aug. 16 and is now studying at Fordham University, New York

“To become a priest or a religious is not primarily our choice. It is our answer to a calling, a calling of love.” - Pope Francis
Everyone has a great calling. How are you called to respond?

For more than 450 years, Jesuit priests and brothers have lived an amazing story of serving the Church in new and unexpected ways. Now serving in 112 nations on six continents, Jesuits number about 16,000 priests, brothers and seminarians worldwide. Jesuits work in a wide variety of roles including teacher, doctor, poet, lawyer, social worker, writer, administrator, professor, pastor, scientist and artist. Jesuits also engage in missionary work, direct evangelization to the poor, social justice activities, interreligious dialogue and other ministries. Most importantly, Jesuits continue the tradition of providing Christian retreats based on the Spiritual Exercises – the foundational writing of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

In all places, in all ministries, Jesuit priests and brothers strive to be “men for others.”

If you want more information – or may even want to begin a serious conversation about applying – please click the button below and we will get back to you promptly. In the meantime, know that our prayers are with you as you continue to discern God’s plan for your life.

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Our Lady of the Oaks Retreat House
Our Lady of the Oaks Retreat House, located in Grand Coteau, La., has provided a beautiful setting for retreats since 1938.