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Four Jesuit novices of the USA East Province pronounced first vows on August 7, 2020 at the cathedral in Syracuse, NY. Pictured from left to right are Andrew Milewski, SJ, Trevor Kelly, SJ, David Said, SJ, and Michael Petro, SJ.

Their journey began two years ago, after much discernment and prayer, when they entered the Jesuit novitiate. Through this foundational time of formation, they have learned the joys and challenges of religious life, new ways of praying, and becoming more accustomed to seeing the world the way St. Ignatius invites us. Prayer, study and apostolic service all helped to build a stronger relationship with Jesus—a companionship—that has empowered each of these young men through grace and courage to kneel before the Eucharist as they did and pronounce perpetual vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. With silver crosses in their hands and the official “SJ” after their names, they will now embark on the rest of their formation as true brothers in Christ, companions in the Society of Jesus.

Click here to watch the full Vows Mass.

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