Jesuit final vows

Jesuits are famous for their lengthy formation: for those who become priests it can take about nine years of post-novitiate study and pastoral experience until ordination, followed some years later by the tertianship programme, which is the final step towards final vows. Even then, a Jesuit has to wait to be invited to make those vows. The Jesuit vocation is definitely not for the impatient! - and final vows ceremonies can therefore be few and far between.

On Friday 8th June, Feast of the Sacred Heart, Fr James Conway SJ professed his final vows, at Farm Street Church. Originally from Newcastle, James entered twenty-four years ago and first made his vows in 1996. He has recently returned to the UK after five years in the remotest parts of Amazonian Guyana, and will now be based in London.

You can read more - including the homily by Fr Damian Howard SJ - and view photos here