Admission and Formation

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Each community receives new members for formation according to their own schedule, often yearly or every two years.  After applications are received and reviewed, accepted applicants begin a two-year formation period which usually begins in September. 

At the conclusion of the formation period, each person discerns if she/he wishes to make the Promises of Simplicity of Life, Apostolic Availability and Fidelity to the gospel and to her/his Associate and Jesuit companions .  Initially Promises are made for one year with renewal being made for one or three years.

Becoming an Ignatian Associate does not require a financial commitment. Promised members discern how they wish to support the work of the Ignatian Associates with time, talent and financial contributions.

The first year of formation consists of

  • Participating in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius (19th Annotation)
  • Meeting weekly with a Spiritual Director trained in Ignatian Spirituality who guides the experience of the Spiritual Exercises
  • Meeting two to three times a month with one’s formation group under the guidance of a team of Promised Members
  • Sharing with others the process of deepening spiritual life and Ignatian spirituality; sessions focus on the Spiritual Exercises and faith sharing


During the second year of formation, the emphasis is on

  • Learning more about Ignatian Spirituality and St. Ignatius
  • Growing in understanding of what it means to be a Promised Ignatian Associate, especially the significance of the three promises, community life, ministry, as well as Ignatian Associate and Jesuit history
  • Meeting with Promised Members for liturgy, celebrations and learning