Four Jesuit novices from the Maryland, New England and New York Provinces professed first vows of poverty, chastity and obedience on Saturday, August 16, 2014, at Holy Cross Church, DeWitt, N.Y. They are Matthew D. Cortese, SJ, Sean P. Hagerty, SJ, Matthew A. Lopez, SJ, and Dickson D. Tiwelfil, SJ. They joined their brother Jesuit, Ricardo Perkins, a member of the Jamaica region of the New England Province, who pronounced his First Vows in Kingston, Jamaica on August 9, 2014.
The Mass at DeWitt was co-celebrated by Maryland Provincial Fr. Robert Hussey, SJ, New England Provincial Fr. Myles Sheehan, SJ, and New York Provincial Fr. John Cecero, SJ. In his homily, Fr. Sheehan illustrated how the profession of vows is an answer to God’s call, “They have heard God calling in the night…calling in a variety of different trials and experiments, calling in the teaching and the leadership and the spiritual direction that’s been given to them.”
Vow Day occurs early in a Jesuit’s formation after two years of formation as a Jesuit. This process includes a 30-day retreat in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, apostolic experiments in a variety of Jesuit ministries as well as studying the history and Constitutions of the Society.
For more information on the five men who recently professed vows click here.
Click below to listen to the homily by Fr. Myles Sheehan, SJ.