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Moments for Encounter

Jesuits believe in "finding God in all things" and therefore can be found working and living in a variety of ministerial situations and locations.  As you discern God's personal call for your life, you may want to consider participating in some of these "moments" to encounter Jesuits in prayer, at service, or in community.  Scroll down to see the entire list.

Please contact Fr. Boom Martinez, S.J., Vocation Promoter, at for more information.



The next day John was there again with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, "behold the Lamb of God." The two disciples heard what he said and followed jesus.  Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, "what are you looking for?" They said to him, "Rabbi" (which translated means teacher), "where are you staying?"  He said to them, "Come, and you will see."  So they went and saw there he was staying and they stayed with him that day."       (Jn 1:35-39 NAB)

Like the two disciples seeking to know Jesus, you may be experiencing a similar desire to "come and see" how Jesus may be inviting you to serve him as a priest or brother.  This free and informal gathering enables men (ages 18-45) interested in exploring a possible religious vocation with the Society of Jesus, (the Jesuits) to listen to, ask questions of, and speak with Jesuits about our vocation stories, our prayer life, our ministries, our community life, and the process of vocaiton discernment.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Jesuit School of Theology (JST)
1735 Le Roy Avenue
Berkeley, California 94709
5-8 pm

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Jesuit Novitiate of the Three Companions 
10775 Deshire Place
Culver City, California 90230
11 am - 2 pm



A Candidates' Weekend is a chance for men discerning a call with the Society of Jesus to experience a weekend with Jesuit novices and other men exploring priesthood or religious life.  The time together is informal with a focus on sharing information and experiencing what actually goes on during the two years of novitiate formation.  Participants can expect to spend a lot of quality time with novices, listen to their reflections about the Spiritual Exercises and direct service placements, and have a chance to ask questions of them and th novitiate staff.  

Friday, December 20 - Sunday, December 22, 2013


Saturday, February 15 - Monday, February 17, 2014 (President's Day Weekend)

Jesuit Novitiate of the Three Companions 
10775 Deshire Place
Culver City, California




So you've been to a "Come and See" and attended other events around the province.  You've been in regular contact with the Jesuits and feel like God is calling you to go even deeper in your discernment.  It may be time for a silent retreat to allow for moments of encounter with a loving God's gentle whispers in your heart. 

These retreats are by invitation only for those who are actively discerning a call to the Society of Jesus.

November 28 - December 2, 2013  (Thanksgiving weekend)

Portland, Oregon


December 27 - January 3, 2014  (New Year's weekend)

Barrington, Illinois
This retreat is for men in serious discernment only.  You will be flown to Chicago and join other men in discernment from around the US for 8-days of silent prayer.  You will be assigned a spiritual director with whom you can share the fruits of your prayer.




Looking for more ways to connect with God?  Join us for these events during the liturgical seasons of advent and lent.  The program consists of a brief presentation, time for personal prayer, then group discussion.

Sunday, December 8, 2013 
4:30pm - 7:30pm (dinner included)

Jesuit Residence Chapel
Loyola Marymount University
1 LMU Drive
Los Angeles, CA 

Sunday, March 9, 2014 
4:30pm - 7:30pm (dinner included)

Jesuit Residence Chapel
Loyola Marymount University
1 LMU Drive
Los Angeles, CA 




You've felt a "tug" or an "ache" in your belly that maybe, just maybe, God is calling you to something more.  A priest?  A brother?  You're curious what goes on at an ordination ceremony.  What are these "vows" Jesuits take?  Consider attending one of these special events to experience God's spirit alive in these special liturgies!  When indicated, an information session will immediately follow the ceremony where you will have the opportunity to encounter Jesuits in an informal setting, speak about their ministry and ask any questions you may have.


Saturday, June 7, 2014
10:00 a.m.
St. Alyosius Church
Spokane, Washington

join us for a reception and information session immediately following the liturgy




You've come and seen, you've prayed, you've asked your questions, and maybe even attended some retreats. You've heard about what Jesuits do, but never really  experienced what Jesuits do.  Here's your opportunity to do just that.

This event is by invitation only.


JANUARY 16 - 20, 2014 (MLK weekend) 

This five day intense immersion experience at the border of Nogales, AZ & Mexico gives you direct experience with the work of Jesuit Refugee Services and the Kino Border Initiative.  You will live and work alongside the Jesuit community of Nogales, as well as meet and learn from the immigrants from both sides of the border.  A valid US passport is required to attend this program.  




So you feel you're ready for the next step? You think you can handle committing to a summer of serious and intentional prayer, work and reflection?  If you are actively discerning a vocation to Society of Jesus, this summer immersion program gives you the opportunity to experience what it would be like to live and work as a Jesuit for six weeks.  The summer 2014 dates have yet to be determined.  Please check back here in the spring of 2014 for more details.