Two Jesuit novices who spent a year at Canisius High School prior to their novitiate pronounced their first vows this past weekend.
Mario Verde, SJ (first from left), and Christian Zombek, SJ (second from left), professed vows of poverty, chastity and obedience Saturday at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse. They were two of five men in the USA East Province of the Society of Jesus to end their time as novices and officially become Jesuit scholastics.
At Canisius, Verde and Zombek worked with teachers, helped with service projects and traveled to retreats during the 2018-19 academic year.
Verde attended Syracuse University while Zombek is a Fordham University graduate.
During the Jesuit novitiate, novice are introduced to religious life and work in various apostolates.
Following the profession of first vows, scholastics study philosophy and theology at a Jesuit university, usually for three years. The total formation process to become a Jesuit priest can take from eight to more than 10 years.
Photo provided by Jesuits East.