Three priests of the North-West African Province of the Society of Jesus had their profession of Final Vows on the 24th of June, 2022 at the Br. Andre Chapel, Brafoyaw, Cape Coast.
After having lived so many years of their lives as Jesuits, the Provincial Superiors of the Society of Jesus called upon Rev Fr. Bernard D. Jado, SJ alongside Rev. Fr. Kpanie Addy, SJ, and Rev. Fr. Reginald Tiesaah, SJ. to profess their final vows within the religious order.
The colourful celebration was attended by a cross-section of a few religious women and men as it was a virtual event.
These final vows are taken after the end of two years of novitiate when the Jesuit makes his first vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.
According to HISTORIA DOMUS, apart from these final vows, the professed Jesuit also makes five simple vows which have traditionally been professed privately in the sacristy. The five simple vows relate more to the Institute of the Society of Jesus and the governance of its members with regard to it.
These involve (1) never changing any statute concerning poverty within the Constitutions of the Society unless to make it more strict, (2) never ambitious for any prelacy or dignity in the Society, (3) never ambitious for any prelacy or dignity outside the Society; and not consent to one’s election unless forced by circumstances of obedience, (4) communicate the name of anyone seeking the two aforementioned positions to the Society or its superior and (5) if ordained a bishop, never to refuse to listen to the counsel of the General of the Society.
Congratulations to them all for answering the call to religious life and to follow Christ more closely, forsaking the world.
We celebrate Rev Fr. Bernard D. Jado, SJ on this special occasion. We pray for God’s wisdom and grace to carry on in His vineyard.
Congratulations Padre. May God continue to grant you insight into His Word, Amen