Vocations

The First Vows of Our Three New Scholastics 2024

On the morning of Monday, April 22nd, 2024, the Society of Jesus in Thailand was filled with joy as three men completed their two-year novitiate in the Society of Jesus and pronounced their First Vows at Seven Fountains in Chiang Mai: Sch. Andrew Suriya Dipour, SJ, Sch. Ignatius of Loyola Sattha Charoensin, SJ, and Sch. Ignatius of Loyola Surachai Senghoe, SJ.

Introducing the Jesuit Vocations

“It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain” (John 15:16). The vocation to be a priest, or religious, is a special grace from God, inviting you to live, follow, and serve Him.

Jesuit vocation is another God´s call for those who follow Him. Jesuits have two types: as a priest and brother, but both have the same mission which is to love, serve and proclaim the Good News of Christ in our world. The Jesuit vocation is based on the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus and is the author of the Spiritual Exercises. The Spiritual Exercises has helped many people discover God's will for their lives like St. Francis Xavier who joyfully become a great missionary. Just like what the Pope have said, “The Jesuit is a servant of the joy of the Gospel” (GC 36, 2016).

Newly Ordained Priests 2023

On July 15, 2023, all Jesuits in Thailand felt overwhelmed with happiness and blessings to congratulate our three brothers, Rev. Fr. Francis Xavier Pantharaks Rueangswasdi, Rev. Fr. David Sakda Saenbanchoedsuk, and Rev. Fr. Joseph Nguyen Van Luong, on their recent ordination as priests. Bishop Francis Xavier Vira Arpondratana served as the ceremonial presider, and the event was held at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Newly Ordained Deacons 2023

Congratulations to our newly ordained Deacons, on February 04th, 2023,12 Jesuits were ordained to the diaconate by H.E. Card. Carlos Osoro Sierra, archbishop of Madrid, at Parish of Sagrado de Jesus Corazón y San Francisco de Borja. Among the 12 are 2 from the Thai region: Francis Xavier Phanthatraks Rueangswasdi SJ and David Sakda Saenbanchoedsuk SJ.

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The Society of Jesus

The Society of Jesus was founded in 1540 by Saint Ignatius Loyola and his companions. The mission of the Jesuits is a mission of justice and reconciliation, working so that women and men can be reconciled with God, with themselves, with each other and with God’s creation.

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