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December 14, 2020 — Fr. Marc Reeves, SJ, pronounced final vows in the Society of Jesus during the Loyola Marymount University Jesuit community liturgy on December 1.

Fr. Marc Reeves, SJ (right)

At the Mass, Fr. Reeves told his brother Jesuits: “Through my final vows, I belong to you. And you belong to me. And we belong to Jesus and that is something to celebrate.”

All Jesuits take vows of poverty, chastity and obedience upon completing two years of novitiate after joining the Jesuits. Then, after completing the many years of Jesuit training and, for some, after ordination, a Jesuit is invited into the final stage of his training, called “tertianship,” which includes making the full Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, explains Fr. James Martin, SJ, in America. The Superior General of the Society of Jesus then decides whether to invite a Jesuit to pronounce final vows, which signifies his “full incorporation” into the Jesuits.

Fr. Reeves is a native of Los Angeles and an alumnus of Loyola Marymount University, where he currently serves as associate vice president for Mission and Ministry, interim director of campus ministry and director of Catholic Studies. In addition, he teaches for the Department of Theological Studies as a senior lecturer in the areas of liturgical and sacramental theology.