Jesuit Jargon

If you ever need to explain Jesuits to non-Jesuits, you might find Fr. Jim Martin’s guide to Jesuit formation lingo helpful. I  work for the Jesuits, write about them, was educated by them, and belong to a Jesuit parish. Still–I learned something from it. Do you know what  “secundi” means?  It’s not the pasta course.

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Jim Manney
Jim Manney is the author of highly praised popular books on Ignatian spirituality, including A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer (about the Daily Examen) and God Finds Us (about the Spiritual Exercises). He is the compiler/editor of An Ignatian Book of Days. His latest book is What Matters Most and Why. He and his wife live in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


  1. Thank you for directing us to this very interesting guide by Fr. Jim Martin. It is enlightening to get a glimpse into the reasons behind the process.


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