Tertianship Program details

Tertian Instructor:


The Tertianship is located in KwaZulu Natal, about 80 km north of Durban. Our address is:

Sea Cottage
93 Nkwazi Drive
Zinkwazi Beach
Nkwazi, 4480
South Africa

29.2718° S, 31.3685° E | PC8R+FC Nkwazi



+27 73 497 4070

Dates of Tertianship Programme

20 September 2021 – 19 March 2022 – applications open
24 May 2021 – 2 August 2021 & 23 May 2022 – 2 August 2022 (2 session Tertianship) – applications open

The programme scheduled for September 2020 is cancelled because of the COVID-19 restrictions in place in South Africa.



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Financial information

The cost is US$ 7,000. This covers all the expenses for the programme but not the travel to and from South Africa. The Tertians should bring some extra funds for other activities before or after the tertianship.

Description of the Program

The third intake will be in 2021. The programme follows the common tertianship programme of the Society of Jesus with a particular emphasis on the African experience of the Society of Jesus. It is essentially the ‘school of the heart’ for the Jesuit at the end of his primary formation as St Ignatius desired; it aims to create a community of priest and brother tertians through a mutual sharing of our Jesuit life stories and prayer. The consideration of our own life story and that of St Ignatius with the experience of the Spiritual Exercises seeks to integrate the life of each tertian for final incorporation into the Society. A study of the Constitutions, General Congregations, history of the Society, Vows and administration of the Society is an integral part of the tertianship. A detailed timetable is available from

Admission Requirements

  1. A strong desire and commitment to the tertianship programme.
  2. At least three years apostolic work and experience.
  3. A fluency in English for spiritual accompaniment, group work and ministries.
  4. A mission from one’s Major Superior to the tertianship. The applicant should contact the Tertianship Director (preferably by email) after discussing the suitability of this program with his Major Superior
  5. A confidential recommendation will be asked from the Major Superior, as well as a Testimonial of Suitability for Ordained Ministry i.e. with regard to Safeguarding and Addiction requirements.
  6. Members of the African Assistancy will normally be given priority.

Please apply well in advance as visas take time to process.

What does the Tertianship look like?