I’ve been thinking about a Jesuit vocation for a while. I have a devotion to Ignatius and the more I read about the Jesuits and their saints and their role in history, the more and more I love them. I especially love their motto, and their historic status as defenders of the Pope and orthodoxy. I want to be a soldier for Christ and I truly feel i need to explore a possible
call to the great order of Ignatius.
I have one problem however, I was in the diocesan seminary for 6 months, I left feeling that I wasn’t on track with my vocation and also because of the seminary itself and issues there were with the Rector (who was later forced to resign). It was a very depressing place and I fee like I left that place not discounting the priesthood rather that particular seminary which was literally like hell on earth. I’m sorry but I can’t describe the things that went on there. I have now moved on from the diocesan call, feeling that it is a incomplete call to the Jesuit priesthood.
I read on the web somewhere that if someone is a member of a previous religious order then then are instantly disqualified from having a Jesuit vocation? Would being a student in a diocesan seminary disqualify me from having a chance to explore the Jesuit call?