Jesuits celebrate 400 years in Canada - in Vancouver

Jesuits celebrate 400 years in Canada - in Vancouver

March 16, 2012

Photos courtesy Kevin Eng  and Sammy Tong

Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, recalls society’s local impact

The Society of Jesus is celebrating not only 400 years in Canada, but also a history stretching back to 1921 in the Archdiocese of Vancouver.

“We are blessed to have four Jesuits assigned to this archdiocese,” Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, said in his homily during Mass in Holy Name of Jesus Church Feb. 26. Jesuit is the common name for members of the society.

The four Jesuits: Fathers Robert Allore, John W. McCarthy, Elton Fernandes, and Robert K.L. Wong, concelebrated with the archbishop, who was joining them to celebrate the milestone. Famous Jesuit astronomer Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ, was there as a special guest.

Jesuits have had a positive impact on the Vancouver archdiocese; they have worked at establishing schools, parishes, and building up the Slovak community. The order left Vancouver for six years before starting to re-establish itself in 2006.

To read more of Nathan Rumohr’s story from the March 5 issue of The B.C. Catholic click here.