Pope Francis will canonize Mother Teresa on Sept. 4, in Rome later this year. This day is significant because it will be during the celebration of the Jubilee for volunteers and workers of mercy and Mother Teresa has come to be a symbol of God's mercy for the poor and discarded of this world.
Mother Teresa, born Agnes Gonxha Bokaxhiu in 1910 to Albanian parents in Skopje, now part of Macedonia, joined the Sisters of Loretto when she was 17. She was eventually sent to Calcutta (now Kolkata) in India and it was here where she felt a calling to leave the walls of the convent and serve the poorest of the city. In 1950, she founded the Sisters of Charity, a religious order that takes a fourth vow to dedicate their lives in service of the poorest of the poor. It was through these actions that Mother Teresa was able to attract worldwide attention for her compassion and service to those most in need.
Mother Teresa died in 1997 and was beatified by John Paul II on Oct. 19, 2003, after a first miracle was attributed to her intercession. In 2008, a Brazilian man was healed after praying for her intercessions while combating multiple brain tumors. Approval for the validity of the second miracle was given on Dec. 17, 2015, after confirming that the disappearance of his tumors could not be explained scientifically.
Father Demetrius MICHAILIDÈS died at the Richelieu infirmary on the evening of June 25. He had joined the Jesuit community at the Richelieu residence in July 2016. He taught dogmatic theology at the Université Saint-Joseph in Beirut, as well as in Belgium and New York.
June 26, 2020 — In Canada, COVID-19 has had an impact on all aspects of our lives since March and we have already shared the changes it has brought to our work. However, as Frantz Georges S.J. reminds us, “the spiritual experience is fundamental in the lives of all Christians.”
June 19, 2020 — The Support Group for Rural Development (GADRU) is a nonprofit organization founded by Fr. Jean-Marie Louis, SJ, not only to oversee and promote the rights of those living in rural communities but also to participate in the construction of an inclusive, fair, and democratic society.
June 15, 2020 — Fr. Grégoire Le Bel, SJ, set up a coworking space in collaboration with a group of young people, first taking one office, then another, and finally an entire space designed according to the needs of these entrepreneurs.