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.
December 6, 2019 – Fr. Julien Harvey, SJ, was a great Jesuit intellectual from Quebec. Though he passed away in 1998, his ideas and ways of proceeding — refusing simplification, listening, dialoguing and concrete proposals — have proven to be prophetic.
December 6, 2019 – Since the beginning of his papacy, Pope Francis has repeatedly come back to the importance of process and discernment in beginning a shift towards change and the transformation of the Church.
On November 25, in the early afternoon, Fr. Fernand Jutras, SJ passed away at the Richelieu infirmary. He was in his 78th and in religious life for 59 years. From 1971 to 2016, he carried out different ministries and professional activities in Montreal.
November 29, 2019 – On my way to Rome, I was skeptical and critical. I thought to myself: here is another celebration to swell our ego and justify our helplessness. I was comforted by the idea that I would enjoy as a tourist. But I was surprised!
November 29, 2019 – From November 9 to 14, 2019, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Canada team hosted its simulation exercise "A Journey in Exile" three times in three different locations. The exercise is a role-playing experience that puts participants in the shoes of a refugee.
November 21, 2019 – Even as “a twenty-year-old for the fourth time,” Fr. Michel Lefebvre, SJ, is kept busy either sitting on the Board of Directors or performing marriages and baptisms for former students of the Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, where he worked for over 45 years. Here are extracts from a moving interview.