Archbishop Christian Lépine of Montreal, left, with Jesuit Father Erik Oland, provincial of the Society of Jesus in French Canada. (Photo: Richard Maltais)
Society of Jesus Receives Archdiocese of Montreal’s Diocesan Award of Merit
June 2, 2017 — The Archdiocese of Montreal presented the Ignace-Bourget Diocesan Award of Merit to the
Society of Jesus on May 31, the celebration of the Visitation of the Blessed
Virgin, the patronal feast day of the diocese. Father Erik Oland, SJ, provincial
of the Jesuits’ French Canada Province, was there to receive the award from
Archbishop Christian Lépine of Montreal at Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral
First given in 1979, the
award is named after the second bishop of Montreal, Ignace-Bourget (1840-1876),
a prominent figure in the history of the church and his country who was known
for his faith, charity and social commitment.
“Witnessing to the faith in a
world marked by religious indifference and unbelief is the primary mission of
the Society of Jesus, which has been ceaselessly carrying it out in Montreal
for more than 300 years,” the Archdiocese said. “Today, we wish to pay tribute
to the fearlessness of the first Jesuits who came to Canada and profoundly
marked our history. On a broader note, we would like to honor all the men, past
and present, who drew and continue to draw, the inspiration for their extensive
and fruitful work primarily from their life in union with Christ for the
greater glory of God.”
The Society of Jesus was
among five other organizations and four individuals who were honored with the
award at the Mass. [Source: Archdiocese of Montreal]
Father Alex Kirsten, died on January 17, 2018 at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto, ON.He was in his 70th year and in religious life for 47 years.Fr. Kirsten served multiple ministries including the Martyrs’ Shrine in Midland, ON and the René Goupil House in Pickering, ON.
January 12, 2018 — Only one month after expressing their concern regarding the post-election situation in Honduras, the Jesuit Provincials of English and French Canada, Fathers Peter Bisson and Erik Oland, have sent another letter to the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs.
December 28, 2017 — In the early days of 2017, the newly elected Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Father Arturo Sosa, SJ, helped set the stage for a year that will be very much remembered for the Jesuits’ care for people at the margins.
December 12, 2017 — As members of the greater Ignatian family, we are blessed to have many prayer resources available to us. If you’re looking for something special for Advent, you may want to visit one of these sites.