November 30, 2018 — I attended the graduation ceremonies at Regis College last Saturday (Nov 24). I was happy to be present since I had missed my own Regis graduation. Little did I know then that, as Provincial, I would become the Chancellor of Regis and that I would be the one conferring the degrees some 16 years later. The beautiful ceremony took place in St. Joseph’s Chapel at Regis College and, with a number of beautiful musical interludes, there were some 50 degrees awarded. The recipient of the honorary Doctor of Divinity this year was Fr. Tom Rosica, CSB, the founding executive director of Salt and Light Television and frequent contributor to the Vatican’s English language press office. His Chancellor’s Lecture, the evening before, focused on ‘Doing Theology in the City.’
In sum, Fr. Rosica talked about how God works in the wider world not simply within the confines of the Church. And, in the city, this means in the midst of messiness like seeds sown among the weeds (Matthew 13). Theology in the city is anything but bucolic because, as our field of mission, it contains the best and worst of what humanity has to offer. That said, even though our cities are more and more secular, humanity is always seeking deeper meaning for its existence. Hence, it is no coincidence that the Jesuit theology school is in the centre of the city where our task is to build bridges of fraternity in the midst of challenges. Fr. Rosica cited Pope Francis, who asks us to embrace the challenges of our world and to seek dialogue among peoples; thus laying the groundwork for a new Christian humanism. (Fr. Rosica’s address will be available on the Regis web site and in print form). The convocation address was given by Fr. Scott Lewis SJ, dean of Regis
January 10, 2020 – “I’m tired of only hearing about Haiti’s problems in the news. We have problems but we aren’t a problem.” That is the plea that the Superior of the Jesuits in Haiti, Jean-Denis Saint-Félix, SJ, makes on the 10th anniversary of the devastating earthquake that struck the country in January 2010.
January 10, 2020 – Last November the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat in Rome marked its first fifty years with a Jubilee gathering. Dozens of global delegates came together for a week of celebration, networking and discernment.
Father Gábor Kiss died at 11:30 am on December 23rd at René Goupil House in Pickering, Ontario (Canada). He was in his 96th year, and was in religious life for 74 years. His life of service can best be expressed by his usual reply: “I strive to do the best possible.”
December 13, 2019 – Caring for our common home is one the new Universal Apostolic Preferences. How exactly do we go about doing this? Fr. John McCarthy's job is to encourage all Jesuits and their colleagues in the Province to imagine different ways of working towards this preference.
December 20, 2019 – The Advent season is often filled with beautiful stories of solidarity. This year, one such story takes place at St. Bonaventure’s College in St. John’s Newfoundland, part of the Jesuit Schools Network.
December 13, 2019 – It was in the sanctuary of Loreto, Italy that, last March, Pope Francis dedicated all the vocations to the Virgin Mary and signed the apostolic exhortation written in response to the Synod on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.