A new "Provincial Secretary" for Jesuits in Canada
February 27, 2019 — Father Lissaint Antoine, a Haitian Jesuit and a member of the Society of Jesus since 1996, has just been appointed Secretary of the Jesuit Province of Canada. He replaces Father Leonard Alitilia, who took over the direction of the New Gesù project on February 1.
The role of the provincial secretary is very old in the Society of Jesus. Until the 1970s, he was in charge of official Latin communications with the Vatican and with the Jesuit General Administration in Rome. He was often a specialist in church law; a trusted man of the provincial, he dealt with delicate canonical issues. He was also responsible for the province's administrative records. If the secretary was a fine pen, he could also prepare the provincial's correspondence.
Today the role has evolved a lot, especially with the digitization of many administrative tasks. Provincials often have executive assistants and generally prepare their own correspondence. Nevertheless, for many Jesuit provinces - just as for the general administration in Rome, which has its "Secretary of the Society" - the role of the Secretary of the Province remains very important. Father Antoine will continue to ensure official communications with dioceses, religious communities and Vatican authorities. He will assist the socius of the province with concrete projects related to his personal expertise in management: human resources management, creation of protocols for the new province, management of administrative archives, etc. He will also collaborate on other initiatives of the provincial house.
Father Jack Hall died peacefully on March 14, 2019 at the Jesuit Infirmary in Pickering, Ontario. He was in his 73rd year and was in religious life for 45 years. His care for the Society and the Church was genuine; his storytelling brought raucous laughter on his part.
March 15, 2019 — Film maker Kevin Moynihan, with the financial help the Jesuits and a number of other religious orders, has produced a documentary on the residential schools and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
March 15, 2019 — Dr. Nadia Delicata has just been appointed Episcopal Delegate for the Evangelisation of the Archdiocese of Malta by Mgr Charles J. Scicluna. This is the highest position ever held by a woman in the archdiocese.
March 14, 2019 — The Province of Canada has just created a Service for Common Discernment to assist Jesuit missions and apostolates, but also other organizations that would like to use it in their community discernment efforts.
March 14, 2019 —The famous Jesuit theologian Christoph Theobald will be teaching in Montreal next week. From March 22 to 24, he will give a lecture at the Dominican Pastoral Institute, a teaching inspired by his book Urgences pastorales (Pastoral Emergencies).
March 8, 2019 — This collective work is the initiative of some twenty French-speaking women theologians, Protestants and Catholics from Europe, Africa and Quebec. In twelve powerful texts, these theologians offer us a feminist reading of certain passages of the Bible that speak of women.