A personal and institutional conversion: Fr. Peter Bisson reflects about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
May 23, 2019 — “The Jesuits first had to learn to say: “We are responsible,” then “We are sorry,” and finally, “We need your help.” This is how Fr. Peter Bisson, SJ, summarizes the evolving relations between the Jesuits and indigenous peoples regarding residential schools in the latest edition of the Canadian Jesuits.
Indeed, the Jesuits ran a boarding school for boys, St. Peter Claver School (that later became Garnier College) in Ontario, which closed its doors in 1959. However, the Jesuits did not leave the region since they still serve there in indigenous parishes, working closely with former students.
In his article, Fr. Bisson recounts his rather uncomfortable but necessary personal experience in a hearing before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2012. He also explains the way in which the Jesuits have progressed on the path to reconciliation.
Since the end of the 1980s, when the Jesuits first received complaints about sexual and other types of abuse perpetrated in their boarding school and in indigenous parishes, until 2015, when the English Canadian Jesuits discerned indigenous relations as a priority for the organization, much has been accomplished. After a difficult start, the Jesuits of Canada now wish to work in partnership with indigenous peoples for the common good. “If we learn to listen, we will be transformed,” states Fr. Bisson.
To read the entire article in the Canadian Jesuits, see pages 5 to 7.
November 8, 2019 — But how do we look at young Canadians? What is their relationship with the Church? To find out more, we have attempted to paint a portrait of Canadians aged between 15 and 30 years old and their relationship to the faith.
November 1, 2019 — Kevin Kelly, S.J. was ordained to the diaconate in beautiful Perth, Ontario on Saturday, October 26th. The mass took place at his family’s home parish of St. John the Baptist. Many Jesuits, friends, and collaborators made the journey from Montreal, Toronto, and Ottawa to participate in the celebration and spend the day with Kevin.
November 1, 2019 — In a previous blog post, I wrote about the importance of looking after our inner lives, however frantic our professional, family, social or virtual worlds might become. Over the last couple of months I have started using Prie en Chemin (or in English, Pray as you go). I must admit, I fell instantly and completely in love with it.
June 28, 2019 — Each year Mer et Monde trains some 300 trainees in international cooperation and supports partners in Senegal, Nicaragua and Costa Rica in their development projects. A number of interns share their experience.
Fr. Chris Rupert died early on the morning of 16 October in the Supportive Care Unit at Lakeridge Hospital in Oshawa, ON. He was in his 83rd year and was a Jesuit for 60
years.Chris was a zealous priest who served for years in the Durham Region.
October 17, 2019 — This year the Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre in Ontario is celebrating its 70th anniversary. How relevant can a retreat centre be in 2019? How are retreats carried out and what is the value of attending one? Three young women share their experience.
October 17, 2019 — Technological innovations have touched nearly all aspects of life and the Catholic world is no exception. Several apps allow you to easily access daily readings, profound meditations or do short retreats while travelling. The following are five (mostly free) examples.