One-Minute News: a Press Release, a Summit, a Pilgrimage, Two Directories

Fr. Leonard Chiti S.J., Provincial of the Jesuit Province of Zambia and Malawi, in Toronto

Canadian Jesuits International is proud to welcome Fr. Leonard Chiti S.J., Jesuit Provincial for Zambia and Malawi, who will be giving a conference in Toronto on July 11, 2019. Father Chiti will build on the traditional Zambian concept of the iIomba – a mysterious dragon creature often associated with malicious purposes – to discuss ecological and economic injustice in Zambia. The “dragon” (the systemic large-scale production of corn) is pitted against small farmers using various and organic agricultural practices. Their farms are ecologically and economically sustainable, offering an alternative to the destructive dragon of large-scale agribusinesses. Click here to learn more.

The Bishops of Haiti Denounce the Political Situation

In Haiti, opposition parties and several organizations called for demonstrations to demand the resignation of President Jovenel Moïse, accused by the Cour Supérieure des Comptes of being at the heart of a misappropriation of funds scheme. Angered by this situation, the bishops of the country signed a press release that denounces the country’s reality. It also condemns what is, in their eyes, the principal source of evil: “an excessive love of money.” They are deploring the endemic corruption, the catastrophic socio-economic situation and the political instability. But the bishops are also calling for a necessary change. To read the press release, click here.

A Summit: Jesuit Parishes and the Universal Apostolic Preferences

The Ignatian Solidarity Network is organizing a Jesuit Parish Justice Summit from September 9-11, 2019 at the Loyola Jesuit Center (Morristown, NJ). The purpose of the summit will be to share best practices, form new connections within the Jesuit network, and strategies around parish work for social justice, all inspired by the Ignatian charism. The Summit this year will be grounded in the Jesuits’ Universal Apostolic Preferences and will examine how they can be woven into parish life to form more just, spiritually grounded and vibrant communities. To learn more and to register, click here.

Youth Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha

On Saturday, June 15, young people between the ages of 18 and 35 will make a pilgrimage from Marie-Reine-du-Monde Cathedral (Montreal) to the Shrine of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha (Kahnawake). During the walk, there will be songs, prayer and moments of silence. The walk also includes a time for prayer and adoration at the Gesù. To learn more and to register, click here.

An Online Jesuit Bibliography

The Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies, in cooperation with various partners, has set up the Jesuit Online Bibliography. This site is a free, collaborative, multilingual and user-friendly data base that regroups bibliographic records of recent research in Jesuit studies. To contribute to it or to learn more, click here.

A Directory of Lecturers to Discuss Ignatian Themes

Are you looking for a lecturer to discuss an Ignatian theme? The Office of Ignatian Spirituality has placed an online directory of available Jesuit and lay lecturers. The lecturers specialize in a wide variety of themes, including the relationship between faith and science, art, discernment or the history of the Jesuits. To learn more, click here.

Fr. Ted Penton Recounts His Spiritual Journey

“If you had met Fr. Ted Penton, SJ, right before the turn of the millennium and told him he’d be ordained a Jesuit priest in 2019, he wouldn’t have believed you.” Fr. Penton recounts his journey in a radio interview with Mike Jordan Laskey. To learn more, click here.

Recent News

Father Demetrius MICHAILIDÈS died at the Richelieu infirmary on the evening of June 25. He had joined the Jesuit community at the Richelieu residence in July 2016. He taught dogmatic theology at the Université Saint-Joseph in Beirut, as well as in Belgium and New York.

June 26, 2020 — In Canada, COVID-19 has had an impact on all aspects of our lives since March and we have already shared the changes it has brought to our work. However, as Frantz Georges S.J. reminds us, “the spiritual experience is fundamental in the lives of all Christians.”

June 22, 2020 – The Holy Cross Church in Wiikwemkoong, Ontario, founded and still run by Jesuits, was vandalized between Saturday, June 13 and the early hours of Sunday, June 14.

June 19, 2020 — The Support Group for Rural Development (GADRU) is a nonprofit organization founded by Fr. Jean-Marie Louis, SJ, not only to oversee and promote the rights of those living in rural communities but also to participate in the construction of an inclusive, fair, and democratic society.

June 17, 2020 — Marc-André Veselovsky is not only a Jesuit, but also a vegetarian, semi-professional singer, a lover of board games (some might say the more complicated ones…) and a good listener.

June 15, 2020 — Fr. Grégoire Le Bel, SJ, set up a coworking space in collaboration with a group of young people, first taking one office, then another, and finally an entire space designed according to the needs of these entrepreneurs.

June 15, 2020 — While Jesuits and colleagues are often called to integrate into environments different from their own, Fr Bourke's openness to other cultures can be a model to follow.

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