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.





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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.

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