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

July 11, 2019 — This year, the Manresa Spiritual Center is celebrating its 70th anniversary. Many things have changed since the first laymen retreats in Toronto in 1925 and the foundation of Manresa in 1949, including the addition of retreats for women and for members of Alcoholics Anonymous.

July 9, 2019 — This second part of the Praying With the Preferences series focuses on the first two Apostolic Preferences: showing the way to God through the Spiritual Exercises and discernment; as well as walking with the poor and the outcasts of this world.

July 9, 2019 — On July 31, we will celebrate two special masses in honor of the Feast of Saint Ignatius, founder of the Society of Jesus.

July 8, 2019 — The Jesuit Forum for Social Faith and Justice is very pleased to welcome two new, full-time staff members: Mark Hathaway as Associate Director and Victoria Blanco as Office and Program Manager.

July 1, 2019 — The Jesuits in Honduras are denouncing the Honduran government’s repression of protests over the past two months.

June 28, 2019 — This week is the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This feast, whose origins date back to the XVIIth century, gives us the opportunity to meditate on how Jesus expressed his love. It was also an occasion for the Jesuits of Canada to consecrate their Toronto offices on June 25.  

June 28, 2019 — Last week, Pope Francis reiterated the importance of inclusion in the world of education, using the Fe y Alegría model as an example. This exhortation is a recurring theme in the Pope's speeches and is in line with a call for renewal in education which dates back to 1965.

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