Jesuits of Canada ordain a new deacon: a day in pictures
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. Most Rev. Terry Prendergast, S.J., Archbishop of Ottawa, came to preside at the ordination. The liturgy was simple and beautiful. The archbishop highlighted in his homily the various ways in which God calls us to serve. Kevin’s own vocation is a particularly poignant example. After a long and successful career, he left it all behind in the most radical way to follow where God was calling him in religious life. Saturday marked a great step along Kevin’s journey into ordained ministry. He will now be able to serve the people of God in more ways, adding to his natural gifts of listening, spiritual guidance, and humble service.
After the mass there was a terrific reception in the hall around the corner from the parish. Friends, family, and Jesuits spent a couple of hours mingling and celebrating before most boarded buses headed back to Montreal or Toronto. Kevin’s family and a handful of Jesuits remained overnight to participate in Kevin’s first mass as a deacon where he preached wonderfully. Our prayers are with Kevin as he continues in his formation.
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 — 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.
October 10, 2019 — The path between a lay life and the last Jesuit vows is very lengthy (approximately 13 to 20 years!). Gilles Mongeau, SJ, who helped evaluate this process within the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, details how the five steps of Jesuit formation will tangibly change.