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.
January 10, 2020 – “I’m tired of only hearing about Haiti’s problems in the news. We have problems but we aren’t a problem.” That is the plea that the Superior of the Jesuits in Haiti, Jean-Denis Saint-Félix, SJ, makes on the 10th anniversary of the devastating earthquake that struck the country in January 2010.
January 10, 2020 – Last November the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat in Rome marked its first fifty years with a Jubilee gathering. Dozens of global delegates came together for a week of celebration, networking and discernment.
Father Gábor Kiss died at 11:30 am on December 23rd at René Goupil House in Pickering, Ontario (Canada). He was in his 96th year, and was in religious life for 74 years. His life of service can best be expressed by his usual reply: “I strive to do the best possible.”
December 13, 2019 – Caring for our common home is one the new Universal Apostolic Preferences. How exactly do we go about doing this? Fr. John McCarthy's job is to encourage all Jesuits and their colleagues in the Province to imagine different ways of working towards this preference.
December 20, 2019 – The Advent season is often filled with beautiful stories of solidarity. This year, one such story takes place at St. Bonaventure’s College in St. John’s Newfoundland, part of the Jesuit Schools Network.
December 13, 2019 – It was in the sanctuary of Loreto, Italy that, last March, Pope Francis dedicated all the vocations to the Virgin Mary and signed the apostolic exhortation written in response to the Synod on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.