Colonialism and First Nations: An event for a spirituality of reconciliation
February 26, 2020 — The Wet'suwet'en - Coastal GasLink conflict and the broader #ShutDownCanada movement shows that reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in Canada is far from being complete.
There is hope, however, as the Jesuit experience shows. Since the arrival of the Jesuits in North America 400 years ago, relations between them and Indigenous peoples have clearly been marked by the colonial context. But today, Jesuits are on the path of reconciliation and decolonization, and can be a model for other institutions. This was the case, for example, when Jesuits voluntarily participated in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Peter Bisson, SJ, is a long time advocate for justice and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. He participated in the TRC when he was provincial of the then Jesuits of English Canada.
The Jesuits first had to learn to say: “We are responsible,” then “We are sorry,” and finally, “We need your help." We need your help to undo how participation in colonization has harmed not only its victims, but us too.
He recently pointed out that the Jesuits' evolution towards this partnership continues and if we listen, we will be transformed. And with that our behaviours will change.
How can you participate in this reconciliation? Come and share a moment of discussion with Peter Bisson, who will speak about his experience on Thursday 19 March during a Discover Soirée at the Villa Saint-Martin in Montreal. A time for personal reflection will follow.
Brother Frechette died on 3 June in the palliative care unit at the Oshawa General Hospital. He was in his 87th year and had been a Jesuit for 63 years. From 1978 until a few weeks before his death he was devoted to the Jesuit school and parish in St. John’s, NL.
June 1, 2020 — Before our interview, I had beenwas told that Fr. Marc Rizzetto, SJ, was very funny, very deep, and also…very busy... Nothing I learned in the interview that I finally managed to have with him did anything to dispel these rumours.
May 27, 2020 — On Wednesday, 22 April 2020, Erik Oland, Provincial of the Jesuits of Canada, received notice that an outbreak of COVID-19 had been declared at our infirmary in Pickering, Ontario. By Monday, 27 April, five Jesuits had arrived to provide personal care and custodial support.
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May 25, 2020 – In two of the more memorable and elegantly simple ceremonies in recent history, Terrence Prendergast, SJ, Archbishop of Ottawa-Cornwall, ordained 5 deacons and Kevin Kelly, SJ (CAN), to the priesthood.
Father Mike Murray died on 18 May, 2020 at the Ajax Pickering Hospital. He was in his 83rd year and had been a Jesuit for 63 years. He served as the first director of Anishinabe Spiritual Centre. In 2010, was appointed as President of Loyola High School in Montreal.
Father Charlie Sitter died peacefully on May 9 at René Goupil House in Pickering, ON. He was in his 94th years and was a Jesuit for 75 years. He had a passion for books and art and thus, he would serve his various communities as house librarian and artistic decorator.