January 29, 2016 — For gymnasts it might be a twisting tumble, for astrologers a star, for politicians a sandwich. But for Jesuit ecologist Fr. John McCarthy that ultimate accolade — confirmation of a lifetime of scientific research — is to have a lichen named after him.
January 15, 2016 — The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was created to inform Canadians about what happened in Residential Schools. The Commission was tasked to document the truth of survivors, families, communities and anyone personally affected by the Residential School experience.
Father Laurier Crosbie Harvey died peacefully on January 13, 2016 at Ajax-Pickering Hospital. He was in his 91st year of life and was a Jesuit for 60 years. Fr. Laurier is remembered for his extensive missionary work in India and Siberia.
December 17, 2015 — After five years as director of the Martyrs’ Shrine in Midland, Ontario, Jesuit Father Bernard Carroll, SJ, is retiring from the role, effective mid-February. More than 100 people in the community, including community leaders and politicians, came to wish farewell to Fr. Carroll, on December 14.
Father Donald Beaudois died peacefully on December 8, 2015 at Rene Goupil House, Pickering, ON. He was in his 90th year and in religious life for 70 years. Fr. Beaudois was a well-respected teacher, pastor, and administrator.
December 8, 2015 — Today Pope Francis opened the Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica to mark the start of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, a year for the church to focus on forgiveness and healing in a special way.
November 18, 2015 — Inspired by Pope Francis’ recent visit to the U.S., a record-breaking 1,600 students and young adults gathered for the 18th annual Ignatian Family Teach for Justice Nov. 7-9 in Washington, D.C.
Father John O’Brien, (Jack), died on November 7, 2015 at Rene Goupil House in Pickering, ON in the 92nd year of his life and 71st year of religious life. Fr. "Jack" is remembered for his extensive work and recognition in communications and education.
Brother Leo Brady died on November 6, 2015 at Ajax-Pickering Hospital in his 97th year of life and 68th year of religious life. Br. Leo spent many years in Guelph, notably as director of the Ignatius farm.
November 3, 2015 — At a news conference on Parliament Hill, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) released a joint statement on euthanasia and assisted suicide.
October 26, 2015 — In the 16th century, St. Ignatius Loyola founded one of the world’s first multinational organizations, the Society of Jesus. In October of 2016, the Jesuits will choose Ignatius’ successor in Rome at General Congregation 36, or GC 36 for short.
October 23, 2015 — When most young men completing Aerospace Engineering degrees think about job prospects following graduation, they might think of working at NASA or a prestigious engineering firm, few think of joining a religious order. But this is precisely what Jesuit scholastic Erik Sorensen did.
September 17, 2015 — During his upcoming visit to the United States, Pope Francis will roam the corridors of power, but will also undoubtedly seek out ordinary Americans as well as those dwelling at the margins of society.