Aug. 28, 2015 – Pope Francis named Sept. 1 World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. This day will be an opportunity for individual believers and communities to reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation and thank God for the wonderful handiwork entrusted to our care.
August 27, 2015 - Canadian Jesuit Father David Nazar, SJ, has been named rector of the Pontifical Oriental Institute, the premier centre for the study of Eastern Christianity in Rome, Italy. Fr. Nazar is currently serving as superior of the Jesuits in Ukraine and is a former provincial superior of the Jesuits in English Canada Province.
August 21, 2015 — The most famous pilgrimage in the Christian world right now is the Camino de Santiago de Compostela across northern Spain. However, there is also a pilgrimage just as challenging, a lot less expensive, and just as transformational, is right in our backyard.
August 17, 2015 — Spiritual retreats shouldn't be limited to the middle class, said Ted Penton, a Jesuit in formation. He leads retreats for homeless people through the Ignatian Spirituality Project (ISP), which runs in 27 North American cities. Penton visited Vancouver July 11-17 to see if it could be next.
August 11, 2015 - How often have you heard the claim that faith and science are incompatible or strictly opposed? Too often religion seems to ‘get a bad rap’ these days. Well, Fr. John McCarthy, Jesuit priest and ecologist, doesn’t buy this opposition.
July 9, 2015 — Following the lead of pontiffs before him, Pope Francis apologized Thursday for crimes committed against the native peoples during the so-called conquest of America, and repeated calls for economic justice for the world’s poor.
Father Michael Stogre died unexpectedly on June 24, 2015, at the Jesuit house in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was in his 71st year of life, four days short of his birthday, and in religious life for 52 years. Michael Joseph Stogre was born in Prince Edward Island on June 28, 1944.
June 23, 2015 - On April 25, 2015 a massive earthquake struck Nepal. It registered a catastrophic 8.1 surface wave magnitude and killed more than 8,800 people while injuring more than 23,000. Amidst the destruction and chaos, the local Jesuit community is helping the Nepali people rebuild.
June 18, 2015 — Today Pope Francis released his highly anticipated encyclical on the environment, "Laudato Si': On the Care for Our Common Home," calling on all people worldwide to act on climate change as a moral responsibility.
"Father Van," Jesuit missionary who ministered in Darjeeling, India, died on June 1, 2015 at the age of 88. He was a Jesuit for 70 years. Given his talents, Fr. Van filled many posts in virtually every part of the Darjeeling Mission.
May 23, 2015 - With great joy and gratitude in God’s grace, Jesuit Gregory Kennedy was ordained to the priesthood on May 23, and his fellow Jesuits, Matthew Charlesworth, Jean-Robert Déry, Paul Robson, and Emmanuel Saint-Hilaire, to the diaconate, at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Toronto.
Fr. John (Jack) Stephen Doyle died on May 25, at René Goupil House, Pickering, ON. He was 84 and in his 60th year of religious life. In the summer of 1968, Fr. Doyle flew off to Zambia, spending the next 40 years there and filling many roles.
May 23, 2015 — Today, Pope Francis beatified Archbishop Oscar Romero, moving the martyr a step closer to sainthood. An outspoken advocate for the poor, Romero was shot and killed March 24, 1980, as he celebrated Mass in San Salvador.
May 12, 2015 — Jesuits are responding to the earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25 and has killed over 4,000 people. On May 12, a second earthquake hit a remote mountainous region of Nepal killing at least 36 people and injuring over 1,000.
May 1, 2015 — Jesuit Father Michael Lapierre, Canada’s oldest Jesuit, turns 100 years old on May 2. Born in Chapeau, Allumette Island, Quebec, Fr. Lapierre was 19 with one year at the University of Ottawa under his belt when he turned up in Guelph, Ontario, to enter the Jesuit novitiate in 1934.