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.
Father Larry Kroker died peacefully on October 6, 2019 at Rene Goupil House, Pickering. He was in his 80thth year and in religious life for 60 years. Larry took the gifts of Jesuit tradition and of the Exercises and offered them to the Indigenous people.
Fr. Gavin died peacefully on the morning of Oct. 6, 2019, at René Goupil House, Pickering. He was in his 85th year and in his 65th year of religious life. He wrote a lasting memorial - Vol. 1 in the Jesuit History Series, Teachers of a Nation – Jesuits in English Canada 1842-2013.
October 10, 2019 — On October 5, Michael Czerny, SJ, was created cardinal by Pope Francis, along with 12 others. We joined him last Tuesday in Rome via teleconference and asked him some questions – all of which came directly from his Canadian colleagues.
October 4, 2019 — The Secretariat for Social Justice and Ecology has just released the new issue of its journal Promotio Iustititiae (PJ), which focuses on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and on Integral Ecology.
October 4, 2019 — The federal election campaign in Canada is in full swing. On October 21, citizens will have to choose between various platforms. This is why the Justice, Reconciliation and Ecology Commission of the Jesuit Province of Canada has prepared a document to encourage discernment and action.
October 3, 2019 — On September 22nd, Jesuit Refugee Service Canada once again carried out A Journey Into Exile. It is an exercise which, with a somewhat playful style, seeks to help participants to immerse themselves in and experience the reality of being a refugee. This time, the event was part of the Journées de la Paix (Days of Peace) in Montreal.
September 24, 2019 — In a joint statement issued on September 16, the president of the Jesuit Conference and the provincial superiors of the six Jesuit provinces of the United States and Canada called on the entire Jesuit community to expand its advocacy efforts on behalf of migrants.
September 24, 2019 — The Synod on the Amazon is fast approaching. Other than Fr. Michael Czerny, SJ, one of two special secretaries for the Synod, are Canadian Jesuits invited? Fr. Peter Bisson, SJ, explains Canada’s place at the event.
September 19, 2019 — Many sanctuaries and churches in the country keep alive the memory of these saints who died between 1642 and 1649 while working to evangelize indigenous peoples in New France. But how did the cult of the martyrs develop and how do their lives still resonate today?
September 19, 2019 — The Synod on the Amazon is “our synod of urgency,” said Pope Francis. The event will focus on a vital region for the future of humanity, especially relevant as record numbers of wildfires currently rage in Brazil’s rainforests.
September 18, 2019 — Interested in Ignatian spirituality or curious to know more about the Jesuits? Come meet us! Several events will take place throughout Canada. You will hear personal stories, pray, contemplate, get spiritual guidance or simply ask questions.
September 19, 2019 — On October 22, under the honorary chairmanship of Mr. Louis Audet, the Jesuits of Canada will hold their third annual Wine and Cheese Evening in support of their educational, spiritual, environmental and social justice works. The event will take place at the Grande Chapelle of Collège Brébeuf (Montreal).
September 11, 2019 — Over the past year, Fridays for Future, a global student movement started by Swedish student Greta Thunberg, has grown to include hundreds of thousands of students around the globe. Now, the movement is inviting others to join with them.
September 12, 2019 — The Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, is currently planning the renewal of its formation process. Young Jesuits in the new province will be formed in such a way that the different learning components will be even more integrated.
September 5, 2019 — The Province of the Jesuits of Canada just celebrated its first year. Three people graciously agreed to share their experience of this new province: Father Earl Smith, SJ, scholastic Marc-André Veselovsky, SJ, and Norbert Piché. The three testimonies echo each other.
September 1, 2019 — Last month, Fr. Michael Czerny, recently named cardinal, published a text on the upcoming Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon region. "We cannot separate the social and the natural, we must not separate the environmental from the pastoral," writes Fr. Czerny.
Father Doug McCarthy died suddenly on the afternoon of August 24 at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Toronto. He was in his 75th year and in religious life for 57 years. He was respected and loved by the Indigenous people, that they gave him an Indian name – Minowadjmod, “the carrier of the message, always a good message”.
August 26, 2019 — The first indigenous mass organized by the Church of the Gesù took place last Sunday, to the sounds of the indigenous teweikan drums, under the scent of sacred sage and in a prayerful atmosphere.
August 23, 2019 — During his visit to the Jesuit provinces of Asia, Father General of the Society of Jesus, Arturo Sosa, gave a speech to the lay people involved in the works and activities of the Society of Jesus in Taiwan. This speech was posted online by the General Curia of the Jesuits.
August 23, 2019 — According to Bill Blakeney, a lawyer working as legal counsel for the Jesuits of Canada, the process behind the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was both “frustrating” and “moving” at the same time.