The Jesuits in Canada welcome the following men to our novitiate in Montreal. Meet the men below.
Curtis McKenzie, 39, holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan and a CPA (CMA) professional accounting designation in Canada. Prior to entering the Novitiate, Curtis spent 18 months in Italy for discernment as well as volunteering within the Church under the supervision of the Jesuits.
Curtis spent 18 years in banking and finance including active involvement in his local community through a number of charitable endeavours. Curtis first came in contact with the Jesuits in 2013 while working in Toronto. Since then it has been his direct experience with Ignatian spirituality that has helped him understand the love of Jesus Christ.
"While life has many paths for faith and good works, being a man for others seemed to be God's way of calling me to be in communion with creation. I am very grateful for this grace and gift, including the many saints and people that have helped me along the way." Curtis' parents reside in Kelowna, BC, while his brother and sister-in-law are in Edmonton, AB.
Mathiew Nini, 25, recently completed a Master’s Degree in Philosophy of Religion at McGill University in Montreal, writing a thesis about the Jesuit philosopher Joseph Maréchal. He had previously studied philosophy and theology at the Grand Séminaire de Montréal as a seminarian for the diocese of Bathurst, New Brunswick. As part of his formation, he spent a year in a rural parish in northern New Brunswick, and during that year made an eight-day retreat with a Jesuit, who introduced him to Ignatian spirituality. The oldest of three children, his experiences outside of the religious and academic world include working as a golf instructor, organizing groups of teenagers to help the homeless, and singing in the chorus in two operas.
Marc-André Veselovsky, 23, was raised in a wonderful Catholic family of six children in Ottawa, Ontario. His faith really became his own when a Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO) mission came to his parish when he was 18 years old. He gave his "yes" to Christ, and his faith has never been the same since. Soon after, he became open to the priesthood, and a few years later, he went on a "Come and See" Jesuit weekend, which was the beginning of his Jesuit discernment. He just graduated with a degree in Philosophy and Psychology. During his university years, he participated in two CCO summer missions. During the summer of 2015, he also did the Camino of Santiago de Compostela. His hobbies include singing and spending time with good friends. He is looking forward to continuing his formation and finding God's will with the Jesuits.
Please read more about the 45 new novices that entered the Society of Jesus in Canada, Haiti and the US here.