Canadian Jesuits International (CJI) is an apostolate of the Jesuits in English Canada, which seeks to promote the justice of God’s kingdom and to find God in all cultures and religions in our world, especially among those who are most marginalized.
CJI works with Jesuit and other partners rooted in the Jesuit tradition to support communities in their struggles for peace and social justice in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe and the Caribbean. CJI supports projects in many areas, including education, pastoral care, social services, community development, sustainable agriculture, humanitarian aid and human rights.
Once known as the “Mission Office” of the Jesuits in English Canada, CJI has more than 50 years of experience in global solidarity. Its history is closely linked to that of the Canadian Jesuits missionaries who, in 1946, went to serve in the Darjeeling region in northeast India. The mission of CJI today is deeply rooted in the pioneering work of the Canadian Jesuits in Darjeeling and later in Zambia and Jamaica.
Today, more than ever, “mission” is understood as solidarity and reciprocity. We speak of mission as an encounter – an encounter among equals, where we all have a voice, and where we can work together to build a ‘new world’ based on justice, equal opportunities and sustainable and fair development.
To encourage Canadians to share this understanding of mission in the world today, CJI has become increasingly involved in educational advocacy linked to its overseas work. To undertake this advocacy, CJI draws upon an extensive global network of Jesuit and other partners to raise awareness and encourage pathways of action towards universal solidarity.
An important step in this direction was the setting up of the Youth 4 Others program (Y4O) in 2012, with a full-time youth outreach coordinator to work with schools, universities and other institutions to harness the enthusiasm of young people to be involved in social justice issues.
Overseas too, the work of CJI is forever transforming, as it responds to new needs in new regions and with new local partners, basing its intervention on the principles of reciprocity, solidarity and partnership.Programs