Get Involved: For the Inclusion of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canadian Legislation
Five years ago, the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission stated that the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) should form the basis for reconciliation efforts in Canada. Several religious orders, including the Jesuits of Canada, support a change in legislation to allow the UNDRIP to be incorporated into Canadian legislation. They hope that a bill on this issue can be introduced and approved as soon as possible in the Canadian Parliament.
“For a Different World”: Jesuits of Canada and Haiti Welcome 13 New Novices
With great joy and gratitude, the Jesuits welcomed this summer thirteen new novices who entered the Society of Jesus; five in Canada and eight in Haiti. The novices have just completed their first period of probation. We thank God for the great blessing of their vocation to the Society.
A final farewell to the eight Jesuit victims of COVID-19
On Friday, September 4, Jesuits, family, and friends gathered at Guelph to say a final goodbye to those Jesuits who died during these past few difficult, COVID-filled months. The cremated remains of George O’Neill, Mike Hawkins, Peter Larisey, Norm Dodge, FX Johnson, Charlie Sitter, Mike Murray, and Joe Frechette were laid to rest in the Jesuit Cemetery on the grounds of the Ignatius Jesuit Centre following the celebration of a memorial Mass at Holy Rosary Church, presided over by the Provincial.
Offering Oneself: William Mbilinyi, SJ, Professed His First Vows
William Mbilinyi, SJ, professed first vows of poverty, chastity and obedience last August 16, 2020 at the Villa Saint Martin in Montreal. The First Vows Mass was presided by Fr. Erik Oland, provincial of the Jesuits of Canada, and concelebrated by Fr. Gabriel Coté, SJ, and deacon Jean Franky Guerrier, SJ.
“A man of great simplicity and great depth”: Canadian Jesuits remember Fr. Adolfo Nicolás
“He was a laughing man with a great sense of humor. He was optimistic, embodying great simplicity, great depth, and great compassion,” recalled Fr. Daniel Lebond, SJ. On May 20, 2020, Father Adolfo Nicolas, former Superior General of the Society of Jesus, passed away at the age of 83 in Japan. Elected on January 19, 2008 at the 35th General Congregation, he served the Jesuits in this role for 8 years.
Ordinations in times of pandemic: Society of Jesus welcomes new priest and five deacons in Toronto
May 25, 2020 – In two of the more memorable and elegantly simple ceremonies in recent history, Terrence Prendergast, SJ, Archbishop of Ottawa-Cornwall, ordained 5 deacons and Kevin Kelly, SJ (CAN), to the priesthood.
Not another streamed mass: Celebrating the Easter Triduum together online
Below are a series of guides to help communities and individuals around the world to celebrate, with the help of video conferencing tools, liturgies of the Word for the days of the Easter Triduum in the face of the limitations imposed by the current pandemic.