An Advent Journey into Ignatian Spirituality – 4 Webinars [Video Recordings]
Jesuits are known for their distinctive spirituality. St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, developed a way of praying that helps people “find God in all things.” Ignatian spirituality is grounded in the conviction that God is active in our world.
“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 Taste of the Novitiate: The Jesuit House of Discernment in Canada
Becoming a religious in today’s context is often a radical and difficult decision. To help young men in their discernment and to give them a taste of the life of the novitiate of the Society of Jesus, the Jesuits of Canada have set up a house of discernment, first in Toronto (2019–2020) and then in Montreal (2020–2021).
New Seeds of Hope for an Old Forest
The Ignatius Old-Growth Forest is one of the ministries of the Ignatius Jesuit Center. It consists of nearly 100 protected acres of trails, forests, meadows, wetlands, and waterways that are home to a rich biodiversity of plant and animal life north of Guelph, Ontario. The project encourages the sharing of the sacredness of creation through spiritual development, education, community encouragement, and the care and management of the land.
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.
How Jesuit churches adapt to COVID-19: Two examples
The pandemic has forced the closure of parishes and other churches across Canada. Although lockdown restrictions continue to be eased and churches are now open, health regulations remain in place and a likely second wave of COVID-19 is expected. How can we reach parishioners and other people of faith in this context?
Mission Impossible: The Novitiate of William Mbilinyi, SJ
“I wanted to give it a try. Everything seems impossible until you try.” The journey of William Mbilinyi, SJ, from his native Tanzania to his first vows at Villa Saint-Martin, is filled with acts of faith... and great bursts of laughter. When he arrived in Canada in 2015 to begin a master’s degree in theology, nothing prepared him to enter the Society of Jesus; on the contrary! And yet, he has just pronounced his first vows and is now a scholastic.
The New Issue of Canadian Jesuits is Out
The new issue Canadian Jesuits is now out! This issue presents the work of Jesuit apostolates during COVID-19 and focuses on one of the Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus: to accompany young people in the creation of a future of hope.
Building Bridges Between Faith and Secular Society: The Experience of “Relations”
It’s a challenge for believers to formulate their ideas in ways that non-believers can understand them, and vice versa. But we have shown that it is possible, nourishing and inventive,” said Jean-Claude Ravet, the former editor-in-chief of the Relations magazine, published by the Centre justice et foi. Free and independent, this magazine offers a critical look at the major social, cultural, economic, political, environmental and religious issues of our time in dialogue with Quebec’s secular society. But how can a magazine founded by Jesuits present itself as a relevant voice today?
50 Years of Prayer at the Jesuit Infirmary in Pickering, by Fr. Gilles Mongeau, SJ
This past August 15th the Jesuit infirmary in Pickering, Ontario, celebrated its 50th anniversary. The Jesuits there have received the mission from the provincial superior orat pro Societate et Ecclesiae, “to pray for the Society of Jesus and the Church.”
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.