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.
God in a 45-minute Zoom: The spirituality sector adapts to COVID-19
How do we reach out to people in a pandemic? How do we respond to their spiritual needs and promote a contemplative life while gatherings are banned? Many Jesuit spirituality centres have turned towards the Internet during the COVID-19 lockdown in order to continue serving people. They have succeeded in accompanying retreatants at a distance and inspiring other groups to offer Ignatian workshops online. This change has not only helped them to engage with the people they normally serve but has also allowed them to offer their services to larger and more diverse groups.
Finding God in a pandemic: Testimonies from Jesuits and colleagues
In Canada, COVID-19 has had an impact on all aspects of our lives since March and we have already shared the changes it has brought to our work. However, as Frantz Georges S.J. reminds us, “the spiritual experience is fundamental in the lives of all Christians.” What impact, therefore, has the pandemic had on this fundamental aspect of faith in the Jesuit Province of Canada?
COVID-19 and the vulnerable: Jesuit works in Canada look at the social divides exposed by the pandemic
COVID-19 has struck across the planet, but not always in the same ways. Divides between the countries of the Global North and the Global South, or even between the most privileged and the most vulnerable within the same society, such as here in Canada, have been made painfully apparent by the ongoing crisis.
Googling God in All Things: A Psalm for Hard Times?
In the pandemic absence of public liturgies, perhaps you have found a renewed relevance to the ancient psalms of the Hebrew Bible. Although never fully out of style, they tended to pass us by during Mass, scarcely noticed, as the congregation rifled through the latest file of its collective short-term memory, searching embarrassedly for the response parroted just moments before. With all their anguished cries for deliverance, protection, succor and mercy, the psalms suddenly sound again custom-made for our own distressing situation.
Camp Lac Simon: 47,018 Days to Grow Together
It changed my life!” This phrase has come up in every conversation that I have had about Camp Lac Simon. Celebrating its 64th anniversary this year, the summer camp was started through a Jesuit initiative, and the Society is still, in the words of camp director André “DD” Courchesne, the “heart and soul” of the work. The idea behind the camp is to bring together volunteer counsellors (who are often well-to-do) from Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf and underprivileged young people.
Seven Reflections on the Coronavirus Emergency from an Ecological perspective by Joshtrom Isaac Kureethadam SDB
The current Coronavirus Emergency is a bolt from the blue. Our hectic normal life patterns have come to a screeching halt as entire communities are placed in lockdown around the world. It is also turning out to be a moment to pause and reflect. Many people are sharing about the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, as evident from the increasing number of position papers, articles, columns and blogs. I am happy to add a few reflections from an ecological point of view.
Connecting during COVID-19: 5 resources by the Jesuits of Canada
In the COVID-19 context, Jesuits and their colleagues across the world are showing a great deal of creativity, whether its bringing people together in new ways, or being there to listen and accompany them through these troublesome times by connecting with those they serve online or by telephone. But they are also equipping these same people with the means create their own communities or put themselves in the service of the common good.
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.
COVID-19: Loyola House Retreat & Training Centre becomes shelter for homeless people
Homeless persons who are tested for the virus, waiting for results, or who become positive for COVID-19 needed a place to stay. So, Loyola House became an Isolation Centre. Some of them (referred by Guelph General Hospital or the COVID-19 assessment centre) now have many of their current most essential needs covered, such as a private room, food and personal hygiene, among others. And after 14 days at the facilities, the team connects them with resources to stay safe even after the pandemic.