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.
Jesous Ahatonhia: the Wendat Christmas carol of Fr. Brébeuf
For years, various anglophone and francophone artists in Canada have brought attention to the carol Jesous Ahatonhia. This ode to the birth of Jesus, would have been composed in 1641-42 by Fr. Jean de Brébeuf, during his time in Huronia.
The Ministry of Fresh Mangoes, Meaty Coconuts and the Shade of Trees
“Sometimes I find it hard to look at the deforested mountains in some departments,” says Br. Marcel Charélus, SJ, director of the Centre de Spiritualité Pierre-Favre in Port-au-Prince. Fortunately, Haitian Jesuits such as Br. Marcel and Br. Mathurin Charlot, SJ, are involved in some reforestation projects. The latter, an agricultural technician and one of the oldest Jesuits in Haiti, works in the Artibonite Department with the Project to Support Reforestation and Agricultural Development (PAREDA).
Separated by the Pandemic but Connected by a Retreat: The Fruits of Pilgrims Together
Last August, Jesuits and colleagues of the Province of Canada were invited to make a retreat entitled “Pilgrims Together: In Mission with Jesus.” Retreatants were given the opportunity to pray with and deepen their personal appropriation of Pilgrims Together, the apostolic planning document of the province, and the four Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs). Some share here about their experience of the retreat, including their deep passion for the UAPs, the moments of consolation, and the sense of having become more truly pilgrims with the other members of the province.
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.
Cultivating Land and Soul: The Work of the Ferme Berthe-Rousseau
Although the Ferme Berthe-Rousseau is nondenominational, it is in fact part of the network of Jesuit works in Canada. Firmly rooted in the Ignatian value of contemplation in action, it offers residents an opportunity to step back from their day-to-day routine and gain a new perspective on reality, a perspective that is perhaps more focused on the positive aspects of their lives.
Mother Nature and Brother Hudon
“The best week of my life was spent on a canoe-camping trip with the Pioneer Scout. We paddled a hundred kilometers, we only had five minutes of rain, and it was extraordinary,” said Brother Bernard Hudon, a Jesuit from Quebec, after I had asked him to share some of the moments of consolation that he had experienced during his life. Nature and connection with others, especially as an educator, were key elements of this interview that makes you want to immerse yourself in nature. Here is the story of a Jesuit who calls himself “one of God’s biologists”
Jesuit Spirituality Apostolate of Vancouver
The Jesuit Spirituality Apostolate of Vancouver seeks to help people hear Christ’s voice more clearly and to discover God in all things. St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, encouraged people to balance both contemplation and action in life. JSAV offers Ignatian spirituality through the Spiritual Exercises, other retreats, talks, workshops and spiritual direction in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.
Everything is Sacred: Seeing the Wonders that Play Below
On the surface of life, we make our comings and goings, intent on beginnings and endings, bound by joy and delight, failure and despair. We often content ourselves with the veneer of life, oblivious to the wonders that play below.