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?
Countdown to a Congregation
In October of 2016, the Jesuits will choose Ignatius’ successor in Rome at General Congregation 36, or GC 36 for short. Although the 215 GC 36 delegates representing Jesuit provinces and regions around the world don’t meet for another year, the work of the congregation has already begun.
Canadian Jesuit appointed rector of Rome’s Pontifical Oriental Institute
August 27, 2015 - Canadian Jesuit Father David Nazar, SJ, has been named rector of the Pontifical Oriental Institute, the premier centre for the study of Eastern Christianity in Rome, Italy. Fr. Nazar is currently serving as superior of the Jesuits in Ukraine and is a former provincial superior of the Jesuits in English Canada Province.
Jesuits lead retreats for the homeless in 27 cities
August 17, 2015 — Spiritual retreats shouldn't be limited to the middle class, said Ted Penton, a Jesuit in formation. He leads retreats for homeless people through the Ignatian Spirituality Project (ISP), which runs in 27 North American cities. Penton visited Vancouver July 11-17 to see if it could be next.