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New Seeds of Hope for an Old Forest

Photos/Ignatius Jesuit Center The Ignatius Old-Growth Forest Project is one of the ministries of the Ignatius Jesuit Center in Guelph Ontario. 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. The project encourages the sharing of the sacredness of …

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Mission Impossible: The Novitiate of William Mbilinyi, SJ

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 …

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50 Years of Prayer at the Jesuit Infirmary in Pickering, by Fr. Gilles Mongeau, SJ

By Gilles Mongeau, SJ This past August 15th the Jesuit infirmary in Pickering, Ontario, celebrated its 50th anniversary. It was on the 15th of August 1970 that a Jesuit infirmary opened for the first time at Regis College in Willowdale, under the leadership of Brother John Olney SJ. Six years later, the infirmary was moved …

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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?

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