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At dawn on July 31, 1556, St. Ignatius of Loyola died in Rome.  According to his trusted secretary, Juan Alfonso de Polanco, “He departed the world in a most ordinary way.” Following the custom of the Church, the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola is celebrated on July 31 each year.

It has been a long-standing custom in Canada for Jesuits to invite friends to celebrate “Feast Day” by celebrating Mass and sharing a meal together. For obvious reasons, the celebrations will not be public this year. But all Jesuit communities in Canada will have special celebrations on Feast Day, and will remember you in the Liturgy and think of you fondly during their celebrations.

However, we hope that you will be able to join us virtually, through online celebrations, on July 31. Please check our website for more details, closer to the date.

During these times of uncertainty and troubles, Saint Ignatius reminds us of the importance of always being generous with others and with God in his well-known Prayer for Generosity.

Lord Jesus, teach me to be generous;
teach me to serve you as you deserve,
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to seek reward,
except that of knowing that I do your will.

May our Lord Jesus keep you safe and consoled during these troubling times. One of the few practical things we are able to do these days is to pray. The Jesuits are praying for you daily, and ask you to continue to pray for them.

God bless,
Barry J. Leidl

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