Since the early 2000s, local vocations have been numerous to the point where Haitian Jesuits now number almost one quarter of the membership of the Jesuit Province of Canada. This substantial number of native-born Haitian Jesuits has allowed the possibility of expanding apostolic outreach which now includes education at all levels, spirituality and parishes, social justice, and work with migrants. The Haitian Jesuits are poised to be important agents of change!
During the month of November, and especially on All Souls’ Day, November 2, the faithful are asked to make a special effort to pray for, honour, and remember the dead. The Holy Father’s comments remind us that our prayers should be hopeful and that praying for the dead helps all of us become closer to achieving eternal life.
We are approaching our third Christmas during this time of pandemic with guarded hope that this one will be more “normal,” with church attendance, family gatherings, gifts, and traditionalChristmas dinners.
René Goupil House was originally built as a retirement home, eventually becoming an infirmary. Due to this fact as well as more stringent regulations from the health authorities, the current facilities at René Goupil are in need of a significant upgrade in order to make the building compliant, safe and secure for the over 20 Jesuits who live there.