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!
The Holy Father’s comments on Our Lady, the mother of us all, are particularly applicable as Mother’s Day draws near. Once again this year, the Jesuits of Canada continue our traditional Mother’s Day observance. On Sunday, May 9 at 11:00 a.m., Father Vernon Boyd, SJ, will offer a Mass at Holy Rosary Parish, 175 Emma Street in Guelph, Ontario, for all our mothers.
This Easter, which is different than Easters past, it is important to be mindful of all the things we can do, not those things we cannot. We are blessed with the gift of life, of family, of friends, and with the love of God.
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.