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Pilgrims Together

Fostering a culture of discernment: Reflecting on the state of the Society and deeper commitment to the mission of Christ

At the heart of our work within the Society of Jesus is a journey—the search for a deeper commitment to Christ’s mission. Whether professed religious or lay colleagues, we are called to be Pilgrims Together, partners in mission nurtured by a culture of greater participation and communal discernment in the Spirit. The State of the …

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The Ignatian Way with Father Lissaint Antoine: Embracing God in Ourselves and Others

In a world where digital connections abound and it seems easy to be hyper-connected, yet where genuine understanding often eludes us, Father Lissaint Antoine, SJ, provincial secretary, reflects on the wisdom of Ignatian spirituality. In his experience, Ignatian spirituality enables us to enter into relationship with others, always ready to listen to them and walk …

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“God is with me always” : An Ignatian Journey of Openness and Resilience

Navigating the complexities of our world, Jaeison Monteiro, a Jesuit from India currently studying in Canada, shares his insights on living the Ignatian way. His experiences, marked by openness and resilience, shed light on the essence of Ignatian spirituality. As you read his story, you may find echoes of your own journey, and perhaps, a …

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From Muslim Roots to Christian Service: Tevfik Karatop’s Ignatian Journey

In the heart of the Jesuit Province of Canada, a multitude of individuals find their lives intertwined with the profound spirituality of Saint Ignatius. This series (first article here) aims to shed light on these unique journeys, offering a glimpse into the diverse ways Ignatian spirituality shapes and guides lives. Now, we turn our focus …

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Embodying the Jesuit Identity Today: Insights from a Formation Community

In an insightful conversation, theology student Erik Sorensen, SJ, shares his experiences at Regis College and the Regis Jesuit Community in Toronto, Ontario, and how they live out the Universal Apostolic Preferences. He provides a unique lens on the practical application of Pilgrims Together – With Jesus in Mission, the apostolic planning document of the …

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Lay Vocations and the Jesuit Mission in Canada: The experience of Jaeison Monteiro, SJ

Jaeison Monteiro, SJ, came to Canada from the Goa Province (India) until 2024 for his studies. He accepted the invitation to go to Midland last summer to get acquainted with the province and its members. According to him, this meeting helped discern his own call for his priesthood, but was also a good way of …

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Pilgrims Together: A Reflection on the Importance of Encounter and Hospitality in the Society of Jesus in Canada

Scott McMaster is the director of the Advancement Office of the Jesuits of Canada. After a life spent in the corporate world he attended his first Jesuit event, Pilgrims Together, in Midland last summer. What surprised him was not only the warmth of the participants, but also the open and deep conversations under the guidance …

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Pilgrims Together: Tevfik Karatop’s Journey as a Lay Person Working with the Jesuits of Canada

Tevfik Karatop, a Master of Divinity from the Montreal Diocesan Theological College and a Project Manager for the Jesuit Refugee Service since 2022, participated in the event Pilgrims Together last summer at Midland. After Fr. Lissaint Antoine, he shares his unique perspective of what he learned about the Jesuits of Canada and what he experienced …

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“We hold a treasure in fragile vessels”: Fr. Lissaint Antoine, SJ, on Pilgrims Together

Last July, “Pilgrims Together, a joyful gathering with Ignatius of Loyola,” took place in Midland. We have already published a general overview of the event, but in this series, some members of the province will explore more deeply the fruits of this meeting and share them with all of us. For Fr. Lissaint Antoine, SJ, …

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