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“We have a voice” : Repairing the relationships with Indigenous peoples

By MegAnne Liebsch  Growing up on Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Rosella Kinoshameg didn’t understand the Catholic Masses she attended each Sunday. This was pre-Vatican II, and the priest still faced away from the congregation, reciting the Mass in Latin. All readings and hymns were transcribed in English, not her native Ojibwe. Except for a few Ojibwe …

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Haiti’s call for help: How the Ignatian family can make a difference in a country in crisis

The crisis in Haiti affects individuals, communities, and the entire Haitian people. In the first article of this series, the Superior of the Jesuits in Haiti explained how the crisis also affects his confreres and Ignatian works. In this article, Father Ambroise Gabriel, SJ, coordinator of the social sector in Haiti, describes how the situation …

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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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Being Pilgrims Together: How the Jesuits of Canada Embody the Spiritual Accompaniment Model in Communications

In early 2022, the Jesuits of Canada’s Communications Department engaged in a two-day communal discernment exercise to help develop a common narrative for the province offices, with the primary goal of helping to develop its network of friends. This was to be an first contact tool to inspire content like the province magazine (Canadian Jesuits), …

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The model of the Jesuit apostolic presence in Canada: Personal experience as a guide

The Jesuits of Canada and their colleagues desire that our apostolic way of proceeding be inspired by the Ignatian approach to spiritual accompaniment. This is expressed in our apostolic planning document Pilgrims Together. As explained in the first article of this series, values such as humility, listening, mutuality in encounter, hospitality, and engagement in an …

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