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Empowering People: The Model of the Jesuit Apostolic Presence in Canada

In the Jesuit Province of Canada, we want our way of proceeding to be inspired by the Ignatian approach to spiritual accompaniment. This was discerned by the leaders of the apostolates and communities in the country and later confirmed in our province’s apostolic planning document, Pilgrims Together. Accompanying others is thus a model of our …

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Towards a Joyful and Humble Church: The Gathering of the Jesuit Province of Canada

Pilgrims Together, A Joyful Gathering with Ignatius of Loyola, brought dozens of Jesuits and many of their companions in mission to Midland, Ontario, July 29–31, 2022. It was the first such gathering of the young Canadian province. The meeting allowed participants to socialize “in-person” in a congenial atmosphere during meals and numerous breaks. They were …

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Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Indigenous Peoples: Its importance and what it means for reconciliation [Interview]

By Fannie Dionne After having apologized in Rome in April 2022 before Indigenous delegations, Pope Francis will visit various Indigenous communities in the territory that is now called Canada from July 24 to 29, 2022. This will be an opportunity “once again to listen to and dialogue with Indigenous peoples, to express his heartfelt closeness …

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Creating safe environments for the young and the vulnerable

Every Jesuit priest, upon making final vows, makes a special promise to exercise special care “for the formation of children and unlettered persons.” St. Ignatius believed that in the context of more “exciting” and “rewarding” ministries such as preaching, secondary and university education, spiritual accompaniment, and direct concern for the young and the vulnerable (which …

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Continuing to journey as Pilgrims together: The fruits of the last expanded consult

In January 2022, the members of the provincial’s expanded consult met to discuss and discern the orientations for the Jesuit Province of Canada. Provincial Erik Oland, SJ, and Socius Gilles Mongeau, SJ, share the fruits of that meeting, which serve to confirm us on our journey of Pilgrims Together. A difficult context: a call to …

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A glimmer of hope for a country in crisis

By Jean Denis Saint-Félix, SJ, Superior of the Jesuits in Haiti Haiti is part of the Jesuit Province of Canada  For some time now, Haiti has been in the midst of an accutely worrying sociopolitical crisis. There is a collective sense of frustration among the people whose desire is to stand strong and resilient in the face of a terribly harsh and disturbing reality. The people who have attempted to preserve their dignity in spite of the extreme ugliness of their situation that has been witnessed across the …

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When Jesus Does Math, Love Wins

By Gilles Mongeau, SJ When I first saw this painting in the artist’s studio, I was immediately taken with it. The vibrant colours of the accusers’ clothes stands out against the dull, almost desert-like quality of the environment. The woman stands alone, naked and humiliated, vulnerable to the rage of the crowd. The colouring of her skin is so …

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