July 11, 2019 — This year, the Manresa Spiritual Center is celebrating its 70th anniversary. Many things have changed since the first laymen retreats in Toronto in 1925 and the foundation of Manresa in 1949, including the addition of retreats for women and for members of Alcoholics Anonymous.
July 9, 2019 — This second part of the Praying With the Preferences series focuses on the first two Apostolic Preferences: showing the way to God through the Spiritual Exercises and discernment; as well as walking with the poor and the outcasts of this world.
July 8, 2019 — The Jesuit Forum for Social Faith and Justice is very pleased to welcome two new, full-time staff members: Mark Hathaway as Associate Director and Victoria Blanco as Office and Program Manager.
June 28, 2019 — This week is the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This feast, whose origins date back to the XVIIth century, gives us the opportunity to meditate on how Jesus expressed his love. It was also an occasion for the Jesuits of Canada to consecrate their Toronto offices on June 25.
June 28, 2019 — Last week, Pope Francis reiterated the importance of inclusion in the world of education, using the Fe y Alegría model as an example. This exhortation is a recurring theme in the Pope's speeches and is in line with a call for renewal in education which dates back to 1965.
June 28, 2019 — This summer, Mer et Monde is highlighting two important events. First, its 20th anniversary, a significant milestone for an international solidarity organization. Mer et Monde also celebrates the work of Mireille Chilloux, who is retiring and leaving her position as Executive Director. In an interview, she shares plans to operate within English Canada and with indigenous communities across the country.
June 28, 2019 — Apostolic planning oriented by the new Universal Apostolic Preferences will begin next fall for the Jesuits of Canada and their works. Until then, it is important, in the words of Fr. General, to "appropriate them", and to enter into a state of disposition. To prepare for this essential step, but also to feed a long-term discernment, we reshare each of the tools included in Praying With the Preferences.
June 28, 2019 — Fr. Erik Oland has just made his first official visit to the Manitoulin district where Jesuits have been present uninterruptedly since the 1840s. In addition to running the Spiritual Centre, they serve nearly a dozen parishes in the region. He was impressed by the stories of how many have followed in the footsteps of their grandparents in their commitment to the church community.
June 20, 2019 — Patron of youth who died taking care of the plague-stricken, Saint Aloysius of Gonzaga is celebrated on June 21. His life depicts that of a rebellious young man who, in spite of everything, renounced a rich court life to travel to the outskirts to serve the marginalized people of his time.
June 20, 2019 — "It would be stupid not to take advantage of the formation that a man brings to the Society," said the Director of Vocations of Fr. Adam D. Hincks, "And I can tell you one thing: we are not stupid!". This is one of the memories that this Jesuit recalls in an article about the beginnings of his religious vocation, part of the latest edition of the magazine Canadian Jesuits.
June 20, 2019 — Some 20 MPs are calling for the indictment of the Haitian head of state, Jovenel Moïse, already abandoned by the nation's private sector. The Church is also involved, by also positioning itself against Mr. Moïse, inaction and violence.
June 20, 2019 — Four years after the publication of the encyclical Laudato Si', Pope Francis seeks to encourage all actors in the associative, economic and political world to "work together in a spirit of solidarity to promote concrete steps for the protection of our planet".
June 13, 2019 — In The Pope Video for June 2019, Pope Francis speaks to all Catholics, inviting them to look around and observe with an open heart each of the priests in their communities. Holiness always attracts less attention than sin and scandal.
June 13, 2019 — Last May 31 to June 2, 50 young professionals took part in an Ignatian retreat at the Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre. These young people, between the ages of 19 and 39, came from all walks of life.
June 9, 2019 — Fr. Philip Shano, SJ dealt before with the Holy Spirit’s gifts of piety, wisdom, knowledge and courage. He is dealing this year with fear of the Lord. This is the gift that helps us to be aware of the glory and majesty of God.
June 8, 2019 — Indeed with our dwindling numbers, we religious cannot afford to be competitive, like Jesuits and Dominicans of old. We need to know one another and work together, to be the body of Christ together as men and women, to learn how to perceive the Spirit at work in others as in ourselves.
June 6, 2019 — In his letter of May 24, Father General Arturo Sosa, SJ, disclosed important changes that will allow the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) to continue and to deepen its response to the challenge of the worldwide refugee issue.
June 6, 2019 — Every year, over 300 researchers contact the Archive to consult those precious records. And every year, the collection grows to document the ongoing work of the Society of Jesus, its collaborators and its institutions.