Jesuits in English Canada announce divestment from fossil fuel extraction

October 4, 2016 — The Jesuits in English Canada join other Catholic institutions around the world to announce they are divesting from fossil fuel extraction, making this the largest faith-based divestment announcement.

“Climate change is already affecting poor and marginalized communities globally, through drought, rising sea levels, famine and extreme weather and we are called to take a stand,” says Father Peter Bisson, SJ, Provincial (Superior) of the Jesuits in English Canada Province.

The Jesuits will immediately stop all future investments in fossil fuels and work to divest such holdings from the current portfolio within five years.

Peter BissonPeter Bisson, SJ, Provincial

Today, given that climate change “represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity,” (Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ #25), the Jesuits wish to ensure their investment portfolio reflects their commitment to a clean energy future.

The Jesuits in English Canada join other Catholic groups in Italy, Australia, Papua New Guinea, the United States, Brazil, and Hong Kong.

The Jesuits, an order of priests and brothers in the Roman Catholic Church, have worked in Canada for more than 400 years. They have responsibility for the direction of schools, churches, retreat houses, and a variety of social ministries that span from St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador to Vancouver, British Columbia.  There are currently 150 Jesuits in English Canada.





Recent News

May 23, 2019 — “The Jesuits first had to learn to say: “We are responsible,” then “We are sorry,” and finally, “We need your help.” This is how Fr. Peter Bisson, SJ, summarizes the evolving relations between the Jesuits and indigenous peoples.

May 23, 2019 — Humility, communion, and renunciation are three "essential elements" for the Church to go forward, Pope Francis sayd in his homily during Mass with representatives of Caritas Internationalis.

May 23, 2019 — The history of Saint Francis Xavier Church and of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha’s Shrine is a story of coming together which still exists today.

May 23, 2019 — Last May 9, Pope Francis turned words into more concrete actions by publishing the “Vos Estis Lux Mundi” Motu Proprio.

May 23, 2019 — Here is a brief summary of news and events that have happened or will happen in the next few days.

Father Jean-Marie Rocheleau died on May 20, 2019, in the infirmary of Richelieu. He was in his 101st year and in religious life for 84 years. He is known to host the "Radio Sacré-Cœur" programs. He dedicated himself to giving the Spiritual Exercises to religious sisters, especially in Quebec.

May 16, 2019 — This past Saturday, May 11, the Jesuit Province of Canada celebrated the priestly ordination of Adam Douglas Hincks, SJ (Canada) and Edward Dawson Penton, SJ (Canada) and 5 diaconal ordinations at Saint Paul's Basilica in Toronto.

view all news

Search news

Publications

Relations Mai 2019

Canadian Jesuits

Jesuit (Winter 2019)



Manresa Jesuit Renewal Centre
Since 1946, Manresa has welcomed retreatants to grow closer to God on 21 beautiful acres in ...