February 8, 2017 — We, the Central American Province of the Society of Jesus, the Provincial Committee for the Social Apostolate, and the Jesuit Migration Network of Central America express our concern and our total rejection of the immigration measures announced in the last few weeks by the President of the United States, such as the increased border security, the suspension of the right to request asylum, the increase in the number of detention centers and expedited removal procedures, and the prohibition against entry by persons of various nationalities, among others.
The Executive Orders issued by the Trump Administration constitute grave violations of human rights and “represent a policy directed toward stigmatizing and criminalizing migrants or any other person perceived as a migrant,” as recognized by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in its statement of February 1 of this year. Their implementation has no effect other than to worsen the crisis and the vulnerability of the thousands of Central American men and women, who feel themselves forced to leave their home countries because these countries do not offer to them the minimal conditions needed to be able to live a life of dignity and, in many cases, even for them to save their lives.
We add our voices to the denunciations by our fellow Jesuits in Canada and the United States who consider these orders to be an affront to our mission as the Society of Jesus and an assault on Christian values. We are in unity with them when they express solidarity with our migrant brothers and sisters, when they reaffirm their decision not to give in to fear and to continue their long tradition of defending and accompanying migrants and refugees, no matter their place of origin or religious beliefs.
In a time of walls and division, we feel called to build bridges between persons, cultures and societies, to lift our voices and to work together so that all the Central and North American countries respect human rights and the principle of human dignity, celebrate their differences, and foster a culture of hospitality and brotherhood.
To read the statements of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, click here and here.
May 27, 2020 — On Wednesday, 22 April 2020, Erik Oland, Provincial of the Jesuits of Canada, received notice that an outbreak of COVID-19 had been declared at our infirmary in Pickering, Ontario. By Monday, 27 April, five Jesuits had arrived to provide personal care and custodial support.
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May 25, 2020 – In two of the more memorable and elegantly simple ceremonies in recent history, Terrence Prendergast, SJ, Archbishop of Ottawa-Cornwall, ordained 5 deacons and Kevin Kelly, SJ (CAN), to the priesthood.
Father Mike Murray died on 18 May, 2020 at the Ajax Pickering Hospital. He was in his 83rd year and had been a Jesuit for 63 years. He served as the first director of Anishinabe Spiritual Centre. In 2010, was appointed as President of Loyola High School in Montreal.
Father Charlie Sitter died peacefully on May 9 at René Goupil House in Pickering, ON. He was in his 94th years and was a Jesuit for 75 years. He had a passion for books and art and thus, he would serve his various communities as house librarian and artistic decorator.
FX Johnson died on 3 May at René Goupil House, Pickering. He was 93 years old and in his 68th year as a Jesuit. In 1969, he began his long career as a parish priest, hospital chaplain, and pastoral worker and spent a lot of his Jesuit life on the move from one pastoral assignment to another.
Fr. Norm Dodge died peacefully in the Lord, surrounded by fellow Jesuits, on May 2 at Rene Goupil House, Pickering. He was 92 years old and was a Jesuit for 67 years. He was well suited to pastoral care ministry, always with a cheerful disposition, patient and a good listener.