October 26, 2017 — Last weekend, 12 Jesuits were ordained as deacons by Bishop
Michael Barber, SJ, Bishop of Oakland, California, at the Cathedral of Christ
the Light in Oakland. For Jesuits in formation, ordination to the diaconate is
the final step in preparation for priestly ordination in the Society of Jesus.
The new deacons are currently studying theology at the Jesuit School of
Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California.
Over Labor Day weekend, 12 Jesuits were ordained by Cardinal
Seán O'Malley, OFM Cap., at St. Ignatius Church in Chestnut Hill,
Massachusetts. These newly ordained deacons are students at the Boston College
School of Theology and Ministry.
Earlier in the year, five Jesuits were ordained by Most
Reverend Wayne Kirkpatrick, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Toronto, at
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Toronto, and two Jesuits were ordained in Quebec
City by Cardinal Gérald Cyprien Lacroix at the Jesuit Chapel there.
Deacons proclaim the Gospel, preach and teach in the name of
the church. As ministers of sacraments, they baptize, witness marriages and
conduct wake and funeral services.
The newly ordained deacons have responded promptly to their
call to service, assigned to parishes until next summer when they will be
ordained to the priesthood and receive their first missions as Jesuit priests.
October 16, 2018 — Just as all roads used to lead to Rome, it now seems that all conversations eventually lead to Trump. Or Trudeau. Or Ford. And while up until recently most people got their news in two daily doses, morning and evening, in the Twitterverse it’s like being on a 24/7 cortisol drip which stimulates exasperation, fury, anxiety and/or total anomie.
From January 12, 2010, passing by October 4, 2016, to October 6 this year, the Calvary of the Haitian people has not stopped. Their rosary beads of misfortunes has not ceased to roll out. To accompany our people in the permanent quest for dignity and hope is not an option but a duty which comes from the Gospel itself.
On October 4, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) released its new policy on the prevention of sexual abuse. It’s really an update of their first policy on this topic, published in 1992, under tragic and dismal circumstances; namely, the pedophile scandal at the Mount Cashel Orphanage in St. John’s, NL.
We were 17 social and international delegates, meeting across borders, including from the Antilles, Mexico, Central America, US and Canada. Our number included Rafael Moreno, coordinator of Justice and Ecology for CPAL and Xavier Jeyaraj, secretary for the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat in Rome. Several times, we had the presence of Padre Melo, Yolanda Gonzalez and Pedro Landa of ERIC/Radio Progreso.
?The most recent issue of the jesuit magazine Relations (in french) looks at the issue of regional development. Titled A Fragmented Québec, this edition of Relations is an attempt to celebrate in its own way the 30th anniversary of a significant issue of the magazine.
On October 7, various Catholic media, including the Vatican, released an open letter from Cardinal Marc Ouellet, in which the current Prefect of the Congregation of Bishops responds to accusations by the former Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy See to Washington, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, concerning the McCarrick situation. This letter is worth reading. Really.