The document on sexual abuse prevention adopted by the Catholic Bishops of Canada praised by the Vatican
February 4, 2019 — The former director of the Vatican Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi SJ, praised the document on sexual abuse prevention adopted by the Catholic Bishops of Canada. He will also be the moderator of the summit that will take place in Rome at the end of the month to help the universal Church to deal with sexual abuse.
In an interview with Civilta Cattolica, the Jesuit daily newspaper of the Holy See, on January 19, the former papal spokesman congratulated the Canadian Bishops on their document protecting minors from sexual abuse. Father Lombardi cited the Canadian episcopal document as an example: "Born of many years of experience and suffering," he said, this pastoral guide "goes beyond simple procedures to be followed and deals with what the entire ecclesial community must do to serve victims, promote justice and protect children.”
Described as "wise" by the French daily La Croix, Fr. Lombardi will have the delicate task of moderating the discussions at the summit taking place in Rome from February 21 to 24, which should enable the universal Church to better combat sexual abuse. Pope Francis has indeed summoned to the Holy See the presidents of all the Catholic Bishops' Conferences in order to address this scourge collectively.
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.
May 25, 2020 — What was Fr. Nicolás' impact on Canadian Jesuits and the Jesuit Province of Canada? What contributions did he offer to Jesuits around the world? We present here the testimonies of four Jesuits from Canada and an international one.
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.