A letter on Easter and the resurrection of our common home
April 17, 2019 — On April 22, 2019, we celebrated two events: Easter Monday and Earth Day. “Today, the waves of personal and planetary destruction roll back to sources of hope,” states Erik Oland, Provincial of the Jesuit Province of Canada, in a new letter.
This letter, entitled "Practice Resurrection!" is a call to pursue and promote an environmental conversion within the Jesuits and elsewhere. Indeed, to continue to seek, because even before the environmental issue became one of the Universal Apostolic Preferences, some Jesuits had already participated in a Mission and Environmental Commission. Today, Fr. Oland is asking the new Province of Canada to commit to reconciliation with Creation by progressively implementing certain recommendations made by the Commission.
Hence, he is inviting each community to adapt to their environment, but he is also proposing universal actions. First, by asking all Jesuit community ministries to enter the Green Churches Network. Then, by setting aside some time for spiritual conversation to better integrate the perspective of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ encyclical. Finally, by reducing the consumption of animal protein-based products.
The urgency of climate change is real. A combination of unsustainable resource extraction and global warming are driving desertification in more than 100 countries, causing, for example, the disappearance of more than half of China's rivers. Canada is not immune. Our water supplies are declining. Eleven million litres of contaminated water are flowing into Alberta's subterranean waters due to the impact of oil sands. And the excessive use of fertilizer is filling Lake Winnipeg with blue-green algae.
This letter from Father Superior thus encourages “the new Jesuit Province of Canada to a deeper reflection and to stronger action in the wake of the environmental crisis which our world faces,” to practise “resurrection with Christ by taking care of the world which he unites.”
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.