From Agnostic to Jesuit: Ted Penton's Spiritual Journey
May 9, 2019 — In the section entitled “Portraits of our Future Jesuit Priests” of the latest edition of Canadian Jesuits, Ted Penton recounts his journey.
In his article entitled “My Journey of Faith and Justice,” Ted describes his spiritual awakening which took place not in Canada but in Thailand. During an initiation session to meditation, a “desire awoke in me to follow a spiritual path, to work for justice in my surroundings; I realized that my spiritual home was the Catholic Church, where I had been raised, but that I had left a few years ago.”
And thus began his journey. Between graduate studies in philosophy, volunteering, a law degree and practising as a lawyer, the idea of a religious vocation took root. But it was only in 2009 that Ted entered the Jesuit novitiate, “attracted by Ignatian spirituality and the Jesuit commitment to live a faith that builds justice.” These are the same values that he has been able to put into practice since then.
To know more about Ted Penton’s journey and the way in which he combines Catholic spirituality and justice work, please see Canadian Jesuits, p. 12.
August 23, 2019 — During his visit to the Jesuit provinces of Asia, Father General of the Society of Jesus, Arturo Sosa, gave a speech to the lay people involved in the works and activities of the Society of Jesus in Taiwan. This speech was posted online by the General Curia of the Jesuits.
August 23, 2019 — According to Bill Blakeney, a lawyer working as legal counsel for the Jesuits of Canada, the process behind the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was both “frustrating” and “moving” at the same time.
August 11, 2019 — Do you have a passion for social justice? Canadian Jesuits International (CJI) is preparing a study tour in July 2020 for Canadian educators and anyone interested in social justice and global solidarity.
August 8, 2019 — This last article in the Prayer with Preferences series returns to the ultimate foundation of the whole process of Universal Apostolic Preferences, and thus to the basis of the whole discernment process that will guide their appropriation in the Jesuit apostolates and communities across Canada.
August 8, 2019 — The triennial Colloquium 2019: Building Communities of Justice and Hope Jesuit schools conference was an amazing experience for the team of ten Loyola High School staff members who attended this year.
August 8, 2019 — On July 31st, the Jesuits of Canada celebrated with two special masses the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus. At the same time, this date marked the first year of the newly formed Canadian province. Jesuits, colleagues and friends came from all over.