July 9, 2019 — On July 31, we will celebrate two special masses honoring the Feast of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus.
One mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. by Fr. Gilles Mongeau, SJ, at Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Toronto, Ontario.
Fr. Mongeau explains the history of this celebration in the Province of Canada: "There has been an annual mass for the feast of Saint Ignatius in the Toronto area for at least 30 years, probably more. The Basilica of Our Lady in Guelph was for a long time the site of this celebration, which then was shared by Guelph, Toronto and Pickering".
The Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes continues this tradition.
Statue of St. Ignatius of Loyola at
Martyrs' Shrine, Midland, ON
In addition, Provincial Fr. Erik Oland, SJ, will celebrate a mass at the Martyrs’ Shrine in Midland, Ontario, at 12:00 p.m. Another Mass for St. Ignatius Day will also take place at the Shrine but at 3:00 p.m. The statue of Saint Ignatius of Loyola will be displayed during all masses.
A number of other Jesuit communities across the country will also celebrate Ignatius Day.
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.