Praying With The Preferences - Part IV: Our Relationship with God
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.
The capsule (PDF enclosed here) emphasizes the fundamental importance of our relationship with God, be it through Scripture excerpts, the Constitutions or Pope Francis’ letter of support for the Preferences.
The first preference is capital because it presupposes as a basic condition the Jesuits' relationship with the Lord in a personal and communal life of prayer and discernment. I recommend to you that, in your service as Superior General, you insist on this. Without this prayerful attitude the other preferences will not bear fruit.
According to Philip Endean, SJ, the Universal Apostolic Preferences, born of a common discernment, should inspire us every day. They should bring about a personal, communal and institutional change. With the Praying with the Preferences capsules and other tools that we have provided, we hope we have been able to help Jesuit apostolates and communities master the UAPs to more fully grasp the path of renewal which they offer.
On November 25, in the early afternoon, Fr. Fernand Jutras, SJ passed away at the Richelieu infirmary. He was in his 78th and in religious life for 59 years. From 1971 to 2016, he carried out different ministries and professional activities in Montreal.
November 29, 2019 – On my way to Rome, I was skeptical and critical. I thought to myself: here is another celebration to swell our ego and justify our helplessness. I was comforted by the idea that I would enjoy as a tourist. But I was surprised!
November 29, 2019 – From November 9 to 14, 2019, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Canada team hosted its simulation exercise "A Journey in Exile" three times in three different locations. The exercise is a role-playing experience that puts participants in the shoes of a refugee.
November 21, 2019 – Even as “a twenty-year-old for the fourth time,” Fr. Michel Lefebvre, SJ, is kept busy either sitting on the Board of Directors or performing marriages and baptisms for former students of the Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, where he worked for over 45 years. Here are extracts from a moving interview.
November 21, 2019 – From November 4-8, more than 210 Jesuits and lay people, including experts and activists from 62 countries met to celebrate, review, renew and recommit to the social apostolate of the Society of Jesus. The Jesuits of Canada province was represented by Élisabeth Garant, Ambroise Gabriel, Jenny Cafiso and Anne-Marie Jackson.
November 15, 2019 – Daniel Leckman, S.J, the youngest Jesuit brother in Canada, agreed to sit down with us to revisit the early years of his formation (his noviciate, regency and theology), his work as a spiritual director, his hopes for new Jesuits as well as for the Church.
November 15, 2019 — On October 22nd, Jesuits, colleagues, and friends gathered at Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf in Montreal for a Wine and Cheese evening to the benefit of Jesuit works, under the honorary presidency of Mr. Louis Audet. Two weeks later the Office of Advancement of the Jesuits of Canada held the Scotch Nosing and Dinner.