Colonialism and First Nations: An event for a spirituality of reconciliation
February 26, 2020 — The Wet'suwet'en - Coastal GasLink conflict and the broader #ShutDownCanada movement shows that reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in Canada is far from being complete.
There is hope, however, as the Jesuit experience shows. Since the arrival of the Jesuits in North America 400 years ago, relations between them and Indigenous peoples have clearly been marked by the colonial context. But today, Jesuits are on the path of reconciliation and decolonization, and can be a model for other institutions. This was the case, for example, when Jesuits voluntarily participated in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Peter Bisson, SJ, is a long time advocate for justice and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. He participated in the TRC when he was provincial of the then Jesuits of English Canada.
The Jesuits first had to learn to say: “We are responsible,” then “We are sorry,” and finally, “We need your help." We need your help to undo how participation in colonization has harmed not only its victims, but us too.
He recently pointed out that the Jesuits' evolution towards this partnership continues and if we listen, we will be transformed. And with that our behaviours will change.
How can you participate in this reconciliation? Come and share a moment of discussion with Peter Bisson, who will speak about his experience on Thursday 19 March during a Discover Soirée at the Villa Saint-Martin in Montreal. A time for personal reflection will follow.
April 8, 2020 – An adapted version of spiritual conversation can be a valuable tool to remain connected to God and to one another, to experience Christ’s presence in our midst and to listen where the Spirit is inviting us to venture our steps in this context.
April 7, 2020 — Below are a series of guides to help communities and individuals around the world to celebrate, with the help of video conferencing tools, liturgies of the Word for the days of the Easter Triduum.
April 6, 2020 — Greg Kennedy, S.J., spiritual director and author, has just released Reupholstered Psalms: Ancient Songs Sung New, a magnificently illustrated book which is, as the title explains, a version of the Psalms adapted for today’s readers to give them hope.
Father Fernand Bédard died on April 2, 2020, in the Richelieu infirmary. He was in his 95th year and in religious life for 78 years. Fr. Fernand devoted himself to the Spiritual Exercises apostolate and continued to accompany retreats "on the road".
March 30, 2020 — Being together has never been more difficult than in these times of Covid-19. Across the world, however, Jesuits and non-Jesuits are showing their creativity and connecting digitally with their colleagues and the people they serve.
While a large proportion of the Canadian population is in self isolation due to Coronavirus Covid-19, technology is vital to sustaining our need for human contact. So, in a today's context, how can technology help us to maintain personal connections and build community?