June 18, 2015 — Today Pope Francis released his highly anticipated encyclical on the environment, "Laudato Si': On the Care for Our Common Home," calling on all people worldwide to act on climate change as a moral responsibility.
"Father Van," Jesuit missionary who ministered in Darjeeling, India, died on June 1, 2015 at the age of 88. He was a Jesuit for 70 years. Given his talents, Fr. Van filled many posts in virtually every part of the Darjeeling Mission.
May 23, 2015 - With great joy and gratitude in God’s grace, Jesuit Gregory Kennedy was ordained to the priesthood on May 23, and his fellow Jesuits, Matthew Charlesworth, Jean-Robert Déry, Paul Robson, and Emmanuel Saint-Hilaire, to the diaconate, at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Toronto.
Fr. John (Jack) Stephen Doyle died on May 25, at René Goupil House, Pickering, ON. He was 84 and in his 60th year of religious life. In the summer of 1968, Fr. Doyle flew off to Zambia, spending the next 40 years there and filling many roles.
May 23, 2015 — Today, Pope Francis beatified Archbishop Oscar Romero, moving the martyr a step closer to sainthood. An outspoken advocate for the poor, Romero was shot and killed March 24, 1980, as he celebrated Mass in San Salvador.
May 12, 2015 — Jesuits are responding to the earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25 and has killed over 4,000 people. On May 12, a second earthquake hit a remote mountainous region of Nepal killing at least 36 people and injuring over 1,000.
May 1, 2015 — Jesuit Father Michael Lapierre, Canada’s oldest Jesuit, turns 100 years old on May 2. Born in Chapeau, Allumette Island, Quebec, Fr. Lapierre was 19 with one year at the University of Ottawa under his belt when he turned up in Guelph, Ontario, to enter the Jesuit novitiate in 1934.
April 27, 2015 — Jesuit Brother Paul Desmarais has served as director of the Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre in Zambia for 40 years. Over the last 20 years Br. Desmarais has rethought almost every aspect of conventional Western agriculture and how it’s applied in Africa.