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  • "Retirement – has a nice ring to it! I have never retired before, and it’s going to be quite an adventure. . . . I offer the following reflection on how I got to be part of this amazing Jesuit school."

  • "The first two letters focus on the philosopher’s father because of Father’s Day and of a concern about his health. The third letter, after reflecting about things ‘at home’, tells of his experiences at Omak, ending with a happy ‘p.s’ about the news of his parent’s impending visit."

  • "Throughout November, Canadian Jesuits International (CJI) is raising awareness and funds for livelihood support through its Giving Tuesday campaign called Tell Ten. Today igNation posts the third in a series of blogs about what livelihood support means to CJI and to people in the Global South."

  • "What do Robert E. Lee, John A. Macdonald, Edward Cornwallis and Jeffrey Amherst have in common? Stay with me and you’ll find out."

  • "Among the many significant anniversaries in this year of the Sesquicentennial of Canada’s Confederation, 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Governor-General Georges-Phileas Vanier.

  • In today's post, a priest shares some of his struggles as an alcoholic.

  • "The Philosopher is clearly not a stellar scholar, but he seems happy with the results to his academic efforts. In these letters he shows his serious attention to his main responsibility, academic, but also his pleasure in working and being in the community."

  • "Throughout November, Canadian Jesuits International (CJI) is raising awareness and funds for livelihood support through its Giving Tuesday campaign called Tell Ten. Today igNation posts the second in a series of blogs about what livelihood support means to CJI and to people in the Global South."

  • "In early August, some 85 pilgrims stepped out of the chapel at Loyola House in Guelph and began trudging to the Martyrs´ Shrine in Midland, Ontario.  Along the way, the painful pearls of the feet accumulated sizable spiritual riches for their hosts."

  • "Drama has been a continued interest to the Philosopher. His experience again in the costume department is one challenge reflected in the first and second letter. His studies are clearly his main concern as for any university student. The fourth letter reports on Easter activities and the anticipati

  • Today igNation posts the first in a series of blogs about what livelihood support means to Canadian Jesuits International and to people in the Global South.

  • On Monday,October 2, Max Oliva, SJ awoke in Las Vegas to the terrible news of the horrific shootings. He shares his reactions

  • "Men and women released on parole from prison find themselves poor not only because they have lost many years of their lives while behind bars, but also because, at least at the beginning of their release from incarceration, they do not have the money they need."

  • "This one letter covers much territory and is presented as a diary chronicling events and the philosopher’s experiences from December 16th to January 1st."

  • On October 22, 1999, Jim MacSheffrey, SJ tragically lost his life while berry picking. in Newfoundland. This post was written a year after Jim's death. It is just as true now as it was then.

  • This summer five students from St. Paul’s - the Jesuit high school in Winnipeg - spent five days participating in the Canadian Canoe Pilgrimage which travelled from Midland, Ontario to Montreal,. Today igNation is pleased to post the second set of their reflections on their pilgrimage.

  • "The first three letters reflect some personal health issues in the transition to new altitude and environment but more of his concern about ‘operations’ and the health of his parents! "

  • This summer five students from St. Paul’s - the Jesuit high school in Winnipeg - spent five days participating in the Canadian Canoe Pilgrimage which travelled from Midland, Ontario to Montreal, Today and next week, igNation is pleased to post the reflections of these students on their pilgrimage

  • "The concern about family is at the top of the first letter, both about their health (a continued concern, especially in the second letter), but also their livelihood on the farm."

  • Did 17th century Jesuit educators devise the forerunner of American Sign Language?

  • "During our canoe pilgrimage from Midland to Montreal, I had a lot of time to think! . . ..  More importantly however, I had the time also to “feel.”  Namely I could feel when everyone was together, paddling in unison, and when something in the boat would be off.".

  • "In the 1960's the English Province of the Society of Jesus in Canada sent young Jesuits to Jesuit Universities in the United States to receive their training in philosophy and to acquire (usually) their first academic degree (usually a B.A.). I was sent to Mount St. Michael, a Jesuit house focused

  • "The present situation invites us to return to the foundation of our common humanity and to the essential links of solidarity that create societal ties."

  • Johnston Smith writes about something we have all worried about from time to time.

  • Writing is rewarding but it also has its hazards, at least for those who write for publication  Perhaps the most discouraging pitfall is the expected response from your audience that never comes.

  • 'Each May in the Montreal novitiate, the first year novices go out the door with $75 dollars, a one-way bus ticket and lots of prayers." This is the second of a two part post on such a pilgrimage.

  • Three events will be celebrated in Ottawa on September 26 - the 50th anniversary of Development and Peace (CCODP), the 70th anniversary of the Consecration of Canada to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation.

  • "Each May in the Montreal Novitiate, the first year novices go out the door with $75 dollars, a one-way bus ticket, and a lot of prayers." This is the first of two posts about one such pilgrimage.

  • On September 8, 2017. Fr. Bill Ryan, SJ passed away.  Three years ago, Fr. Ryan wrote an article for igNation sharing his "exciting journey" on his 70th anniversary as a Jesuit. Today, igNation reposts Bill's "exciting journey".  

  • "In an unexpected time, those affected believed in a God who would deliver them from their misery. The power of evangelizing in trying moments is powerful, for one has to Carpe Diem - Seize the Day!"

  • During February to April of 2017, I helped out at Jesu Ashram: a hospital for the destitute in Matigara, Darjeeling. The hospital has three wards: leprosy, tuberculosis, and general. It is also a free training center for nurses, most of whom are tribal women. I worked in the leprosy ward . .

  • For one Jesuit, Canada Day 2017 was one for remembering past in the present, and thanking God for many blessings. This is a bit of a stream of consciousness.

  • For the "Canada 150 & Me" series, igNation asked writers what being Canadian means to them.Today a Canadian reflects on his llife abroad and his vists back to Canada.

  • Of course indigenous people know their ancestors have been in Canada for over 10,000 years, and the French speaking Canadians have been here for more than 400 years. Yet the huge majority of us celebrated Canada's 150th birthday on July 1.

  • Emily Fallows found a new community when her class visited Vimy Ridge.

  • For the "Canada 150 & Me" series, igNation asked writers what being Canadian means to them.Today's post asks what if Canada were to suffer political unrest.

  • The Junior's final letter as a Junior, ends with a reaffirmation that he will be visiting home en route to Spokane,. His last written words have a touch of self satisfaction: “P.S. Thanks for the letter mum. I’ll answer it in person shortly.” "

  • For the "Canada 150 & Me" series, igNation asked writers what being Canadian means to them.Today's post looks at 1967 and 2017 - the diferences.

  • "At the end of July, a flotilla of canoes left Sainte-Marie among the Hurons on Georgian Bay. The 850-kilometre, 25-day voyage terminated at Kahnawake on the outskirts of Montreal on August 15. The canoeists visited the Ottawa area from August 9–11. More than thirty Indigenous, Jesuit, English-, and

  • Standing in a place where you know hundreds of men from your own country fought and died in battle for a cause that wasn't even their own fills you with a pride unlike anything else. However, what made these moments even more special to me, were the actions of the townspeople who lived near the hist

  • ?The Junior is proud of his academic achievements and presents a ‘report card’ in the June 5th letter. It is clear there is a need for a Jesuit Junior to be adaptable and available with the last minute change to be sent to Wickwemikong, and the slow revelation about the philosophy studies. In the le

  • For the "Canada 150 & Me" series, igNation asked writers what being Canadian means to them.Today a reflection on the numbers one, five and zero.

  • For the "Canada 150 & Me" series, igNation asked writers what being Canadian means to them. For some being Canadian meant opportunity and possibility - for others misery and exclusion.

  • "Despite having to ‘catch up’, the Junior does not seem ‘stressed out’ about the end of term papers and exams in the April 10 letter. He is glad to be getting ‘healthier and healthier’. Plans for another set of plays and getting ready for the gardens are central to the letter. Interest in the liturg

  • Canada 150 & Me is igNation's contribution to Canada's 150th birthday. Read what our contributors have to say about what being Canadian means to them. Today's post examines our values.|Canada 150 & Me" - Living Our Values

  •  "Canada 150 & Me" is igNation's celebration of Canada's 150th birthday. Read what our contributors have to say about being Canadian and what it means to them.  In today's post we look at the influence of family.

  • The February 23rd letter to Rosemary tries to be whimsical. He describes it as a 'nonsense' letter. He refers to his situation as 'this escapade'. What follows is his 'silly' but rather frankFebruary 28 letter."

  • For the "Canada 150 & Me" series, igNation asked writers what being Canadian means to them."Hopefully Canadians will give themselves a 150th birthday present when our government signs and ratifies the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), albeit four years late."

  • igNation asked writers what being Canadian means to them. Charlie Pottie, SJ writes of his journey from sea to sea.

  • Canada 150 & Me is igNation's celebration of Canada's 150th birthday. Read what our contributors have to say about being Canadian and what it means to them.  Today's post looks at what has changed and not changed since 1967.

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