2020 Spring and Summer Newsletter

To read the Spring and Summer 2020 issue of the newsletter, please click on the article links below.

The newsletter, called Mission News, is published three times a year, in January, May and September. Each issue has a different theme that highlights a major aspect of our work in the Global South as well as our efforts in Canada to learn and act in solidarity.

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A Uitota family gathers yuca in the Amazon region near Leticia, Colombia.
(Photo: Sergi Camara/Entreculturas)

Caring for “Our common home”: Reflections from the Amazon

By Alfredo Ferro Medina SJ

The Amazon, part of our “Common Home,” is a territory that covers 7 million sq km and has 35 million inhabitants. Today, this region and the 350 Indigenous communities that live there are threatened more than ever. … Continue reading →

A word from Jenny Cafiso, CJI Director

A couple of months ago, we chose “Caring for our common home” as the theme for this issue. We chose it to mark the 5th anniversary of Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’ which calls us to a deep personal and communal transformation and a new relationship with the earth, our common home. … Continue reading →

Young people take leadership to care for our common home

Young people take leadership to care for our common home

By Charlie Chilufya SJ One in three Africans, 422 million people, live below the global poverty line. They represent more than 70 percent of the world’s poorest people. While we all play a role in addressing climate change, those living … Continue reading → ...
SASAC: Our Common  Home

SASAC: Our Common Home

By Pramod Dabhi SJ The disciples of Jesus wanted to learn how He prayed and so asked Him, “Lord, teach us how to pray.” Jesus replied “When praying, pray like this, ‘Our Father in heaven… give us this day our … Continue reading → ...
Canada in solidarity
JUST Change  – Advocacy Symposium in Ottawa

JUST Change – Advocacy Symposium in Ottawa

Canadian Jesuits International brought together secondary and postsecondary students from across Canada from February 9 to 11, to learn about the deep connections between faith, justice and advocacy. Students from various Jesuit and other Catholic schools attended the event at … Continue reading → ...
Fr Stanislaus Jebamalai SJ visits Canada

Fr Stanislaus Jebamalai SJ visits Canada

Fr Stanislaus Jebamalai SJ (Sannybhai), National Coordinator of Lok Manch in India, visited Canada in February for a series of engagements and school presentations across the country. Sannybhai talked about his work with Lok Manch, a platform that empowers marginalized … Continue reading → ...
CJI News
Responding to the COVID-19 crisis

Responding to the COVID-19 crisis

CJI continues to adapt to the fluidity of our new normal. We work remotely as we try to always be faithful to our mission of supporting our partners in the Global South and our friends in Canada. Our online work … Continue reading → ...
Fr Mike Hawkins SJ

Fr Mike Hawkins SJ

Fr Michael (Mike) Hawkins SJ died very peacefully on April 30, 2020 at  René Goupil House in Pickering, Ontario. He was 83 years old and in his 63rd year as a Jesuit. Born in Valois, Quebec, Fr Mike was the … Continue reading → ...
CNCA meeting in Ottawa

CNCA meeting in Ottawa

Last January 21-22, CJI attended a Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA) strategic planning meeting in Ottawa. Representing CJI were Director, Jenny Cafiso, and Communications Coordinator, Victor Reyes. The meeting focused on two key issues: the Canadian Ombudsperson Responsible for … Continue reading → ...
Hope in solidarity: COVID-19 and the Syrian refugee crisis

Hope in solidarity: COVID-19 and the Syrian refugee crisis

Last May 5, CJI hosted Hope in solidarity: COVID-19 and the Syrian refugee crisis, a webinar with Fr Nawras Sammour SJ, Regional Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service Middle East and North Africa (JRS MENA). Fr  Nawras  spoke  of  how  … Continue reading → ...
Multicultural night at St Mary Catholic Secondary School

Multicultural night at St Mary Catholic Secondary School

St Mary Catholic Secondary School held their annual Multicultural Night last February 24 on the school grounds in Pickering, Ontario. The event, which has been held since 2008, aims to raise awareness on issues of inclusion and diversity. It also … Continue reading → ...

OUR DONORS SPEAK: Tithing as a way to live my faith

The Jesuits have always played an important part in my life. In  1963,  I  graduated  from Campion, a Jesuit high school in Regina. My brother, Joe, is a Jesuit priest who still teaches physics in St. John’s, Newfoundland at age 78! … Continue reading →

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