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This earth, our mother

This earth, our mother By Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator SJ Pope Francis has declared, “Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last two hundred years” (Laudato Si’ 53). There is no injustice quite … Continue reading

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Pan-African youth leadership development

Pan-African youth leadership development Africa is by far the world’s youngest continent, with a median age of only 18. Such a large population of young people presents an enormous challenge for the governments of Africa’s 54 countries. Resources must be … Continue reading

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Tax justice and the common good

Tax justice and the common good By Charles B. Chilufya SJ It is often reported that globally there is notable progress in human development, especially when considering the changes in China and other countries. Yet incomes among the poorest people … Continue reading

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Job opportunity: Communications Coordinator

Job opportunity: Communications Coordinator Canadian Jesuits International is hiring a full-time Communications Coordinator. This position has an immediate start date. The application deadline is July 4, 2019. We encourage you to apply early! Please see this posting for the job … Continue reading

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Event with Leonard Chiti SJ

Canadian Jesuits International (CJI) warmly invites you to attend an evening with Father Leonard Chiti SJ on 11 July 2019. Fr Chiti is the Jesuit Provincial for Zambia and Malawi. See the poster below for details, or click here to … Continue reading

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2019 spring & summer news

CJI’s 2019 spring & summer newsletter explores an economy of the common good and what it could mean for people in developing countries. It is available in PDF format here: Mission News, vol. 54, no. 1 In the cover article, … Continue reading

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Y4O Day 2019

The first Youth 4 Others (Y4O) Social Justice Day of 2019 was held in Toronto on 25 April. It was the largest Y4O Day in the six years that CJI has been running the program. There were 85 students from … Continue reading

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Job opportunity: Donor Relations Coordinator

Job opportunity: Donor Relations Coordinator Canadian Jesuits International is hiring a full-time Donor Relations Coordinator. This position has an immediate start date. The application deadline is April 30, 2019. We encourage you to apply early! Please see this posting for … Continue reading

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Tax justice and common good

Tax avoidance and illicit financial flows deprive African countries of crucial resources needed for development — for health, education and other basic requirements. This was the central message of Fr Charles Chilufya SJ, Director of the Justice and Ecology Network for … Continue reading

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APPEAL for Venezuela

Canadian Jesuits International (CJI) has launched an appeal in response to the crisis in Venezuela. PLEASE GIVE GENEROUSLY!   Action by local Jesuits and partners Within Venezuela, Jesuit parishes, apostolates and social centres are working to provide shelter, food, psychosocial … Continue reading

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Cyclone Idai APPEAL

Canadian Jesuits International (CJI) has launched an emergency appeal in response to Cyclone Idai. We are coordinating our actions with the Xavier Network and our Jesuit partners in southern Africa. PLEASE SUPPORT THIS APPEAL!   The response so far Jesuits in … Continue reading

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2019 Easter Appeal

Luke’s gospel tells us about two disciples in Emmaus who, after the resurrection, realized that the stranger they had accompanied was Jesus: “Their eyes were opened, and they recognized him.” In the Easter Vigil readings this year, Baruch urges us … Continue reading

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Lecture by Charles Chilufya SJ

Canadian Jesuits International (CJI) is pleased to invite you to an evening with Charles Chilufya SJ on 26 March 2019. Fr Charles is Director of Justice and Ecology for the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar. See the poster below … Continue reading

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2019 Solidarity Trips

Learn more about key social justice and environmental issues in the Dominican Republic and Haiti while exploring your own faith and what a commitment to justice means in a globalized world. 2019 Caribbean Solidarity Trips Join us on a Solidarity … Continue reading

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Int’l Development Week 2019

From February 3–9, everyone is invited to celebrate International Development Week (IDW) together with the community of international development and humanitarian aid organizations, including CJI. For more information on what others are doing and the different ways to participate, see here. … Continue reading

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Bridging Borders success

Thank you to all participants, donors and volunteers who helped make CJI’s Giving Tuesday “Bridging Borders” campaign a success! Numerous Bridging Borders campaign events were held across Canada in November 2018. They helped raise awareness and support for three important … Continue reading

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Bridging Borders: Acting in love rooted in justice

Bridging Borders: Acting in love rooted in justice By Pieter Niemeyer Pope Francis’s appeal “not to create walls but to build bridges” is at the heart of Canadian Jesuits International’s 2018 Giving Tuesday Campaign. When we decided on our theme … Continue reading

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A people’s movement

The article below, by Partha Pratim Ray, was written for CJI’s Bridging Borders campaign and first appeared on the igNation website on 21 November 2018. Mr. Ray works in communications for the Jesuit Conference of India.   Lok Manch (People’s … Continue reading

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Building Bridges in Syria

Dunia Saad, Regional Communications Officer for Jesuit Refugee Service in the Middle East, wrote the following article for CJI’s Bridging Borders campaign. It first appeared on the igNation website on 14 November 2018.   The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) has … Continue reading

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The Pan-Amazon project

My home is your home too: The Pan-Amazon project By Mercedes Arango-Vasquez I still remember the first time I crossed a border. I was a teenager, but I have very fresh memories of it. I remember the excitement mixed with … Continue reading

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Job opportunity: Office and Database Administrator

Job opportunity – Office and Database Administrator Canadian Jesuits International is hiring a full-time Office and Database Administrator. This position has an immediate start date. Applications will be accepted and reviewed until a suitable candidate is found. We encourage you … Continue reading

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South Sudan’s Fr Victor-Luke

With deep sadness, Canadian Jesuits International shares news of the death of Father Victor-Luke Odhiambo SJ, who was murdered by unknown assailants in the early hours of 15 November 2018 in Cueibet, South Sudan. Fr Victor-Luke was the principal of … Continue reading

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2018 Christmas Appeal

The prophet Isaiah tells us that the coming Messiah will be known by his “justice and righteousness.” This is the basis of the “endless peace” brought by the Christ child at Christmas. Please join Canadian Jesuits International this Advent by … Continue reading

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BRIDGING BORDERS event in Vancouver

Father Nawras Sammour SJ, CJI’s guest from Aleppo, Syria, will be speaking at a public event in Vancouver on November 20, 2018. If you are in the Vancouver area, please join us for this Bridging Borders event! See poster below … Continue reading

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BRIDGING BORDERS event in Ottawa

Ivette Galván García, CJI’s guest from Chiapas, Mexico, will be speaking at a public event in Ottawa on November 15, 2018. If you are in the Ottawa area, please join us for this Bridging Borders event! See poster below for … Continue reading

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Bridging Borders

Bridging Borders By Jenny Cafiso Crossing borders with hope As I write this, over 7,000 Honduran migrants including children have crossed the Guatemalan and Mexican borders and are marching toward the United States border. Some, including the President of the … Continue reading

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Empowering African youth

Empowering African youth By Tendai Ellton Matare SJ African young people today face many different challenges and circumstances. These engender both hope and hopelessness among them, depending on their particular context and on available support, resources and opportunities. In my … Continue reading

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Strengthening youth in the Amazon region

Strengthening youth in the Amazon region By Eufronio Toro Vaca The rural youth of the Amazon region desire to remain in their communities but they are aware that they must migrate to the cities. Their aspirations, including education, employment and … Continue reading

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Communities of hope for youth

Communities of hope for youth By Pieter Niemeyer From June 30 to July 7, 2018, Canadian Jesuits International (CJI) led a group of 10 people from across Canada on a Caribbean Solidarity Trip to the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The … Continue reading

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Champion of Justice

Padre Melo (Fr Ismael Moreno SJ) of Honduras has been recognized with the Champion of Justice award by the US organization CARECEN (formerly known as the Central American Refugee Centre). This award is given to human rights activists fighting to … Continue reading

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BRIDGING BORDERS event in Winnipeg

Fr Mario Serrano SJ, CJI’s guest from the Dominican Republic, will be speaking at a public event in Winnipeg on November 11, 2018. If you are in the Winnipeg area, please join us for this Bridging Borders event! See poster … Continue reading

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Diwali greetings from Lok Manch

Diwali or the Festival of Lights was on November 5 this year. Canadian Jesuits International received special wishes and prayers marking Diwali from our partner in India Lok Manch. In sending these greetings, the National Coordinator of Lok Manch, Fr Jebamalai … Continue reading

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BRIDGING BORDERS event in Toronto

Fr Mario Serrano SJ, CJI’s guest from the Dominican Republic, will be speaking at a public event in Toronto on November 8, 2018. If you are in the Greater Toronto Area please join us for our first Bridging Borders event. … Continue reading

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World Food Day 2018

October 16 is World Food Day (WFD). The annual event was established by the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 1945 to increase awareness of world hunger and poverty and to inspire solutions for change. Last year, Pope … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving for field kitchens!

On 15 September 2018, CJI’s partner in Syria, Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), held a closing celebration for its Field Kitchen program. It was held at the Monastery of Franciscan Sisters in Aleppo. Six years ago and with a very limited … Continue reading

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Bridging Borders – Tell Ten!

Join CJI’s Tell Ten campaign called BRIDGING BORDERS this fall in the lead-up to Giving Tuesday on November 27! You can help us “tell ten” about the importance of building bridges between people, countries, faiths and differences — by attending … Continue reading

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2018 fall newsletter

CJI’s fall 2018 newsletter celebrates the gifts of young people and examines ways to empower youth. It is available in PDF format here: Mission News, vol. 53, no. 3 In the cover article, Zimbabwean Jesuit Tendai Matare looks at the … Continue reading

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Y4O Day in Hamilton

On Wednesday, 7 November 2018, Canadian Jesuits International (CJI) will host a “Youth for Others (Y4O) – Social Justice Day” in Hamilton, Ontario. It will be held at Mount Mary Retreat Centre in Ancaster (just outside Hamilton). For more information, … Continue reading

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Transformation in Mindanao

CJI hosted an event called “Transformation through community based healthcare in Mindanao, Philippines” on 19 August 2018 as part of its Open Doors Series, an outreach program that aims to “open doors” on understanding of issues and realities of partners … Continue reading

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Tahoe’s Escobal mine in Guatemala to halt work

CJI shares news from sister organizations on a high court decision in Guatemala against Tahoe Resource’s Escobal mine. See also Joint call for justice in Guatemala. Guatemala’s Highest Court Orders Tahoe’s Escobal Mine to Remain Suspended (Guatemala/Ottawa/Washington DC – September … Continue reading

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Concern for Radio Progreso staff

Canadian Jesuits International shares the concern of the UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner in Honduras over the safety of our partner Radio Progreso and its staff, as expressed in the press release of 3 September 2018 below: … Continue reading

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Threat against Honduran journalist

The following editorial from Criterio in Honduras (criterio.hn) concerns a death threat against journalist Sandra Marybel Sánchez, who works at Radio Progreso, a partner of Canadian Jesuits International. Tegucigalpa – Concerning the death threat against Radio Progreso journalist Sandra Marybel … Continue reading

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New job opportunity!

Job opportunity – Donor Relations Coordinator Canadian Jesuits International is hiring a full-time Donor Relations Coordinator. This position has an immediate start date. The application deadline is September 7, 2018. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis … Continue reading

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Joint call for justice in Guatemala

Human rights defender Ángel Estuardo Quevedo was killed in the municipality of Santa Rosa de Lima, Guatemala, on 12 July 2018. He was a member of the Peaceful Resistance movement of Santa Rosa, Jalapa and Jutiapa, and worked to publicize … Continue reading

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Updates from South Sudan

Canadian Jesuits International is providing the dispatches below to keep friends and supporters up-to-date on developments in South Sudan, particularly in areas where there are people and projects supported by Jesuit Refugee Service or the Xavier Network, of which CJI … Continue reading

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Caribbean Solidarity Trip

**Upcoming Solidarity Trips** To learn more about upcoming learning tours, please see 2019 Solidarity Trips. 2018 Caribbean Solidarity Trip Canadian Jesuits International led a Caribbean Solidarity Trip to the Dominican Republic and Haiti from June 30 to July 7, 2018. … Continue reading

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Open Doors on Mindanao

CJI is hosting public event with presenters Dr Ricardo Angeles and Sr Petite Lao (see poster below or download poster here) on Sunday, 19 August 2018, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm at Our Lady of Lourdes in Toronto. If you … Continue reading

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4 Words for 2018

June 20 is World Refugee Day. Pope Francis encourages all of us to adopt a shared response to the global refugee situation that may be articulated in the four words: Welcome, Protect, Promote, Integrate Pope Francis’ words for migrants, refugees … Continue reading

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Gandhi Ashram changes lives

Gandhi Ashram in India was founded in 1992 by Fr Edward McGuire, a Canadian Jesuit. He was asked by his Superior to open a school for poor children in Kalimpong, in the Jesuit Province of Darjeeling. Fr McGuire not only … Continue reading

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Meeting the Superior General

Canadian Jesuits International staff greatly appreciated meeting Fr Arturo Sosa SJ before a Mass at Regis College in Toronto on 29 May. Fr Sosa was on his first visit to Canada since his election as the Superior General of the … Continue reading

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Join challenge for Pan-Amazon

Canadian Jesuits International (CJI) is working with the Jesuit Service to the Pan-Amazon Region (SJPAM) and with Fe y Alegría (FyA) International Educational Network on the Awareness-raising, Intercultural and Bilingual Education Initiative. Canadians can support this initiative during June 2018 … Continue reading

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Defending human rights

Defending human rights By Xavier Jeyaraj SJ Human rights are cultural concepts, evolving continually in response to socio-cultural and political changes. Since 1948, when the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), there have been further … Continue reading

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Right to self-determination

The right to self-determination in Chiapas, Mexico By Ivette E. Galván García Protecting the rights of indigenous communities in Mexico has required great effort and multiple claims by individuals and groups who have raised their voices and risked their lives … Continue reading

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2018 spring & summer news

The spring and summer newsletter of Canadian Jesuits International is all about human rights. It is available in PDF format here: Mission News, vol. 53, no. 2 In the cover article, the director of the Jesuit Social Justice and Ecology … Continue reading

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Job opportunity!

Current job opportunity – International Program Coordinator Canadian Jesuits International is hiring an International Program Coordinator. This position has an immediate start date. Applications will be reviewed as they are received until a suitable candidate is found. You are encouraged … Continue reading

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Youth 4 Others call for action

CJI’s annual Youth 4 Others – Social Justice Day was held on April 24. This year’s theme was “Youth in solidarity: A bold call for action.” More than 70 students and educators from 8 schools in the Greater Toronto area … Continue reading

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Xavier Network meeting

The director of Canadian Jesuits International, Jenny Cafiso, participated in the spring meeting of the Xavier Network (XN) which was held in Rome, March 14–16. The main issues discussed at the meeting were the coordination of international programs and projects … Continue reading

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Update: Statement on Syria

The dire situation in Syria continues to dominate the news. Of particular concern are the attacks on people in some of the neighbourhoods and suburbs of Damascus. CJI’s partner Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) issued an update on 8 March entitled … Continue reading

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Int’l Women’s Day 2018

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. For more than 100 years, it has focused on women’s rights. In 1975, it was adopted by the United Nations which chooses the IWD theme. For 2018, the theme is: “TIME … Continue reading

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Latin America video event

Canadian Jesuits International hosted a public meeting via video link with Fr Roberto Jaramillo SJ, President of the Jesuit Conference of Provincials in Latin America. The topic of the 21 February event was “Latin America: Struggles, Solidarity, Hope.” Fr Roberto … Continue reading

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2018 Easter Appeal

“Come to the waters!” This invitation to life by the prophet Isaiah is the theme of CJI’s Easter Appeal for 2018. It focuses especially on young people, who have a whole life in front of them. Please see/download a copy … Continue reading

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World Social Justice Day

February 20 is the World Day of Social Justice. It provides an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to the promotion of human dignity, equality and development. This year the theme the World Day is Workers on the Move: The Quest for … Continue reading

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Job opportunity: International Programs Coordinator

Job opportunity International Programs Coordinator Canadian Jesuits International (CJI) is currently looking for a full-time International Programs Coordinator to coordinate and manage the international programs of CJI. Application deadline: 23 February 2018. Please see the attached document for further details: … Continue reading

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Int’l Development Week 2018

International Development Week (IDW) is from February 4 to 10, and the theme for 2018 is “Partners for a better world.” At Canadian Jesuits International we are highlighting the work of a few of our partners who are most definitely … Continue reading

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Fr Jaramillo on solidarity in Latin America

Latin America: Struggles, Solidarity, Hope We are very happy to welcome Fr Roberto Jaramillo SJ, President of the Jesuit Conference of Provincials of Latin America, on a visit to Canada. If you are in the Toronto area, please come to … Continue reading

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Ombudsperson success!

As a member of the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA), Canadian Jesuits International has been actively involved in a campaign to lobby the government for an independent ombudsperson office to investigate human rights abuses committed by Canadian extractive companies … Continue reading

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Solidarity in partnership

Solidarity in partnership By Roberto Jaramillo SJ X-rays give us an inside picture of something, but they must be read or interpreted to obtain a real understanding of what is going on. The three “X-rays” that follow give snapshots of … Continue reading

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2018 winter newsletter

This winter newsletter is a special issue reviewing the work of Canadian Jesuits International over the past year with a “solidarity in partnership” focus. It is available in PDF format here: Mission News, vol. 53, no. 1. In the cover … Continue reading

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Honduran leaders’ safety

Only one month after expressing their concern regarding the post-election situation in Honduras, the Jesuit Provincials of English and French Canada, Fathers Peter Bisson and Erik Oland, have sent another letter to the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs. This time … Continue reading

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Provincials’ letter on Honduras

The Jesuit Provincials of English and French Canada, Fathers Peter Bisson and Erik Oland, have sent a letter expressing deep concern about the post-election situation in Honduras to the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs. Copies were also … Continue reading

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Thanks for your solidarity

Livelihood support: Thanks for your solidarity By Isabel Perez-Doherty This is the fifth and final article in a blog series on the igNation website in November 2017. The series aims to raise awareness about livelihood support, which is the focus … Continue reading

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2017 Christmas Appeal

CJI’s Christmas Appeal this year focuses on livelihood support as integral to the good news announced to the shepherds: In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of … Continue reading

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Comparte, thanks for sharing

Livelihood support: Comparte, thanks for sharing By Miriam Lopez-Villegas This is the fourth article in a blog series appearing on the igNation website in November 2017. The series aims to raise awareness about livelihood support, which is the focus of … Continue reading

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World Day of the Poor

First World Day of the Poor Pope Francis named 19 November 2017 the first “World Day of the Poor.” At CJI, we seek to share his recognition and love of the poor in all our work. Below we offer some … Continue reading

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HLDRC and tea plantation workers

Livelihood support: HLDRC and tea plantation workers By Lalit P. Tirkey SJ This is the third article in a blog series appearing on the igNation website in November 2017. The series aims to raise awareness about livelihood support, which is … Continue reading

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Teach-In for Justice 2017

In November 2017, 38 Canadian students and educators participated in the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ) in Washington, DC. This year marked the 20th anniversary of the Teach-In, a social justice event that brings together over 2000 people from … Continue reading

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KATC and organic farming in Zambia

Livelihood support: KATC and organic farming in Zambia By Craig Hincks This article is the second in a blog series appearing on the igNation website in November 2017. The series aims to raise awareness about livelihood support, which is the … Continue reading

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To live life to the fullest

Livelihood support: To live life to the fullest By Jenny Cafiso This article is the first in a blog series appearing on the igNation website in November 2017. The series aims to raise awareness about livelihood support, which is the … Continue reading

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The politics of famine

The Politics of Famine By Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator SJ As the saying goes, when two elephants fight, it’s the grass that suffers. It isn’t an accident of nature or a geographical happenstance that hunger, starvation and famine are hitting vulnerable … Continue reading

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India: Politics of denial

India: Food and the Politics of Denial By Lalit P. Tirkey SJ Early this year, major newspapers and TV stations in India proclaimed with pride that India had replaced the United Kingdom as the world’s 5th largest economy. In the … Continue reading

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Comparte: Food sovereignty

Comparte: On the politics of food sovereignty The Comparte (“Share”) program of the Jesuit Conference of Latin American Provinces (CPAL) is a community comprised of 16 social organizations which seek to promote sustainable economic practices. CJI asked some of our … Continue reading

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HLDRC director visits Canada

Fr Lalit P. Tirkey SJ, Director of the Human Life Development and Research Centre (HLDRC), is visiting Canada from 2 November – 10 December 2017. He is visiting 9 cities across Canada and speaking at 6 public events to raise … Continue reading

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Poem: Berta Cáceres

Berta Cáceres by Greg Kennedy SJ a woman a man and, when it comes to the tired madness of hierarchy, none of the above. a river’s daughter, a warrior’s son and a grandmother turned iron on a hill overlooking peace … Continue reading

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Update on Famine Relief Appeal

Pray–Give–Speak Out: Update on the Famine Relief Appeal Canadian Jesuits International is one of three Catholic agencies invited by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops to participate in an inter-faith campaign called “Pray–Give–Speak Out.” The campaign is raising awareness and … Continue reading

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Mexico & Puerto Rico response

Canadian Jesuits International is responding to two new emergency situations affecting the lives of many people in Mexico and Puerto Rico. Below you will find some details of the disasters that struck these countries as well as how to help … Continue reading

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2017 fall newsletter

The politics of famine is explored in the latest issue of CJI’s newsletter. It is available in PDF format here: Mission News, vol. 52, no. 3. Early in June 2017, Canadian Jesuits International was one of three Catholic agencies to … Continue reading

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Giving Tuesday – Tell Ten!

“Tell Ten” is CJI’s Giving Tuesday campaign for 2017. It is aimed at spreading the word about support for livelihoods with a focus on justice and human dignity. You can help us “Tell Ten” about the importance of supporting livelihood … Continue reading

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2018 Caribbean Solidarity Trip

Please join CJI in 2018 for an immersive learning experience! The Caribbean Solidarity Trip to the Dominican Republic is an opportunity to learn first hand about social justice issues. Jesuits are working closely with people in this region to promote … Continue reading

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Remembering Fr Joe Brennan SJ

Fr Joseph David Brennan SJ, 1925 – 2017 Joseph Brennan was born shortly before the Great Depression, on September 22, 1925, in Regina, Saskatchewan. He was the elder of two children. Joe, as he was called, led a very focused life, … Continue reading

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Stand for Honduran Jesuit

Serious new threats against Fr Ismael “Melo” Moreno in Honduras have been made in recent days. They have prompted statements and letters of support for Fr Melo from many people and groups, including the Jesuit Provincials of Canada, the Jesuit … Continue reading

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Bishops target Canadian mining practices

Bishops of the CCCB target Canadian mining practices On 9 August 2017, the President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), the Most Rev. Douglas Crosby OMI, wrote an open letter on behalf of the CCCB to Prime Minister … Continue reading

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Remembering Fr Bill German

Fr William German SJ, 1925 – 2017 CJI honours the memory of Fr William German SJ, who died at the age of 92 on 4 July 2017. “Fr Bill,” as he was called, was a member of the Society of … Continue reading

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KATC director in Canada

Br Paul Desmarais SJ is in Canada this summer, visiting from Zambia where he is the director of Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre (KATC). Br Paul will be speaking at two public events in July (click on posters below). On 9 … Continue reading

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World Refugee Day 2017

Canadian Jesuits International supports the following ecumenical statement on World Refugee Day, 20 June 2017. Along with partners and sister organizations that signed this statement, CJI believes that refugees offer us an “opportunity to grow together.”   Ecumenical statement on … Continue reading

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South Sudan: Conflict and famine

South Sudan: Education amid conflict and famine Canadian Jesuits International is participating in an interfaith campaign called PRAY-GIVE-SPEAK OUT to raise awareness and funds for victims of hunger and famine in northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. Here, CJI … Continue reading

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Their spirit lives on

Dorothy and Don Newton: Their spirit lives on When Dorothy and Don Newton married in 1991, they had a lot in common. Both were widowed and had children from previous marriages. Both were active members at Immaculate Heart of Mary … Continue reading

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Poem: This Peace Business

This Peace Business By Greg Kennedy SJ Keys, socks, sons and brothers… these are the things that disappear. There goes St. Anthony on his hands and knees a holy wreck of a man reduced to acute workplace anxiety by the … Continue reading

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Sowing peace in Honduras

Sowing peace in Honduras: Like a dancing hummingbird By Ismael “Melo” Moreno Coto SJ Out of the immensity of violence, death, exclusion and fear emerge signs of peace and civic engagement. The signs are small, but do exist. Imperceptibly, they … Continue reading

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Inner-city violence and goodness in Jamaica

Inner-city violence and goodness in Jamaica By Rohan G. Tulloch SJ Famous Jamaican musician Bob Marley wrote the song “No woman, no cry.” This song took on new meaning for me when I worked in St Anne’s Parish in Western … Continue reading

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The challenge of peacebuilding

The challenge of peacebuilding: Lessons from Colombia By Mauricio García Durán SJ For 50 long years, insurgent groups have embroiled Colombia in conflict. During the most intense period from 1990 to 2004—when, according to international standards, it reached the level … Continue reading

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Provincials on famine relief

The Jesuit Provincials for English and French Canada released a letter on 7 June 2017 appealing for supporters to show solidarity with people in northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen who are facing acute food shortages. The letter may … Continue reading

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Famine Relief Appeal

More than 20 million people in northeastern NIGERIA, SOMALIA, SOUTH SUDAN and YEMEN are experiencing severe food shortages and are at risk of starvation. A prolonged drought in Eastern Africa and ongoing conflict and political instability in all four countries … Continue reading

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An evening with Fr Gonzalo Ituarte

On 30 May 2017, the Superior of the Dominican Province of Mexico, Fr Gonzalo Ituarte OP, shared his experiences in Chiapas, Mexico, at a public event in Toronto. Fr Gonzalo was Vicar General for Justice and Peace to the late … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving mass for Fr Michael Schultheis

Fr Michael Schultheis SJ (1932 – 2017) (For thanksgiving mass and memorial fund information, see below.) Fr Michael Schultheis died in his sleep on 14 April 2017, in Monrovia, Liberia. A Jesuit from the Oregon Jesuit Province in the USA, … Continue reading

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Comparte: Food in a people’s economy

Comparte: Food in a people’s economy By Álvaro Idarraga Quintero The Comparte (“Share”) program of the Jesuit Conference of Latin American Provinces (CPAL) is a community of learning and action comprised of 16 social organizations, as well as Alboan in … Continue reading

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Fr Gonzalo Ituarte in Canada

In conversation with Fr Gonzalo Ituarte OP Fr Gonzalo Ituarte OP of Mexico will be visiting Canada shortly. For those in or near Toronto, please join us for a conversation with Fr Ituarte on Tuesday, 30 May 2017. This event … Continue reading

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A Y4O Day experience

A Y4O Day experience By Claudia Sassa On Tuesday April 25th, 2017, students from Blessed Cardinal Newman participated in the Canadian Jesuits International’s fifth annual “Youth 4 Others” Social Justice Day. CJI is an international development agency of the Jesuits … Continue reading

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2017 summer newsletter

The 2017 spring and summer issue of Mission News is now available and may be downloaded in PDF format here. The theme of this issue is “Building a lasting peace.” Three Jesuits who live and work in situations of conflict … Continue reading

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Moving is in our genes

Migrants and refugees: “Moving is built into our genes” Canadian Jesuit Fr Michael Czerny is undersecretary of the newly formed Section for Migrants and Refugees in the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, a position that reports directly to … Continue reading

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Youth 4 Others Day 2017

On 25 April, Canadian Jesuits International (CJI) hosted its fifth annual Youth 4 Others Day with a focus on social justice. Over 60 high school students and educators were present from Bishop Allen Academy, Blessed Cardinal Newman, Monsignor Percy Johnson, … Continue reading

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Good Friday Walk

Canadian Jesuits International (CJI) participated in the Ecumenical Good Friday Walk for Justice on 14 April 2017. The theme this year was “Breaking Barriers.” The walk began and ended at the Church of the Holy Trinity in downtown Toronto. As … Continue reading

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Bring forth justice: Darjeeling

During the final weeks of Lent, CJI is running a short series focusing on the three projects in our 2017 Easter Appeal. The theme of this year’s Easter Appeal is “faithfully bring forth justice” (Isaiah 42:3). This week we look … Continue reading

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Bring forth justice: Lebanon

During the final weeks of Lent, CJI is running a short series focusing on the three projects in our 2017 Easter Appeal. The theme of this year’s Easter Appeal is “faithfully bring forth justice” (Isaiah 42:3). This week we look … Continue reading

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Bring forth justice: Chiapas

During the final weeks of Lent, CJI is running a short series focusing on the three projects in our 2017 Easter Appeal. The theme of this year’s Easter Appeal is “faithfully bring forth justice” (Isaiah 42:3). This week we look … Continue reading

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Extractive sector oversight

Canadian Jesuits International sent the letter below to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau advocating the creation of a Canadian ombudsperson office to handle the human rights concerns of people affected by Canadian oil, gas and mining companies abroad: Dear Prime Minister … Continue reading

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Int’l Women’s Day 2017

The 2017 theme for International Women’s Day is “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030.” The subtitle here refers to the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and especially to goal number 4: Ensure inclusive … Continue reading

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2017 Easter Appeal

“Faithfully bring forth justice” is the theme of CJI’s Easter Appeal this year. It is based on a Holy Week reading from one of the “servant songs” in Isaiah: “Here is my servant … he will faithfully bring forth justice. … Continue reading

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In memory of Diana Brand

Diana Brand, faithful friend and supporter Edith “Diana” Brand was a good friend and generous supporter of Canadian Jesuits International for many years. She was in her nineties and passed away peacefully in her sleep on 1 February 2017. Her … Continue reading

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A student’s reflection

A student’s reflection on IFTJ By Claire MacLeod Two teachers and eleven students from St Bonaventure’s College in St John’s, Newfoundland, travelled to Washington, DC, in November 2016 to attend the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ). The Teach-In is … Continue reading

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A teacher’s reflection

A teacher’s reflection on IFTJ By Tommy Connors Two teachers and eleven students from St Bonaventure’s College in St John’s, Newfoundland, travelled to Washington, DC, in November 2016 to attend the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ). The Teach-In is … Continue reading

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The importance of education for refugees

The importance of education for refugees By Uju Umenyi The importance of education cannot be overstated, and most people would agree that education is a fundamental right and a key factor in human development. The global quest to ensure quality … Continue reading

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New conference presidents

New conference presidents for Africa and Latin America Canadian Jesuits International (CJI) is pleased to share with friends and supporters the good news that Fr. General Arturo Sosa SJ has appointed two close and highly respected Jesuit colleagues as president … Continue reading

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Int’l Development Week

The 2017 theme of International Development Week (IDW), which runs from 5–11 February, is “Leave no one behind: Canada contributes to global goals!” According to Global Affairs Canada, “Since its inception in 1991, IDW has become a uniquely Canadian tradition.” … Continue reading

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Statement on refugees

The following joint statement from the Provincials of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the US was issued on 30 January 2017 in response to President Trump’s temporary ban on refugees and on travel to the US from seven predominantly … Continue reading

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Accounting and loving kindness

Accounting and loving kindness in Cambodia By Ol Sokhem I started working with Jesuit Service Cambodia (JSC) in August 1999; it’s been 17 years already! I began as an intern in JSC’s finance office, but soon after there was a … Continue reading

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Looking back … looking forward

In Zambia: Looking back … looking forward By Paul A. Desmarais SJ Let me start by introducing myself. My name is Paul Desmarais and I am a Canadian Jesuit Brother. I grew up on a farm in southwestern Ontario, and … Continue reading

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Blessing and struggle

Blessing and struggle: My work with refugees in urban Africa By Teddy Salimo Akolonge My name is Teddy, and I’ve been working for JRS in Kenya since February 2009. I am married, with three children, and am also a student … Continue reading

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2017 Winter Newsletter

The 2017 winter issue of CJI’s Mission News is now available and may be downloaded in PDF format here. The theme of this issue is “Looking forward, looking back” and it features the reflections of some of CJI’s partners in … Continue reading

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Video: “Hosting 9 million displaced people”

“Hosting 9 million displaced people: The response of JRS in East Africa” Year: 2016 Production: Canadian Jesuits International Country: Canada Themes: Global refugee crisis; the gifts and strengths of refugees; education for refugees; refugee girls and women  

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Diaspora in mission

On 17 December 2016 Fr Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator SJ spoke on topic “Diaspora as Mission” at the Consolata Missionaries, in Etobicoke, Ontario. The public event was co-sponsored by CJI, the Jesuits in English Canada, and the Pontifical Missions English Canada chapter. … Continue reading

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Hosting refugees in Africa

The Regional Director of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Eastern Africa, Fr Endashaw Debrework SJ, had a full agenda for his three-day visit to Canada in November. It proved most enlightening to those who were privileged to spend time with … Continue reading

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Newsletter name to come

The contest to find a new name for CJI’s newsletter closed on 15 October 2016. In accordance with the rules, the Board of Trustees was presented at its fall meeting with the top five names as chosen by CJI staff, … Continue reading

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Congratulations!

In December 2016, our partners at Radio Progreso in Honduras are celebrating 60 years of radio broadcasts. Radio Progreso covers social and environmental issues, and promotes human rights and freedom of expression. Our friends in Honduras have planned a series … Continue reading

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Diaspora as Mission

Please join us on Saturday, 17 December from 1:00pm to 3:00pm for a discussion with Rev Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator SJ at the Consolata Missionaries, 2671 Islington Avenue, Toronto. Fr Orobator is the current Principal of Hekima University College Jesuit School of … Continue reading

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Haiti recovery update

In October, Canadian Jesuits International (CJI) expressed its solidarity with communities in Haiti affected by Hurricane Matthew and reported on what was being done by our partners in the immediate aftermath of the disaster. CJI is coordinating its ongoing response … Continue reading

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Radio Progreso: 60 years!

In December 2016, our friends at Radio Progreso in Honduras are celebrating 60 years of radio broadcasts and work to empower communities through popular media. Radio Progreso covers social and environmental issues, and promotes human rights and freedom of expression. … Continue reading

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2016 Christmas Appeal

CJI’s annual Christmas Appeal focuses this year on the theme of light shining in darkness, based on the words of the prophet Isaiah: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land … Continue reading

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Divesting from fossil fuels

Divesting from fossil fuels: The story of the Jesuits in English Canada By Anne-Marie Jackson The Jesuits in English Canada have a long history of engagement on corporate accountability, especially ecumenically through the Task Force on Churches and Corporate Responsibility … Continue reading

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“Mercy in action” Teach-In

The 2016 Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice was held in Washington DC from 12 to 14 November. CJI led a delegation of 25 Canadian students and educators from Campion College, Loyola High School, St Bonaventure’s College High School and St … Continue reading

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Hosting 9 million people

Please join us for a dynamic discussion with Fr Endashaw Debrework SJ in our BEYOND THE HEADLINES series: Hosting 9 million displaced people: The response of JRS in East Africa Tuesday, 29 November 2016 7:00pm – 9:00pm at St. Michael’s … Continue reading

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Go for Dollo!

Giving Tuesday is past, but it’s still not too late to support CJI’s Go for Dollo campaign, in aid of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and their skills training centre in Dollo Ado, Ethiopia. Dollo Ado in southeast Ethiopia is … Continue reading

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Hurricane Matthew

Canadian Jesuits International (CJI) expresses its solidarity with communities affected by Hurricane Matthew, a powerful Category 4 storm that sustained winds of 235 km/h. Matthew violently struck the southwestern districts or “departments” of Haiti on 4 October before moving on … Continue reading

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2016 Fall Newsletter

The 2016 fall issue of CJI’s Mission News is now available and may be downloaded in PDF format from here. This issue focuses on food security and food sovereignty and it does so at a time of harvest and thanksgiving … Continue reading

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A Thanksgiving Day prayer

A Thanksgiving Day prayer, mindful of our Syrian sisters and brothers God, whose gifts are countless and whose goodness is without limit, teach us, we pray, to treasure and use wisely the rich blessings of this country. Help us to … Continue reading

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Ecuador response update

After the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit the Province of Manabí in northwestern Ecuador on 16 April this year, 663 deaths were recorded, along with 9 disappeared and more than 6,270 wounded. In addition, 22,754 people were in need of emergency … Continue reading

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Leaving a lasting legacy

Planning for the future – leaving a lasting legacy Canadian Jesuits International stands in solidarity with men, women, children and communities around the world. We support programs in education, healthcare, sustainable agriculture, livelihoods and income generation, as well as emergency … Continue reading

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Father Abraham Day

On 21 September, Canadian Jesuits International (CJI) hosted a reception with longstanding supporter Mary Ellen Sullivan to celebrate the Halifax Regional Municipality’s proclamation of 26 September as “Father Murray Abraham Day of Peace, Joy and Love.” “Fr. Abe,” as he … Continue reading

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Poetry: My Farm Whispers

My Farm Whispers Canadian Jesuits International is pleased to offer copies of Mary Ellen Sullivan’s book of poetry My Farm Whispers. All proceeds from sales go to support SOJASI (Society of Jesus Agricultural and Social Institute) in Darjeeling, India. The … Continue reading

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International Assistance Review

In July 2016, the staff and board of Canadian Jesuits International (CJI) collaborated on a response to Global Affairs Canada (GAC), which requested feedback from the Canadian public as part of its International Assistance Review (IAR). A pdf of our … Continue reading

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Nepal: Open Doors Day

CJI hosted an “Open Doors Day” with Fr Bill Robins on 6 September 2016. Fr Bill spoke about the work of the Jesuits in Nepal, and especially focused on their educational work and gave some history about how this work … Continue reading

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Letter to PM Trudeau

The Provincial Superiors of the Jesuits in Canada, Fathers Jean Marc Biron SJ and Peter Bisson SJ, have cosigned a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. They urge the Prime Minister to help ensure the safety of Fr Ismael (Melo) … Continue reading

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Reflections on the visit of Padre Melo

By Miriam Lopez-Villegas The strength and the modesty of Fr Melo are both indisputable. A question I have often pondered is how can we transmit our message to those who do not work in “our sector” or share our point … Continue reading

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My reflections on Fr Melo’s visit

By Isabel Perez-Doherty How hopeful and soothing Father Melo’s presence has been for my soul! It comes from his clarity of vision, his understanding of the limitations of one individual’s actions, his humility, and his reluctant acceptance that, through his … Continue reading

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Beyond the Headlines

Padre Melo (aka Fr Ismael Moreno Coto SJ) spoke powerfully and movingly about Honduras and the struggle for human rights on 15 August in Toronto. The following is a brief report on the event, together with a number of useful … Continue reading

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Open Doors on Nepal

CJI is hosting an “Open Doors Day” with Fr Bill Robins (see poster below) on Tuesday, 6 September 2016, from 3pm to 5pm in Toronto. Come and meet Fr Bill if you are able and hear him speak about the … Continue reading

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Rock for refugees!

Catch a Lampedusa concert this fall in support of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Global Education Initiative! This concert tour will visit over 10 North American cities, including Toronto. Emmylou Harris and other Grammy Award-winning artists will be featured at … Continue reading

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Fr Henry Nunn SJ

CJI mourns the passing of Fr Henry P. Nunn SJ, who died at the age of 86 in Bangalore, India, on 31 July, the Feast Day of St. Ignatius. “Hank,” as he was known to his friends, entered the Jesuits … Continue reading

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Padre Melo to visit

Fr Ismael Moreno Coto SJ (“Padre Melo”) will be in Toronto for a special event on Monday, 15 August 2016. He will speak on the topic: “Beyond the Headlines: Working for Human Rights in Honduras.” See the poster below for … Continue reading

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Video: “Working together for Syria”

“Working Together for Syria” Year: 2016 Production: Irish Jesuit Missions & Swansong Films Theme: Ongoing work of Jesuit Refugee Service among displaced Syrians in Aleppo  

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Syria: Working together

See a new video about the work of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Aleppo, Syria. Produced by Irish Jesuit Missions and Swansong Films and released on 14 June 2016, “Working Together for Syria” gives an update on the vital … Continue reading

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Video: “The Art of Mimicking Nature”

“The Art of Mimicking Nature” Year: 2015 Production: Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre (KATC) Country: Zambia Theme: Organic agriculture  

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Video: “The Humanitarian Response to the Crisis in Syria”

“The Humanitarian Response to the Crisis in Syria: Reflections from the Region” Year: 2015 Production: Canadian Jesuits International Country: Canada Theme: Response to the human emergency in Syria and the surrounding region  

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Video: “Nepal Emergency Relief”

“Nepal Emergency Relief” Year: 2015 Production: Salt+Light TV Country: Canada Theme: Emergency assistance for Nepal earthquake victims  

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Video: “60 Million Refugees”

“60 Million Refugees: A Global Challenge” Year: 2015 Production: Canadian Jesuits International Country: Canada Theme: Global refugee crisis and education  

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Video: “World Refugee Day 2016 – Open Minds, Unlock Potential”

“World Refugee Day 2016 – Open Minds, Unlock Potential” Year: 2016 Production: Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) – Mercy in Motion Theme: Refugee experiences and education  

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2016 spring newsletter

The 2016 spring and summer issue of CJI’s Mission News is now available and may be downloaded in PDF format from here. This issue focuses on the right of all people to education. As CJI director Jenny Cafiso reminds us, … Continue reading

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Newsletter name contest

Canadian Jesuits International (CJI) has been publishing a newsletter for 50 years! Beginning in 1966, the early newsletters were published under the name Canadian Jesuit Missions. They served as a way for Canadian Jesuit missionaries in Darjeeling, India, to update … Continue reading

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Youth 4 Others Day ’16

For the fourth year, CJI hosted its Youth 4 Others (Y4O) Social Justice Day. On 26 April 2016, more than 80 students and teachers from Catholic schools across the Greater Toronto Area gathered to focus on how to answer Pedro … Continue reading

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Nepal – one year later

One year ago, a massive earthquake in Nepal—of the same magnitude as the quake that shook Ecuador last week—left thousands of people dead or injured, hundreds of thousands of homes destroyed, and much of the country’s infrastructure damaged. How are … Continue reading

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Ecuador earthquake

On 16 April, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck northern Ecuador. Well over 500 deaths and 8,000 injuries have been reported to date and there are still many people missing. There has been extensive damage to buildings, roads, and other infrastructure, including … Continue reading

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Global refugee challenge

Fr Tom Smolich SJ, International Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), joined Canadian Jesuits International for a series of events on 12 April 2016 which aimed to raise awareness about the Global Education Initiative and the Mercy in Motion … Continue reading

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60 million refugees: JRS’ response

Fr Tom Smolich SJ, International Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), will speak on the response of JRS to the global refugee crisis at 7:30 pm on 12 April 2016, at 70 Saint Mary Street, in Toronto. Please join … Continue reading

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CJI in Good Friday walk

“I am thirsty.” These words of Jesus on the cross were the theme for the 2016 Ecumenical Good Friday Walk for Justice in downtown Toronto. The focus was on the life-giving importance of water and the right of all human … Continue reading

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Nepal: Change through education

By Bill Robins SJ There are two schools in Jhapa District: St Xavier’s School, Deonia, an English medium school, for the children of local farmers and government employees; and Moran Memorial School, Maheshpur, a Nepali medium school with a strong … Continue reading

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The loss of Berta Cáceres

The following is a message from Fr Ismael Moreno Coto SJ regarding the brutal murder on 3 March 2016 of Berta Cáceres, an internationally renowned Honduran indigenous and environmental leader. Popularly known as Padre Melo, Fr. Moreno Coto is a … Continue reading

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Women and development

By Sr Kayula Lesa RSC What would social and economic development in Zambia be like if women did not contribute to it? And how much more development would take place if women were allowed to contribute further? These are two … Continue reading

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Easter appeal 2016

The Easter Appeal of Canadian Jesuits International (CJI) for 2016 is now available and may be downloaded in PDF format from here. This Easter we invite you to work with Canadian Jesuits International to help fulfill the promise that Ezekiel … Continue reading

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Videos 4 Justice Contest

CJI is launching its first ever contest using your phone! View our introductory video below. Whether people are filming protests or risking their lives to capture situations of injustice, cell phones are used as an integral tool to view and … Continue reading

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Immersion in India

Canadian Jesuits International invites you to join: An Immersion Experience in India. Dates: July 7 – 23, 2016 “Justice in a Globalized World” – Immersion Experience in India, will provide participants with unique exposure to global social justice issues affecting … Continue reading

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2016 winter newsletter

CJI’s winter 2016 issue of Mission News is now available and may be downloaded in PDF format from here. This issue focuses on the dignity of workers and sustainable economic development. In his recent encyclical, Pope Francis emphasizes the importance … Continue reading

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World Day of Prayer for Refugees and Migrants

January 17, 2016, is the World Day of Prayer for Refugees and Migrants. For a prayer guide to this important day, you can use this Prayer Service pdf (courtesy of Becoming Neighbours). If you live in Toronto or can make … Continue reading

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Syria funding extended

Syria funding extended On January 7, 2016, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie Marie-Claude Bibeau announced that the Canadian government has extended the deadline to match any donations for the Syria emergency given by individuals to Canadian non-governmental organizations … Continue reading

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Panel on Syrian Crisis

Panel discussion on the Syrian crisis There was a full house for a panel discussion on “The humanitarian response to the Syrian Crisis: Reflections from the region,” at Loretto College in Toronto on 1 December. See Catholic Register article and … Continue reading

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Mercy in Motion campaign

On 8 December 2015, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) officially put “Mercy in Motion” as a concrete sign of its commitment to the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Mercy in Motion is an advocacy and fundraising campaign to expand and strengthen … Continue reading

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Ignatian Teach-In 2015

November 7-9, 2015, was the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice, an event in Washington, DC, that brought together over 1700 students and educators from across Canada, the United States, Mexico, and El Salvador. Created to focus on injustices around the … Continue reading

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2015 Christmas appeal

This Christmas we invite you to join Canadian Jesuits International in leading with human kindness! CJI’s 2015 Christmas Appeal is now available and may be downloaded in PDF format from here. In his recent encyclical Laudato Si’, Pope Francis calls … Continue reading

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Fall 2015 newsletter

CJI’s Fall 2015 issue of Mission News is now available and may be downloaded in PDF format from here. This issue focuses on Pope Francis’s recent encyclical, Laudato Si’, on caring for the Earth, our common home. Three feature articles … Continue reading

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Syrian refugee crisis

Syrian refugee crisis Together with many people of goodwill in Canada and around the world, CJI is deeply concerned for the millions of refugees and internally displaced people who are fleeing the conflict in Syria. We acknowledge the loss of … Continue reading

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Care for Creation Day

Pope Francis has declared September 1st to be a World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, together with the Orthodox Church. In his Letter for the establishment of the “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation” … Continue reading

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Fr Robins on Nepal earthquakes

Salt+Light TV recently interviewed Fr Bill Robins, a Canadian Jesuit working in Nepal. Originally from Winnipeg, Fr Bill is Socius to the Regional Superior of Nepal, and superior at Kamai Niwas Jesuit Training Centre in Kathmandu. For the past few … Continue reading

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RIP Fr Van Walleghem SJ

In memory of Fr Gerard Van Walleghem SJ Links The Darjeeling Chronicle The Globe & Mail The Times of India Hindustan Times Fr Kinley Tshering SJ Obituary Father Gerard Adhelson Van Walleghem SJ died on 1 June 2015 in Darjeeling, … Continue reading

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Fr Jack Doyle SJ

CJI mourns the death of Fr John (Jack) Doyle, a long-term missionary to Zambia. Fr Jack died early on 25 May 2015 at Rene Goupil House, Pickering. He was in his 84th year and in his 60th year of religious … Continue reading

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Spring & summer news

The 2015 spring and summer issue of Mission News of Canadian Jesuits International (CJI) is now available and may be downloaded in PDF format from here. This issue is on the theme of ecology, reconciling with creation. In the lead … Continue reading

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Job opening – Office Administrator

Canadian Jesuits International is seeking a highly motivated individual to work as Office Administrator in our office at 70 St. Mary Street, Toronto. To view the job description, please click here.  

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Make Canada #Open4Justice!

If your child was sick, your family’s safety in danger, you were being kicked out of your home, or your water was being poisoned—what would you do? Would you demand justice? Across the globe there are hardworking activists, community leaders, … Continue reading

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Conflict and ecology

Fr Daniel Syauswa SJ teaches at a Jesuit agricultural and veterinary college in Kinshasa called the Institut Supérieur Agro-Vétérinaire (ISAV), in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). For the next few years, however, he will be working on a … Continue reading

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New Kasisi video!

Kasisi Agricultural Training College (KATC) has released a new video entitled “The Art of Mimicking Nature” (2015). It highlights the great benefits of organic agriculture. Click on the play button below:    

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NEPAL Earthquakes

To DONATE or get regular UPDATES on Jesuit Earthquake Relief and Reconstruction work in Nepal see below. As of 7 July, $226,135 have been raised in Canada for the Nepal Jesuits Earthquake Relief and Rehabilitation Response. Thank you! * * … Continue reading

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Daniella Altobelli

Students for Syria By Daniella Altobelli Students at Bishop Allen Academy in Etobicoke, Toronto, raised an amazing $1,200.22 to assist refugees from Syria. They held bake sales and lunches and collections in homeroom classes during Lent in 2015. Since the … Continue reading

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Students for Syria

Students at Bishop Allen Academy in Etobicoke, Toronto, have raised an amazing $1,200.22 to assist refugees from Syria. They held bake sales and lunches and collections in homeroom classes during Lent this year. According to school chaplain Basil Boudreau, the … Continue reading

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“Open for justice”

By Kirsti Tasala Canadian Jesuits International (CJI), an apostolate of the Jesuits in English Canada, joined the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA) in early 2014 and added its voice calling on Canada to be “Open for Justice.” CNCA launched … Continue reading

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2015 Easter Appeal

The 2015 Easter Appeal of Canadian Jesuits International (CJI) is now available and may be downloaded in PDF format from here. This Easter we invite you to work with Canadian Jesuits International to help turn the pain of those who … Continue reading

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Int’l Women’s Day

Picture it! On 8 March 2015, Canadian Jesuits International (CJI) is celebrating International Women’s Day. This year, the UN theme for International Women’s Day is “Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture It!” Much of what CJI does is contained in this … Continue reading

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Press release on Syria

Syria: Rocket attacks target civilians in Aleppo and Damascus Rome, 5 February 2015 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is extremely alarmed by the escalation in attacks on Aleppo and Damascus in the last few days. These indiscriminate attacks are … Continue reading

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Teach-In for Justice

A Canadian delegation of students and educators from six Canadian Jesuit apostolates participated for the first time in the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ) in Washington, DC. CJI’s youth and outreach coordinator, along with 26 students and educators from … Continue reading

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Hope in Syria?

On 16 December 2014, Fr Nawras Sammour SJ spoke about the current crisis in Syria to a large gathering at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Toronto. The event was co-sponsored by Canadian Jesuits International (CJI) and the Canadian Catholic … Continue reading

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Fr Tshering visits Canada

Fr Kinley Tshering SJ, the Provincial of Darjeeling, India, spent a busy two weeks in Canada in November. He spoke with high school students, educators, longtime supporters and parishioners in Toronto, Guelph, and Zurich, Ontario, as well as in Winnipeg … Continue reading

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In memory of Robert Gaudet

Robert (Bob) Gaudet died peacefully on 7 November 2014, after a brief struggle with cancer. His life was marked by selfless service, passion, gentleness, commitment, integrity and loving kindness. CJI owes much to Bob. He served as CJI Director from … Continue reading

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Global Refugee Crisis

The year 2014 saw the highest number of forcibly displaced people since the end of World War II. The official figure in mid-2014 was 51.2 million people. Such a number goes beyond our imagination—but there are real people behind that … Continue reading

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2015 Winter News

The 2015 winter edition of Mission News of Canadian Jesuits International (CJI) is now available and may be downloaded in PDF format from here. This issue is on the theme of forcibly displaced persons, both refugees and internally displaced people. … Continue reading

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2014 Xmas Appeal

The latest Christmas Appeal from Canadian Jesuits International may be downloaded in pdf format from here. Like Jesus at his birth, many people today find no room. But we can make room for them and in doing so we make … Continue reading

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25 years in Duncan, BC

Twenty-five years ago, Kitty Sarton and a small group of fellow parishioners at St Edward’s Church in Duncan, BC, organized a plant sale to support Jesu Ashram in Darjeeling, India. Back then, Jesu Ashram was a small rural leprosy clinic; … Continue reading

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Fr Kinley in Canada

Fr Kinley Tshering, Jesuit Provincial of Darjeeling, is visiting partners in Canada during November to share the news and needs of his province in India. While in Canada he will be speaking on the topic “Education in a Diverse World: … Continue reading

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Ted and Shirley Valentine

Making a real difference Shirley Valentine writes: As a nursing graduate of St Louis University, Missouri, I met Tom Dooley MD, a former alumnus who spoke of his work as a medical missionary in Laos. His inspirational talk moved me … Continue reading

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Sr Joyce Lorentz

Twalumba! By Sr Joyce Lorentz Nine people travelled to Zambia for three weeks in 2008 on a Social Justice Educational Study Tour organized by CJI. The tour was designed to help Canadian educators deepen their understanding of international social justice … Continue reading

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Robert Kalisz

Understanding the injustices By Robert Kalisz During World Youth Day celebrations in 2002, three pilgrim priests from Togo were provided lodging at Prince of Peace School in Toronto. In the evenings, Fr Thomas, Fr Nestor and Fr Jean de Dieu … Continue reading

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Jo Anna Royackers

Time, effort and education By Jo Anna Royackers Canadian Jesuits International is one organization dear to my heart. Its outreach is so wide I cannot fathom all of it. I just have seen what was done in Jamaica when my … Continue reading

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Diana Brand

A dream come true By Diana Brand This letter from 90-year-old Diana Brand, a loyal CJI donor, recalls the beginnings of Gandhi Ashram, in Darjeeling, India: Fr Ed [McGuire] is one of my favourite “saints”; he helps me a great … Continue reading

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Amy Kieffer

Learning through letters By Amy Kieffer Nine people travelled to Zambia for three weeks in 2008 on a Social Justice Educational Study Tour organized by CJI. The tour was designed to help Canadian educators deepen their understanding of international social … Continue reading

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Don Samuel Ruiz García

The Legacy of Don Samuel Ruiz García The prophetic legacy of Mexican Bishop Samuel Ruiz García, a tireless defender of the rights of the indigenous people of Chiapas, was celebrated during a recent ecumenical event in Toronto that also underscored … Continue reading

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