Y40 Day – November 26, 2019

Canadian Jesuits International (CJI) will be holding a Youth 4 Others Social Justice Day on Tuesday, November 26, 2019. The event will take place from 10:00am to 2:30pm at the Mount Mary Retreat Centre, located at 437 Wilson St. E., Ancaster, Ontario, L9G 3K4.                                                       

Building on the successes of our previous years, we invite students to come for this unique day of learning, reflection and solidarity around international social justice. Inspired by the words of Father Pedro Arrupe S.J., who called on us to be ‘men and women for others’, we focus on youth in Canada who can be ‘Youth for Others’. Students will hear from Jesuits and lay partners as they reflect on their international experiences in Africa, Asia and Latin America & the Caribbean, how their faith has influenced their work and how we can all work for social justice.

Our theme this year is ‘JUST communities’ and our main speaker is Father Arturo Estrada SJ, Director of the Jesuit Mission of Bachajón, Chiapas, Mexico. “In Bachajón, we have made the Tseltal culture and peoples the center of our work. We have strived for decades to acculturate the Church…today, Tseltals can live their Catholic faith as part of their own culture, in a way that matches their understanding of the world and its peoples.” The Jesuits seek to accompany their “struggle for economic, cultural and political autonomy. We work with them to retrieve and preserve what they call slamalil qu’inal, or harmony, both in the individual and the community.”

Fr. Arturo Estrada SJ

Fr. Arturo Estrada SJ, Director of the Jesuit Mission of Bachajón, Chiapas, Mexico
(Photo: The Jesuit Mission of Bachajón)

This day of learning, reflection and workshops, will leave students with an understanding of the inseparable link between faith and the promotion of justice. It will also encourage students to consider how they can be ‘youth for others’ and work for justice in solidarity with poor and marginalized people at home and in our global community.

Delegations from schools require adult supervision as per the guidelines of specific school policy. The cost is $10 per participant – lunch will be provided.

Deadline to register – November 20, 2019. There is a limit to the total capacity that can be hosted at Mount Mary, so please register early to avoid disappointment.

Schools/teachers may register their students by sending the following information to pniemeyer@jesuits.org :

  • School name;
  • Teacher’s name; and,
  • Number of students attending.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the above email or call 416-465-1824 ext.4412.