Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Jesuit Ordinations 2015 in Toronto


The Jesuit Priestly Ordination of Gregory Kennedy
and the Jesuit Diaconal Ordinations of
Matthew Charlesworth, Jean-Robert Déry,
Paul Robson and Emmanuel Saint-Hilaire
The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Toronto, ON
Saturday before Pentecost, May 23, 2015
[Texts: Job 12.7-16 [Psalm 122]; Philippians 4.4-9; John 6.1-13]

Chers frères et sœurs dans le Seigneur,
Dearly beloved brothers and sisters in Christ:

This is a glorious day for the Society of Jesus, particularly the Jesuits in English Canada and the Province of French-Canada and Haiti and for the Jesuits in South Africa.

The eyes of the world and of the Universal Church are also turned today to El Salvador and the beatification of Oscar Romero, the martyred Archbishop of San Salvador. This event speaks to what we are doing here as it tells of the role of ordained leadership—whether deacon, priest or bishop—in relation to the flock entrusted to their care.

There is a powerful set of scenes in the film “Romero” that shows the gradual growth in understanding of what it means to shepherd the people of God.

The first scene shows Romero arriving in his car at a church recently taken over by a military detachment as a barracks. The Archbishop comes to withdraw the Blessed Sacrament from a church that has been desecrated by the expulsion of the poor people who had built it. As he tries to enter the church, a violent scene of gunfire ensues and he leaves in shock, seized by terror.

As he gets into the car with his driver, he looks around at the people who had witnessed the soldiers’ disdain for him, all eyes sadly looking toward him for comfort.

A short time later, he returns and after another brutal encounter with the military leader, he gathers up the hosts scattered on the floor of the sanctuary and drives off with the Blessed Sacrament.

Then, he returns a short time later, vesting as he enters the church and boldly prepares for Mass and a powerful homily, followed by the people who accompany him. The military, vanquished for now, will ultimately assassinate Romero as he celebrates Mass for his people.

Commenting in his diary, Romero noted, “I am a shepherd of my people; I have begun to learn”. In his learning, he grasped that God is close to the poor, that Christ is one with them. The disrespect that had happened in the church to Body of Christ of the reserved sacrament was being meted out to the Body of Christ, which the people of God are. This link he makes in his homily on that occasion.

The articulation of the faith of the community is the role of the ordained, whether deacon, priest or bishop.  The shepherd’s task is to be among them, ahead of them, behind them, in each and every case taking on the scent of the sheep through intimate knowledge of them.



Our ordinands of today have been praying, studying, reflecting, and proposing the faith of the church for Christ’s members.

Some months ago Gregory Kennedy commented for me on the texts that he asked be incorporated into today’s ordination ceremony.

The passage from Job expresses Greg’s sense of God at work in his beautiful creatures. This is a fitting text during the wait for the release of Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment. A sense of the sacredness of creation has long informed his faith. He sees it as primal to his Jesuit vocation.

Greg hopes, throughout his priesthood, to heed Saint Paul’s exhortation in the second reading to rejoice in the Lord—a theme amplified in the psalm refrain about the joy of going up to worship in God’s house. His wish always to preach the joy of the Gospel message is a leitmotif of Francis’s pontificate.

Finally, he sees in John the Evangelist’s version of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes an expression of the astounding double aspect of Jesus Christ, who both miraculously feeds the hungry and cares enough for the material world that He takes pains that nothing is wasted. The Lord desires to take the little we offer and multiply it so that it may feed the world and He yearns to give his Body and Blood to his disciples as nourishment for our journey to the Kingdom of the Father in all its fullness. The many times Father Kennedy will celebrate Mass in the coming years will give expression to the Lord’s wish that nothing be lost of all whom the Father has given him.
  


Since these our brothers are now to be advanced to the Order of Deacons and the Order of Priests, consider carefully the nature of the rank in the Church to which they are about to be raised. They are to serve Christ the great Teacher, Priest, and Shepherd, by whose ministry his Body, the Church, is continually being built up here on earth into the People of God and the temple of the Holy Spirit.

Priests and Deacons, joined to the priestly office of Bishops, will be consecrated for the preaching of the Gospel, the sanctification and nourishment of God’s people, and for divine worship, especially in the Lord’s Sacrifice. With the help of God, they should go about all these duties in such a way that you will recognize them as true disciples of him who came not to be served, but to serve.


Dans quelques instants, Emmanuel, Jean-Robert, Matthew et Paul, je vais vous imposer les mains. Vous allez être ordonné diacres. Le diaconat constitue le premier degré du sacrement de l’ordre qui marque, pour toujours, celui qui le reçoit. Ce n’est pas une institution. On ne fait pas le diacre. On est diacre. Le diacre est configuré au Christ serviteur. Il est la présence sacramentelle du Christ serviteur au milieu de nous.

Pour comprendre le diaconat, il ne faut pas partir de ce que fait le diacre. Il peut faire des choses, très diverses selon les charismes personnels, les besoins de la mission, les étapes de la vie. Il faut partir de ce qu’il est : présence sacramentelle du Christ serviteur. Autrement dit, ce n’est pas quelqu’un qui serait plus serviable que les autres ou plus généreux, ou plus disponible.

Quand on se situe uniquement dans le faire, on se place dans des questions d’organisation du religieux. L’Église n’est pas une organisation du système du religieux. Elle est Mystère d’Amour, voulue par Dieu pour le Salut du monde. Sa raison d’être est de permettre à l’être humain de goûter l’amour de Dieu révélé dans le Christ.

Et donc, quand vous serez diacres, c’est-à-dire serviteurs de Jésus Christ qui s’est montré serviteur au milieu de ses disciples, accomplissez de tout cœur et dans la charité la volonté de Dieu, servant avec joie en même temps le Seigneur et les personnes. Et puisque personne ne peut servir deux maitres, considérez l’amour de l’argent et l’impureté comme un asservissement aux idoles.

Now, Emmanuel, Jean-Robert, Matthew and Paul, dear sons, who are to be raised to the Order of the Diaconate, the Lord has given you an example that what he has done, you also should do.

As a Deacon, that is, a minister of Jesus Christ, who came among his disciples as one who served, do the will of God from the heart: serve the people in love and joy as you would the Lord. Since no one can serve two masters, look upon all defilement and avarice as serving false gods.

Since, by your own free choice you present yourself for the Order of the Diaconate, you should be men of good reputation, filled with wisdom and the Holy Spirit, as were those once chosen by the Apostles for the ministry of charity.

You will exercise your ministry committed to the celibate state: know that celibacy is a sign of pastoral charity and an inspiration to it as well as a source of spiritual fruitfulness in the world.

Compelled by the sincere love of Christ the Lord and living this state with total dedication, you will cling to Christ more easily with an undivided heart. You will free yourselves more completely for the service of God and man, and minister more effectively in the work of spiritual rebirth.

Firmly rooted and grounded in faith, you are to show yourselves chaste and beyond reproach before God and man, as is proper for ministers of Christ and of stewards of God’s mysteries. Never allow yourselves to be turned away from the hope offered by the Gospel. Now, you are not only hearers of this Gospel but also its ministers.

Hold the mystery of faith with a clear conscience. Express by your actions the word of God which your lips proclaim, so that the Christian people, brought to life by the Spirit, may be a pure offering accepted by God. Then on the last day, when you go out to meet the Lord, you will be able to hear him say’ “Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord.”


 Now, dear son Gregory, you are to be raised to the Order of the Priesthood. For your part, you will exercise the sacred duty of teaching in the name of Christ the Teacher. Impart to everyone the word of God, which you have received with joy. Meditating on the law of the Lord, see that you believe what you read, that you teach what you believe, and that you practice what you teach.

In this way, let what you teach be nourishment for the People of God. Let the holiness of your life be a delightful fragrance to Christ’s faithful, so that by word and example you may build up the house which is God’s Church.


Likewise, you will exercise in Christ the office of sanctifying. For by your ministry the spiritual sacrifice of the faithful will be made perfect, being united to the Sacrifice of Christ, which will be offered through your hands in an unbloody way on the altar, in union with the faithful, in the celebration of the Sacraments. Understand, therefore, what you do, and imitate what you celebrate. As a celebrant of the mystery of the Lord’s Death and Resurrection, strive to put to death whatever in your members is sinful, and to walk in newness of life.

Remember, when you gather others into the People of God through Baptism, and when you forgive sins in the name of Christ and the Church in the Sacrament of Penance; when you comfort the sick with holy oil and celebrate the sacred rites, when you offer prayers of praise and thanks to God throughout the hours of the day, not only for the People of God but for the whole world--remember then that you are taken from among men and appointed on their behalf for those things that pertain to God. Therefore, carry out the ministry of Christ the Priest with constant joy and genuine love, attending not to your own concerns but to those of Jesus Christ.

Finally, dear son, exercising for your part the office of Christ, Head and Shepherd, while united with the Bishop and subject to him, strive to bring the faithful together into one family, so that you may lead them to God the Father through Christ in the Holy Spirit. Keep always before your eyes the example of the Good Shepherd who came not to be served but to serve, and who came to seek out and save what was lost.

Photos: Moussa Faddoul

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Jesuit Fr. Doyle Served in Zambia


Father John Stephen (Jack) Doyle died early on May 25, 2015 at René Goupil House, Pickering. He was in his 84th year and in his 60th year of religious life.

Jack Doyle was born at Brewer’s Mills, Ontario and entered the Society at Guelph on September 7, 1955. He pronounced first vows on September 8, 1957, then devoted two years to college studies in Guelph and further studies in philosophy at Mount St. Michael’s in Spokane, Washington. In 1962, he began regency at Regiopolis High School, Kingston. Theological studies followed at Regis College, Willowdale, Ontario and priestly ordination on June 3, 1967.

Father Doyle applied for the missions in Zambia and, beginning in 1968 spent the next 40 years in various locales, as director of a school in the remote area of Katondwe, for example. He was a pastor of several parishes, Assistant to the Provincial for five years, minister of various communities, and chaplain for ten years at University Teaching Hospital, the largest in Zambia with 1,655 beds.

Fr. Jack could bring out the best in people and was very comfortable with simple people. By admitting what he could not do, he elicited amazing cooperation from many. People would come to him and ask, “How can we help?” He returned several times to Canada: in 1972 for his final year of Jesuit training before Final Vows, called Tertianship, and for other sabbatical periods in Toronto.

Fr. Doyle bade farewell to Zambia in 2008, moving to Winnipeg to serve as Associate pastor at St. Ignatius Parish. In 2012 his health took a turn for the worse with a diagnosis of cancer. He took medical treatment in Kingston and in 2013 moved to the Jesuit Infirmary at Pickering for recuperation and ongoing treatment.

Until the last weeks of his life, Fr. Jack took daily walks outside, no matter what the weather. He celebrated weekly Masses both at René Goupil House and La Storta Residence. All of his homilies were well prepared and even at Pickering he never failed to print out his homily before each of his public Masses.

Of a pleasant and agreeable personality, Fr. Jack had no trouble making friends. He enjoyed being a pastor of rather large areas in Zambia. An avid fan of the internet, he kept in regular touch with Zambia and was up to date on the latest Jesuit and ecclesial announcements.

The Wake for Father Doyle will take place Tuesday evening, May 26 from 7-9 PM (with Prayers at 8 o’clock) at Ignatius Chapel of Manresa Retreat House, where the Funeral Mass will take place on Wednesday, May 27 at 11 o’clock (followed by a reception). 

Burial will take place Wednesday at 2:30 at the Jesuit Cemetery, Guelph.

Requiescat in pace.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Ordination diaconale de Michael Hartney—le samedi 16 mai 2015


Ascension du Seigneur  (Année « B »)—Église Saint-Joseph, Orléans
                                               LE SEIGNEUR TRAVAILLAIT AVEC EUX
                 [Textes: Actes 1, 1-11; [Psaume 46 (47)]; Éphésiens 4, 1-13; Marc 16, 15-20]
Le Seigneur Jésus après leur avoir parlé, fut enlevé au ciel et s’assit à la droite de Dieu. C’est en ces termes que Marc décrit l’ascension de Jésus et que se conclut son évangile. C’est comme si nous mettions la boucle sur le passage de la vie de Jésus en notre monde. Jésus est venu dans ce monde nous traduire en mots humains l’amour et la promesse du Père.
Sa mission étant accomplie, il retourne auprès du Père et partage avec lui la plénitude de la vie, dont il fait partie intégrante. Tout semble fini pour les Apôtres. Jésus, le Seigneur est enlevé au ciel. Tout a été dit.
L’évangile de ce jour débute par un envoi en mission. Le Seigneur a donné ses instructions à ceux qu’il avait choisis. Il les exhorte à se mettre au travail et à propager la Bonne Nouvelle à leur tour. Les Apôtres ne comprennent pas. Ils sont lents à saisir la portée du message.
Mais ils font confiance au Seigneur. Ils se réconfortent les uns les autres. Ils se souviennent des enseignements de Jésus. Graduellement ils prennent conscience de ce que le Seigneur attend d’eux. C’est la fin de la présence corporelle de Jésus, mais c’est le début de la mission pour les disciples. Le Seigneur ne leur a-t-il pas promis son Esprit ?
La dernière phrase de l’évangile insiste sur la présence active et pleinement efficace du Seigneur pour que cette mission soit un succès : Le Seigneur travaillait avec eux et confirmait la Parole par les signes qui l’accompagnaient. Et depuis l’ascension, le Seigneur travaille toujours avec nous. Il parle et agit par notre intermédiaire.
Saint Paul nous donne de bons conseils pour que nous soyons des témoins crédibles de l’Évangile : l’humilité, la douceur et la patience. Vivre dans l’amour et garder l’unité. Il y a aussi, bien sûr, les dons accordés à chacune et chacun de nous pour que se construise le Corps du Christ que nous formons. Ensemble, nous grandissons dans l’amour pour nous élever jusqu’au Seigneur et atteindre « l’état de l’Homme parfait », nous dit saint Paul. 
Oui, cette mission nous est également confiée. Nous sommes appelés à porter une bonne nouvelle aux femmes et aux hommes de notre temps. Comme les disciples nous sommes des êtres fragiles, imparfaits, lents pour apprendre. Nous manquons de confiance en nous et surtout en Dieu.  La promesse que Jésus a faite aux disciples compte également pour nous.
Dans quelques instants, Michael, je vais t’imposer les mains. Tu vas être ordonné diacre. Le diaconat constitue le premier degré du sacrement de l’ordre qui marque, pour toujours, celui qui le reçoit. Ce n’est pas une institution. On ne fait pas le diacre. On est diacre. Le diacre est configuré au Christ serviteur. Il est la présence sacramentelle du Christ serviteur au milieu de nous.
Pour comprendre le diaconat, il ne faut pas partir de ce que fait le diacre. Il peut faire des choses, très diverses selon les charismes personnels, les besoins de la mission, les étapes de la vie. Il faut partir de ce qu’il est : présence sacramentelle du Christ serviteur. Autrement dit, ce n’est pas quelqu’un qui serait plus serviable que les autres ou plus généreux, ou plus disponible.
Quand on se situe uniquement dans le faire, on se place dans des questions d’organisation du religieux. L’Église n’est pas une organisation du système du religieux. Elle est Mystère d’Amour, voulue par Dieu pour le Salut du monde. Sa raison d’être est de permettre à l’être humain de goûter l’amour de Dieu révélé dans le Christ.
Et donc, quand tu seras diacre, c’est-à-dire serviteur de Jésus Christ qui s’est montré serviteur au milieu de ses disciples, accompli de tout cœur et dans la charité la volonté de Dieu, servant avec joie en même temps le Seigneur et les personnes. Et puisque personne ne peut servir deux maitres, considère l’amour de l’argent et l’impureté comme un asservissement aux idoles.
Au moment où tu accèdes librement à l’ordre du diaconat, il faut, comme les disciples choisis par les Apôtres pour le ministère de la charité, que tu cherches à être toujours un homme estimé de tous, rempli d’Esprit Saint et de sagesse.
Tu choisis librement de vivre le célibat ecclésiastique : il est à la fois signe et aiguillon de la charité pastorale et source de fécondité dans le monde. En effet, poussé par une charité sincère envers le Christ Seigneur, et vivant dans cet état avec un parfait dévouement, tu seras plus facilement attaché au Christ d’un cœur sans partage, tu te donneras plus librement au service de Dieu et des personnes, et tu seras plus disponible pour travailler à l’avènement du Royaume.
Enraciné et fondé dans la foi, montre-toi pur et sans reproche devant Dieu et toute personne, comme il convient à un serviteur du Christ et à un intendant des mystères de Dieu; ne te laisse pas détourner de l’espérance de l’Évangile dont tu seras non seulement l’auditeur mais aussi le ministre.
Gardant le mystère de la foi dans une conscience pure, témoigne par tes actes de la parole de Dieu que ta bouche annoncera, de telle sorte que le peuple chrétien, vivifié par l’Esprit, devienne une offrande pure agréable à Dieu, et que toi-même, quand tu te présenteras devant le Seigneur au dernier jour, tu puisses l’entendre te dire : « Très bien, serviteur bon et fidèle, entre dans la joie de ton Maître. »
En ce jour de ton ordination diaconale, je t’invite, Michael – toi qui a su mettre temps et talents au service de l’Église et de la communauté depuis déjà longtemps, et qui arrive à ce grand moment dans ta vie après un long et sinueux cheminement à nous aider à donner place au plus pauvre et au plus fragile au cœur de nos communautés, à nous aider à entendre et à faire entendre la parole des plus pauvres.
Enfin, je t’inviter à la joie, à la confiance et à la simplicité du cœur.
Chers frères et sœurs, que l’ordination de notre frère Michael aujourd’hui soit aussi pour nous une invitation à répondre à l’appel de Dieu et à nous interroger sur ce qui est le moteur de nos propres vies.
Jésus compte sur nous pour porter la Bonne Nouvelle de son amour, de sa vie, d’un monde meilleur. Comme pour les apôtres, il nous assure de sa présence. Si nous sommes moins habiles avec les mots, nous pouvons traduire son message par nos actions, par des gestes, par des signes, par des attitudes : l’humilité, la douceur, la patience, l’espérance, le soutien mutuel, l’amour du prochain. Voilà des attitudes qui conviennent à ceux et celles qui ont été baptisés. Ainsi Jésus est toujours là !
En cette fête de l’Ascension, notre regard est fixé sur celui qui est assis à la droite du Père pour que nous puissions découvrir sa présence au cœur du monde.


Monday, May 4, 2015

Mgr Denin GRONDIN est le nouvel Archevêque de Rimouski/is the New Archbishop of Rimouski



Aujourd’hui, Sa Sainteté le pape François a nommé S.E. Mgr Denis Grondin, présentement Évêque Auxiliaire de Québec, Archevêque de l’archidiocèse de Rimouski.

Félicitations, Excellence!


Today in Rome, it was announced that His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed The Most Reverend Denis Grondin, currently Auxiliary Bishop of Québec, as Archbishop of Rimouski. 

Prayers and best wishes!

Friday, April 17, 2015

What do Charlton MA, Fargo ND Haddon Hts NJ, Huntley IL & Saginaw MI have in common?

Answer: With Houston, Oklahoma City and Syracuse (and 11 dioceses in Canada), they are satellite host sites for the NEW EVANGELIZATION SUMMIT taking place on Friday evening, April 24 and Saturday, April 25, being broadcast from the Ottawa Convention and Events Centre.

NEW EVANGELIZATION SUMMIT is a conference to inspire Catholics and help them live out their personal call to evangelize. 

Featuring world-class Catholic speakers such as Dr. Scott Hahn, Fr. Michael Gaitley, Dr. Ralph Martin, Patrick Coffin, JoEllen Gregus, Fr. James Mallon, Ken Yasinski and Michael Dopp.


To find inspiration, encouragement, training and connect with other Catholics, check out this video: (http://youtu.be/iZd-1n5-x4U). 

For details and register for any site go towww.newevangelization.ca.

From St John's to Vancouver, 11 sites will simulcast Ottawa's NEW EVANGELIZATION SUMMIT


NEW EVANGELIZATION SUMMIT is a conference to inspire Catholics and help them live out their personal call to evangelize. 

Featuring world-class Catholic speakers such as Dr. Scott Hahn, Fr. Michael Gaitley, Dr. Ralph Martin, Patrick Coffin, JoEllen Gregus, Fr. James Mallon, Ken Yasinski and Michael Dopp

Friday evening, April 24 and Saturday, April 25, transmitted live from the Ottawa Conference and Event Center, which is sold out.  

The following dioceses and locations will be host sites in CANADA for the SUMMIT; details for schedule in respective time zones, locations and cost, consult:
Vancouver, BC (Archdiocese of Vancouver) - www.newevangelization.ca

Cornwall, ON (Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall) - www.newevangelization.ca

Saskatchewan, SK (Diocese of Saskatoon) - www.newevangelization.ca

St. Thomas, ON (Diocese of London) - www.newevangelization.ca

Chelmsford/Sudbury, ON (Diocese of Sault Ste Marie) - www.newevangelization.ca

St. John's, NL (Archdiocese of St. John's) - www.newevangelization.ca

North Bay, ON (Diocese of Sault Ste Marie)- www.newevangelization.ca or call: 705-724-1368

Prince George, BC (Diocese of Prince George) - www.newevangelization.ca

Amherstburg, ON (Diocese of London) - www.newevangelization.ca

Terrace, BC (Diocese of Prince George) - www.newevangelization.ca

Winnipeg (Archdiocese of Saint Boniface) - www.archsaintboniface.ca/main.php?p=571 (Francais)  www.archsaintboniface.ca/main.php?p=569 (English) OR www.newevangelization.ca


To find inspiration, encouragement, training and connect with other Catholics, check out this video: (http://youtu.be/iZd-1n5-x4U) and register for any site atwww.newevangelization.ca.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Eight Sites in USA (Camden, Houston, Oklahoma City, Syracuse...) to host New Evangelization Summit April 24-25

NEW EVANGELIZATION SUMMIT is a conference to inspire Catholics and help them live out their personal call to evangelize. 



Featuring world-class Catholic speakers such as Dr. Scott Hahn, Fr. Michael Gaitley, Dr. Ralph Martin, Patrick Coffin, JoEllen Gregus, Fr. James Mallon, Ken Yasinski and Michael Dopp. 

Friday evening, April 24 and Saturday, April 25, transmitted live from the Ottawa Conference and Event Center, which is sold out.  

The following dioceses and locations will be host sites in the United States for the SUMMIT; details, times in respective geographic zones, locations, cost, consult:

Oklahoma City, OK (Archdiocese of Oklahoma) - www.newevangelization.ca 

Haddon Heights, NJ (Diocese of Camden) - www.newevangelization.ca 

Fargo, ND (Diocese of Fargo) - www.newevangelization.ca

Huntley, IL (Diocese of Rockford) - www.newevangelization.ca

Saginaw, MI (Diocese of Saginaw) - www.newevangelization.ca

Syracuse, NY (Diocese of Syracuse) - www.newevangelization.ca

Charlton, MA (Diocese of Worcester) - www.newevangelization.ca

Houston TX, (Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston) - www.newevangelization.ca


To find inspiration, encouragement, training and connect with other Catholics, check out this video: (http://youtu.be/iZd-1n5-x4U) and register for any site at: www.newevangelization.ca.