December’s issue of the IJC Voice is here. There are updates, upcoming retreats, a couple stories, a poem by Greg Kennedy SJ, and opportunities to give a donation or ideas for a Christmas gift. Read it all here.
The November issue is here…read about what has been happening at the Centre and upcoming things to look forward to! Be sure to see the invite for the Jesuit Community of Guelph’s annual Open House on December 3! Read it all here.
October is here, and Fall has shown its’ beauty with changing colours on the leaves and we’ve been enjoying some warmer days! There is always something happening at the Centre…read about it here.
This past summer, the Canadian Canoe Pilgrimage took place, bringing together different cultures that form the fabric of Canada today. It provided an experience of encounter that encouraged dialogue, reconciliation and friendship, and immersed in the Calls-to-Action outlined in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
CBC’s The National reported on this venture on September 4, 2017…watch it here.
Dan Leckman, SJ, one of the Jesuits who works here at Loyola House as a spiritual director, participated in the Canoe Pilgrimage. He has many stories to tell and learned much about himself; a worthwhile experience.
Paul Boreham, wrote an article titled “Guelph Walking Pilgrimage: A Lesson in Sharing, Kindness” about his experiences on this year’s walk from Guelph to Midland, Ontario. The article includes some great pictures as well! Read it here… you may want to sign up for next year’s venture!
Guelph Mercury – When the Ignatius Jesuit Centre put out the call a couple of years ago for expressions of interest for its Orchard Park Office Centre, there was no shortage of responses, but only one proposal seemed to be a good fit for the Ignatius centre.
The centre recently informed tenants of the Orchard Park building that it had signed a letter of intent with Angel Oaks Communities on a plan that would see the building renovated to become apartments for adults with disabilities.
“I think it’s a great project,” said Lisa Calzonetti, Jesuit centre director of operations.
The plan would see the land that the building sits on and its parking lot leased to Angel Oaks Communities — a nonprofit created by local realtor Mark Enchin — on a long-term basis — somewhere in the realm of 50 to 100 years, Calzonetti said.
The building, a red-brick building somewhat resembling a large, old school, would be turned into around 70 residential apartments.
“It will be a fully integrated community that will include seniors, adults with disabilities, and their families, and commercial tenants,” Calzonetti said.
She stressed that the residence would not be an institutional setting, but rather a place with a mix of residents and tenants that would provide support to one another.
Guelph Today – Mark Enchin, the director of a proposed sustainable and affordable apartment complex at the site of the Ignatius Jesuit Centre, said Monday there is some misconception about what his plans are. He wants to clarify.
Enchin said the Angel Oaks Communities Inc. proposal is not an institutionalized facility for developmentally disabled adults. Far from it, he said. Instead, it is an affordable place for the disabled and others to live, one that will be energy efficient, sustainable, and long-term.
The idea is to provide apartments for both the disabled and others, and to create a community in which residents support one another. He believes Ignatius Jesuit Centre is the ideal setting for such a community to take root and thrive.
- Fostering community
- Stewarding the restoration of land and streams to ecological health
- Strengthening Ignatius Farm’s distribution of locally-grown, organic vegetables
- Stimulating hope in our collective quest to transform our relationship with Creation