Read November’s issue of the IJC Voice here and learn about the passing of two dear friends of IJC, be sure to mark your calendar’s for the Jesuit Community of Guelph’s annual Advent OPEN HOUSE on December 1, see what’s been happening on the Farm and opportunities at Ignatius.
Read October’s issue of the IJC Voice here and see what the Farm has been up to, upcoming events, and Fr. Greg’s latest poem!
“Flowers bring people joy,” says Tish Oldreive, who turned a passion project into a thriving organic flower business. Every day, Tish Oldreive rises with the sun to work in her flower fields at Ignatius Farm in the north end of Guelph.
Read about her story in Guelph Today here, written by Maxine Betteridge-Moes.
Read September’s issue of the IJC Voice here. Lots to read in this summer issue of the IJC Voice! We grieve those who passed and are grateful for their contributions to the Centre. Be sure to check out volunteer opportunities and upcoming events…one of which is challenging you to “find your ‘inner squirrel'”! Enjoy this issue!
$300,900 OTF Grant Gives the Ignatius Old-Growth Forest Project a Strong Foundation for Program Development and Teaching Pavilion
Guelph – On Thursday, the Ignatius Jesuit Centre welcomed members of the public to an Open House and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Ignatius Old-Growth Forest Project to mark the addition of a new teaching pavilion and the development of its’ ‘Care for the Common Home’ school program. OTF Grant Review Team member Wayne White was on hand to congratulate the Centre’s members and hear more about how the $300,900.00 OTF Grow grant helped community school children participate in a positive, hands-on learning experience that nurtures their journey to become future environmental stewards.
“We want to express our sincere appreciation to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for their generous support for the ‘Care for the Common Home’ school program,” Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott said. “In partnership with the County of Wellington and Trout Unlimited Canada, this new teaching pavilion will help the next generation learn the importance of protecting our environment and the role of trees as part of a healthy ecosystem.”
Situated at the northern edge of the City of Guelph, this 93-acre nature sanctuary of trails, forests, meadows, wetlands and waterways is protected forever by a Conservation Easement with the Ontario Farmland Trust. It is the Project’s goal, with the help of local students and community volunteers to restore and protect these diverse ecological communities and to assist the regeneration of retired farmland, from old-field meadow to old-growth forest.
“The impact of this Ontario Trillium Foundation grant cannot be underestimated,” said Roger Yaworski, SJ, Executive Director of the Ignatius Jesuit Centre. “This grant has allowed us to truly grow the project – providing an engaging and safe place for students to discover nature and learn the skills needed to take care of the planet.
The Ignatius Jesuit Centre is a place of peace that welcomes a global community of people who seek to integrate their inner and outer life with God and with all Creation.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded $108 million to 629 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.
2019-07 IJC VoiceGod speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer. – Mother Teresa
See the Old-Growth Forest Project’s invite to recognize the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s funding support and the growth & success of the project over the last two years. Check out upcoming retreats at Loyola House! Have you signed up for a vegetable share with Ignatius Farm? Read about these and so much more in this issue!
Read June’s issue of the IJC Voice here. Take a moment to see our slide show on how Loyola House has transformed due to the success of Sacred Ground, and see the visual summary of the past eight years. Find out about opportunities to retreat at Loyola House, sign up for a vegetable share at Ignatius Farm, read the latest blog from the Loyola House Kitchen, and see what’s been happening on the land. This month’s e-newsletter is packed with activities past and coming up…be sure to read it!
God is the friend of silence. See how nature–trees, flowers, grass–grows in silence; see the stars, the moon, and the sun, how they move in silence. – Mother Teresa, A Gift for God
April – Easter activities, spring planting and the growing season begins. Read about it here!