The Ignatius Jesuit Centre (IJC) celebrates over a century of community work that has promoted education, spiritual contemplation and renewal. The Centre is actively planning to sustain this work for another century.

Your support through a planned gift will sustain our welcoming space for communal discernment, education, and interfaith connection.

Profile courtesy of Fr. Art Baranowski who was mentored as a seminarian by Fr. Britz and remained a friend for 45 years.

Fr. Gerald Britz: Inspired Retreatant

Fr. Gerald Britz’ early training taught him to lead prayers, sacraments and mass as a recitation without a deeper appreciation of his own and others’ affective emotions. Through Ignatian retreats at Loyola House, Gerry became aware of God’s revelation in the day-by-day and experienced the scriptures as living word. His life and ministry were profoundly changed: he became increasingly personally present.

Fr. Britz attended Loyola House retreats every year for the last 25 years of his life. He actively persuaded other priests to attend as well. Gerry deeply appreciated the physical space of Loyola House: the grounds, the lounge, the chapels, as well as the bond of silence and prayer with other retreatants.

His own transformative experience led Fr. Britz to direct a legacy gift to support the continuance of Loyola House so others could experience this same blessing. In his direct way, he would say to those considering a legacy gift: “Don’t let Loyola House die. Keep this work of spiritual direction and training of competent spiritual directors going. And, don’t be stingy…they deserve your help.”


Your Legacy Gift Options Include:

  • Gift of securities or mutual funds
  • Bequest in your will
  • Designation of a life insurance policy to the Centre

Your lawyer and/or financial advisor can provide you with more information about your giving options.

As a Canadian registered charity, we will issue donation receipts for tax purposes.

Our American supporters can contribute to the Centre’s work through the Society of Jesus Worldwide,  the Society of Jesus charity based in Chicago which can issue a U.S. donation receipt for income tax purposes.

Thank You

Thank you for considering a legacy gift.  Please direct legacy inquiries to the Development Office by email or call 519.824.1250 ext. 257.

Legal Name:  Ignatius Jesuit Centre

Registered Charity 11896 6373 RR0001

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