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 gives you the opportunity to leave a legacy guided by your personal values.


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 Giving Options

Bequest:  A charitable bequest is a gift made in your will. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a significant gift. A well-planned will and charitable bequest may result in tax savings. There are a range of assets that can be gifted through a bequest and there are a variety of ways to structure the gift.

Endowed Gifts: An endowment provides support in perpetuity and can be established now or as a bequest. The principal remains in trust; only the revenues generated by the principal are spent. An endowment is often a way to provide a permanent remembrance for a loved one or to direct your support for a purpose beyond your own lifetime.

Life Insurance: Offers donors of modest means the opportunity to create a significant charitable gift. Next to a charitable bequest, it is one of the more common ways for donors to make a deferred gift. Donors can choose to transfer ownership of an existing policy or set up a new policy. Donors can also name the Ignatius Jesuit Centre as beneficiary of a policy. There are also interesting ways to structure a gift of life insurance to include wealth replacement.

Appreciated Securities: Many donors are gifting securities or mutual funds. When listed securities are donated by an estate, as directed in a will, there may be tax benefits to the estate.

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.