Canada's National Shrine
to the North American Martyrs
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Martyrs' Shrine is currently closed until further notice.
Read weekly reflections and prayers posted online by the Jesuit Fathers of Martyrs' Shrine.
Light a Candle
Click below to have a candle lit for you, and your intention prayed for, by a Jesuit Father at Martyrs’ Shrine.
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We need your help to sustain us and continue our ministry during these challenging times.
Message from the Director
We are very much aware that the current circumstances of COVID–19 are leaving many people in isolation from work, family, and friends, many more uncertain about their economic future, and all worried for the health and well being of themselves and those whom they love.
Traditionally, the Church and grounds of Martyrs’ Shrine, time praying with St. Jean de Brébeuf and his companions to Christ, and the consolation of spiritual conversation with a Jesuit, would be a corner stone of support to you in times such as these. It is, with a heavy heart, that we must inform you that important temporary restrictions set in place, both by government and ecclesial authorities, prevent us from offering these to you. As all churches in the Archdiocese of Toronto are closed, so is the Church of St. Joseph here. Just as all Provincial and Federal Parks have closed their gates, so must ours remain closed. And, just as requirements around social distancing are in effect across the country, the Jesuit Fathers here are, for the moment, limited in the means in which we can serve you.
This being said, the prayers of the Jesuits at Martyrs’ Shrine are not halted and, indeed, are all the more fervent for you, each of our pilgrims, and the world. Though we cannot, at this moment, offer you a physical space of support, we have instituted, on our website, the means for you to send us prayer petitions. We will light a candle and pray for you if you so desire it.
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Michael Knox, SJ
Virtual Talk & Tour
Explore the Church of St. Joseph and the history of the North American Martyrs.
This project, created by our summer staff in 2013 has been revived and serves a new life as faithful search for ways to engage with Martyrs' Shrine from their homes.
Reflections & Prayers
From Canada's National Shrine to the North American Martyrs
The Jesuit Fathers are continuing their ministry to pilgrims while our shrine is closed due to COVID-19. Stay connected through prayer with weekly reflections authored by our priests. Reflections are posted every Friday and we invite you to read them ahead of Sunday Mass.
Light a Candle with Us
Amidst the challenges we are all facing with the COVID – 19 epidemic, is there a particular person or intention that you would like to offer up to God in prayer? Whether on the front-line serving others, at work, in isolation, at home, or abroad, click below to have a candle lit for you by a Jesuit Father at Martyrs’ Shrine. Our prayers transform us, and the world around us!
Martyrs' Shrine Association
Through MSA membership, you and your family will share in the spiritual community of prayers and benefit from a hundred Masses offered for you each year. Receiving “The Shrine Message” twice annually is an added benefit as well!
- Annual Family Membership ($25 donation)
- Perpetual for a Family, living and deceased ($150 donation)
- Perpetual for a Deceased individual ($40 donation)
Call us today and our staff will be happy to enroll you into the MSA.