• Shrine Season Impacted by COVID-19

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Shrine Season Impacted by COVID-19 Tay, On (16 April 2020) – Due to the limitations on public gatherings currently legislated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Martyrs’ Shrine will not proceed with opening on 2 May 2020 as planned. The global pandemic has prompted Leadership at Martyrs’ Shrine to evaluate the impact […]

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  • Answering the call to be here, now, with Him.

    Our everyday life can be hectic, that is the reality of the world we live in. Whether it is the mind that is always thinking of what information is being presented or the body exhausted in trying to check off the boxes of all the tasks we might face that day. We, especially myself can […]

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  • From the gate looking out: what I’ve learned from my time at Martyrs’ Shrine

    I’d like to start with a surprising (or perhaps not surprising) fact, the Church here at the Martyrs’ Shrine isn’t a parish church. While it’s true that we don’t hold funerals or weddings or operate day- to-day the way a parish church does. I however, propose that we are a Community church. If we expand […]

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  • Reflection of your purpose

    In our generation today, an average life span of a person is 75 – 80 years old. Imagine that you are now 35 years old, how do you plan to spend the remaining 45 years with 540 months, 16, 425 days and 394, 200 hours of you life? Do you plan to focus on your […]

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  • DAY TO DAY IN THE GIFT SHOP

    On the surface, the Gift Shop would appear to be just that – a place to purchase religious items for one’s self, and gifts for another. Scratch the surface, and the experience is greater than just shopping for both visitors, and the staff who serve them. At Martyrs’ Shrine, the staff are ‘People for People’ […]

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  • How the Spiritual Exercises can make for better corporateleaders

    A fundamental component of Jesuit Spirituality or, often called, Ignatius Spirituality, is the Spiritual Exercises. These exercises were developed by the founder of the Society of Jesus, St. Ignatius Loyola, as a means to deepen one’s connection with God through a series of prayers, retreats, and reflections. These exercises are largely formulated with the principal […]

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  • Solemnity of Pentecost

    ‘The Spirit of the Lord has filled the whole world and that which contains all things understands what is said, alleluia.’ Are the words of the entrance antiphon, and how true is that saying for all of us who come here to the Shrine, to nourish ourselves and be refreshed on the beautiful grounds of […]

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  • After a year in Ireland… Here I am in Midland! The journey of Fr Michel, a Jesuit who has been with you for a year already!

    A year ago, almost to the day, I returned to Canada from a year of spiritual renewal in Ireland. That experience, called Tertianship (referred to, among Jesuits, as the “Third-Year”), is like a sabbatical, when Jesuit are invited to deepen their sense of vocation, mission, and community life. A time when he links his spiritual […]

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  • Journeying with the Catholic Clergy of Tomorrow

    For the 2nd year in a row, I’ve been given the privilege of being a spiritual director to seminarians of St Augustine in Toronto as they quietly pray through the Spiritual exercises of St Ignatius at the Shrine. To be honest, the privilege of directing the exercises at all is a tremendous consolation on its […]

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  • The Spiritual Exercises and Seminarians

    I’m at the Martyrs’ Shrine for the month of May. I feel privileged to be here. I’m a Jesuit based at La Storta Jesuit community in Pickering (which for many years was the home base for some of the Jesuits who ministered at the Shrine). I’ve been involved for two years with the annual 30 […]

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