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Gain insight into Martyrs' Shrine through interviews, videos and more.

  • Construction of the Church of St. Joseph

    In June of 1925, Father John M. Filion, then Provincial Superior of English speaking Jesuits across Canada, felt the need for a larger shrine that would be closer both to […]

  • Beginnings of a Humble Shrine in Waubaushene

    The Martyrs' Shrine that you see on the hill today in Midland, Ontario replaced a much smaller Shrine by the same name in Waubaushene, about 12km from the present Shrine. […]

  • 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 […]

  • Answering the Call To Be Here, Now, With Him.

    Christopher Spiegel was born in London, Ontario, and grew up in Florida. He is currently discerning a vocation to the Society of Jesus, Canada Province, and will be staying through […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • A Look Into the Shrine 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 […]

  • Spiritual Exercises and Corporate Leadership

    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, […]

  • 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 […]

  • A Year of Spiritual Renewal In Ireland

    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”), […]