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  • Novena

    What is a Novena? A novena (from Latin: novem, "nine") is an ancient tradition of devotional praying in Christianity, consisting of private or public prayers repeated for nine successive days […]

  • Father Michael Says Farewell

    MIDLAND, ON (15 February 2023) – Martyrs' Shrine announces the scheduled departure of its current director and Jesuit Superior, Father Michael Knox later this year. The 2023 season will mark […]

  • Lenten Missions 2023

    MIDLAND, ON (1 February 2023) – Martyrs' Shrine announces plans of their 2023 Lenten Missions offered to parish communities in the Archdioceses of Toronto, Hamilton and Peterborough. Let the lives […]

  • Seven Last Words of Jesus Christ

    MIDLAND, ON (28 January 2023) – Martyrs' Shrine announces a new three-day retreat open to the general public over Palm Sunday Weekend (March 31-April 2, 2023). Let the lives of […]

  • National Shrine Bounces Back in 2022

    MIDLAND, ON (21 October 2022) – Today, Martyrs’ Shrine unveils its visitation numbers following a two year shut-down from the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly 75,000 people visited the holy and historic […]

  • Praying With St. Ignatius

    Praying With St. Ignatius Offered: August 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 at 8:00pm. Please join Fr. John Kennedy, SJ for a one-hour workshop following the 7:30pm Holy Mass in […]

  • National Shrine Reopens Doors in 2022

    MIDLAND, ON (1 April 2022) – After nearly two years of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Martyrs’ Shrine will be reopening to the public on May 7, 2022. The […]

  • Praying for Residential Schools

    On April 1, 2022 at the Vatican, in an address to representatives of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, His Holiness Pope Francis apologized to the Indigenous Peoples. After listening to the […]

  • Martyrs’ Shrine Throughout the Years

    Martyrs’ Shrine had evolved throughout the years and had created various branches in which to serve the community. It remains a priority commitment of the Canadian Jesuit ministry. It has […]

  • Opening of Sainte-Marie among the Hurons

    In 1964 the Jesuits negotiated an agreement between the Upper Canadian Province of Jesuits and the Government of Ontario whereby the historic site of Sainte-Marie and adjoining land on the […]