A Visit to Sherbrooke...
Last week, I spent several days (Wednesday-Friday) at the Famille Marie-Jeunesse centre in Sherbrooke (QC). This was to offer a short course on the Resurrection of Jesus.
During my time there I had a chance to play hockey with the young members (male and female), some of whom, hailing from Belgium and Ile de la Reunion, had never been on skates before coming to Canada.
Thursday evening, to mark the Year of Priests, I shared some reflections on my experience of priesthood and listened to those of the younger priest-members and took discernment questions.
Friday was my birthday, so a cake was presented and songs sung. It was a lovely and lively interlude.
Wednesday evening hockey under the lights (it was easier next afternoon)
Young and old face off
A pause between course sessions
Famille Marie-Jeunesse founder Real
The young priests and those discerning a call to the priesthood
Being serenaded after the birthday cake candle was extinguished
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...and a Stopover in Montreal
On the way home to Ottawa, I broke the trip with an overnight visit at the Loyola Jesuit Community in Montreal where the first year novices and Jesuits working on a history project at the newly-opened Archives got together for supper.
Joining with the Jesuit Community at the Loyola Residence in west end Montreal
The library of the new Jesuit Archives in Montreal
New facilities of the Archives for both Jesuit Canadian Provinces were recently inaugurated
Jesuits at the new Archives facilities in Montreal working on a history of the English-speaking Jesuit Province