Monday, January 30, 2012

Exploring Jesuit Spirituality at St. Paul's University - The Skating Oval at Ottawa City Hall


Last Wednesday evening at St. Paul's University -- as part of the Feast Day celebrations -- I was invited to introduce Father Gilles Mongeau, S.J., who spoke on the Jesuit charism in the context of the 400th anniversary of the Society of Jesus' arrival in Canada. 

Fr. Gilles grew up in Ottawa and his parents live here in Kanata, (cf. photo below) so it was a bit of a homecoming,  It was an honour for me to present him to a home-town audience. 

The seminarians from Holy Spirit Ukrainian Seminary (whose church celebrated St. Gregory [Nazianzen] the Theologian that same day) were present and we posed for picture to mark the occasion.
The photos:


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Yesterday was such a lovely sunny afternoon that, after getting back from the Visitation of St. Ignatius Martyr Parish (more on that later in the week), I walked around the ice sculptures and other displays for the NHL All Star Game and saw the recently-opened skating oval outside the Ottawa City Hall.  Given the cancellation of skating on the Canal because of the mild weather, there were lots of people enjoying getting some exercise in the open air. 

A few photos of the rink, of the Canal and the hockey game decorations:

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