Arturo Sosa, S.J. visits Jesuits in Canada for the first time

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Arturo Sosa, S.J., superior general of the society of Jesus, is currently visiting Canada for 12 days. It is his first visit to the country, and the Jesuit Conference of the United States and Canada is tracking his trip on social media. This post will be updated as his trip continues.

May 19, 2018

Father Sosa arrived in Canada on May 19 and began his trip by visiting the Jesuits in formation at Regis College at the University of Toronto. 
 

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Following his visit, Father Sosa made his way to St. Paul’s Basilica in downtown Toronto to concelebrate the ordination of seven Jesuits, five to the priesthood and two to the diaconate. 

May 20, 2018

The second day of Father Sosa’s visit to Canada began with a visit to the Martyrs’ Shrine in Midland, Ontario, dedicated to the French Jesuit martyrs of North America. The Martyrs’ Shrine currently holds the relics of St. Jean de Brébeuf, S.J.; St. Gabriel Lalemant, S.J.; and St. Charles Garnier, S.J. 

After a tour of the shrine, Fr. Sosa visited the location where Jean de Brébeuf and Gabriel Lalemant were martyred in 1649. The 28th superior general of the Society of Jesus, Pedro Arrupe, S.J., prayed there in 1977 during his visit to the shrine.

Father Sosa also celebrated Mass for the feast of Pentecost at the Martyrs’ Shrine. 

May 23, 2018

Father Sosa continued his journey in Canada with a visit to Montreal, Quebec, where he met the Jesuit community at Maison Bellarmin.
 

May 24, 2018

The following day, Father Sosa met Archbishop Christian Lépine, Archbishop of Montreal. He also visited Loyola High School in Montreal, where he spoke of the importance of a Jesuit education. He then spent time at a Q&A with some of the students.

May 25, 2018

Father Sosa’s schedule the next day included a visit to Quebec City, where he met with a Jesuit community and was received by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Richelieu.

Father Sosa’s seventh day in Canada began with an early morning meeting with Cardinal Gérald Cyprien Lacroix, Archbishop of Quebec and the diaconate ordination of Johnny Masséba, S.J., a Haitian Jesuit.

May 27, 2018

The following day, Father Sosa joined the Jesuits in Montreal for a Mass of Thanksgiving at the Church of the Gesù in Montreal.

During the celebration of the Eucharist, Father Sosa read a decree officially announcing the creation of the Province of Canada, which will unite the Jesuit provinces of English and French Canada. 

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