Silence speaks when words can't. (unknown) 

Many of you supported us by voting in the Aviva Community Fund Competition in October. We pitched for $100,000 for a Green Energy Retrofit for Loyola House. Participating in this online competition was a first for many of us. Thanks to everyone who took part - we got almost 3000 votes!Finalists will be announced on November 7th.  Since this is an annual competition, we will apply in 2017.
And thanks to each and every one of you who responded to our Sacred Ground update mailing last month with a donation. We are truly blessed by your ongoing support.
Please continue to keep the Sacred Ground campaign in your thoughts & prayers. Make a donation. For more information, please contact the Campaign Assistant 519 824 1250 ext 257 or send an email

For all of our retreats, please register online.

  For more program options, see the 2016-2017 Loyola House Programs booklet.

Christmas is coming!  Consider giving a retreat gift certificate to someone special.  Contact the registration office for more information.  519 824 1250 ext 266 or send an email.

Upcoming Retreats -  Each retreat date is linked to our website for more information  
Thank you to everyone who supported another wonderful growing season in 2016.
This was a challenging year on the farm with the heat and drought. We really appreciate all the supportive feedback received through the online surveys. Here are a few quotes:
"We love all the veggies on the list and look forward to each year of CSA." 
"Just want to say thank you. It is a wonderful program and we love the veggies." 
"Thanks for the produce and props to you all for all your hard work during a challenging season."

The Winter Share begins Wednesday, November 2 from 2:30-6:30pm. Don't forget to come and pick up your share.

The Early Bird Special is on until January!  The 2017 Season is now available for 2016 prices . Purchase online here
or by form (come visit the Farm Workshop or reception at Loyola House to fill out the Farm registration form).

The Ignatius Farm C.R.A.F.T. Internship will come to a close November 11. The Intern Program is a key part of the CSA. An enormous thank you to this year's incredible interns: Naomi Woodward, Emily Germain, Emily Hall, and Jill Weirsma!!! Noami shared some feeling of her time at the farm: "Interning at Ignatius Farm was a great introduction to organic agriculture. The season was full of many opportunities to learn new skills. It's been a great way to get acquainted with the farm community of southwestern Ontario and a stepping stone to my future farming goals."  
November 1, 2016 - Between GC36 meetings, delegates Father Peter Bisson, Provincial of the Jesuits in English Canada, and Father John McCarthy, Socius of the Jesuits in English Canada had a moment to reflect on the events taking place in Rome.  Read about it here.

MUCH TO BE THANKFUL FOR: Loyola House Training Reaches Far
Shared by Fr. Peter Bisson, SJ, Provincial, while in Rome for the General Congregation 36 in October 2016
Today I walked home with the Vietnamese provincial, Joseph Pham Thanh Liêm. He did the 9-month program in Guelph.
     In Vietnam the Jesuits have very few works, but are very busy. Their main work is with the Exercises. For example, they use teams to give 5-day retreats to about 1300 university students every summer. The provincial used to be in charge of this program.
     They have about 40 or 50 numbers (I was too surprised to remember it clearly) and 200 candidates. They are bursting at the seams! But this is typical of religious life there: 30,000 religious with a total of 800 novices in a Catholic population of 6.8 million (of a total of 98 million).
Your work with this one person is having a huge impact!!

Out with October! We've got a winter to attend to. Read Susan's latest blog here and get the recipe for the kitchen's beet salad.
The land at Ignatius Jesuit Centre displays the beauty of fall magnificently.  Here are just a few pics taken by our staff this past month...enjoy! 

Photo: Nick Krete, Land Assistant  

Photo: Miriam Koopman, Marketing Coordinator

Photo: Jaye Crawford, Grounds