Silence speaks when words can't. (unknown)
Our Old-Growth Forest project is being funded by Ontario Trillium Foundation "Grow" grant*. This grant funds two staff positions for two years, assists us with capital improvements and to explore how to deepen our community collaborations. Our heart-felt appreciation to all our donors who believed in this project since it was a seedling in 2006. You have helped this project develop the momentum we needed to be eligible for this OTF funding! Thank you to our long-time partners, Wellington County's Green Legacy Programme and the Speed Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited Canada . Stay tuned for the official Ontario Trillium Foundation community celebration of this funding next year. Help us continue to "grow" this 500-year project for future generations.

* An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is one of Canada's largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities.

pollinatorWe're pleased to be recipients of a $3600 grant from TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. This Foundation has been funding local environmental projects across Canada for over 25 years. Our pollinator garden project, supported with plants, volunteers and expertise from  Nature Guelph, Pollination Guelph , Ontario Beekeepers Association and rare Charitable Research Reserve, was one of this year's funded projects. We also thank Pollinator Partnership Canada for a generous donation for this project. Please come and visit the garden to 'bee' inspired to protect our bee population. Read about the planting of this garden here.

Good news for our wonderful Sacred Ground capital campaign donors! By the end of this year a single heating/cooling unit will be installed for the Loyola House craft room. This will enable us to understand the new system and how to incorporate it into every one of the 48 bedrooms at the retreat house. The upgrade will be completed by the winter of 2019. A thousand thanks - we couldn't do this without you!

For more information call 519-824-1250 ext. 257 Mondays-Friday, 9am-4pm or send an email to

For all of our retreats, please register online.

For more program options, see the 2018-2019 Loyola House Programs brochure.

Interested in a training program for giving spiritual direction?  Read about our workshops and training opportunities here.

UPCOMING RETREATS -   Each retreat date is linked to our website for more information   
Winter Vegetable CSA Shares Available
Order your Winter CSA share with Ignatius Farm through the online store or come by the farm workshop Mon-Fri, 8:30am-5pm to place your order. This winter, expect a delicious array of storage crops (potatoes, carrots, beets, parsnips, garlic, and more) in addition to fresh greens from the hoop house including kale, arugula, lettuce, and spinach. View the brochure for more info!
Thank You for Voting for Ignatius Farm
Ignatius Farm extends a HUGE thank you to everyone who placed votes for the greenhouse project in the Aviva Community Fund Competition! The farm received over 4,200 votes and is so appreciative and overjoyed with the support from Ignatius Jesuit Centre and Guelph community. The winners will be announced on November 20th. Stay tuned to the newsletter and  Facebook group for updates.
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You can now subscribe to the Ignatius Farm newsletter, Fresh from the Fields, with the click of a button! Use this link to subscribe and receive organic food offerings, local events and workshops, and seasonal recipes straight to your inbox each month.

When Loyola House celebrated 50 years in 2014, pottery mugs were created by local artisan Pavlo (Rockton, ON) and sold in commemoration of this milestone. Back by popular demand, mugs are once again available. They make a great gift or get one for yourself!  At $25 each they are available at reception in Loyola House.

Sunday, December 2 2-4pm
Loyola House, Ignatius Jesuit Centre
The Jesuit Community of Guelph welcomes all to their OPEN HOUSE - A Celebration of Advent (or anything else you want to celebrate!). Light snacks and beverages will be available.  Mark your calendars as we hope to see you there! 5420 Hwy 6 N, Guelph (just follow the blue signs to Loyola House). 
STORIES plus more!

Alison Dunkey is a long-time volunteer with Ignatius Farm and the Volunteer of the Month with The People and Information Network (PIN)! Alison helps out in the community gardens as a weed surveyor and is truly valued for her dedication and enthusiasm for local food and farming. She is often swapping seeds with gardeners, donating her crops to local food agencies, and bringing delicious homemade treats to the farm team. Thank you, Alison! Read the full article here.

FR. ERIC JENSEN, SJ - Some exciting news to share!
Writing a book is a little like putting a message in a bottle and tossing it into the sea: you don't know where it will bob up and who will read it. Having it drift all the way to China is something of a surprise, to say the least! 

I recently learned that Entering Christ's Prayer (Ave Maria Press, 2007), finally out of print after ten years, and Ignatius Loyola and You (Novalis, 2018), will both be translated into Chinese and published by a Jesuit publishing house (Kuangchi Cultural Group) in Taiwan. It will make its way to mainland China only when people carry it in, one copy at a time. The translating and publishing will take a couple of years, and then it will bob about in this vast cultural sea, to be read by whoever chances to come across it.
Greg Kennedy SJ
the asparagus forest
outside my autumn window
was once the tender crispness
of delicious spring
soon this old growth stand
will be cut clear
and goodness will
go back waiting
in roots anxious again
to rise up
On the beautiful fall morning of September 29th around twenty volunteers, land staff and representatives from not-for-profits Pollination Guelph and Pollination Partnership gathered to create a beautiful habitat for pollinators at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre.
Holes were dug and hands tenderly placed over 600 plants of over 30 different varieties into the 1500 square foot garden located by the John English Wing of Loyola House. Spice Bush, Lead Plant, Little Bluestem, Grey-Headed Coneflower and Pearly Everlasting are among the many plants that will provide food and habitat to bees, butterflies, flies and beetles that do the important work of pollinating our crops and wild plants.
We invite you to come by, wander the paths, sit on the bench and watch as this space evolves.
We are grateful for donations from Pollination Guelph, Pollination Partnership and a grant from TD Friends of the Environment. Read more here.
Want to be involved in this project? There is a naming opportunity available on the garden bench. Please contact our Development Assistant, Vanessa Hyland,, 519-824-1250 Ext. 257 for more details.

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