Silently, one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven, 
blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Loyola House celebrates the life of Rev. Pat Nowlan, a long-time friend, frequent retreatant and generous benefactor. Pat passed away on July 9. Loyola House celebrates her spirit of spiritual inquiry which led her, in her later years, to obtain a Bachelor of Sacred Theology and a Masters of Divinity. Her compassion led her to provide pastoral care to the elderly and infirm living in long-term care. She also served as a guest pastor, most recently in the Oakville/Burlington/Hamilton area. We are grateful for Pat's friendship and the many donations we received in her honour from her friends and family.
Get Ready to Vote for Ignatius Farm during the Aviva Community Fund Competition  
starting September 25!
Ignatius Farm will pitch for your vote to win $10,000 to upgrade our greenhouse.  Please register as a voter.  You will receive 10 votes to use at any time from September 25 to October 4, 2018 . We will send you reminder emails during the competition.

Thank you!
We are encouraged and very grateful for continuing generous Sacred Ground campaign support. This summer a private foundation that supports religious education and several religious communities gave significant donations. These donations will go towards the upgrades of our sanitation system (est. cost is $500,000) and heating/cooling system (est. cost $500,000).
For more information call 519-824-1250 Ext. 257 Mondays-Fridays, 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   
Courage for Caregivers - September 20 - 8am-4:30pm. Drawn from the writings of Henri Nouwen, this retreat day will help caregivers identify both the challenges and the gifts of care-giving, while learning new spiritual practices and techniques to sustain long-term self-care.  This retreat is put on by the Henri Nouwen Society and is held at Loyola House - more information and registration is through the Henri Nouwen Society at this link .  Cost $75. 
Volunteer with Ignatius Farm!
The odd vegetable station was a major hit at Open Farm Days this year! Lots of kids dived right in and created oodles of eggplant porcupines!
The Ignatius Farm team is looking for extra hands to help take down the community garden waterlines and store them for winter. It's sure to be a fun day of teamwork and endless appreciation!

When? Tuesday, September 18 from 9:30am-12:30pm + 2pm-4:30pm (lunch break from 12:30pm-2pm).
Where: Ignatius Farm

Contact Amy at or 519-824-1250 ext. 244 if you are interested in lending a hand!
Here at Ignatius Jesuit Centre we love our bees, butterflies, flies, and beetles that do the very important work of pollinating our farm crops, community gardens, and flowering plants on the property. Eighty percent of flowering plants require pollinators, and the value of pollinators cannot be understated; pollinator species are in decline worldwide, and one of the factors contributing to this decline is habitat loss.

To help combat this habitat loss, and to show our awareness and appreciation for our pollinator species, the land crew is excited to announce that this fall, in collaboration with Pollination Guelph, we will be planting a 1500 square foot demonstration pollinator garden next to Loyola House.

The demonstration Pollinator garden will showcase plants that are beneficial to the native pollinators as well as honey bees. The garden will provide sources of food, shelter, nesting and overwintering sites for the many pollinators found on the Ignatius land. Educational signage will help visitors understand the value of pollinator species as they walk along the garden's path. We will also place a bench in the garden for all to sit, marvel and reflect. Interested in donating to this wonderful project? We will be offering a naming opportunity on the bench. Please contact our Development Assistant, Vanessa Hyland, , 519-824-1250 Ext. 257 for more details.

All About Forests - Sun. September 23 @ 10am-4pm
Join in this interactive day of celebration and learning about forests. Activities suitable for all ages will be running all day... read more here!

The Facts on Phragmites - Sat. October 20 @ 10am-3pm -  Join us for this hands-on workshop led by Martin Tamlyn (OGF project) and Lynn Short, professor of Horticulture at Humber College as they examine current ecological & community-based approaches to phragmites control... read more here!

STORIES plus more!

Restoring Marden Creek
 - We had a great turnout again this year for Marden Creek Restoration day. Folks of all ages helped us narrow the banks of the creek with old Christmas trees and secured logs to deflect the water current to stop erosion. We planted lots of trees, shrubs and wildflowers to protect the creek and provide wetland habitat. A big thank you to all our volunteers, members of the Speed valley chapter of Trout Unlimited  and the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph Central Funding Committee who granted us funds to purchase chest waders, tools and native plants for our continued restoration work.


The  OGFP booth was busy place to be at the recent Open Farm Day. Kids built their own "bee hotels"; made from cardboard tubes and phragmites stalks, and decorated dragonflies made from maple keys and buckthorn sticks. The booth also offered a forest plant ID game and a mini forest display.

We say goodbye to our seasonal restoration assistant, Sarah Hines (left). Thank you for all your hard work, creativity, and positive energy this summer!

Greg Kennedy, SJ

a timely August tearing
an underground groan of undoing
a together binding of winter meals
seasoned with this sunny now
                in the pull
                some aged roots remain              
                holding hands with earth
                in the pull
                she retains a maternal touch
                damp and dark
                over pale paper skin
the straw tells broken stories
as we work
across its back
we laugh
despite the silence

igNation - A Jesuit Blog
by Jean Marc Laporte, SJ
My connection with the Jesuit property in Guelph goes back 60 years, when I walked through the door marked St. Stanislaus Novitiate and met my novice master, Fr. Len Fischer. With 23 others I was entering into a traditional novitiate, on a sizable farm, mostly devoted to the fields where apples and other fruits, vegetables, and farm animals provided sustenance for the over 100 inhabitants (at the time some 50 novices, 25 juniors, and many priests and brothers.

The priests were staff for the young men in formation or assigned to other ministries, the brothers looked after the house and the barn. As much as possible this was to be a self-sustaining operation, which significantly cut down the need for outside purchases.


Guelph Walking Pilgrimage to Martyr Shrine 2018
By Bob Berno 

Here comes the sun (doo doo doo doo)
One lost sole from the Pilgrimage
Here comes the sun, and I say
It's all right
Arrg! Is it morning already?! And what's with the cowbell?

I can't feel the blisters on my feet; I am more preoccupied with getting my legs to move. I feel so old! This pilgrimage was physically, mentally and spiritually daunting... and it was a decadent indulgence!

Why the apparent contradiction? Mostly, the credit goes to the outstanding organization. The volunteers took meticulous care of all of our necessities (food, fluids and shelter). With our material needs addressed, we pilgrims had the luxury to focus our full attention to the pilgrimage, the daily contemplations from Laudato Si', and our own personal trials.

It was remarkable how quickly and completely we developed into a community. All of those protective barriers we normally hide behind in our daily lives were stripped away, leaving us vulnerable... and safe. Safe because we all felt that we belonged. Whatever burdens we carried became shared burdens, with no judgement, only compassion. Sixty-five odd strangers from very different backgrounds came together like I have never experienced before. Not everyone was Catholic, and everyone was well and truly welcome. It was a very great privilege to be empowered to confront my own personal demons in such a warm and safe environment.

In closing I wish to offer a special shout out to all those who offered homilies during our daily masses. With laser point precision and surgical accuracy, the daily homily conveyed exactly the message I needed to hear. While I have in the past been moved by a scripture reading or homily, never have I been so motivated, inspired and elevated seven times in a row! Just thinking about it makes me want to lace up my (new) hiking boots and hit the trail all over again.            

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