St Elizabeth church steeple against a blue sky and trees on its left and right


Jesuits in Canada:

Becoming a Jesuit:

A Jesuit vocation is ultimately a fraternal relationship, and so the best way to learn more about us is to meet a "live" Jesuit and to have a simple conversation with him. After a period of reflection and conversation, the local Jesuit contact may invite the man to join in a formal discernment program.

History: The best-known of the early Jesuit Missions is the heroic failure of St. Jean de Brébeuf and his companions in Huronia. They had hoped to establish a Church there that would be at once fully Catholic and fully Huron. At Ste-Marie, in 1639, they built "a house of prayer and a home of peace," a community where white and aboriginal people were to dwell together in harmony, where the rites and traditions of both Europeans and Hurons could be strengthened and enriched by the values of the Gospel. But their plans got caught up in tribal warfare, in the intrigues of the French and English courts, in the politics of the fur and brandy trades. They were destroyed by those they most wanted to serve. Eight have been canonized: Jean de Brébeuf, Isaac Jogues, Gabriel Lalement, Antoine Daniel, Charles Garnier, Noel Chabanel, Réne Goupil, and Jean de la Lande; and many others, including their native friends Joseph Chiwatenhwa and Kateri Tekakwitha, continue to inspire missionaries down to the present day.

Martyrs’ Shrine where we have our pilgrimage every August: