We need silence to be able to touch souls.  (Mother Teresa)
UPDATES
Sacred Ground Capital Campaign 
We are deeply grateful to you for the very generous response to our 2015 Advent appeal which included numerous donations designated to the Campaign.

The Campaign is now focused on raising funds to renovate the Spiritual Directors' wing of Loyola House. Our winter retreatants are deeply appreciating the newly insulated accommodation wing!

For more information, please contact the Campaign Assistant 519 824 1250 ext 257 or send an email.
UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES & EVENTS
Orchard Park Office Centre Expressions of Interest (EOI) Deadline Extended to March 1, 2016
In the late 1990s, Ignatius College became 'Orchard Park' (OP) renting out to commercial tenants. For the last 20 years the Jesuits, Managements and Boards of the Ignatius Jesuit Centre have attempted to create a well-used and viable building. Engineering reports and appraisals had shown that OP is in need of major repairs and we cannot take on these capital expenses.
As a result the EOI was sent out in September 2015 to solicit solutions from builders, developers, contractors and property owners to identify new uses for OP. The deadline for submissions was originally November 30, 2015 but as a result of the responses we have received we have extended the deadline to March 1, 2016.
     Proposed uses for the Building will take into consideration that it is located at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre - home to the spiritual and ecological ministries of Loyola House, Ignatius Farm, and the Ignatius Old-Growth Forest. 
     Strong preference will be given to a long-term lease proposal as opposed to actually selling the building. In considering all proposals, accommodation of our existing tenants at OP will be considered. When asked what this means for the Ignatius Jesuit Centre here in Guelph we trust that we will be here for another 100 years!
    Read Rob O'Flanagan's article in the Guelph Mercury from September.  See the EOI package

Ignatius Farm - New Opportunities for 2016!
Do you love the taste of the veggies grown in the wonderful Ignatius Farm soils?
Would you like those veggies delivered to your home, work, or gathering place? 
Contact Heather to find out how your community could be more closely connected with Ignatius Farm by becoming a new pick-up location for our Community Shared Agriculture program. 
Review the farm brochure  or web pages to learn about what the farm is already up to.

Available now...
2016 Community Garden Plots and Community Shared Agriculture shares may be purchased now with the 2016 registration form.  As of January 30, online purchasing will be available.

Want to chat with us? We will be at the Guelph Organic Conference January 30-31. Look for us downstairs in the University Centre. 

Ignatius Farm Seeking Aspiring Farmers

We are seeking individuals who have a keen desire to learn the practices and principles of growing food organically, who are interested in building friendships and community, who are enthusiastic, curious and open to new ideas. We are committed to
Farm Team 2015
making this internship a learning experience, and we expect hard work, commitment to the guiding principles of our farm, and the ability to work as part of a larger team.

We offer three internship programs:
1) Summer Novice : Mid April to end of August
2) Full Season Novice: Mid April to mid November
3) Senior: End of March to end of November

Find out more about our farm's outward bound learning experience in our intern information package. Applications will be received through to Monday, February 1st. Candidates of interest will be contacted to schedule an on farm interview. Applications or inquiries can be sent by emailStay tuned to the Ignatius employment webpage for upcoming Ignatius Farm job postings. 

Interested in joining the Ignatius Jesuit Centre staff?
We are receiving applications for the full-time, permanent positions of Land Manager and Loyola House CookFind out more about these opportunities on our website.         
A Taste of Italy 2016  
2015's Taste of Italy was such a popular event, we've planned for another  series of Wednesday evening dinners for 2016!  The dates are April 20, June 15, and September 28.  A tasty gift!  Tickets are $60 ea or $150 for all three dinners. You can purchase by email or by calling 519 824 1250 ext 221.
 
Jesuit Volunteers Canada 
Now Accepting Applications for the 2016/2017 Program
Jesuit Volunteers Canada (JVC) is a year or two of service, where young adults live out the values of Christian spirituality, social and eco justice, community, and simple living. Current placement opportunities include working in First Nations communities, youth programing, community development and outreach, education, food justice, and working with those who experience urban poverty. Jesuit Volunteers Canada is currently accepting applications for September 2016 with possible communities and work placements in northern Ontario, Toronto and Regina. For more information visit www.jesuitvolunteers.ca  or call 519-820-8204. JVC is part of a 50-year movement dedicated to inspiring young adults!

Contemplative Art Retreat - June 3-11
Mystery of Consciousness & Care of the Earth

Fr. Roger Yaworski, SJ along with Virginia Varley, csj and Grace Sauve, csj will facilitate the Contemplative Art Retreat at the summer home of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto, at Invermara in Orillia, Ontario.  See the brochure for more information.

Pilgrimage River Cruise to France, September 4-13
Cruise one of Europe's most romantic rivers as you explore cultural, historic and agricultural highlights of the Normandy region from Paris to the Normandy coast.  To hear more, please join Fr. Roger Yaworski, SJ and Royal City Travel on Sunday February 7th at 3 pm in the Community Room  at Holy Rosary Church, 175 Emma St., Guelph
N1E1V6. For more information contact ryaworski@aol.com or call 519 824-1250 ex. 230.  See the poster
 
STORIES, PLUS MORE!
Our website has a new look! 
Be sure to explore our website, as it has gone through an overhaul process to make it user-friendly over various platforms.  We are excited to share it with you!

34-Day Spiritual Exercises this month 
Loyola House has welcomed 26 novices from three Jesuit novitiates who are making the full spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius.  The novitiates and their leaders come from Canada and the United States. They are in Guelph from January 4 to February 7.  The picture at right was taken last week at Mass.

Trees for Tots
Fundraiser for the Children's Foundation of Guelph and Wellington
Thank you to Guelph's Tree for Tots program for providing the Ignatius Jesuit Centre with fresh mulch from chipped Christmas trees!  Read about this event and see the news clip on CTV.
 
Speaking of Christmas Trees...
Each year in December a Christmas tree is thinned from a crowded plantation on the property and set up in the lounge at Loyola House.  It is now the middle of January and the tree is still there.  Why?  Well, it keeps growing - we find it fascinating and are keeping the tree up to watch it grow. 
 
From the Loyola House Kitchen
Be sure to see the new post on the Loyola House kitchen blog!
LOYOLA HOUSE RETREATS & PROGRAMS

For all of our retreats, please register online .  
For more information:  519 824 1250 ext 266 or
send an email .
For more program options, see the 2015-2016 Loyola House Programs booklet.

Training Programs at Loyola House 
Are you interested in becoming a Spiritual Director or looking to expand your skills?

One of these programs may be just what you are looking for! 
Click onto the program name and you will be directed to our website for more information.

Summer Training & Practicum in Spiritual Direction - June 20-August 31 (Application Deadline Feb 1)
Summer Training in Spiritual Direction - June 20-July 31
Spiritual Directors' Workshop - July 5-17
Ignatian Training Program in Spiritual Direction & Retreat Ministry - A 3-Phase Program beginning October 4 
Upcoming Retreats -  Each retreat name is linked to our website, click on it for more information.