Stillness is the flower of winter, all hope waits beneath a blanket of white. - unknown author
Thank you, thank you, thank you to our friends who contributed nearly $100,000 towards the upgrade of Loyola House's sanitation system. The future retreatants and community members who will be the beneficiaries of this critical upgrade also thank you. Each year Loyola House hosts 34 retreats and programs for 1000 men and women and is a venue for dozens of community organizations who host events attended by thousands more. None of this would happen without your support. Each and every one of you are tremendous friends!!
Our hearts go out to the Veri and Aimola families who lost two family members at the end of 2017: Freddy Veri and Tony Aimola. And our sincere appreciation to those who donated to support the Old-Growth Forest Project in their memory. The Veri and Aimola families have been ardent supporters of this project since its beginnings over a decade ago!

From our website  Make A Donation tab, you can now select from 10 e-cards to send a personal message of condolence or friendship or encouragement to loved ones in exchange for a donation of any amount. Some of you have already discovered this new feature that we activated just prior to the holidays. Thanks for your support!

For more information, please contact the Development Office at 519 824 1250 ext 257 or send an email to  
For all of our retreats, please register online.

For more program options, see the 2017-2018 Loyola House Programs booklet.

Interested in becoming a spiritual director or in brushing up your skills?  Read more here about upcoming training programs and workshops.  Consider signing up for one!

Upcoming Retreats -  Each retreat date is linked to our website for more information  
Are you seeking a prayerful, silent, affordable place for spiritual reflection?   Does a weekend retreat with healthy meals and  private room accommodation at Loyola House appeal to you?  Are you free  February 23-25
If you have said yes so far but are concerned that you can't afford the retreat fee, contact Fr. Roger Yaworski directly at 519-824-1250 Ext. 230 or by emailing The Hamilton Diocese Ex Corde Foundation has generously provided funds to make this opportunity affordable to parishioners within the Diocese. Be sure to register early to avoid disappointment.
Mark your calendars for these upcoming events!
  • Love, Henri - Letters on the Spiritual Life - February 3 @ 7:30pm at Holy Rosary Parish, 175 Emma St. Guelph. Join us for a presentation with musical accompaniment on the letters of Henri Nouwen, and an introduction to the celebrated author and pastor by archivist Gabrielle Earnshaw. This event is presented by the Henri Nouwen Society, Loyola House, and Holy Rosary Parish. There will be a free-will offering. Read more here.
  • Taste of Diversity Dinners 2018 - April 18, June 12, November 14 - Three dinners from around the world. $60 ea dinner or $150 for all three! Space is limited. For tickets call 519-824-1250 ext 241 or email  Dinner themes include a a smorgasbord of German cuisine, an exploration Jamaican tasty delights, and a return to Italy.  Read more here.
The Ignatius Jesuit Centre is a great place to work...and there are some job contract positions available that may have your name on it!  Explore the opportunities here and send your resume in!
  • Conservation Technician - Ignatius Old-Growth Forest Project
  • Summer Land Worker
  • Ignatius Farm Internships - 4 positions
Thank you everyone who has been a part of our 2017 CSA membership and Garden Plots! Amidst the cool-damp spring, we still had a great growing season of delicious crops. We enjoyed the new and familiar folks that joined the farm journey.  With the major investments over the year in the hoop-house, strawberry planting, and tractor implements, we are planning for a very tasty 2018! January is a key preparation month for the farm team: fine-tuning enterprise plans, crop planning, doing inventory and maintenance, ordering seed & supplies, team design and hiring, connecting with our community partners, redesigning the farm internship...while still washing and selling 2017 crops from the root cellar! Come chat with the farm team at the  Guelph Organic Conference trade show on January 27-28 to get the latest scoop!
CSA Shares and Garden Plots
We grow it for you or DIY - now is the time to choose your own farm adventure!  2018 registration is available online now! Stay tuned in for the 2018 farm launch and new educational programs over the upcoming months.
Principles and Practices of Organic Agriculture - Learning and farm work
Can't choose between learning and working? Ignatius Farm has options!  Ignatius Farm Internships combine weekly curriculum with full-time farm work.  This farming immersion experience has over 100 alumni, now applying their knowledge and skills to diverse work in agriculture, food systems, ecology, and health & wellness.  Check it out, along with several farm work contract positions, on the Ignatius website employment page.  The farm also offers working shares in which volunteers work one shift per week in exchange for a CSA share or Community Garden Plot.
Bulk Roots for Sale!
The final Winter CSA pick up is on January 24th, and there will be bulk vegetables for sale for both members and the public.  Email Becky to pre-order at farmsales(at)

Do you crunch into your Ignatius Farm carrots and do these taste so great, freshly harvested, and after being stored...?  Learn about Ignatius Farm's old-school and new techniques for great carrots in the January Farm newsletter on the Farm Facebook page.
STORIES plus more!
Ignatius in Winter
Greg Kennedy SJ
Against the wind
the bronze silhouette
has been scarfed.
inspired by the acute
angle of a saint,
has done what mothers do-
plugged holes where cold slips through-
not from pity
not from fear
but from the thrill
of seeing a child
where he's headed.

Trees for Tots - another successful year re-purposing Christmas trees!
The Children's Foundation of Guelph and Wellington's Trees for Tots fundraiser brought in a record-breaking $55,024 for the charitable organization on Saturday, January 6.  According to a post on the Children's Foundation's Facebook page, 3,235 Christmas trees were picked up during the event, which was in its sixth year. Read the rest of this article in the Guelph Mercury-Tribune here.

This event is a win-win for Ignatius Jesuit Centre, as the Centre was the recipient for all the trees. They were chipped and will be usable in the gardens and new tree plantings. 150 of the trees were kept whole and will be used in stream rehabilitation.