Silence is the element from which great things fashion themselves. - Bill Clarke, SJ
DEVELOPMENT
Many, many thanks to all of our wonderful monthly and quarterly donors! Receipts for your 2017
donations were mailed or emailed to you last month. The Ignatius Jesuit Centre's work continues to increase its sustainability through strong revenue projections thanks to all of our ongoing donors.
 
Our deep appreciation to our friends who opted to become new monthly or quarterly donors in February! If this option, along with an annual tax receipt, appeals to you, please contact our Development Assistant, Vanessa Hyland, development@ignatiusguelph.ca or 519-824-1250 Ext. 257 or simply sign up here .
 
And thank you to our friends who are using our new e-cards to send a personal message of condolence or friendship or encouragement to loved ones in exchange for a donation of any amount. Vanessa welcomes your comments and suggestions for our e-cards.

LOYOLA HOUSE RETREATS & PROGRAMS
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   
UPCOMING EVENTS & OPPORTUNITIES
UPCOMING EVENTS & MORE!
At Loyola House - 
Book Launch - Tues March 20 @ 7-9pm at Loyola House.  Launching James Clarke's Stray Devotions, one of Novalis newest publications from their Spring 2018 lineup. And, Novalis author and Spiritual Director at Loyola House Eric Jensen, SJ will be discussing his newest title, Ignatius Loyola and You Read more here.

The Poetry & Ecology Project - Thurs April 26 7pm
What does poetry have to do with the local environment? Come and find out!  A presentation of seven leaflets on Food, Water, Trees, Wild Creatures, Flowers and Pollinators, and Degraded Land.  
Come and hear about this project from  Redeemer University College professor, Dr. Deborah Bowen and student researchers, Elise Arsenault, Liane Miedema, and Joshua Voth.   Reading by local poets Madhur Anand, Anna Bowen, and Greg Kennedy, SJ.   Music by local group Magpie.  Read more here.

Farm Workshops - 
Family Seedling Workshop:
Looking for family-fun during the winter break? Head over to the farm for a workshop about starting seedlings for your home garden or community garden plot! Each attendee will leave with a tray full of seedlings to take home.

DETAILS: Wed. March 14 10am-12pm at the Ignatius Farm Greenhouse. Cost is $15/child and $30/adult for those registered for a 2018 community garden plot or CSA share, or $20/child and $40/adult for unregistered. Email farmoutreach@ignatiusguelph.ca  to register.

Minga Seedling Workshop:
Ignatius Farm has partnered with Minga Skill Building Hub to offer a workshop all about seedlings. Join Farmer Becky Pearce for a hands-on educational experience and bring home a tray of seedlings for your own garden!

DETAILS: Sat. March 17 9:30am- 12:30pm at the Ignatius Farm Greenhouse.   Click here to register and for more information.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES
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!  We are currently accepting applications for:  Loyola House Kitchen Cook (full-time permanent).

WALKING PILGRIMAGE
Looking for a different summer experience?  Consider this year's Walking Pilgrimage from Guelph to Midland - August 4-11.  The Walking Pilgrimage is about nourishing your spirituality, enjoying the great outdoors, getting great exercise (20-30 km per day), and having fun & enjoying good company.  Read about it here...registrations are being accepted!

GARDENING WORKSHOPS SURVEY


STORIES plus more!
FIELDS
Greg Kennedy SJ
 
Frost, the ice-age echo,
hefts up fieldstone,
memories of glaciers.
On every farm
in every soul
sits a mound
of gathered rocks
from colder days
picked and placed together
to ease tomorrow´s planting.