Every breath we draw is a gift...every moment of existence is a grace.  ~ Thomas Merton
Fundraising Update
  • A Brantford-area Sacred Ground donor bequeathed $10,000
  • A Kitchener donor bequeathed $45,000
  • Perth-area long-time donors recently received a bequest and donated $1500 
These wonderful donations will help the Centre continue the $500,000 upgrade of the heating-cooling system for Loyola House.
  • Saskatchewan donors gifted $60,000 to support our agricultural operations - a welcome contribution to Ignatius Farm's recent replacements of mechanical equipment
Reminders: The 15th Annual Bishop's Dinner will be held on Thursday, October 5th this year. We encourage you to consider attending this wonderful event.

For more information, please contact the Development office 519 824 1250 ext 257 or send an email.

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 November 24-26th or December 1-3rd or February 23-25th

If you've 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 email. 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.

For all of our retreats, please register online.

Our new programs brochure is here!  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  
Our Late Summer Shares run for eight weeks and include some of the most diverse options of vegetables-  crisp greens, tangy onions, squash and root vegetables! From August 29th until October 20th, taste the 2017 season as it shifts into fall.  There is still opportunity to purchase the late summer share beyond the August 29th start...the fees will be prorated.  Please contact the farm directly by email or phone 519-824-1250 ext. 245.

Saturday September 16
Old-Growth Forest Project West entrance (#5441 Hwy 6N)
Come learn about winter seed preparation. The morning will be spent harvesting tree/ shrub seeds at Ignatius before travelling to the Green Legacy Tree Nursery for a BBQ lunch, tour and hands-on seeds processing.   Once these seeds have grown big and strong they will be returned and planted at Ignatius!   Cost - Free but registration required (spaces limited).  Read more here.

This fall there are still lots of opportunities to get involved with tree planting, seed collecting and wetland habitat restoration For more information contact Martin Tamlyn 519-824-1250 ext. 224 or send an email.

By Nick Krete, Land Assistant
The restoration of Marden Creek at Ignatius aims to restore and create fish habitat within the stream channel to promote the expansion of the native Brook Trout population throughout the entirety of the watershed, and ultimately into the Speed River.  Ignatius land staff invested time and effort during the summer of 2016 into restoring a degraded 100m section of Marden Creek on the West side of Highway 6.  As a result of this work, Brook Trout have been observed on several occasions using the newly created and restored habitat. 
On August 17, 2017, Ignatius land staff partnered with the MNRF (Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry) Stewardship Rangers and the GRCA (Guelph River Conservation Authority) Mill Creek Rangers to restore another degraded 100m section of Marden Creek.  With the use of Christmas trees from the Trees for Tots program put on by the Children's Foundation of Guelph and Wellington, several sediment mats and log deflectors were installed to help aid the natural removal and deposition of settled sediment within the stream channel.  These structures also work to provide cover for cold water fish species.  Because of the dynamic nature of cold-water stream environments, improvements were observed only a short time after the work was completed. 
In addition to the stream restoration work, over 50 native trees were planted along the bank of Marden Creek to aid in riparian buffer creation.  
The MNRF Stewardship Ranger and GRCA Mill Creek Ranger programs hire 4 high school students and one team leader every summer to carry out environmental stewardship activities within the Grand River watershed.  These activities mainly include stream restoration, invasive species removal and tree planting.
This summer's rainfall has at times been a challenge to work in but has also been a blessing to all the newly planted trees of the young forest.
A big thank you to Evan Little and Emerson Critton-Papp our Canada Summer Job students for all their hard work and to the many volunteers and retreatants that have lent a hand this summer.  With their help we have restored a further 400 metres of Marden Creek, planted 2000 trees, removed invasive buckthorn and phragmites and built a new section of boardwalk by the old mill.
This fall there are still lots of opportunities to get involved with tree planting, seed collecting and wetland habitat restoration.  For more information contact Martin Tamlyn 519-824-1250 ext. 224 or send an email.

Much appreciation to everyone who participated in our Open Farm Days! 

Although we were stormed out of our Tuesday event, the Friday was a wonderful kaleidoscope of CSA members, gardeners, preschoolers, farmers, friends, and local families. We are so fortunate to have had help from Loyola House Kitchen, Makin' Faces Facepainting, Meeting Place Organic Farm, and our musicians Susan Smith, Julie Corey and Jeff Bird. Big thanks to Dayna and Ira for our children's entertainment, Cecelia for her amazing butterfly pavilion, and all the volunteers and staff who made the event a success.
Be sure to read the latest recipe from the Loyola House kitchen "Awww...There Goes August!" here!