March 22, 2017 — During Lent, Father Peter Bisson, SJ, provincial
of the Jesuits’ English Canada Province, usually makes it a point to spend more
time with the street people he passes on his way to work.
He says this comes in part from his pilgrimage as a Jesuit
novice when he lived on the street and panhandled — and his gratitude for the
people who would stop and talk with him. “I try to pass the favor back.”
This year, Fr. Bisson is also going to spend time with Pope
Francis’ talk to Jesuits at General Congregation 36 and the three points the pope stressed: seek consolation in the cross and resurrection; try to notice Jesus
crucified in people’s suffering; and try and do the good thing in a good
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Bellarmine Retreat Center
Bellarmine Retreat Center is located in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains by the Appalachian Trail on the Pennsylvania/Maryland border. It is scheduled to close on Labor Day 2018.