Vision & Mission Statement

Vision Statement

Waase’aandimikaaning – A place of enlightment for spiritual nourishment, growth and healing.


Mision Statement

Waase’aandimikaaning – provides the opportunities to find the Creator within self, others and in all creation as guided and inspired by our ancestors, elders and Jesuit tradition.

ASC St. Kateri Tekakwitha pilgrimage – Espanola to Montreal

This year the Centre offered our first pilgrimage, in what we hope will become a long-standing tradition. After weeks of planning and preparation, myself, Iona and Father Teo, and fourteen pilgrims were ready to make the long journey to visit blessed Saint Kateri Tekakwitha’s tomb in Saint Xavier’s Church and Mission, Kahnawake.

The morning of departure, Father Teo gathered us all together in the main room and we blessed each other with holy oils from Jerusalem. Each of us turned to our fellow pilgrims and made the sign of the cross on our palms and foreheads, praying for a safe journey and successful pilgrimage. Iona and I were then brought into the middle of the room and with hands raised given a blessing from the group to lead them for the next five days.

Waking up in sunny Montreal the first day well rested, we made our way to the world’s largest Saint Joseph’s shrine. St. Joseph’s Oratory is perched on Mount Royal overlooking the city. We walked through this magnificent place where beloved Saint Brother Andre once provided care for those in need. Using blessed lamp oil from beneath a statue of Saint Joseph, Brother Andre healed many people, and continues to inspire and heal today. As we walked through the Votive Chapel we could feel the heat generated by ten thousand candles, each one a prayer intention given for St. Joseph to intercede on their behalf. In the middle of the chapel lies Brother Andre himself, entombed in black marble along with a bronze bust that has been felt by believers so much that its facial features are beginning to change color. After seeing the colossal Basilica we celebrated Mass in the Crypt Church that was full pilgrims from far and wide who were on similar journeys.

The next day we found ourselves on the bus singing  joyful Saint Kateri hymns on our way to Kahnawake. We arrived at Saint Xavier’s Mission a 17th century French architecture brick building with bright frescos covering the ceiling. It was there we discovered Saint Kateri’s tomb in a brilliant white marble. After a walk through the museum to see the many relics and historical artifacts, we celebrated Mass, and then took some time to pray and appreciate what Saint Kateri and her humble life story meant for us on our journey.

The final day in Montreal we visited Queen Mary of the World Cathedral, which was modeled after the Sistine Chapel in Rome. A company of statues of Saints greeted us from a top the Cathedral, and inside along the pillars of the great structure. We later made our way down the street to Saint Patrick’s Basilica to celebrate Mass, while appreciating the many portraits and fine carpentry done on each pew. Our last event took place at the famed Notre Dame Basilica. It was here the Basilica’s history was explained by the commentary of the deceased architect, with great white curtains projected on with images of the past. As the story progressed, the curtains were slowly removed to reveal the magnificence of the Basilica with the help of different colored lights. As you looked up, the ceiling was covered in stars. The altar had many levels of statue’s depicting themes from the Old and New Testament, the Crucifixion being the centre of the altarpiece. The intricate designs and contrast of light and dark gave this gothic style interior the ability to earn gasps and awe’s from us onlookers. You cannot help but leave the Basilica with a sense of reverence for the beauty of this great tradition.

It was through our open faith sharing, mealtime conversations, jokes and constant laughter that all seventeen of us on this journey grew closer in a common faith. Saint Brother Andre, and Saint Kateri became important inspirations of this great journey, helping to guide and focus us all on our different faith quests, while bringing us together in faith, and prayer.

Thank you to all my fellow pilgrims who came and supported each other, and to the Anishinabe Spiritual Centre for giving us this opportunity. You all made this a meaningful and memorable trip that has strengthened my own faith, and I hope it can continue to strengthen others for years to come.

God Bless,

 

Retreat Season

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola have helped many people over the years to come and reflect on their lives and to deepen their relationship with God.

At The Anishinabe Spiritual Centre, we continue our mission of inviting women and men from diverse backgrounds and traditions to experience this spiritual tradition. We have been blessed by the response of persons who choose our spiritual centre to come away to “be formed and led by God’s grace.” The Anishinabe Spiritual Centre is known for its setting, the quality of its retreat programs and spiritual directors and the reverence of its creative silence.

Located close to Manitoulin Island, the Centre known for its warm welcome, quiet and serene atmosphere. Retreats and Programmes are inspired by Ignatian spirituality – a Christian approach to prayer, sorting out priorities through discernment and the Jesuit spiritual tradition.

We hope to welcome you in the near future to this sacred place.

Teo Ugaban, SJ
Anishinabe Spirituality Centre
Espanola, Ontario

If you wish to book a retreat call us: (705) 869 4994

 

Learning by serving

During the last 10 months, Iona Ferguson from Scotland and Jason Burr from B.C. have been on a journey of learning and teaching through service as volunteers, helping at the Centre in different areas and also working with youth in First Nations Communities like Sagamok and Wiki; We all learn from them, many children and youth in the communities become their friends, which shows the connection and care that Jason and Iona have had towards them.

They faced many challenges but they were always giving the best of themselves to get through it.

Many Blessings and our best wishes to both Jason and Iona in their life journey.  On behalf of ASC staff,  we have no doubt that you have a brilliant future on your hands.