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Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre in Pickering
2325 Liverpool Road
Pickering, Ontario L1X 1V4
Tel: (905) 839-2864
Fax: (905) 839-7289




Short Biographies of Retreat Facilitators


Mary Bastedo has been part of the l’Arche movement since 1973, living and working in L’Arche communities in Edmonton, Alberta, Richmond Hill and Stratford, Ontario and Trosly-Breuil, France. Trained as an Occupational Therapist, she has held various roles - as a home and program coordinator, community leader and liaison with families who have a child with a developmental disability. In 2007 she received a Masters of Divinity from Regis College, and the following year completed a nine month internship in retreat direction at Ignatius Jesuit Centre in Guelph. Since then she has been offering spiritual direction and occasional retreats. Based in Aurora, she is a member of Our Lady of Grace parish and a member of L’Arche Daybreak. She enjoys kayaking on Georgian Bay and watercolour painting.

Mary Bastedo



Fr. Philip Chircop, S.J. is a Jesuit priest born on the Mediterranean Island of Malta. He has worked in high school, university and parish settings in various capacities. But more recently he has been heavily involved in retreat work. He is a seeker always looking for fresh ways to proclaim the Good News hopefully helping people to embrace real and radical changes that lead to transformation in Christ Jesus.

A Video Interview with Fr. Philip Chircop, S.J.
expressing his views on a Weekend Spiritual Retreat -- click on the following link:

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Fr. Philip Chircop, S.J.



Fr. Michael Coutts, S.J. is a Jesuit belonging to the English speaking Canadian Province. He is currently the Director of Manresa Retreat House in Pickering -- Ontario. Previously, he was working in the Parish of Our Lady of Lourdes -- Toronto. Before that he worked for 10 seasons at the Martyrs' Shrine in Midland Ontario. Most of his priestly life, he has been working in Parishes.




Fr. Michael Coutts, S.J.

Fr. Robert Foliot, S.J. entered the Society of Jesus in 1962 and was ordained in 1973. He has been the pastor of Jesuit parishes and served as the Superior for Jesuit Communities across Canada for over 30 years. He has done much of his ministry in multi-cultural settings, lived and worked with First Nations people and is fluent in French and Spanish. He is presently the Superior of the Jesuit Community at Manresa-La Storta in Pickering.


Fr. Mike Hawkins, S.J. entered the Society of Jesus in 1957 and was ordained in 1969. From 1963 until very recently he has been in ministry in the Darjeeling District of West Bengal (India) as High School Principal, Parish Priest, Coordinator for Formation for the Darjeeeling Province's young Jesuits in Formation, Coordinator for the Province's school and College ministries. He has given preached and directed retreats and now looks forward to being able to carry on many years of priestly service here in his native Canada.


Fr. Mike Hawkins, S.J.


Fr. Michael Knox, S.J. is a Roman Catholic priest in the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). After entering the order in 1997, he completed a four-year honours bachelor’s degree in history at St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto, followed by a diploma in philosophical studies. In 2006, he completed a MA thesis in history at Memorial University, Newfoundland, and Campion Hall, Oxford. Subsequently, in 2009, he completed a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology and a Master of Divinity at Regis College, University of Toronto, followed by License in Sacred Theology and an MA in Theology at the same school. In 2015, he completed a DPhil in history at Oxford University, entitled: The Rhetoric of Martyrdom in the Jesuit Relations of New France, 1632-1650. He is now serving as the Director of Martyrs’ Shrine in Midland, Ontario.

Fr. Michael Knox, S.J.


Fr. Scott Lewis, S.J. is a professor of the New Testament at Regis College. Also, he is the Dean of Regis College in Toronto. He is a columnist at the Catholic Register. Each week presenting new insights on the Gospel of the Sunday under the title of "God's Word on Sunday". He has published a number of books and is in constant demand as a retreat giver.

Fr. Scott Lewis, S.J.

We are happy to announce, that our competent Spiritual Exercises Directors on the Weekends have agreed to help us again this year, and we are pleased to welcome back one of the veteran retreat Directors, Fr. Doug McCarthy S.J who is currently associate pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes. This makes Our Lady of Lourdes Parish a very strong helper in sending two of their priests to direct our Weekend retreats.

Fr. Doug McCarthy, S.J.


Born in Montreal and raised in Ottawa, Fr. Gilles entered
the Jesuits in 1985. After studies in Spokane, Ottawa, and Toronto, he was ordained in 1997 and served on the staff of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Toronto, where he was involved in retreat ministries and with ministry to people living with HIV and AIDS. After further studies in the theology of Saint Thomas Aquinas, he now teaches full time at Regis College and is involved in the spiritual formation of young Jesuits and lay people preparing for ministry in the Church.

Fr. Gilles Mongeau, S.J.

Fr. Gilles Mongeau, S.J.


Fr. Con Mulvihill, S.J. is a Jesuit of the English Canada province. He has ministered as a high school teacher, retreat director and University chaplain in various cities in Canada and in Venezuela and Jamaica. He is currently the Rector of the Regis Jesuit community in Toronto.


Fr. Con Mulvihill, S.J.


Fr. John O'Brien, S.J. has given many retreats centered on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, particularly for young adults seeking to know the will of God in their lives and come to greater intimacy with Jesus. He is the Assistant for Vocations for the Jesuit Province of Canada, and resides in Toronto.

John D. O'Brien, S.J.

John D. O'Brien, S.J.

Fr. Paul was born and raised in Winnipeg. He was baptised and confirmed in 2003, and entered the Society of Jesus in 2006. He was ordained a priest in May of 2016. He is currently studying at St. Paul University in Ottawa, working on a master's degree in theology. He is preparing for ministry with the First Nations peoples of Canada. Paul enjoys outdoor activities, and is a fan of the Winnipeg Jets.

Fr. Paul Robson, S.J.


A native of the Niagara peninsula, Michael entered the Society of Jesus in 1994 and was ordained to the priesthood in 2006. He has served as a teacher and chaplain at both of the Canadian Jesuits’ high schools in Winnipeg and Montreal. He has also had shorter pastoral assignments in Jamaica, South Sudan and at Loyola Retreat House in Guelph. He is currently doing a PhD in canon law at Saint Paul University in Ottawa.

Fr. Michael Rosinski, S.J.


Fr. Joseph Schner, S.J. has worked over the past 30 years as a clinical psychologist, university professor and college administrator. During this time he has regularly directed the Spiritual Exercises and retreats as well as offering workshops on Ignatian spirituality and spiritual direction throughout Canada.

Fr. Joe Schner, S.J.

Fr. Trevor Scott, S.J., is a recently ordained priest with the Society of Jesus. After his theological studies at Regis College in Toronto Trevor was assigned to Halifax in the Autumn of 2014 to work in the Ignatian spirituality apostolate. Here he works with the Jesuit Centre of Spirituality creating and conducting Ignatian retreats and spirituality workshops for the Maritime region of Canada and beyond, as well as providing spiritual direction to individuals. In addition to working in the Ignatian spirituality apostolate Trevor is the Ecclesial Assistant to the Christian Life Community (CLC) of Canada - an international lay religious association whose members strive to live out the Ignatian charism in their daily lives. Trevor is also the Jesuit liaison to the Atlantic Association of the Spiritual Exercises Apostolate (AASEA - an association of lay spiritual directors in the Ignatian traditional. Downloads:1C0CE503-E3DF-4050-A044-D52C3A79075B:#5749-2.jpeg

Fr. Trevor Scott, S.J.


Fr. Philip Shano, S.J. has been a Canadian Jesuit since 1978. Ordained in 1988, he spent many years working with the ministry of the Spiritual Exercises in Guelph, Ontario, has been involved in Jesuit governance, and Novice Director at the Jesuit Novitiate in St. Paul, Minnesota. Fr. Shano occasionally helps with programmes at Manresa.

Fr. Philip Shano, S.J.


Fr. John Sullivan was born in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1970. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1995 and was ordained a priest in 2007. Following his ordination, Fr. John spent another year and half studying theology and then a semester working with the Native People in Thunder Bay and its environs. From 2009 to 2011, he worked in Kingston, Jamaica as a Pastor, high school teacher and college lecturer. This past year, Fr. John completed a formation program in the Philippines and, upon his return to Canada, has taken up his new assignment at the Jesuit parish in Toronto, Our Lady of Lourdes.

Fr. John Sullivan, S.J.


Fr. Henk van Meijel is the new director of Manresa, and its newest member on team. Henk joined the Society of Jesus in 2006 at age 50, after having been proprietor for 25 years of a small equipment repair business, and about five years of coordinating youth ministry at Holy Cross parish, Georgetown, Ontario. His initial spiritual direction formation was completed at Loyola House, Guelph, Ontario. After completing a Master of Divinity program at Regis College, Toronto, he was for three years assigned as pastor to Holy Cross parish, Wikwemikong, Ontario, which is a First Nations community on Manitoulin Island. Thereafter, he was missioned for further studies to the University of Divinity, Melbourne, Australia, where he completed a Master of Theology, special studies program, with an emphasis on Ignatian leadership and pastoral counselling.

Fr. Henk van Meijel, S.J.




Fr. Fleming founder of Manresa in Pickering

and a short Biography of St. Ignatius Loyola

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