Endorsement agreement signed with the Jesuits of Canada

June 18, 2020 - We are happy to announce that today, during the annual visit of the Provincial Superior of the Jesuits of Canada, Fr. Erik Oland, sj, a three-year endorsement agreement was signed between the Jesuits of Canada and the University of Sudbury.

The University of Sudbury is a bilingual and tri-cultural institution founded in 1913 by the Jesuits as the Collège du Sacré-Coeur. Although no longer owned or operated by Jesuits, the University is deeply rooted in its Jesuit tradition of academic excellence in the humanities and the holistic formation of women and men in service of others. “Signing this agreement connects us to local, national and global Jesuit networks, enriching not only the University of Sudbury but also the Laurentian Federation. We look forward to working with local community partners to educate thoughtful global citizens and servant leaders who have a passion for social justice and reconciliation”, said Fr. John Meehan, sj, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sudbury.

The agreement will enable the University to deepen links with local communities as well as a global network of some 200 Jesuit postsecondary institutions, including 27 Jesuit universities in the United States. “Grateful for our rich legacy in Northern Ontario”, Meehan explained, “we are linking our students to a global network, collaborating with member institutions as they focus on leadership formation, environmental and economic justice, inter-religious dialogue, and peace and reconciliation. In the Canadian context, this highlights reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, building on the foundational work of our Indigenous Studies program, one of the first in Canada. In the Jesuit humanistic spirit, we seek to find truth, beauty and goodness in all cultures, traditions and spiritualities, creating a safe and nourishing space for dialogue between students of various backgrounds and beliefs.”

2020 06 18 Endorsement Agmt signing Signature Entente P Riopel J Meehan E Oland
(From left) Pierre Riopel, Chair of the U of S Board of Regents, Fr. John Meehan, sj, U of S President and Vice-Chancellor, and Fr. Erik Oland, sj, Provincial Superior of the Jesuits of Canada


About the University of Sudbury

The University of Sudbury is proud of its bilingual and tri-cultural environment and of its Jesuit tradition of educating the whole person.  As Northern Ontario’s longest-standing postsecondary institution and a member of the Laurentian University Federation, the University of Sudbury remains committed to a focus on a liberal arts education by providing programming in Journalism (French only), Folklore and Ethnology (French only), Religious Studies, Philosophy and Indigenous Studies. Detailed information about the University’s programs can be found at www.usudbury.ca.


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