Directors & Board Members

Directors at Manresa

Fr. Michael Coutts, SJ

Fr. Michael Coutts, SJ

Fr. Michael Coutts, S.J. is a Jesuit belonging to the Canadian Province. He is a past Director of Manresa Retreat House and previously, he worked 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 as well as facilitating retreats.

Fr. Henk Van Meijel, SJ

Fr. Henk van Meijel, SJ

Fr. Henk van Meijel, SJ is the director of Manresa.  Henk joined the Society of Jesus in 2006 at age 50, after having been proprietor for 25 years of a small business, and about five years of coordinating youth ministry. His initial spiritual direction formation was at Loyola House, Guelph, Ontario. He has a Master of Divinity degree from Regis College, Toronto. He worked at the Jesuit Native apostolate on Manitoulin Island, whereupon he studied at the University of Divinity, Melbourne, Australia, with an emphasis on Ignatian leadership and pastoral counselling.

Fr. Jim Kelly, SJ

Fr. Jim Kelly, SJ

Fr. Jim Kelly, SJ, (MA, MDiv., ThM, STL) has considerable experience in pastoral care in a health care setting. Fr. Jim recently returned to Manresa after several years as pastor on Manitoulin Island.

Invited Directors

Fr. Kevin Kelly, SJ

Fr. Kevin Kelly, S.J.

Fr. Kevin Kelly, SJ grew up in Ottawa and entered the Society of Jesus in 2011 after working for 12 years at a multinational pharmaceutical company where he held a number of leadership positions in Canada, the US and Europe. He was ordained a priest in May 2020.  Kevin’s interests include spiritual direction, integrating Ignatian spirituality into the business context, and working with those in recovery from addiction. Kevin is a member of the Ignatian Spirituality Project in Toronto, a retreat program that supports those in recovery who have experienced homelessness.  Fr. Kevin is the Director of the Jesuit Retreat Centre in Montreal, Villa St. Martin.

Fr. Peter Bisson, SJ

Fr. Peter Bisson, SJ

Peter Bisson, S.J., is a Jesuit priest in the Canadian Jesuit province. Originally from a French part of New Brunswick, he is now based in Ottawa. He currently serves as assistant to the Jesuit provincial for justice, ecology and Indigenous relations. He also works in Kateri Native Ministry in Ottawa and represents the Jesuits at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle, a network of Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders in the Catholic church.  He served as provincial for the Jesuits in English Canada from 2012-2018.

He has a strong interest in the spiritual and theological links between faith, contemplation, and social justice, which was the subject of his doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, which he completed in 2002. Then he taught religious studies at Campion College at the University of Regina, 2001-2008.

Robert Foliot

Fr. Robert Foliot, 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 at the Martyrs’ Shrine in Midland, ON.

Thomas Rosica, SJ

Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB

Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, a member of the Congregation of St. Basil (Basilian Fathers), a biblical scholar, lecturer, author and retreat director. A graduate of St John Fisher University (Rochester), Regis College (Toronto), the Pontifical Biblical Institute (Rome), and the Ecole Biblique et Archéologique Française (Jerusalem), he has lectured across Canada, the USA, Ireland, Italy, India and in the Middle East. He served as Pastor and Executive Director of the Newman Centre Catholic Mission at the University of Toronto (1994-2000), National Director and CEO of World Youth Day 2002 in Canada and the founding CEO of the Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation in Canada (2003-2019). He was English language Media Attaché at five Synods of Bishops at the Vatican (2008, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2018). Fr. Rosica worked with the Holy See Press Office during the first years of Pope Francis’ Petrine Ministry. He resides at Presentation Manor for Seniors in Scarborough as well as assisting in several parishes in the Archdiocese of Toronto. He has led several retreats at Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre in Pickering.

Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, S.J.

Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, S.J. was born in Montreal and entered the Jesuits in 1961. Ordained in 1972, he taught Scripture in Halifax, Regina, and Toronto before being named a bishop in 1995. He served as auxiliary bishop in Toronto, archbishop of Halifax, Ottawa, and Ottawa-Cornwall as well as apostolic administrator in the dioceses of Yarmouth, Alexandria-Cornwall and Hearst-Moosonee. Since becoming emeritus archbishop in 2022 he lives in the St. John Ogilvie Ottawa Jesuit Community and does pastoral ministry in parishes and retreat centres.

Fr. John Sullivan, SJ

Fr. John Sullivan, SJ

Fr. John Sullivan, S.J.  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. Fr. John completed a formation program in the Philippines and, upon his return to Canada, was Pastor of the Jesuit parish in Toronto, Our Lady of Lourdes.  Fr. John is also Director of Camp Ekon.  He is presently Pastor of St. Pius X Parish in St. John’s NL.

Board Members

Fr. Henk van Meijel, SJ

Mike Hyland

Kay Ahn

Doug Sheppard

Fr. Bernard Carroll SJ

Mary Kelly

Tomy Valookaran

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