Directors at Manresa


Michael Coutts

Fr. Michael Coutts, SJ

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.

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 the Superior of the Jesuit Community at Manresa-La Storta in Pickering.

Mike Hawkins

Fr. Mike Hawkins, S.J.

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.

Henk van Meijel

Fr. Henk van Meijel, SJ

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.

Philip Shano

Fr. Philip Shano, 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.

Invited Directors


Kevin Kelly

Deacon Kevin Kelly, S.J.

Deacon Kevin 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 transitional deacon in October 2019 and is preparing for his priestly ordination next spring. Kevin is currently studying theology at Regis College at the University of Toronto. He hopes to finish these studies 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.

Kevin will start his new role as the Director of the Jesuit Retreat Centre in Montreal, Villa St. Martin in September 2020.

Michael Knox

Fr. Michael Knox, 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.

Meg Lavin

Dr. Meg Lavin

Dr. Meg Lavin, Ph.D./S.T.L. is professor emerita at Regis College in Toronto, the Jesuit School of Theology. She is an experienced educator and author. She has extensive experience as a retreat facilitator in the Ignatian Tradition. Her goal is always to help retreatants to encounter Christ in their own life story through the integration of Sacred Scripture and Ignatian Spirituality.

Fr. Con Mulvihill, 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.

John O'Brien

John D. O’Brien, 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.

Michael Rosinski

Fr. Michael Rosinski, 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.

Joseph Schner

Fr. Joe Schner, 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.

Margaret Silf

Margaret was born and brought up in Sheffield, England and now lives in Staffordshire. She holds a BA degree in English from London University and an MA from Keele University. She has a daughter and two grand-children.

After working as a translator in Germany, she was employed as a technical author in the IT industry until 2000, when she left regular employment, to devote herself to creative writing, and accompanying others on their spiritual journey through retreats, workshops and days of reflection. Her faith journey has been very much shaped by Ignatian spirituality, and she has been trained by the Jesuits of the Irish and British Province in prayer accompanying and retreat giving.

John Sullivan

Fr. John Sullivan, 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.

Board Members


Fr. Henk van Meijel, SJ

Fr. Robert Foliot, SJ

Kathy Dempsey

Julie Godfrey

Mike Hyland

Mary Kelly

Tomy Valookaran

Catherine Von Zuben

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