Directors at Manresa

Michael Coutts

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

John O'Brien

Fr. 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.

Fr. Micheal 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. Upon the completion of his PhD in canon law Michael was assigned to St. Mark’s Parish on the campus of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Currently Michael works with the Jesuits in formation at Regis College in Toronto.

Fr. 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.

Fr. Scott Lewis, SJ

Fr. Scott Lewis

Fr. Scott Lewis, S.J. is a professor of the New Testament at Regis College.  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 was Director here at Manresa from 2008 to 2014.

Sr. Mary Rowell, csj

Sister Mary Rowell is a Sister of St. Joseph in Canada. She is based at Villa St. Joseph Ecology and Spirituality Centre in Cobourg, Ontario where she leads retreats and courses and is a spiritual director. She also provides retreats, workshops and facilitation services across Canada and the United States. Formerly a nurse and nurse educator, Sister Mary has worked in health care and education around the world.  Sister Mary holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and a Masters in Medical Law and Ethics from the University of London, U.K. and a Doctorate in Theology from the University of Durham, U.K. where her research focused on the interface of bioethics and theology.

Fr. John McCarthy, SJ

Scientist and Jesuit priest John McCarthy, SJ, is the author of Do Monkeys Go to Heaven? Finding God in All Creation (Novalis 2015) and Do Monkeys Go to Heaven 2.0: More Reflections on Finding God in All Creation (Novalis 2017). Fr. McCarthy joined the Society of Jesus in 1983 and holds advanced degrees in Theology.  He also holds a PhD in Boreal Forest Ecology, a Masters in Soil Science and a BSc in Forest Tree Biology.  He regularly speaks about Christian faith and ecology and publishes on lichenology as well as ecological theology and spirituality.  He currently works as “visiting scholar” at the herbarium, Department of Biology, Laurentian University. 

Trevor Scott, SJ

Fr. Trevor Scott, SJ

Trevor Scott, S.J. was ordained priest in 2013 with the Society of Jesus. After his theological studies at Toronto’s Regis College in the Autumn of 2014, Trevor was assigned to work in the Ignatian spirituality apostolate. His ministry in the spirituality apostolate consisted in creating and conducting Ignatian based retreats and spirituality workshops, as well as providing spiritual direction to individual people. Trevor also served as 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; Over the last year,  Trevor attended his Tertianship year in Dublin, Ireland. Upon his recent return to Canada Trevor has been with the Jesuit Forum for Social Faith and Justice in Toronto as Director for Ignatian Identity and Mission.

Board Members

Fr. Henk van Meijel, SJ

Fr.  Trevor Scott SJ

Kathy Dempsey

Julie Godfrey

Mike Hyland

Mary Kelly

Tomy Valookaran

Catherine Von Zuben

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