FUNERAL SERVICES:

SUMMERSIDE, PEI:
14 January, Tuesday: Wake
–2:00 – 4:00 pm; 7:00 – 9:00 pm
–East Prince Funeral Home

15 January, Wednesday: Funeral Mass
–10:30 am: ST Paul’s Church

GUELPH, Ont:
19 January, Sunday: Wake at Holy Rosary Parish (175 Emma Street)
–3:00 – 5:00 pm; 7:00 – 9:00 pm
–Prayers at 8:00 pm

20 January, Monday: Funeral Mass
–11:00 am at Holy Rosary Parish

20 January, Monday: Burial at Jesuit Cemetery, Ignatius Jesuit Centre, Guelph
–1:30 pm approx.:
–Burial will follow Reception at Parish Hall after Funeral Mass.

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ENGLISH CANADA PROVINCE
“I am the resurrection and the life”
January 13, 2014

FATHER JAMES WILLIAM PROFIT, S.J.

Father James Profit, S.J. died on Saturday, January 11th, 2014 in Summerside, Prince Edward Island after a struggle with cancer. He was in his 58th year of life and 34th year of religious life. James was born in Summerside, P.E.I., of James Profit and Catherine Wallace and was the third oldest of nine in a very close knit family. It was out of his deep rootedness in his family and in P.E.I. (which for him was the closest you could get to heaven on earth) that he returned there for his final weeks of life. He studied at Summerside High School and later at the University of Guelph earning a B.Sc. in Agricultural Science. His commitment to healthy sustainable agriculture would mark his entire life. He entered the Society of Jesus in August 1980 and engaged in the Jesuit course of studies in Guelph, Spokane, Washington State, and Toronto. Shortly after ordination to the priesthood on May 25th 1991, he moved to Jamaica (1991 – 1995) to work as an associate pastor in St. Theresa’s Church in Annotto Bay and to do agricultural development work with local farmers. From 1996 – 1999, James worked on Manitoulin
Island, Ontario among the Native Peoples. He was deeply appreciated in both Jamaica and northern Ontario and enjoyed the friendship of peoples from both places for the rest of his life.

In 1999, James returned to Guelph, Ontario and the farmland there where he would spend the rest of his life. There he was very creative in the context of the Jesuit Centre for Social Faith and Justice, always with a focus on ecological issues. He initiated the development of organic community farming on the Jesuits property as well as celebrating a spirituality focused on the gifts of creation throughout the world. He saw his Christian faith as a loving response to the gifts and responsibility of and to the earth, drawing on the work of Rev. Thomas Berry, CP. He worked very much in the soil, and the flower gardens that beautify the settings of both Loyola House and the Red House. His vegetable garden that nourished the Jesuit community is a testimony to his care and cooperation with the earth. He grouped with local farmers and their families as well as with the social activist community of the area. With others, he became a leader in a new consciousness that would articulate a fundamental responsibility of all persons and nations to respect and protect the earth. Among many who came to work with him and learn from him, he expanded the concerns of Ecology to the daily concerns of life and as matter of our innermost spirit. He would take groups for a walk on the farm, and lead a deep meditation on its life significance. He travelled to many parts of Canada and the world to lead Ignatian retreats with an Ecological focus, doing ground breaking work in the greening of the Spiritual Exercises. In 2003, he was asked to be the superior of his community and the director of its major works. His work was affirmed in the official documents of the Society of Jesus and the Church.

James was a tall, charming and caring man who was appreciated by Jesuits he lived with and by many others. He embodied intelligence and had a twinkle in his eye. His family, his Jesuit companions, and many friends and associates will miss him. His faith-filled struggle against his cancer, which he believed was related to the illness of the earth itself, has been a source of inspiration to many. He never gave up hope for himself or for the earth.

Rest in Peace

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