2014 January 14

To the Very Reverend Father J. Peter Bisson, SJ
Provincial Superior
Jesuits of Upper Canada
Dear Father Bisson,

The sad news of the death of Father James Profit, S.J., following a courageous and truly inspirational “battle” with cancer, caused me to give thanks to God for a true gentleman who served the Church with passion. We were profoundly blessed by his presence and ministry here in the Diocese of Hamilton.

His commitment to the Jesuit Centre of Spirituality in Guelph was passionate and prophetic. He challenged us by his own lifestyle to examine the choices we make and the effect they have on the environment and on others. While he did not make us uncomfortable, at the same time one never left unchanged from an encounter with Father Profit. Is this not the mark of a saintly life?

I am personally saddened by his death. I know it is yet another big loss for the Jesuit Province. Be assured of my prayers, and those of the priests and parishioners of the Diocese of Hamilton, that Father will be given the reward of a good and faithful servant. May the entire Jesuit Province know the consolation offered by the promise of the resurrection offered by our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ!

Sincerely in Christ and Mary Immaculate,

(the Most Rev.) Douglas Crosby, OMI
Bishop of Hamilton