TERENCE J. FAY, PhD:  A JESUIT PRIEST, HISTORIAN, AUTHOR, TEACHER

[PHOTO AT LEFT - Fr. Terence J. Fay, SJ]

TORONTO, CANADA, JANUARY 6, 2010 (Special to PHNO) by Lee Quesada - Philippine Headline News Online (PHNO) is proud to introduce today, Fr. Terence J. Fay of the Society of Jesus in Toronto whose seventh book, "New Faces of Canadian Catholics - The Asians" published and released by Novalis Press is now available. Sale of this book at $Can24.95, is Fr. Terry's fund-raising endeavor to help the Jesuits of Canada. The very handy 350-page soft-bound edition in red cover chronicles the evolution of the Catholics of Asia in Canadian Catholic churches and in Canadian society. The book is available by email at books@novalis.ca

The back cover summary of the book states: Canada is a country of newcomers and
the Canadian churches are churches of people from all over the world. Since 1970, Asian immigrant history has been an integral part of the Canadian religious history. The book focuses on 5 of the largest groups of Asian Canadian Catholics: The Chinese, the Filipino, the Korean, the Tamil and the Vietnamese and because of their special ability to adapt to their new lives, they offer unique windows on how their communities are putting down roots in the Catholic Church and in Canadian society. This book serves as a valuable guide for all Canadians, describing the cultural riches and human resources that Asian Catholics bring to the Canadian Mosaic. [end of quote]

This book is Fr. Terry's seventh publication. A recent book he wrote "A History of Canadian Catholics" published by the McGill-Queen's University Press in 2002, relates the long story of the Catholic Church and its followers beginning with how the church and its adherents came to Canada. The book brings together the stories of the Canadian Catholic Church's two main linguistic groups: the English-speaking and the French-speaking scholars.

Fr. Terry Fay travelled across Canada and Asia for research for his books. He went to the Philippines and made Ateneo de Manila University, his research base. And as the University's motto, "Light in the Lord" which shaped the soul of the Ateneo --where it came from, where it is going and where it can take you, this has evidently paved Fr. Terry's journey in search for history's facts and figures for his book. From the letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians (5:8), 'Light in the Lord' captures the spirit of a way of life which the Jesuits of Ateneo holds up to her sons and daughters as their best contribution to the work by which God transforms the world. This Jesuit institution opened in 1595 in Manila and is a very strong force in Philippine culture, religious ways and in Philippine politics. Ateneo's URL: http://www.admu.edu.ph/

From his teaching post at University of St. Michaelís College, Fr. Terry travelled in 2004 to the major Philippine islands interviewing 600 Filipinos. In 2009 he went back and spent a number of months at Ateneo de Manila University, Sogang University in Seoul, South Korea and Fu Jen University in Taipei, Taiwan.

In 1987, Fr. Terry Fay came to Our Lady of Lourdes Parish (photo at right) in downtown Toronto, located on Sherbourne Street just south of Bloor and north of Wellesley. He is an Associate Pastor of our church. Our Lady of Lourdes' Web site is at this link: http://www.ourladyoflourdes.ca/

The church was originally established by the priests of the Archdiocese of Toronto and was accepted by the  Jesuits in 1969. In the late 1800s, this part of Toronto was one of the wealthiest sections serving the Roman Catholics of south Rosedale. The church still preserves its ornate architecture and it was the only church to have a dome, at that time. 

The area started to change with the creation of the St. Jamestown Community Projects. Concrete high rise apartment buildings dramatically towered the area from Sherbourne to Parliament and along Wellesley and Howard Streets with the  continuous arrivals of immigrants from all over the world. The biggest change was the creation of the St. James Town Community (photos at left) which is mostly populated by immigrants, foreign workers, international students, and tourists from different  continents with different cultures of the world. Majority of these population are now Canadian citizens and parishioners of the church ministry and hospitality. The congregation are active parishioners, who share and contribute their knowledge, skills, and trades, in various ministries and committees of the church. 

The St Jamestown Community is part of the Wellesley Institute research and community capacity building initiatives which advances urban health through rigorous research, pragmatic policy solutions, social innovation, and community action. It is now a great part of Our Lady of Lourdes ministry and hospitality services. [Source: Wikipedia - St. Jamestown Community]

[Photo at left - Our Lady of Lourdes Main altar built under the internal dome. The interior dome is directly below the building dome. This idea of a second dome directly under the big dome emerged during the church big renovation under the admin of Fr. Robert Folio, SJ. Behind the altar, still under the  dome, is the Tabernacle. [Photo courtesy of the first OLOL Web site created by the late Fr. Brian Massie, SJ and his Internet team. This old site still accessible at the time of this writing at: http://netministries.org/churches/ch01227/olol.htm

OLOL also hosts the local chapter of Dignity and celebrates Healing Mass every third Saturday of each month for the sick with cancer, autoimmune illnesses, HIV, AIDS, and other illnesses. Also, with the church's Charismatic Prayer Group and the OLOL '8ThirtyChoir, a PrayOver-for-Healing (of body, mind and spirit) mass is held every first Friday of every month at 7 p.m. right after the First Friday devotion and consecration of the Blessed Sacrament on the altar.

Naturally, Fr. Terry officiates at this mass and leads the lay healers praying over for healing on every person attending the mass. Fr. Terry also animates programs on Engaged Encounter for Marriage Preparation and Marriage Enrichment for married couples.

[Photo at left -Partial shot of the OLOL 8ThirtyChoir warming up with Fr. Terry before the 8:30 Sunday morning mass]

OLOL also actively initiates ministry and hospitality embracing all the children of God, on all walks of life, regardless of race, nationality, creed, gender, age, sexual orientation, social-economic status, and others, as per the Human Rights Code of Canada. In this way, the Church Community strive to live the Good News of the Lord Jesus, and continue to share and carry out their Christian commitment in building the City of God for world peace, love, humility, compassion, justice, hope, unity, and faith in God. OLOL's ministry includes ministry to new immigrants, the poor, the elderly, the shut-ins, those who are alone, single parents, children and youth, and those who feel alienated or unwelcome. The Parish is also called and responds to care for the sick and the dying in the hospitals and hostels around the neighborhood. [Source: Our Lady of Lourdes Mission Statement]

When this writer first arrived at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in the 1970s, it was an instant spiritual invitation to the service of group prayer & music. It was a very opportune time because that was the time when 5 Catholic musicians who were seminarians at St. Louis University, known as the St. Louis Jesuits were a hit group rocking our Catholic churches in Canada and the US. The Jesuits of St. Louis were musicians who popularized a contemporary style of church music through their compositions and recordings in the 1970s and 1980s. The group, originally made up of Jesuit seminarians at St. Louis University, used acoustic guitars and pop-style melodies and rhythms based on biblical and other religious texts to music sung in English as a result of the liturgical reforms initiated by Vatican II. On two separate occasions, a few years apart, this writer was blest to be part of the live seminars on 'Understanding Liturgical Music' when this touring Jesuits of St. Louis presented the seminars here in Toronto.

Today, most of their songs are now very popular and are favorites in the church hymnbooks and on the religious channel of the Internet free video broadcast site at www.youtube.com's. We can say that nowadays, our 8ThirtyChoir of OLOL virtually practices our Sunday line-up with the St. Louis Jesuits at YouTube. Huh! Praise God!

The original members of the St. Louis Jesuits are Fr. John Foley, Fr. Dan Schute, Fr. Bob Dufford, Fr. Ric O'Connor and Fr. Tim Manion. All of them were members of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuit order). Fr. Tim Manion later left the Jesuits but continued to collaborate until 1984. Between 1975 and 1985 they recorded five collections of music that were published by North American Liturgy Resources. During this time, they were playing, lecturing, and presenting their understanding of liturgical music at conferences throughout the United States and Canada. A smiling Rev. Fr. John Foley will greet you at a Jesuit's site here: http://liturgy.slu.edu/ On this site you may have to scroll horizontally to the right to click on his welcome box.

Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church mailing address is: 41 Earl Street, Toronto, ON, M4Y 1M4. Tel: 416-924-6267.
Fax: 416-960-6206. E-mail to parish@ourladyoflourdes.ca.

Parish Staff: Fr. Bill Addley, SJ - Pastor; Fr. Bill German, SJ - Associate Pastor; Fr. Terry Fay, SJ- Associate Pastor; Fr. Michael Coutts, SJ - Associate Pastor.

Dr. Terence J. Fay holds a Ph. D in History, August 1974, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA; S.T.L. & M.A. in Theology, June 1967, Regis College, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Licence in Philosophy, June 1960, Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington, Philosophy Department and B.A. (Honours), Classics Major, June 1959, Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington.

Contact Fr. Terence J. Fay at:
His E-mail: terence.fay@utoronto.ca
His Web site 'History Haven': http://individual.utoronto.ca/historyhaven/index.html

Street address:
Religious History at Toronto School of Theology/University of Toronto
for St. Augustine Seminary and the University St. Michael's College
History Office, Suite 508
10 St. Mary Street
Toronto, ON, M4Y 1P9
Tel. 416-968-3683
Fax 416-975-1588 

Fr. Terry's Irish genes cannot be discounted as he also wrote for an Irish Quarterly Review/The Jesuits in Ireland called
STUDIES published quarterly by the Irish Jesuits. STUDIES examines Irish social, political, cultural and economic issues in the light of Christian values and explores the Irish dimension in literature, history, philosophy and religion. The English Canada Province, as part of the international Society of Jesus, serves the English-speaking people of Canada. Together lay partners throughout the world, the Jesuits are committed to the service of faith, and this requires promotion of justice, fostering dialogue between cultures and religions, and lovingly care for those the Lord puts on the Jesuits' path. The 'Irish Jesuits' online is at: http://www.studiesirishreview.ie/j/page572

If you were residing in the vicinity of Our Lady of Lourdes Church at Sherbourne and Earl Streets, in downtown Toronto, chances are, any day of the week, you will come across Fr. Terry Fay walking or riding his bicycle from the church Rectory to his office at the University of Toronto, St. George campus.

(PHNO note: Lee Quesada is, by personal choice, a resident of the St. Jamestown community and a solid parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes (OLOL) for the past 35 years) E-mail the PHNO webmaster for comments and questions.


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