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Asselin, David T.
Person · 1922-1972

David Tobin Asselin, S.J. was born in Bromptonville, Quebec on May 21, 1922, and, following activity in the Loyola College contingent of the Canadian Officers Training Corps during World War II, he entered the St. Stanislaus Novitiate in Guelph, Ontario in July of 1942. He was exempted from the normal course of Jesuit studies because of his prior academic success, and instead underwent an expedited several years of studies between Guelph and the Jesuit Seminary in Toronto. He taught at Saint Mary’s High School in Halifax as well as Loyola High School in Montreal before his 1953 ordination.

In 1955, Father Asselin taught theology and directed the student chaplaincy at Loyola College, and was then named spiritual director of the Jesuit scholastics at the seminary in Toronto. He devoted much of his time to the study and implementation of Dutch Jesuit William Peters, S.J.’s interpretation of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, which stressed traditional asceticism, and invited Father Peters to direct a retreat at Regis College in 1963. Subsequently, these interpretations were shared internationally, and Loyola House gained renown as a centre for Jesuit spirituality. Father Asselin went on to publish multiple interpretations of Scripture and the Spiritual Exercises. In 1969, however, a brain tumor was detected, and he passed away three years later.

Barker, Joseph
Person · 1904-1977

John Joseph Barker, S.J. was born in Winnipeg on November 10, 1904, and entered the Society of Jesus in July of 1922 at the St. Stanislaus Novitiate in Guelph, Ontario. He proceeded to complete training between Guelph and Washington, followed by three years of teaching at the residential school in Spanish, Ontario. Barker was ordained in June of 1935 at Loyola College in Montreal, and proceeded to study Ojibway at the Holy Cross Mission in Wikwemikong, Ontario.

For the next twenty years, Father Barker was stationed at various posts around Northern Ontario, particularly at Spanish and along the north shore of Lake Huron but also including assignments at West Bay, Manitoulin Island, Cape Croker, Holy Cross Mission, and Garden River. As time progressed, poor health prevented Father Barker from his ministries; he spent the last fourteen years of service as hospital chaplain at the Sault Ste. Marie General Hospital, where he learned Italian in order to communicate with a broader reach of patients. He died of a heart attack in 1977.