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Order of St. Jean de Brebeuf to Jesuit Father Brian Massie
Article and Photos courtesy of the Jesuits in English Canada
Photo courtesy: Moussa Faddoul, 
Photo courtesy: Moussa Faddoul,
More than 100 people gathered at Toronto’s Brebeuf College School for the inaugural induction ceremony and Mass for the Order of St. Jean de Brebeuf on May 5.
The Brebeuf Alumni Association created the Order to recognize members of the Brebeuf family who embody the mission of the school and its “Man for Others” ethos. It is now the highest honour that the school can bestow.
The five Inductees were: Paul Clancy ’79 (alumnus); O’Neil P. Gazeley (founding vice-principal); Marc Kielburger ’94 (alumnus); Father Brian (Buzz) Massie, S.J. (former staff and founder of Camp Ekon); Brother Henry Spencer F.P.M. (chaplain).
A selection committee had the onerous task of choosing the first winners from almost 50 years worth of students, alumni, current and former staff, parents, friends, and benefactors. This was no easy task. The qualities that the committee looked for included: faith, discipline, integrity, hard work, humility, excellence, success, pursuit of the greater good (Magis), friendship, community, and for always being a “Man for Others.”
The celebration began in the school chapel with a Mass celebrated by Fr. Winston Rye, S.J. (former principal) and assisted by Fr. Peter Bisson, S.J. (Socius) and Fr. John Sullivan, S.J. The inductees and statues of St. Jean de Brebeuf, which were given to each recipient, received a special blessing. Fr. Rye reminded all in his homily of the enduring inspiration and example that St. Jean de Brebeuf has for us in 2012. The dinner and induction ceremony followed in the school’s atrium, and the microphone was capably mastered by Bill Hutchison ‘75, the news anchor for CTV News Toronto.
Three of the inductees had strong Jesuit connections. The award for Fr. Buzz Massie, S.J., who passed away in 2009, was accepted by current Camp Ekon Director, Fr. John Sullivan, S.J. Neil Gazeley, a graduate and former teacher at Regiopolis in Kingston, helped the Jesuits to establish Brebeuf in 1963. Paul Clancy ’79 was educated by the Jesuits and has since given tremendous service at the parish and community levels. Marc Kielburger ’94, co-founder of Free the Children, Me to We, and Leaders Today, sent his regards from Africa where he was involved in social justice work. Brother Henry’s recognition for his faith and generosity rounded out the presentations.
The genuine affection and esteem with which the inductees were held clearly permeated the evening’s festivities. It is the school’s hope that the Order will grow every year to include many more “Men and Women for Others” who are inspired by the life and faith of our patron saint.
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Text courtesy: Michael Da Costa ’92
Photos courtesy: Moussa Faddoul,