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2024 Ordinands

Maréus Tousséliat, SJ

Province: Canada

Hometown: Petite Rivière de l’Artibonite, Haiti

Highlights of Jesuit Formation:

  1. Worked with juveniles in prison at a police station in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, while he was a novice.
  2. Served as regional director of the Foi et Joie Haiti network of schools in the northeast on the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
  3. Volunteered at Jesuit Refugee Service in France, where he helped welcome migrants from Ukraine, Afghanistan and African countries that were experiencing armed conflict.

Will continue his graduate studies in fundamental and systematic theology at Facultés Loyola Paris.

Maréus with Fr. Michel Fédou, SJ, a professor of theology at Facultés Loyola Paris, after his diaconate ordination in Paris.

Licentiate, legal studies, Université d’État d’Haïti; Licentiate, philosophy, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana; Bachelor’s degree, theology, Facultés Loyola Paris; Master’s degree, education, Institut Catholique de Paris

Maréus Tousséliat, SJ, was born in 1980 in Haiti, the third of eight children in a Catholic family. His family was very involved in the parish where he grew up. In 2008, he graduated from the Université d’État Haïti-Gonaïves with a degree in legal studies. For 10 years before entering the Society of Jesus, Maréus was director of OKPK/Inter Aide, a Haitian organization involved in education for sustainable development and the fight against illiteracy in rural areas. His training and responsibilities enabled him to gain experience in the fields of financial management and management control.

His family’s commitment to the Catholic Church led him as a child to join the Eucharistic Youth Movement, where he discovered his vocation to the priesthood. He joined the Society of Jesus in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in August 2012 and earned a licentiate in philosophy from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia. He did his regency period of formation in the northeast region of Haiti, taking on the role of regional director of Foi et Joie Haiti from 2017 to 2020. He went to France in 2020 to complete a bachelor’s degree in theology at Facultés Loyola Paris, the Jesuit school of theology and philosophy in Paris.

Maréus was ordained a deacon on May 13, 2023, at Église Saint-Ignace in Paris, in preparation for ordination to the priesthood. He earned a master’s degree in educational sciences at the Institut Catholique de Paris. After ordination, Maréus will continue his graduate studies in fundamental and systematic theology at Facultés Loyola Paris.

Maréus (right) with fellow Jesuits who were ordained deacons at Église Saint-Ignace in Paris on May 13, 2023

What’s one piece of Jesuit history that you find really inspiring?
The educational mission and social apostolate of Jesuits around the world.

What are three words a family member or fellow Jesuit would use to describe you?
Availability, open-mindedness, enthusiasm.

Who’s your favorite saint, and why?
St. Francis Xavier. He inspires me with his missionary commitment and the way he gave his life for others.

Maréus at his ordination to the diaconate on May 13, 2023, at Saint-Ignace Church in Paris

What is one hobby you’ve cultivated as a Jesuit, and why is it important to you?
Listening to reggae music. I like listening to reggae because it offers a wealth of philosophical wisdom.

What do you love about the Society of Jesus?
The Spiritual Exercises.

What was one particularly meaningful experience you had during your formation, and why was it meaningful to you?
The long experiment at the novitiate was a very significant experience, among many others. It was there that I was able, during a period of two months, to visit those who were sick and pray with them and bring Communion to and comfort people who were isolated, sometimes locked in solitude and despair. I realized how much being in contact with these people makes me more human and helps me discover my own vulnerabilities.

Maréus and members of his community in Paris in September 2023

How has your spirituality changed since entering the Society?
Openness to dialogue and respect for the spiritual differences of others (other religions).

What brings you joy?
The way I am able to live my freedom in the Society.

Who is one important mentor who has accompanied you on your journey? What made them a good mentor?
Fr. Midy Godefroy, SJ, has been a great spiritual guide and adviser on the path of life.