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2015 Year of Consecrated Life

“Wherever consecrated people are, there is always joy!” – Pope Francis
 
The Sisters of St. Joseph are grateful to Pope Francis for announcing 2015 as the Year of Consecrated Life. Throughout the year, we will share resources and stories on this page that are meant to “Wake Up the World!”

Celebrating Religious Life

Sister Divinia Pedro Reflects

In the Summer 2015 edition of Catholic Missions in Canada Magazine, Sister Divinia Pedro CSJ reflected on her ministry in Fort St. James, British Columbia. Click here to read her reflection.
 
 
 

Sister Terry Dalla: Volunteering at Wellspring

Sister Terry Dalla shares her role as a volunteer at Wellspring, a network of centers offering support to cancer patients. Please click here to read about role.
 
 
 

Profile: Sister Nida Fe Chavez

Sister Nida Fe Chavez is featured in a profile on the Archdiocese of Toronto website, speaking about why she was attracted to the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph and her different roles and ministries. Click here to read her profile.
 
 
 

Sister Andrea Dumont Honoured by Catholic Missions in Canada

On April 23, 2015, Sister Andrea Dumont received the St. Joseph Award from Catholic Missions in Canada in recognition of her 46 years of missionary work in Guatemala and northern Canada. Click here to read about her award.
 
 
 

A Day in the Life of Sr. Helen Kluke

Sister Helen Kluke shares the daily miracles she experiences as Ministry Director and Teacher at Studio on the Hill, a pottery studio that offers students of all ages the opportunity to work with clay and create in a soothing, welcoming environment. Click here to read the article.
 
 
 

Wake the World with Dawning Joy

In honour of the Year of Consecrated Life, we have created a video which features images of Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto engaged in ministry. In the background you can hear the song commissioned for this special year: “Wake the World with Dawning Joy.” Click here to see it.
 
 
 
 

The Seeds of L'Arche

Arriving at L’Arche Daybreak in 1972, Sister Sue Mosteller, a Sister of St. Joseph, became the second Community Leader, and later the first International Leader after Jean Vanier. She currently serves on the Henri Nouwen Legacy Trust. Click here to see her notes from her talk at Kelly Library, Toronto, on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of L’Arche on Oct. 22, 2014.
 
 
 
 

About the call to religious life

Learn what it means to become a Sister of St. Joseph. Spend some time with our brochure entitled: “Calling: the place where your deepest gladness meets the world’s deepest need.” Click here to see it. 
 
 
 

A message from Pope Francis

Download and read: Rejoice! A letter to consecrated men and women, the message from Pope Francis announcing the Year of Consecrated Life. Click here to read it. 

 

About religious vows

“We recognize that there is someone greater than ourselves. We   come together with others who share in that call. This is the world of community.” The year of Consecrated Life began on November 21, 2014, and the Toronto Association of Vocation Directors held a Taize Prayer celebration at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. Brother Denis Claivaz FPM spoke to all assembled about the vows. Click here for his talk. 
 

Sing With Us

VISION Vocation Guide and the National Religious Vocation Conference commissioned world-renowned composer Steven Warner to write a song in honor of the Year of Consecrated Life. The result is Wake the World with Dawning Joy. To hear it, and sing along, click here
 

 

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