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Education & Formation in Different Settings

Sisters are active in education and formation, and can be found in many different settings. Here are just a few…

Education and scholarship

Two Sisters of St. Joseph are professors emerita at the University of St. Michael's College: Sisters Mechtilde O'Mara and Ellen Leonard. Sister Mechtilde continues her teaching, research projects, meetings with doctoral students and translating works of Erasmus.  As ministry director of Faith Connections, she devotes much time to the young adult participants. In addition to her teaching, Sister Ellen continues to write and serve as a resource person. She was recognized as a Woman of Distinction by the YWCA in 2005.

Mission and values work in a health care setting

Sister Mary Anne McCarthy is Director of Mission and Values at Providence Healthcare. Sister Mary Anne’s orientations for new employees raise awareness about the history of the organization and the role of the founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph. She also writes a quarterly column in an employee publication, often featuring employees and volunteers who daily live the values. As well, she organizes an awards program in which individuals who have made outstanding contributions are recognized.

The development of lay ministry

Sister Jacqueline de Verteuil is the local consultant/advisor to students registered in the Diploma in Ministry Program offered by St. Francis  Xavier University in Nova Scotia. With the Toronto Chapter of the University Alumni Association, she participates in the annual AGM, and helps plan and coordinate the Liturgical Celebrations that follow.

This program consists of five courses in a distance education format. Sr. Jacqueline provides individual and group support to students. She also acts as liaison with local parishes.  Sr. Jacqueline holds monthly gatherings with students, advises on assignments, and does course orientations through instructional videos. She keeps students in touch with archdiocesan activities to enhance their studies. An important aspect of the monthly sessions is faith sharing to help students integrate their studies and their faith life.

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