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Job Posting: Program Coordinator, Village Mosaic

The chosen candidate will provide program coordination and support to Village Mosaic, a ministry which offers a welcoming space in Etobicoke for seniors to come together for hospitality and community building.

Visit the Blue Community Website

The Blue Community website for the Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Canada is online and illustrates the Sisters’ commitment to clean drinking water as a human right. Click here to see its resources and views on water conservation and protection. Please also consider sharing the site on Facebook and Twitter.

The Spirituality of Aging

Sister Mary Rose Marrin was inspired to start a Ministry with Maturing Adults in 2007. For Seniors' Month, the Archdiocese of Toronto's blog featured Sister Mary Rose's insights on aging and spiritual growth. Please click here to read it.

World Refugee Day (UN): Stand With Refugees
June 20 is a day when the whole world commemorates the resilience and strength of refugees. Currently, there are more than 65.5 million forcibly displaced people around the world. 

First Commitment at Invermara
We welcome our new Associate in the Lalemant Community, Barbara Ethier, who made her first commitment at Invermara on May 30. Members of the Lalemant group and four Sisters of St. Joseph were also in attendance.

Faith Connections Ministry Update
The past few months at Faith Connections have been nothing short of exciting and memorable. We organized five Speak Up sessions which took place from September to November last year in preparation for this year’s Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment. 

Springs of Hope: This is Us

The latest edition of Springs of Hope is now available. This issue, titled "This is Us," explores how each of the six Fontbonne Ministries offer inclusion and the chance for people to share their gifts. 

CSJ Associates’ Commitment Day
On Saturday, April 14, the CSJ Associates celebrated their yearly commitment at the Sisters’ residence. Despite the inclement weather, 32 Associates and six Sisters were present. We welcomed two guests: Sister Rosemary McGinn and Sister Trudy Zunti.

Earth Day 2018: A World Without Plastic Pollution
Since 1970, Earth Day has been celebrated around the world on April 22.
World Day of Prayer for Vocations
We would like to share Pope Francis’ prayer for this special day on April 22.

Video: Becoming a Blue Community

Today, March 22, is World Water Day. To commemorate this date, the Federation of Sisters of St. Joseph of Canada produced a short video illustrating the crisis facing our planet and our commitment to clean drinking water as a human right. We are the first group of religious communities to be designated a Blue Community and urge others to join us.

CSJ Associates’ Annual Assembly Day 2018
On March 3, 2018, 48 Associates and Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto gathered at 2 O’Connor Drive for the CSJ Associates’ Annual Assembly Day. 

International Women’s Day
Mary Filice, a CSJ Associate, has written a reflection for this important date to touch on its history and significance.

Twenty Years of Furniture Bank

Congratulations, Sr. Anne Schenck, CSJ on the 20th anniversary of Furniture Bank. Sr. Anne founded the charity in 1998 in order to provide people in need with furnishings and household items.

Feast Day of St. Josephine Bakhita: Prayer and Resources
February 8 is the feast day of Saint Josephine Bakhita, a Canossian Sister who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in Sudan but eventually won her freedom. Consequently, February 8 is also the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking.

Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Canada Becomes a Blue Community: Working Towards Making Clean Water a Human Right
On December 10, UN Human Rights Day, the Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Canada will become the first group of religious communities in Canada to be designated a "Blue Community" which supports the right to safe drinking water.

National Housing Day – November 22

In 1998, the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee declared homelessness to be a national disaster by means of a “State of Emergency Declaration.” This formal statement was immediately endorsed by various individuals, community agencies, faith groups, labour unions and government entities.

Celebrating Our 2017 Jubilarians

Each year, the Sisters celebrate their Jubilarians: Sisters who have reached significant anniversaries in their years of religious life. Some of the Sisters who celebrated this year:

Reflections on World Food Day and the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
This fall, Sisters and staff have participated in events and written reflections in order to honour World Food Day which is observed on October 16 and the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, observed on October 17. 

Reflecting on the Great Lakes Water Walk
To bless the waters of our Lake Ontario watershed, the walk along the Toronto Waterfront Trail on September 24, was led by Anishinabek Nation Grandmother Josephine Mandamin, elder Shirley Williams and other women knowledge holders. Traditionally, women are the carriers of water.

CSJ Calls on Government to Improve Refugee Program

Sister Pat Boucher, on behalf of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto, recently wrote a letter to the Prime Minister and Minister of Immigration calling on them to expedite private sponsorship and to accept at least 20,000 UNHCR-recommended refugees into Canada each year. Please click here to read the letter.

Associates’ Annual Retreat 2017

The Associates’ Annual Retreat this year was entitled The Lace Isn’t Finished Yet and occurred at Queen of Apostles Retreat Centre in Mississauga from August 25 to August 27. The facilitators were Sister Dorothy Schweitzer, CSJ, and Sister Theresa Rodgers, CSJ. 

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
According to the UN, it is estimated that there are 370 million Indigenous people in the world, living across 90 countries; Canada being one of them. 

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons – July 30

We are aware of the scourge of Human Trafficking for purposes of forced labour, organ removal, domestic servitude, and sexual exploitation. Although statistics are unreliable due to the covert nature of the crime, we know that Canada is a source, transit, and destination point for human trafficking. 

Haiti Newsletter 2017

Every year, Sister Rosemary Fry travels to Haiti to visit ministries started by the Sisters that continue to serve people and especially children in need. The annual Haiti Newsletter provides donors and other friends of the Sisters with updates on these projects and you can see the 2017 issue by clicking here.

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