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Six Things You Can Do About Climate Change
On September 23, 2014, Heads of State along with business, finance, and civil society leaders will head to New York for the UN Climate Summit. The Summit is part of a global effort to mobilize action and ambition on climate change. 
Employment Opportunity: Faith Connections' Program Director
Faith Connections is seeking a Program Director for a full-time contract position from November 2014 - October 2015. This role provides leadership in the management and implementation of all aspects of Faith Connections, a young adult (18-39) ministry of Fontbonne Ministries, Sisters of St. Joseph, Toronto.
Getting to Know Our Neighbours: Village Mosaic
Wesley Mimico United Church: Cross Communication, September-October 2014 newsletter — At the annual WMUC Mission and Outreach Service last March, we welcomed three visitors from Village Mosaic, a community centre for seniors at 2794 Lakeshore Blvd West in New Toronto, sponsored and sustained by Fontbonne Ministries, Sisters of St. Joseph, Toronto.
Living a Discerning Life in a Complex, Harsh World
“There are basically two things that any one of us does in the face of sadness and grief. We can shut down and pretend we are not feeling this. This, of course, eats away at us over time and we end up living very distracted lives that are more and more superficial. Our other choice is we can open. Those are the two basic gestures: stand back or move into.” — From Living a Discerning Life in a Complex, Harsh World
Sister Acts
The New York Times, Nicholas Kristof, August 16, 2014 — In an age of villainy, war and inequality, it makes sense that we need superheroes. And after trying Superman, Batman and Spider-Man, we may have found the best superheroes yet: Nuns.
St. Joe’s Sisters on new stamp
The Catholic Register, July 28, 2014 — Canada Post’s new release of stamps by prominent photographers includes a well-known shot by Michel Lambeth of two Sisters of St. Joseph and a man who helped the sisters in Toronto. The stamp, titled St. Joseph’s Convent School, is one of 35 being released in phases over a five-year period, with seven being introduced this year alone.
 

Village Mosaic receives Gem of the Lakeshore award
For the fifth year in a row, Village Mosaic has been awarded a certificate of nomination as a GEM of the Lakeshore in Etobicoke. This year, this Fontbonne Ministries program was one of 16 organizations who won an engraved crystal shield for being voted the best in their category. Our award was “Best in Culture & Recreation” in south Etobicoke.

Sisters on a new stamp
“We’re a stamp!” said Sister Monica Marie Kelly when she brought along the Canada Post newsletter announcing the 2014 edition of new stamps released July 7, 2014, which included one called St. Joseph’s Convent School (1960). The photograph of an elderly man with two Sisters of St. Joseph in the background was taken by Michel Lambeth, a photographer who delighted in taking pictures of Toronto and its people. 
A New Leadership Team is Chosen
"We ask that you call us forth and affirm us in our effort to respond to the spirit in our life, mission, and ministry. We ask that you foster initiatives and ensure the implementation of our Chapter directives. We want you to call us to deep fidelity and zeal for the kingdom of God." — The congregation’s request of the new Leadership Team at the Installation Ceremony 
Associates in Leadership Gather in North Bay
This year, the Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Canada Associate/Companion Leadership Committee gathered at the St. Joseph’s Motherhouse in North Bay from June 1-3, 2014.
Best of Canada: 12 projects nab nation's top architectural prize
Building Design + Construction Network The Canada Council for the Arts and RAIC | Architecture Canada announced the recipients of the Governor General’s Medals in Architecture.
 
The awards celebrate outstanding design in recently completed projects by Canadian architects.
 
The winning buildings reflect excellence in sustainable design, innovation, and compatibility with the landscape. 
Love and acceptance in the classroom today
Sisters finally met the students they had been praying for during the last eight weeks of a special Agape program designed by Leah Watkiss and Ann McGowan. This program was incorporated into the religion class taught by St. Joseph's College School chaplain Monica Gondin.
 
Sisters of St. Joseph and the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Loretto Sisters, were eager to meet the 25 Grade 12 students.
Celebrating her 100th Birthday: Sister Mary James McMahon
On June 4, 2014, a 100th birthday celebration was held for Sister Mary James McMahon. At 2 O'Connor Drive, the CSJ Leadership Team, the 2 O'Connor community and staff were present alongside Sister Mary James' family. Together, they celebrated her life and ministries.

Sister Susan Davy: Celebrating her 25th Jubilee
When I entered I believed that my vocation was truly God’s call and gift and I have an even greater conviction of that today
 
It’s a bit amazing to me that I am a Jubilarian as the past 25 years seem to have flown by. Upon reflection, I remember these years as graced-filled, challenging and life-giving.  Back in the mid-1980’s, after many happy years in the hospitality field, I felt a persistent longing for a deeper relationship with God. As I moved over time with the stirrings in my heart, I found myself discerning a religious vocation.
Celebrating her 50th Jubilee — Sister Ann Delaney
I remember how very moved I was with the joyful spirit of the Sisters of St. Joseph 
 
During the hot summer of August 1957, I was a 14-year-old Irish immigrant who had just left all my peers. In Grade 9 at St. Joseph’s College School, I was feeling completely “new.” But I remember how very moved I was with the joyful spirit of the Sisters of St. Joseph and the kind way with which they interacted with one another. At St. Michael’s Hospital, I witnessed the Sisters of St.
Sisters Celebrating their 60th Jubilee
Sister Peggy Bach
I read a book entitled And Nora Said Yes
 
When asked why I entered, my answer was, I read a book entitled And Nora Said Yes. Until that time (I was in Grade 11 at St. Patrick’s, Vancouver), I had no attraction to religious life. After reading it, I remarked, “That would be a beautiful life in community.” My teacher, Sr. Marie Christine, suggested very tentatively that I might have a vocation to religious life.
Four New Associates
On May 10, 2014, four Associate candidates made their first commitment during the Associates Commitment Day at 2 O'Connor Drive. The new Associates shared their thoughts below:
 
Between city and nature, this residence shelters a group of Toronto nuns
The Globe and Mail, May 16, 2014 — When I visit serious works of architecture, the owners have rarely taken a vow of poverty. But every rule has an exception. The Sisters of St. Joseph, a congregation of Roman Catholic nuns in Toronto, have commissioned a new home for themselves that reaches great aesthetic heights.

Sisters making mainstream headlines
Global Sisters Report, May 16, 2014 — When the sisters leave, the good-byes are bittersweet, as they were this week in one Wisconsin town. Maybe a little meditation would help. Right, Sr. Leonardi?
 
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto recently built a new residence in their neighborhood and the review is in: The building is stunning. 

Sisters Celebrating their 70th Jubilee
Sister Mary Michael Codarini
I knew I wanted to do something for God’s service
 
I knew the Sisters of St. Joseph from my school days. Even though I had some boyfriends as a teenager, I wasn’t serious about them. In my heart I knew I wanted to do something for God’s service by reaching out to others, especially those in need.
 
As I think back over the past 70 years, I realize the wealth of experience I have had.
Associates Commitment Day - May 10, 2014
The Associates Commitment Day was a beautiful spring day with new leaves, birds and sparkling water outside 2 O'Connor Drive.
 
After Mary Huan's welcome, Eva Bowman and Karina Guerra led the morning prayer.
Nuns' residence inspires faith: Hume
Toronto Star, May 12, 2014 — If the recently opened Sisters of St. Joseph Residence is any indication, the 21st-century nunnery is less a community apart than a part of the community.
 
Though not technically a nunnery, the striking new structure at 2 O’Connor Dr. is not only a home with rooms for 58 nuns, it is an exquisite addition to the city.
Ronald's Story from Honduras
Sister Pat Dowling is a Sister of St. Joseph in ministry with L’Arche in Honduras. She tells the story of Ronald, a boy in the village of Choluteca, and how they were able to assist him over the years…
 
On arriving in Choluteca and visiting neighbours, I found Ronald, a child in the corner of a hut with a dirt floor, listening to the radio and repeating what he heard.
World Day of Prayer for Vocations
How am I, with my own unique gifts, being called to put them at the service of God’s Kingdom on this earth?
 
This Fourth Sunday after Easter, May 11, 2014, celebrates the 51st World Day of Prayer for Vocations. This is the day when all Christians are invited to reflect on their Baptismal commitment, and to pray for one another and the whole Christian Community.
Celebrating Fontbonne Ministries Volunteers
On May 4, 2014, over 80 people attended the Fontbonne Ministries Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon at St. Paul's Basilica Parish Hall. In a beautiful parish hall decorated with colourful balloons and flowers, Fontbonne Ministries volunteers gathered with staff and Sisters. Together, they enjoyed a meal and celebrated the volunteers' contributions to different Fontbonne Ministries programs.
 
During the event, Sister Thérèse Meunier voiced her gratitude to Fontbonne volunteers.
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