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GIFT Box in Sarnia

Faith Alliance to End Human Trafficking, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto, in collaboration with the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada and the Ursuline Sisters in Chatham brought GIFT Box to Sarnia, Ontario from June 3 to June 7, 2016.

GIFT Box was open to the public during Sarnia's summer festival and art crawl weekend. Over six days, between 300-400 people visited GIFT Box, a walk-in art installation which provides information about the various forms of human trafficking.

June 8: World Oceans Day
"Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet" is this year's theme for World Oceans Day. June 8 is a United Nations recognized day of celebration and action for the oceans. I was happy to hear of two initiatives in particular to protect the oceans from pollution by plastic.

GIFT Box in Sarnia, ON: June 3 - 7

Faith Alliance to End Human Trafficking (Faith Alliance) is working with Sisters of St. Joseph, London Neighbourhood and Ursuline Sisters of Chatham to bring GIFT Box to Sarnia.

Springs of Hope Newsletter
Fontbonne Ministries is pleased to present the Spring 2016 issue of Springs of Hope. We trust you will enjoy this fresh look as well as our reflections on the diverse ways that the six ministries live the call to mercy. Please click here to see it. 
Reflection on International Day for Biodiversity
May 22 marks “International Day for Biodiversity.” What is biodiversity and why is it important? The term refers to the diversity and variety and interconnectedness of the biological world.
Reflection on World Communications Day, May 8

As World Communications Day approaches, it provides an opportunity to reflect on my (rather new) role as Communications Director for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto.

Fontbonne Ministries: Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
On April 24, over 80 people attended Fontbonne Ministries' annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. Volunteers, staff and Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto assembled at the Famous People Players dining hall and theatre to enjoy socializing, an afternoon meal and a variety of musical performances from puppets and their puppeteers.

Reflection for Earth Day, April 22

For several years I was involved in ministry as a hospital chaplain. My role during this time was to be a listening, compassionate presence, to offer support, comfort and spiritual guidance when appropriate to the patients and their families who were struggling with issues of loss, grief and hopelessness. 

April 17: Feast Day of St. Kateri

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha (1656 – April 17, 1680), was known as “Lily of the Mohawks.” April 17 marks her Feast Day as a patron saint of ecology.

Sisters of St. Joseph Honoured at St. Joseph’s Health Centre Event
On Thursday, April 7, a number of Sisters attended a special tribute at St. Joseph’s Health Centre in west Toronto. That evening, the hospital unveiled a legacy wall and video documentary. The wall has three sections: Past, Present and Future. 
Greening Sacred Spaces - Sacred Connections Through Water

In mid-March, CSJ Associates held their annual “Assembly Day” — a workshop to increase awareness of current social issues and apply what is learned in daily life, into our families and into the different communities to which we belong.

Easter Reflection: A Portal into Love
This week, I was surprised to see that the tulip shoots are already greening in my garden. As I stood in awe of the mystery of new life unfolding before me, I contemplated the gift of wonder that I believe is at the heart of Easter. 

Reflection on St. Joseph, March 19
For the Feast of St. Joseph, Sister Dorothy Schweitzer shares this reflection on how St. Joseph trusted his faith in God when learning Mary would give birth to the Saviour.

Feeding the Hungry in the Year of Mercy
From the teachings of Jesus, we derived the corporal works of mercy, which are concerned primarily with meeting the needs of others. 

Furniture Bank: A Ministry of Mercy

From the outside, Furniture Bank looks like one of many warehouses located in South Etobicoke. But upon entering, visitors find themselves in a brightly lit waiting area of comfortable chairs with toys and a play table for children. As they move further through the building, visitors soon discover a warehouse filled with furnishings, decor, chairs and more.

International Women’s Day: Tuesday, March 8

Tuesday, March 8 is International Women’s Day, celebrating the progress of women. Over the last year, we have seen continued growth in our world towards greater equality, justice, and meaning for the lives of female identified people.

Ministry with Maturing Adults Moves Forward
A synergy results when Sister Mary Rose Marrin, CSJ and Mary Perry White come together. In addition to sharing a name, they share a passion for supporting people who are in their second half of life.

Lenten Prayer: Walking with Jesus
For the fourth Sunday of Lent, Sister Andrea Dumont shares a prayer about the path of Jesus and our own during the Season of Lent.

February 20: World Day of Social Justice
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on this day last year: "In this crucial year for global development, let us do our utmost to eradicate all forms of human exploitation. Let us build a world of social justice where all people can live and work in freedom, dignity and equality.” 

Ashes: On the Lenten Threshold
We are about to enter upon the season of Lent. The word “Lent” comes from the old English, lencten, meaning spring, the time of rebirth and new life. Just as we experience cycles and seasons in nature and in our natural lives, this same truth governs our spiritual and religious lives.

February 8: Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita
Josephine was born in 1869 in the Darfur region of western Sudan. She lived a carefree, happy life with her family. At nine years of age, she was kidnapped by the region’s slave traders and sold as a slave several times.
In Good Company Training for Friendly Visitors
In Good Company provides a visiting program for individuals seeking emotional, spiritual and social support in the GTA. On Saturday, March 5, 2016, there will be a one-day training session for anyone involved with individuals who are homebound or isolated. 

Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto Welcome Syrian Families
In response to the Pope’s Year of Mercy objectives and the Sisters’ ongoing commitment to addressing social and community needs, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto are sponsoring two Syrian families who will make their way to Toronto within the next few months. 

Faith Alliance Meets with Ontario Premier About Human Trafficking
On January 11, 2016, Faith Alliance to End Human Trafficking delivered 4,208 citizen-signed postcard petitions to Premier Kathleen Wynne, calling for a provincial plan to combat human trafficking in Ontario. Four days later, Premier Wynne met with members of Faith Alliance about the need to take action. 

Sister Mary Rose Marrin on Context with Lorna Dueck
On January 17, 2016, Sister Mary Rose Marrin was a guest on TV's Context with Lorna Dueck. In the episode, called Ageless, Sister Mary Rose spoke about how aging is an opportunity for growth and spiritual development. 
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