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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.

Video: 150 Years of Religious Life in Canada

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto are pleased to present this video in celebration of Canada's Women & Men Religious over the past 150 years. It was a privilege for the Sisters to create this project with the Canadian Religious Conference and numerous religious congregations across Canada. 

Faith Alliance Symposium Report

On May 17, 2017, Faith Alliance to End Human Trafficking held a symposium on human trafficking for people working in the field and those with lived experience. Here is a report on the recommendations stemming from this conference. 

Reflections on National Aboriginal Day
June 21 is National Aboriginal Day. According to Wikipedia, National Aboriginal Day recognizes and celebrates the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada. It was first celebrated in 1996, after it was proclaimed by then Governor General of Canada Roméo LeBlanc to be celebrated on 21 June annually.

Catholic Sisters Illustrate Faces of Poverty & Offer Solutions

Toronto, ON, June 6, 2017 – In response to the federal government's call for consultations on its Poverty Reduction Strategy, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto held an event to share personal stories and offer targeted solutions.

New CSJ Associates Share Their Stories

On April 22, these Associates made their First Commitment. Here, they share how they learned about the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto and became CSJ Associates.

CSJ Associates' Commitment Day
On April 22, 2017, 49 spirited Associates came together for our Annual Commitment Retreat organized by the St. Joseph and St. Jude Communities. 

Celebrating Planet Earth in the Month of April
April is a time of transformation and renewal: Seeds sprout, rain cascades and birds chirp. With all that Mother Earth contends with, we, as humans, need to do our part to nurture and celebrate the planet. 

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