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November 22: Celebrating Mother St. John Fontbonne
Jeanne Marie Fontbonne was born in 1759 in the town of Bas-en-Basset, France. Her biography, Woman of Vision Compassion Unity, describes her as a woman of indescribable charm coupled with good sense and leadership. The Sisters of St. Joseph remember her as Mother St. John Fontbonne, the second foundress of their congregation.
Sisters Make a Habit of Community-Building
“We made it!” says Sister Jacqui deVerteuil, celebrating the Scotiabank Charity Challenge fundraiser which she and a team from Regis College completed last week. 
Unveiling a Monument to Sisters in Saskatchewan

On October 1, Sisters Penny McDonald and Mary Doreen Smith joined over 350 people at the Wascana Centre park in Regina, Saskatchewan. In an audience that included more than 180 religious Sisters, they witnessed the unveiling of Called to Serve, a monument commemorating religious women in Saskatchewan.

Oct. 17: International Day for Eradication of Poverty
Saturday, October 17 is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. On this day, the United Nations invites all to acknowledge and support the struggle of people living in poverty.
Event: Scattering Seeds - A Public Lecture, October 14
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto invite you to Scattering Seeds, a public lecture by Professor Elizabeth Smyth. She will speak on the post-Vatican II response of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto as seen in the life of Sister Mary Alban Bouchard CSJ — teacher, author, peace and social justice activist, missionary to Haiti.

Sister Terry Dalla: Volunteering at Wellspring
For over 14 years, Sister Terry Dalla CSJ has volunteered at Wellspring, a network of support centres for cancer patients. Wellspring offers programs to meet the emotional, spiritual, psychological and informational needs of people living with cancer.
Pan Am Trafficking Project a Resounding Success
The Catholic Register — Organizers of the GIFT Box campaign set up during the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games in Toronto to raise awareness of human trafficking have exceeded their expectations, volunteers say. 

Living Joy Virtual Retreat
Living Joy was a pilgrimage retreat hosted by Faith Connections and the Federation of Sisters of St. Joseph of Canada in London, Ontario on August 8 - 10, 2014, featuring reflections by Sr. Susan Glaab, Sr. Mechtilde O'Mara, Sr. Mary Rowell, Sr. Kathleen O'Keefe, and Sr. Joan Atkinson.
CSJ Associates: Car Wash & Bake Sale
Ginny Dolighan, a CSJ Associate in the Holy Family Associate Community, shares her experience at an Oshawa parish fundraiser for World Youth Day.
GIFT Box will unwrap horrors of trafficking

The Catholic Register — With thousands expected in Toronto for the Pan Am Games this summer, Faith Alliance To End Human Trafficking's Gift Box project seeks to share with the city and its guests the horrors of selling souls.

GIFT Box Launch: Unwrapping the Truth About Human Trafficking
On July 7, 2015, the Faith Alliance to End Human Trafficking unveiled GIFT Box, a walk-in public art project that reveals the truth about human trafficking.
Sister Janet Speth: What is Ecosprituality?
In this personal reflection, Sister Janet Speth CSJ offers an introduction to her Ministry of Ecospirituality, sharing her keen interest in exploring the dialogue between ecology and faith.
Proclaiming the Good News
In the Summer 2015 edition of Catholic Missions in Canada Magazine, Sister Divinia Pedro CSJ reflected on her ministry in Fort St. James, British Columbia.
Sister Mary Anne McCarthy Honoured with the Living the Mission Award
On June 22, 2015, Sister Mary Anne McCarthy CSJ received the Living the Mission Award for her ministry as the Director of Mission and Values at Providence Healthcare.
Sister Betty Lou Knox: Ministry of Art
For Sister Betty Lou Knox, CSJ, her Ministry of Art is a way of reaching out to God. "Art is a prayer," says Sister Betty Lou. "It's both a communication and recognition of the beauty in God's creations." 

Corpus Christi: The Eucharist - Virtual Retreat
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto and Faith Connections offer a series of meditations and reflections by Father Michael McGourty, presented at the Faith Connections Corpus Christi retreat for young adults. You can download a printable PDF of this material with room for your own reflections by clicking here.
Faith in the City
Inaugurated in 2013, Faith in the City is an initiative of various faith leaders and city officials encouraging faith communities to work across their traditional boundaries, and in co-operation with the City of Toronto, on issues of common social concern. On April 30, 2015, Faith in the City held its 3rd Annual Symposium. This year, the focus was responding to the City of Toronto’s progress on developing a Poverty Reduction Strategy. 
In Appreciation of Our Volunteers
On Sunday, April 26, 2015, Sister Thérèse Meunier, CSJ Congregational Leader and President of the Board of Directors of Fontbonne Ministries, addressed those attending the Fontbonne Ministries Volunteer Appreciation Event.
CSJ Associates Renew Commitments and Welcome New Members
On April 18, 2015, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto gathered at St. Joseph's Residence, 2 O'Connor Drive, with their Associates for the annual day of retreat and the Commitment Ceremony. The lay Associates live their faith by embracing the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto to reach out in love to the dear neighbour.

Springs of Hope: Spring 2015 Issue
This year, we are celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the founding of Fontbonne Ministries. In our current issue of the Springs of Hope newsletter, we share lots of pictures and quotes from each Ministry Director.
Year of Consecrated Life Profile: Sister Nida Fe Chavez

Sister Nida Fe Chavez is featured in a profile on the Archdiocese of Toronto website. In this profile, Sister Nida speaks about her call to religious life, why she was attracted to the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph and her different roles and ministries. 

Please click here to read the profile on

Sister Andrea Dumont Honoured by Catholic Missions in Canada
On April 23, 2015, Sister Andrea Dumont received the St. Joseph Award from Catholic Missions in Canada in recognition of her 46 years of missionary work in Guatemala and northern Canada.
Sister Andrea Dumont Accepts St. Joseph Award
The Catholic Register — Sister Andrea Dumont, a missionary Sister of St. Joseph, was honoured this year with Catholic Missions In Canada's St. Joseph Award.
Taking retreats online
The Catholic Register — For the busy person who can’t get away for a spiritual retreat weekend, all they may need is to turn on their computer. Virtual retreats are a fairly new concept — a retreat conducted through online media, often based on a time and place of the individual’s choosing. Faith Connections has been exploring the idea of the virtual retreat for a few years now.
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