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Sisters of St. Joseph and Shim-Sutcliffe Architects win Toronto and Region Conservation Authority Award
East York Mirror, Dec. 1, 2014  - Officially completed in March 2013, the Sisters of the St. Joseph residence, a green development, won the Living City Award category of Healthy rivers and Shorelines earlier this month.
Sisters Knit for Children Worldwide
From July to mid-November, 10 Sisters gathered every week at 2 O'Connor Drive. Together, they helped the Canadian Food for Children charity in efforts to battle child pneumonia around the world. The Sisters' contribution was to knit. Their knitting circle produced wool caps and vests. These handmade clothes will go to children in developing countries with low night-time temperatures in which keeping warm is essential to maintain health.
An Honorary Degree for Dr. Ellen Leonard CSJ
On November 8 at St. Basil’s Church, Dr. Ellen Leonard CSJ received the degree of Doctor of Sacred Letters, honoris causa. She was given a standing ovation at the Convocation ceremony for the Faculty of Theology and the Continuing Education Division of the University of St. Michael’s College (USMC). Professor Anne Anderson CSJ, President and Vice-Chancellor of USMC, described the purpose of this honorary degree in a letter as a way to recognize Sr. Ellen’s “many years and invaluable presence and participation both on campus at St. Michael’s and the Faculty of Theology and to the most generous donation of her time to the greater Toronto community.”
 
Taylor House Restoration Wins Peter Stokes Award
On November 7, 2014, the Architectural Conservancy Ontario (ACO) awarded the Peter Stokes Award for Restoration to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto and E.R.A. Architects Inc. for their work on the John F. Taylor House at 2 O’Connor Drive.
Living City Award for Sisters Residence
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto and Shim-Sutcliffe Architects received a Living City Award on Nov. 6, 2014, at Bellvue Manor in Vaughan for the Sisters Residence at 2 O’Connor Drive.
One Year Anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan
Sister Nida Fe Chavez, a Sister of St. Joseph of Toronto, pictured far right, was one of eight Church representatives who traveled to the Philippines in late August 2014 with Development and Peace to meet Typhoon Haiyan’s refugees. She saw firsthand the devastation and the rebuilding efforts of D & P working with its Filipino and international partners.
 
Typhoon Haiyan, also known as Typhoon Yolanda, was one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded.
Springs of Hope - Fall 2014
The latest issue of Springs of Hope, the Fontbonne Ministries newsletter, is available.
House of Providence served Toronto poor of all faiths
The Bulletin, October 2014  By the 1850s, Toronto’s meagre social and charitable services were becoming almost unmanageable. This was the era of mass immigration, and thanks in part to the railroad, the city was flooded with newly arrived Europeans looking for a better life.
Sisters Win Heritage Toronto Award for Taylor House
For the care and craftsmanship with which the rehabilitation and restoration of the John F. Taylor House was handled, the Sisters of St. Joseph and the designers and contractors responsible for the building received Heritage Toronto’s William Greer Architectural Conservation and Craftsmanship Award of Excellence on Oct. 21, 2014 at Koerner Hall.
2014 CSJ Associates Annual Retreat
"I mission you as a disciple of Christ to bring about union in love through your prayer, presence and actions." — Sister Thérèse Meunier, at the Missioning during Sunday Mass
 
Lots of laughter filled the conference room as 50 CSJ Associates met at a social gathering at the beginning of their weekend retreat on Sept. 19 to 21, 2014, at Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre in Mississauga.
Daily Bread Food Bank, 2014
With the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive providing much activity this week in the way of sorting its many non-perishable food donations, the Daily Bread warehouse is a hive of activity again, thanks to generous volunteers.
 
Looking back thirty-one years to 1983,  I recall the joy it was to receive news from Ottawa that letters patent had been signed on October 19th, incorporating the Daily Bread Food Bank Foundation of Toronto as a registered charity.
Fracking: An Environmental and Ethical Challenge
In ancient seas, hydrocarbons of coal, crude oil and natural gas were deposited in sedimentary shale rock. Over the last century, the ‘conventional’ shallow reservoirs of these fossil fuels, are being depleted and now hydraulic fracking is used to extract deeper ‘unconventional’ natural gas deposits. Like the tar sands extraction, fracking is raising new ethical concerns. 
 
What is fracking? A vertical well, reinforced with concrete, is drilled miles beneath the earth’s surface.
Moira McQueen among five women appointed to Vatican theological commission
The Catholic Register, September 23, 2014 — A touch of Canada, a touch of Scotland and a feminine touch has been added to the assembly of 30 theologians who advise the Pope and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith — all in one appointment.
At the People’s Climate March
“It was amazing and empowering to be a part of it,” said Sister Janet Fraser of the People’s Climate March in Toronto on September 21, 2014. “It was wonderful to see so many people arrive, to know I am in communion with all these people.” 
Sisters - A One-Hour Documentary
From the LCWR website — Sisters is a one-hour documentary film that examines the lives of five American women, revealing both their humanity and their deep spiritual grounding as Catholic Sisters. It is hosted for free viewing on the LCWR website. Please click here to see the film.
Making sure no one is forgotten in the response to Typhoon Haiyan
Development and Peace, August 28, 2014 — The fierceness of Typhoon Haiyan can be easily seen from the road that winds along the coast of Eastern Samar (Philippines). Every few hundred metres, out of the billowing coconut trees, another town of ramshackle houses appears, the tarps that serve as roofs flapping in the wind.
Canadian charities help Filipinos rebuild
The Catholic Register, September 14, 2014 — Every one of the $13 million Development and Peace raised last year to help Filipinos left homeless by the most powerful hurricane ever to make landfall has a job to do.
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. 
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 
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