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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.
Sister Monica Downey: Celebrating her 75th Jubilee
The Sisters who taught me were the main influence on my decision to enter the Congregation
 
I grew-up in a small railway town, Nakina, in northern Ontario. It means “land of many waters.” My father was a railway man. In high school, I went to St. Joseph’s Boarding School on Wellesley Street in Toronto and loved every minute of it. That wasn’t the case for some of my friends but I have always liked order and routine.
Sisters’ Residence Receives Design Award
On May 13, Shim-Sutcliffe Architects Inc. will receive the 2014 Governor General’s Medal in Architecture for their design of the Residence for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto at 2 O’Connor Drive. This award will be presented during a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.
 
Recipients of this award are chosen by a peer assessment committee. Their comments on the Sisters’ Residence are as follows: "This project shines for the care that was brought in creating a loving environment for the elderly.
Fontbonne Ministries: A New Online Presence
Fontbonne Ministries began producing our regular  newsletter, Springs of Hope, in 2005. We wanted to use Springs of Hope to share stories from our ministries with you, our friends and supporters. Since that time, we have developed a new logo and a new set of brochures, added two ministries and have started to use social media in order to communicate news and events. 
 
We decided that it was time to update our web presence to include some features that would help us bring our ministries to life.
Village Mosaic: Celebrating Five Years
On February 12, 2014, Fontbonne Ministries' Village Mosaic celebrated five years of offering a gathering place on Lake Shore West for seniors. Back in January 2009, Sisters Anne Marie Marrin, Conrad Lauber and Elaine Guidinger arrived at 2794 Lake Shore Boulevard West. Guided by a needs survey and applying all their rich experiences and skills, they founded Village Mosaic, with the participants’ help. “The seniors guided us in the evolution of this program,” said Ministry Director Sister Conrad.
Studio on the Hill: Speaking with Clay
For Sister Helen Kluke, Ministry Director and Teacher at Studio on the Hill, pottery sessions are a unique experience for each person. “I think that we can use clay to speak from our hearts.” Studio on the Hill is part of Fontbonne Ministries.
 
In recent years, different organizations have contacted Sister Helen for retreat days and group pottery sessions at Studio on the Hill. Some groups have been for women aided by Street Haven. Recently, a group of Jesuits from Cardoner House attended.
Fontbonne Place: Joining a Community
When Margo first accepted one of Fontbonne Ministries' 18 rent-geared-to-income apartments at Fontbonne Place, she hadn’t seen her new home. “I thought it’d be a one-room apartment,” she says. She was stunned to find that the Fontbonne Place apartments for single, older women each held a bedroom, a bathroom, a kitchen and a living room. 
 
“I walked in and I was so amazed to see the sun shining in through the back and to have space to put large, cheerful pictures on the walls.
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