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Looking after spiritual needs in the golden years
Reprinted with permission from The Catholic Register, April 13, 2014 — Sr. Mary Rose Marrin is attempting to fill a ministry gap in the Archdiocese of Toronto for a demographic that is continuing to grow: those reaching their golden years. 
 
"The fact of the matter is that there are many many more older people and they are living longer," said the Sister of St. Joseph.
Urban Way of the Cross resurrected
The Catholic Register, April 4, 2014 — Faith Connections envisions the city as a living Stations of the Cross.
 
The organization, an arm of the Sisters of St. Joseph’s Fontbonne Ministries that conducts ministries directed at youth, has developed an event that relates everyday issues of urban society with the Stations.
A Tradition of Caring
Toronto Star, April 5, 2014 — Providence Healthcare's tradition of providing compassionate care hearkens back more than 150 years, when the organization was established by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto, a Roman Catholic congregation of Sisters from France.
Lent is a time of preparation
Thompson Citizen, March 28, 2014  — Lent, the season we are now living, is a time to prepare for and look forward to new life. "Lent" comes from an Anglo-Saxon word meaning spring. Being in Thompson or the Northern regions, we have to start the seeds for our spring plants indoors.
CRC: 60 Years of Witness
This year, the Canadian Religious Conference (CRC) celebrates its 60th anniversary. Based in Montreal, the CRC was founded in July 1954 during the Canadian Religious Congress and serves as a voice for and a service to leaders of religious institutes and societies of apostolic life in Canada. The leaders represent over 230 congregations for a total number of 16, 900 men and women religious in Canada (as of Dec.
Councillor talks politics to youth
The Catholic Register, March 21, 2014 — Toronto’s next municipal election happens this fall, but voter turnout is typically low among eligible youth. So Theology on Tap is hosting a night of politics and religion over drinks on March 24. The event will bring in city councillor Joe Mihevc to speak to Catholic young adults about faith and civic engagement.
Seeking Justice for Aboriginal Peoples: Associate Assembly Day
On March 8, 2014, 60 Associates and Sisters gathered for the CSJ Associate Assembly Day at 2 O’Connor Drive. Guest speaker Sister Priscilla Solomon, a Sister of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie, spoke on “Indigenous Issues, Spirituality and Current Justice.” Sister Priscilla is Ojibway which is part of the Anishinabek Nation. 
The Other Face of God
The following excerpt is taken from the introduction of The Other Face of God, written by Mary Jo Leddy, a Canadian writer, speaker, theologian, social activist and founder of Romero House. 
 
If you ask me, as if your life depended on it, do you believe in God?
Seeding a gardening program in Toronto schools
A special group of people with knowledge of gardening, eco-spirituality, architecture, planning, education, and curriculum preparation have made an impact on a local school. They call themselves the Eco-Spirituality Consulting Group.
Toronto’s 180th birthday: 180 people who made a difference
Toronto Star, March 6, 2014  To commemorate Toronto’s 180th birthday on March 6, the Star has assembled 180 profiles of memorable people, including city and community builders, innovators, politicians, cultural leaders, artists, entertainers and athletes, business leaders and colourful personalities who left their mark on the city over the course of its history
Introducing the Village Mosaic Model
On Sunday, March 2, Sister Conrad Lauber, Ministry Director of Village Mosaic (pictured right) and Leanne Kloppenborg, Administrator, Fontbonne Ministries, were invited by Reverend Dr. Paul Shepherd, pastor of Wesley Mimico United Church to speak about Village Mosaic at their ‘Mission and Service' Sunday service.
Shifting Intersections: Religion and medicine in Toronto
The Varsity, March 3, 2014 — On Saturdays, an elevator in Mount Sinai Hospital automatically rises and falls continually through the day, stopping on every floor, one after the other. It is designed to allow accessibility to people of the Jewish faith on the Sabbath — a holy day of rest on which the use of electricity is prohibited.
High School Redux
Thompson Citizen, February 26, 2014 — Being a Catholic high school graduate wasn't high on the list of things top of mind when I moved to Manitoba in 2007.
Aging is a spiritual journey

The Prairie Messenger, February 19, 2014 — Sister Mary Rose Marrin has a message for churches and for society in general: look at aging as a spiritual journey and assist maturing adults during this passage. Issues of purpose and meaning become more urgent as people age. A ministry that supports the lifelong faith development of women and men is essential. In a world where peoples’ longevity has increased by 30 years over the last century, her message is timely.

A year to celebrate those who can awaken the world

Consecrated life is a sign in the Church and the world of the union with Christ which all Christians are invited to in Baptism. This year our congregation participated in the celebration of consecrated life, as gift and sign, in several ways within the Archdiocese.

Eastern Wins Award for 2 O’Connor Construction
Eastern Construction Company Ltd. built the new Sisters Residence at 2 O’Connor Drive. Their work on the project has earned them a 2013 Toronto Construction Association Project Achievement Award: “Best of the Best.”
Preserving a historic house
When the Sisters moved into their new home at 2 O’Connor Drive on March 12, 2013, their dwelling place incorporated the John F. Taylor house into the newly built residence. The Taylor house at 2 O’Connor Drive and Broadview Avenue is a designated heritage property registered with the City of Toronto. By restoring this house, the Sisters of St. Joseph have maintained a link to the history of the former municipality of East York.

Pope Francis and the Periphery

Canadian Religious Conference Bulletin, Winter 2014  The Church is collectively catching its breath in these extraordinary months following the election of Jorge Bergoglio to the chair of Peter. Through his genuine kindness and easy familiarity with people of every religious viewpoint and attitude, we are witnessing nothing less than a recasting of the Petrine office. The Church is embracing a servant leader who, inspired by the Poverello of Assisi, has cast aside the trappings of the papal court.

Spiritual Thoughts
Nickel Belt News, January 10, 2014 — A few have made wrong choices all of their lives… the good news is that you have a second chance.
 
Beginning a new year is a time for reflection. Symbolically at parties, many have seen the old man 2013 exit and the happy new babe 2014 walk on stage. In 2013 we have done our best. Though not perfect, we are good people. With our New Year’s resolutions we’ll try to smooth out some of the rougher edges of our personality, or reach out more to others.
Holy Family Associates: Advent Retreat Day
On Saturday, December 7, 2013, the Holy Family Associates hosted a retreat day at St. Mary of the People parish in Oshawa. About 20 other people from other parishes in Oshawa joined us for a day of reflection and prayer. The subject for the day — Attentive to God’s Presence — was presented by Sr. Mary Rose Marrin CSJ. 
 
Sister Mary Rose asked us to take this day out of our busy Christmas schedule to be with God in prayer and contemplation.
Agape in the Classroom
Students in an Agape program presented their creative final projects at Loretto Abbey on January 10, 2014: there were blogs, wordles (word clouds, see image), paintings, poems and videos. Agape is the Greek word for selfless unconditional love that gives without expecting anything in return.
Circle of Friends: The 2014 CSJ Associates Newsletter
The annual newsletter of the CSJ Associates, Circle of Friends, is now available.
Sister Enid’s Ministry
The Frank J. Selke Memorial Resource Centre in Kapuskasing, Ontario, offers faith education and personal growth and development through workshops, retreats and seminars.
CCO’s “Rise Up” Conference: Lord, I hear you calling my name
Between December 28, 2013, and January 1, 2014, I had the privilege of attending the Catholic Christian Outreach “Rise Up” conference in Ottawa. There were 850 university students present, representing all ten provinces and the Northwest Territories and 88 universities. I was one among 55 priests and religious from 19 different religious communities.
 
This is an annual religious conference for universities students. This year it was celebrating 25 years of ministry.
Looking Back at Christmas in the Convent
I am looking forward to our first Christmas at the new Sisters’ Residence at 2 O’Connor where we arrived on March 12, 2013, from Morrow Park. We’re still settling in. Adjustment to new places always takes time. But when I look back, I have made many major adjustments in my life.
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