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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 Archtoronto.org.

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.
Human Trafficking Article in The Catholic Register
The Catholic Register — A public education campaign is being run in Toronto this summer coinciding with the Pan Am Games. Religious sisters are a driving force behind the campaign.

Providence Healthcare reimagines palliative care
The Catholic Register   If death is a part of life then we shouldn’t die alone any more than we should live in isolation. Our deaths should be as surrounded by family, love and compassion as the lives we lived. Those values would be the ones lived by the Sisters of St. Joseph 160 years ago when Providence began as a kind of soup kitchen, hostel and clinic for the destitute of a growing, chaotic young city. 

Regis’ Lenten retreat takes aim at busy youth
The Catholic Register — Everyone needs spiritual direction at some point in their life, said Sr. Mechtilde O’Mara. So during the Lenten season, Faith Connections is organizing “a busy’s person’s retreat” called Lenten Listening. The retreat is a six-week program that provides young adults in the Archdiocese of Toronto the opportunity to meet with a spiritual companion to accompany them along their Lenten journey.
Sr. Anne Speaks at Federal Homeless Funding Announcement
Sister Anne Schenck was part of a Friday, February 13 press conference held at Furniture Bank. At this conference, the federal government announced $86 million in funding to fight homelessness in Toronto. Present were Federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver, Minister of State Candice Bergen, Etobicoke-Lakeshore MP Bernard Trottier, Toronto Mayor John Tory, and Sister Anne (pictured right in red), the founder of Furniture Bank. Speaking at the conference, Mayor Tory said, "This five-year commitment from the federal government means we can continue to provide much-needed services to help Toronto’s most vulnerable residents."
Associates Assembly Day on February 21, 2015
Forty-three CSJ Associates gathered for an Assembly Day at 2 O’Connor Drive on Saturday, February 21, 2015. The guest speaker was Father Peter McKenna. Under his able guidance, the Associates reflected on the theme, Celebrating What is Right With the World.
 
After a video presentation, Father Peter spoke about how perception controls our reality and how our vision transforms the way we look at the world.
Ministry in Fort St. James

"So here I am – responding to our call to live our life with simplicity and compassion among our people here in Fort St. James."

In my ministry here at Fort St. James, B.C., I serve men, women and children who are in need of love and compassion and I strive to share our CSJ charism of unifying love in many ways.

A Day in the Life of Sr. Helen Kluke
Responding to the call reveals the mystery of God’s loving embrace. Leaving High School teaching and Food Services management behind, Fontbonne Ministries’ Studio on the Hill pottery studio has opened and enriched the path along which I am being led in ministry. Every day is different. Additional groups add exciting challenges. 
Wake the World with Dawning Joy
In honour of the Year of Consecrated Life, we have created this video, which features images of Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto engaged in ministry. In the background you can hear the song commissioned for this special year: “Wake the World with Dawning Joy.”

St. Joe’s Sisters spearhead call to protect migrants
The Catholic Register, January 25, 2015 — Pope Francis called for “the globalization of charity and co-operation” on the 101st World Day of Migrants and Refugees, but the Sisters of St. Joseph may have beaten the Pope to it with their submission to a United Nations commission in early January.
 
The Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Canada is spearheading a worldwide effort by Sisters of St.
Sister Cecelia: A True Neighbour

On January 13, 2015, the Annual General Meeting of Becoming Neighbours took place at Loretto College. Representatives of the 20 religious congregations who make up the organization’s members gathered with many of the newcomers and other guests to pray, tell their stories, and celebrate what has been achieved.

O’Gara Ecumenical Essays Published
The Catholic Register, January 16, 2015 — One of Canada’s greatest theologians is still publishing more than two years after she died. Margaret O’Gara, whose teaching on ecumenism and papal primacy formed a generation of Canadian scholars of the Church, has a final volume of essays coming out, thanks to her husband.
The Seeds of L’Arche
Arriving at L’Arche Daybreak in 1972, Sr. Sue Mosteller, a Sister of St. Joseph, became the second Community Leader, and later the first International Leader after Jean Vanier. She currently serves on the Henri Nouwen Legacy Trust. The following are notes from her talk at Kelly library, Toronto, on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of L’Arche on Oct. 22, 2014.
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.
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