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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."
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.
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.
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