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Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Canada Becomes a Blue Community: Working Towards Making Clean Water a Human Right
On December 10, UN Human Rights Day, the Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Canada will become the first group of religious communities in Canada to be designated a "Blue Community" which supports the right to safe drinking water.

National Housing Day – November 22

In 1998, the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee declared homelessness to be a national disaster by means of a “State of Emergency Declaration.” This formal statement was immediately endorsed by various individuals, community agencies, faith groups, labour unions and government entities.

Celebrating Our 2017 Jubilarians

Each year, the Sisters celebrate their Jubilarians: Sisters who have reached significant anniversaries in their years of religious life. Some of the Sisters who celebrated this year:

Reflections on World Food Day and the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
This fall, Sisters and staff have participated in events and written reflections in order to honour World Food Day which is observed on October 16 and the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, observed on October 17. 

Reflecting on the Great Lakes Water Walk
To bless the waters of our Lake Ontario watershed, the walk along the Toronto Waterfront Trail on September 24, was led by Anishinabek Nation Grandmother Josephine Mandamin, elder Shirley Williams and other women knowledge holders. Traditionally, women are the carriers of water.

CSJ Calls on Government to Improve Refugee Program

Sister Pat Boucher, on behalf of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto, recently wrote a letter to the Prime Minister and Minister of Immigration calling on them to expedite private sponsorship and to accept at least 20,000 UNHCR-recommended refugees into Canada each year. Please click here to read the letter.

Associates’ Annual Retreat 2017

The Associates’ Annual Retreat this year was entitled The Lace Isn’t Finished Yet and occurred at Queen of Apostles Retreat Centre in Mississauga from August 25 to August 27. The facilitators were Sister Dorothy Schweitzer, CSJ, and Sister Theresa Rodgers, CSJ. 

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
According to the UN, it is estimated that there are 370 million Indigenous people in the world, living across 90 countries; Canada being one of them. 

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons – July 30

We are aware of the scourge of Human Trafficking for purposes of forced labour, organ removal, domestic servitude, and sexual exploitation. Although statistics are unreliable due to the covert nature of the crime, we know that Canada is a source, transit, and destination point for human trafficking. 

Haiti Newsletter 2017

Every year, Sister Rosemary Fry travels to Haiti to visit ministries started by the Sisters that continue to serve people and especially children in need. The annual Haiti Newsletter provides donors and other friends of the Sisters with updates on these projects and you can see the 2017 issue by clicking here.

Video: 150 Years of Religious Life in Canada

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto are pleased to present this video in celebration of Canada's Women & Men Religious over the past 150 years. It was a privilege for the Sisters to create this project with the Canadian Religious Conference and numerous religious congregations across Canada. 

Faith Alliance Symposium Report

On May 17, 2017, Faith Alliance to End Human Trafficking held a symposium on human trafficking for people working in the field and those with lived experience. Here is a report on the recommendations stemming from this conference. 

Reflections on National Aboriginal Day
June 21 is National Aboriginal Day. According to Wikipedia, National Aboriginal Day recognizes and celebrates the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada. It was first celebrated in 1996, after it was proclaimed by then Governor General of Canada Roméo LeBlanc to be celebrated on 21 June annually.

Catholic Sisters Illustrate Faces of Poverty & Offer Solutions

Toronto, ON, June 6, 2017 – In response to the federal government's call for consultations on its Poverty Reduction Strategy, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto held an event to share personal stories and offer targeted solutions.

New CSJ Associates Share Their Stories

On April 22, these Associates made their First Commitment. Here, they share how they learned about the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto and became CSJ Associates.

CSJ Associates' Commitment Day
On April 22, 2017, 49 spirited Associates came together for our Annual Commitment Retreat organized by the St. Joseph and St. Jude Communities. 

Celebrating Planet Earth in the Month of April
April is a time of transformation and renewal: Seeds sprout, rain cascades and birds chirp. With all that Mother Earth contends with, we, as humans, need to do our part to nurture and celebrate the planet. 

Congratulations to Sister Mary Ellen Burns
Sister Mary Ellen Burns was recently featured in Missions Today magazine. The article touches on her many achievements as a teacher and religious educator as well as being awarded the Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice by Pope Francis.
Honouring Our Students: Pow Wow and Indigenous Festival
On March 11, 2017, a pow wow was held in the Sports Gym at the University of Toronto. This first major pow wow on campus in decades was hosted by the Indigenous Studies Students’ Union. 

Associates Assembly Day 2017
On March 4, 2017, 47 CSJ Associates and Sisters of St. Joseph gathered at 2 O’Connor for our annual Assembly Day. 

Portraits of Faith Book Launch

On November 15, Faith Connections launched its first book, Portraits of Faith, a collection of essays from young adult Catholics. At the launch party, guests and authors mingled and enjoyed refreshments together. Please click here to see photos of the event.

Paint Nite with Sister Virginia Varley
What a lovely evening I had with some Catholic women studying at Ryerson University. I had been invited by Susan Goncz, the newly hired Catholic chaplain, to lead an evening of painting. 

CSJ Associates Annual Retreat 2016

On September 16, 2016, the CSJ Associates assembled at the Queen of Apostles Retreat Centre in Mississauga for their annual retreat. This was a time for reflection, prayer and reunion with fellow Associates. Thirty-five people were in attendance. The theme for the weekend this year was Laudato Si', Welcome to the Garden.

October is Significant for the Sisters of St. Joseph
In October, the Sisters commemorate two key dates: the day the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph was born in France and the date on which the first Sisters arrived in Toronto. These periods in the Sisters' history were rendered in two beautiful paintings by the late Sister Geraldine Thompson, CSJ.

A Legacy of Caring: Health Care Institutions Founded by the Sisters
This online presentation highlights the Sisters' role in health care. Between 1857 and 1925, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto set up six health care institutions across Canada. Click here to view historical photos and information illustrating how the Sisters have always responded to serve the sick, poor and vulnerable.

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