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Mother Teresa Remembering Mother Teresa

In light of Pope Francis proclaiming Mother Teresa a saint on September 4, Sister Gwen Smith was featured on CTV News.  Here, you will find links to the two TV interviews as well as a previously published story Sister Gwen wrote regarding her own experiences with Mother Teresa.

Sister Enid Selke: A Lifelong Teacher
As early as age 13, Sister Enid Selke knew she wanted to be a Sister of St. Joseph of Toronto. But, even before that time, she knew she wanted to be a teacher. When she was 4 years old, her favourite game was playing school with her four sisters and her brother using the chalkboard in their home.

Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto Commends Province on its Human Trafficking Strategy
Press Release, July 5, 2016 — Faith Alliance to End Human Trafficking (Faith Alliance) is pleased to learn that the Province of Ontario will invest up to $72 million in a human trafficking strategy aimed at increasing awareness and coordination, reforming justice-sector initiatives and improving access to services. 
A Journey Through the Doors of Mercy
Faith Connections, the young adult ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto, hosted a Hike and Prayer event entitled “A Journey through the Doors of Mercy” on April 26, 2016. Thirty participants had the opportunity to reflect on the wisdom of our Holy Father. Together we prayed, discussed, and entered into the mercy of God.
GIFT Box in Sarnia

Faith Alliance to End Human Trafficking, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto, in collaboration with the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada, the Ursuline Sisters in Chatham, the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, the Sarnia-Lambton Committee Against the Trafficking of Women and Children and the Sexual Assault Survivor Centre Sarnia-Lambton brought GIFT Box to Sarnia, Ontario from June 3 to June 7, 2016.

June 8: World Oceans Day
"Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet" is this year's theme for World Oceans Day. June 8 is a United Nations recognized day of celebration and action for the oceans. I was happy to hear of two initiatives in particular to protect the oceans from pollution by plastic.

GIFT Box in Sarnia, ON: June 3 - 7

Faith Alliance to End Human Trafficking (Faith Alliance) is working with Sisters of St. Joseph, London Neighbourhood and Ursuline Sisters of Chatham to bring GIFT Box to Sarnia.

Springs of Hope Newsletter
Fontbonne Ministries is pleased to present the Spring 2016 issue of Springs of Hope. We trust you will enjoy this fresh look as well as our reflections on the diverse ways that the six ministries live the call to mercy. Please click here to see it. 
Reflection on International Day for Biodiversity
May 22 marks “International Day for Biodiversity.” What is biodiversity and why is it important? The term refers to the diversity and variety and interconnectedness of the biological world.
CSJ Associates Renew Commitments
The sun shone brightly on the annual Associates Commitment Day on April 16, 2016. Gathered were 58 Associates renewing their promises and approximately 22 Sisters who received and supported our commitments for the following year. 

Reflection on World Communications Day, May 8

As World Communications Day approaches, it provides an opportunity to reflect on my (rather new) role as Communications Director for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto.

Fontbonne Ministries: Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
On April 24, over 80 people attended Fontbonne Ministries' annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. Volunteers, staff and Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto assembled at the Famous People Players dining hall and theatre to enjoy socializing, an afternoon meal and a variety of musical performances from puppets and their puppeteers.

Reflection for Earth Day, April 22

For several years I was involved in ministry as a hospital chaplain. My role during this time was to be a listening, compassionate presence, to offer support, comfort and spiritual guidance when appropriate to the patients and their families who were struggling with issues of loss, grief and hopelessness. 

April 17: Feast Day of St. Kateri

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha (1656 – April 17, 1680), was known as “Lily of the Mohawks.” April 17 marks her Feast Day as a patron saint of ecology.

Sisters of St. Joseph Honoured at St. Joseph’s Health Centre Event
On Thursday, April 7, a number of Sisters attended a special tribute at St. Joseph’s Health Centre in west Toronto. That evening, the hospital unveiled a legacy wall and video documentary. The wall has three sections: Past, Present and Future. 
Greening Sacred Spaces - Sacred Connections Through Water

In mid-March, CSJ Associates held their annual “Assembly Day” — a workshop to increase awareness of current social issues and apply what is learned in daily life, into our families and into the different communities to which we belong.

Easter Reflection: A Portal into Love
This week, I was surprised to see that the tulip shoots are already greening in my garden. As I stood in awe of the mystery of new life unfolding before me, I contemplated the gift of wonder that I believe is at the heart of Easter. 

Reflection on St. Joseph, March 19
For the Feast of St. Joseph, Sister Dorothy Schweitzer shares this reflection on how St. Joseph trusted his faith in God when learning Mary would give birth to the Saviour.

Feeding the Hungry in the Year of Mercy
From the teachings of Jesus, we derived the corporal works of mercy, which are concerned primarily with meeting the needs of others. 

Furniture Bank: A Ministry of Mercy

From the outside, Furniture Bank looks like one of many warehouses located in South Etobicoke. But upon entering, visitors find themselves in a brightly lit waiting area of comfortable chairs with toys and a play table for children. As they move further through the building, visitors soon discover a warehouse filled with furnishings, decor, chairs and more.

International Women’s Day: Tuesday, March 8

Tuesday, March 8 is International Women’s Day, celebrating the progress of women. Over the last year, we have seen continued growth in our world towards greater equality, justice, and meaning for the lives of female identified people.

Ministry with Maturing Adults Moves Forward
A synergy results when Sister Mary Rose Marrin, CSJ and Mary Perry White come together. In addition to sharing a name, they share a passion for supporting people who are in their second half of life.

Lenten Prayer: Walking with Jesus
For the fourth Sunday of Lent, Sister Andrea Dumont shares a prayer about the path of Jesus and our own during the Season of Lent.

February 20: World Day of Social Justice
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on this day last year: "In this crucial year for global development, let us do our utmost to eradicate all forms of human exploitation. Let us build a world of social justice where all people can live and work in freedom, dignity and equality.” 

Ashes: On the Lenten Threshold
We are about to enter upon the season of Lent. The word “Lent” comes from the old English, lencten, meaning spring, the time of rebirth and new life. Just as we experience cycles and seasons in nature and in our natural lives, this same truth governs our spiritual and religious lives.

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