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Morrow Park's Mass of Thanksgiving Celebrates 52 Years

The invitation to family and friends stated: "As we prepare to move after 52 years at Morrow Park, the Sisters of St. Joseph invite you to join us for a Mass and Reception on Sunday, November 25..." And guests poured in, welcomed by Sisters who guided them up to the chapel through a corridor lined with banners showing images of Morrow Park and the activities there over the yearsThe "Eucharistic Liturgy of Thanksgiving" began at 2 pm with a welcome from Congregational Leader Sr.

Sr. St. John O'Malley CSJ with students in 1925 Celebrating 100 Years of Women's Education at St. Michael's

Women were first admitted to St. Michael's College in 1911 - 12, a century ago. By the 15th anniversary of their arrival, as Laura Sabia pointed out in her talk to a gathering of SMC alumnae for a Whitsuntide Conference (a series of early 60s conferences meant to balance the longstanding Michaelmas Conference for male-alumni), women students registered in the Faculty of Arts and Science through St. Michael's College already outnumbered the men. That ratio has continued to the present time. But co-education did not come easily to St. Michael's.

Springs of Hope - Fall Newsletter 2012

The latest issue of Springs of Hope, the Fontbonne Ministries newsletter, is available. Topics in this issue include:

  • Supporting the Sisters in their Ministries
  • Walking With the Sisters
  • A Chance to Touch Someone's Life
  • Cooking and Companionship
  • A Bit of Everything
  • Tending the Community Garden
  • Self Discovery in Pottery
  • Achievements in Gardening and Pottery
  • Appreciating Donors and the Wonder of Women
 
Sr. Georgette Gregory speaks. Sr. Georgette Tells the Story of the Mobile Dental Clinic's History

"The Mobile Dental Clinic is a 40-foot customized coach that is fully accessible and is equipped with two dental stations, a sterilization centre and a reception area. The clinic is staffed by a dentist, registered dental hygienist and a certified dental assistant. The bus will travel throughout Toronto visiting neighbourhoods and community agencies Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Celebrating 60 Years of Catholic Education in Thorold
Sisters Patricia Conway and Sister Margaret McGrath remember their time in Thorold with joy.
On the feast of St. Charles Borromeo, St. Charles Catholic Elementary School in Thorold, Ontario, celebrated its 60th anniversary commemoration.
Dr. Daisy Radigan and Sr. Janet Fraser pose before the screen in Georgina on Oct Understanding our Place in the World
Leah Watkiss, JPIC Program Director, shares her experience at a screening of Journey of the Universe.
On a cold and rainy October evening, Sister Janet Fraser and I made our way to the town of Georgina on Lake Simcoe to attend a screening of the EMMY award-winning documentary Journey of the Universe: An Epic Story of Cosmic, Earth, and Human Transformation followed by a discussion led by eco-ministry expert Dr.
Sister Roberta Freeman receives her award. Sr. Roberta Freeman Receives the Ontario Senior Achievement Award

On Oct 5th 2012, Sr. Roberta Freeman CSJ received the Ontario Senior Achievement Awards at Queen's Park for her community service in Toronto. Her name was submitted by Nancy Hawkes, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development of St. Elizabeth Health Care, for her contribution during her years on their Board and as a founding member of their foundation.

Sister Conrad Lauber, Monsignor Paul Dwyer Catholic Secondary School's second pr Oshawa school celebrates 50 years of Catholic education

Generations of students and teachers gathered recently to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Monsignor Paul Dwyer Catholic High School in Oshawa.

Sisters view one of the displays at Paul Dwyer High School. Paul Dwyer Celebrates Anniversary by Honoring the Sisters
On Sept. 8, 2012, a bright Sunday afternoon, at 2 pm, Monsignor Paul Dwyer Catholic High School in Oshawa kicked off its 50th Anniversary Celebrations with a Mass and Reception to honour the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto. Fifteen Sisters served as administrators and teachers at the school during the period of 1965 to 1991.
 
Sr. Anne Schenck remembered how the Sisters of St.
Energy Efficient Sisters Model Ecological Living for the 21st Century

In 1997, a group of 10 Sisters used Workshop in a Box - Ecological Living for the 21st Century. Three of them, Sisters Janet Fraser, Peggy Bach and Mary Fatta, all pictured at left, decided to use what they had learned to live in an ecologically friendly house. One of their objectives was to conserve energy.

They conducted an energy audit in their house. As a result, they decided to use Bullfrog power, a system which produces green, clean energy feeding it to the grid on behalf of its customers.

Sister Conrad Awarded Diamond Jubilee Medal

On June 21, 2012, Sister Conrad Lauber, was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal by Laurel Broten, MPP Etobicoke-Lakeshore, in a presentation that took place at Village Mosaic at 2794 Lake Shore Blvd. West. Sr. Conrad is a Sister of St. Joseph and Laurel Broten thanked the Sisters for “bringing a gathering place to the Lakeshore.” She spoke of Sr. Conrad as an "unsung hero" and wished to present the medal here in place with the seniors.

Ursula Matthews Awarded Jubilee Medal

On April 27, 2012, Ursula Matthews, Co-Director of the CSJ Associates, was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal in a presentation that took place at the Captain Bellenden Hutcheson VC Armory in Etobicoke. She is pictured here on the right with Conrad Lauber CSJ on the left.

Catherine and Steve re-united with their daughter, Patricia. World Refugee Day: June 20, 2012

United Nations' World Refugee Day honours the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict and violence.

Sister Margaret Myatt, centre, with Ellen Leonard CSJ and Jack Lynch SFM Becoming Neighbours: Annual Margaret Myatt CSJ Recognition Award

At the AGM of Becoming Neighbours on May 9, 2012, a new annual award was announced: the "Becoming Neighbours Annual Margaret Myatt CSJ Recognition Award."  The award was named in honour of Sr. Margaret who first envisioned this ministry which could be carried out collaboratively by local congregations. In 2003, the Sisters of St. Joseph Leadership Team invited 19 congregations of women and men religious in the city to come together in this Becoming Neighbours ministry that assists newcomers to Canada.

Supporting Lay People in their Faith Studies

Sister Jacqueline de Verteuil is the local consultant/advisor to students registered in the Diploma in Ministry Program (DIMP) offered by St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. At the right, she is pictured at the university’s 2011 graduation with the two DIMP graduating students in gowns. Pictured are, left to right, Dan Archie Cummings; Mary MacInnis, Coordinator of Ministry Programs; Catherine Kaloutsky, Bishop Brian Dunn, and Sr. Jacqueline.

Art on the Park

Between April 25 and 28, 2012, Sisters Virginia Varley and Betty Lou Knox and Loral Dean exhibited their latest works at Regis College, today a Jesuit graduate faculty of theology at the University of Toronto. Paintings were beautifully displayed in this historic building previously owned by the family of William Christie, of cookie fame. In 1926, the Sisters of St. Joseph acquired the property and it became St. Joseph's College.

Concentration camp survivor Vera Schiff. Spiritual resistance in a concentration camp

Written by Jed de los Reyes, Youth Speak News
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Catholic Register

Most 16-year-olds worry about getting good grades and maintaining friendships. Vera Schiff's main concern was to stay alive.

Linda Greszczyszyn, Theresa Franco, Susan Ward and Kim Gottfried-Piché. Commitment Day 2012

We celebrated Commitment Day on April 22nd at Morrow Park. This was a special day because the CSJ Associates are celebrating their 30th anniversary. Over 70 Associates and Sisters were on hand to learn about the founding of the Sisters of St. Joseph in France in 1650 and their arrival in Canada in 1851. The Galilee Associates Community organized this year’s retreat, which started off with fellowship, prayer and song.

Bruce Watts searches for the message from God in his photographs. Finding the spiritual through the lens

Written by Evan Boudreau, The Catholic Register
Saturday, April 21, 2012

When Bruce Watts bought a camera for a Philippines vacation in 1965, he had no idea that the beauty of God would be waiting in the view finder. Capturing a memory was all he had in mind.

“I thought, ‘Gee, I should have a camera for this,’ and it just sort of went from there,” said Watts. Recently the amateur photographer’s photos were displayed at a Followers of Jesus eco-spirituality retreat earning him a guest-speaker invitation at the Mustard Seed’s Spiritual Spa.

Photo by Vanessa Santilli Nourishing body and spirit with healthy foods

Written by Vanessa Santilli, The Catholic Register
Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you that you have from God and you are not your own, Faith Connections program director Vanessa Nicholas-Schmidt told participants at the Keeping the Temple Healthy event April 14. “Glorify God in body and spirit,” said Nicholas-Schmidt, quoting Corinthians. “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are beneficial. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be dominated by anything."

Photo by Chris Miller Religious orders look to the next generation

by Sara Francis
from the Western Catholic Reporter
March 26, 2012

Finding and forming the next generation of religious in Canada was a popular topic at this year's National Association of Vocation and Formation Directors Conference.

About 100 people attended the biannual conference in Calgary March 11 to 14. This year's theme was Called to Discipleship: Witnesses to Hope. The conference focuses on both vocation and formation.

Sister Mary Rowell said with fewer people entering religious life, the peer group for new vocations is small.

Sr. Georgette Honoured for her Work Sr. Georgette Honoured for her Work

"I was very surprised," said Georgette Gregory CSJ (pictured here on the left side of the stage) on winning the Fred Victor’s Women with Purpose-Mary Sheffield Award. She received it for her leadership in addressing poverty and homelessness in Toronto over her lifetime. "It really felt good to be recognized by the community partners I work and volunteer alongside. The evening was exhilarating and fun."

The 2012 Jubilarians: Nurturing Community for 60 Years

Ellen Leonard CSJ
I am a teacher. My teaching has taken different forms but all of them have focused on nurturing community. I began my ministry as a Sister of St. Joseph with 51 Grade 1 students followed by eight more years in primary classrooms. At that time we prepared children in Grade 1 to receive the sacraments (First Eucharist and First Reconciliation).

The 2012 Jubilarians: Nurturing Community for 70 Years

Mary Ruth Creamer CSJ
Eileen Ruth Creamer felt at home with the Sisters of St. Joseph from the time she was a child. She had an aunt in the congregation, also Sr. Mary Ruth. Through visits with her and attending St. Joseph's High School on Jarvis Street, she was well acquainted with many Sisters.

A 2012 Jubilarian: Nurturing Community for 75 Years

Catherine Cahill entered the Congregation in September 1936 after graduating from St. Joseph’s College School. After first vows, she completed her teacher training then taught in a variety of elementary schools, mainly in Ontario. Both as a classroom teacher and later as a principal, she was happy in education. When asked about the different schools where she served, her answer was frequently the same. "I loved teaching there. It was a wonderful experience." In 1965 she moved into high school administration as principal.

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