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Memories of Women's Education at St. Michael's College

On March 7, 2012, Sister Mechtilde O'Mara gave a talk on the history of St. Joseph's College. Laughter filled the lecture hall at Christie Mansion, where more than 90 people gathered to hear Sister Mechtilde O'Mara speak on the history of St. Joseph's College. Sister Mechtilde, Classics Professor Emerita at St. Michael's College, explained the exclusion of women from St. Michael's in the early years, how the proximity of St.

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.

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.

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 50 Years

Jean Leahy CSJ
The first thing to consider is how much I have been nurtured in community over these years. Great thanks are due for all that has been received through community.

I can think of many examples of nurturing — and being nurtured — in the communities in the various high schools in which I taught and also in the parishes where I served as Pastoral Assistant.

Vanessa inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu

It is a testament to the ways that the Sisters of St. Joseph, have encouraged me and formed me in their Ignatian Charism

On Feb. 15, 2012, Vanessa Nicholas-Schmidt, Program Director Faith Connections, was one of the participants inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, the International Jesuit Honour Society. The ceremony took place at Toronto’s Regis College in the chapel. Mass commenced at 1:30 p.m. and was followed by the ceremony at 2:30 p.m. after which all celebrated at a reception.

All inductees took the following Alpha Sigma Nu Pledge:

Vatican II... The role of women religious

In this article, Sister Ellen Leonard shares her experiences and perspective of Vatican II.

Fifty years ago, on Oct. 11, 1962, Pope John XXIII formally opened the second Vatican Council. Catholics who experienced Vatican II were profoundly moved by changes to their understanding of church and its mission in the world. The Council was for them a formative experience, one that is difficult to communicate to younger Catholics. All Catholics were invited by their bishops to receive the teachings of the Council, and women religious received the teachings with enthusiasm.

Sisters of St. Joseph and Sisters of Service sign sponsorship deal

Written by Vanessa Santilli, The Catholic Register
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012

At their peak in the 1960s, the Sisters of Service had 125 members. But with their numbers down to 20, the congregation decided it was time to plan for their future. For help, they turned to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto.

We are grateful for...

She came to St. Paul's Basilica in late 1990's and ever since has been a strong and quiet presence. Sister Margaret has given to St. Paul's in so many ways as parish assistant. She has been a spiritual provider, a manager, mentor, and a very hard worker. Sister Margaret has touched everyone at St. Paul's from the altar servers, food room volunteers and clients, shut-ins and the sick of the parish to mention a few. Her tasks have been many and she did it all with compassion, kindness and care.

Pastoral Ministry in the North: Sr. Enid in Kapuskasing

In Kapuskasing, a town of 15,000 in Northern Ontario, Sr. Enid Selke manages the Frank J. Selke Memorial Resource Centre in St. Patrick’s parish in the diocese of Hearst. Sr. Enid, now in her 80s, has operated the Selke Centre since it was completed in 1988.

During the last year, as part of Adult Education for the English-speaking Catholics, Sr. Enid’s programs included the study of scripture, sacraments, spiritual growth and evangelization. Her group covered the gospel of Matthew from January to May on Tuesday evenings and Thursday mornings.

Politicians can't just shed their faith

Written by Luc Rinaldi, The Catholic Register
Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012

The separation of church and state is a concept engrained in the identity and culture of Western democracy as a means of protecting religion, not eliminating it, according to the Very Rev. Lois Wilson.

But that definition has become less and less believable, Wilson told a few dozen young adults gathered in downtown Toronto at a Theology on Tap event that questioned what role religion should play in forming the public policy of a secular state.

Sisters enter sponsorship relationship

On Jan. 25, 2012, after dialogue and consultation and with the approval of Toronto Archbishop Thomas Collins, the Sisters of Service (SOS) and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto (CSJ) signed a sponsorship agreement at the CSJ Administration Centre in Toronto.

Reflection On Consecrated Life - Fifth Sunday In Ordinary Time

There was a wise rabbi named Zerusha who was dying. His followers asked him for a wisdom saying by which they could remember him. He said, “When I come before my creator, I don’t think I’m going to be asked, ‘Why weren’t you more like Abraham and Moses?’. I’m going to be asked, ‘Why weren’t you more like Zerusha?’”.

In today’s second reading and in the gospel passage, we can see this piece of wisdom being lived. Paul says, “Woe to me if I do not proclaim the Gospel!” It is in his bones to do this.

Second Anniversary of the Haitian Earthquake

It is 10 p.m., Jan. 12, 2012.  I have just come back to my room from a Memorial mass at our parish, Sacre Coeur, at 5 p.m. followed by watching together the televised Memorial at Titanyen, the place of the mass graves where bodies unearthed and dead in the streets were buried.

Loretto College: Advocate of Women’s Higher Education in the 20th Century

On Jan. 23, 2012, Sr. Evanne Hunter, IBVM Canadian Provincial, pictured right, presented a lecture entitled “Loretto College: Advocate of Women’s Higher Education in the 20th Century” at Loretto College to an audience of over 80. Sr. Evanne, a graduate and later principal of Loretto Abbey College School, presented an entertaining history of her congregation’s role in providing post-secondary education to young Catholic women in Toronto at the turn of the 20th century.

Patience and Perseverance

On Oct. 7, 1851, four women arrived in Toronto at the request of the new bishop, Armand de Charbonnel: Delphine (Maire-Antoinette Fontbonne) [superior], Alphonsus (Sarah Margerum), Mary Martha (Marie Bunning) and Bernard (Ellen Dinan).

Sister Betty Lou’s Farewell to Creative Works Studio

On Dec. 1, 2011, at the annual CWS Art Exhibit, Sr. Betty Lou Knox bade goodbye to Creative Works Studio after 13 years in ministry there. When asked what her role was, Sr. Betty Lou did not hesitate, "I was there to support the dream."

Sisters Honoured at the Blessing of Our Lady of Mercy Wing

On Dec. 5, 2011, St. Joseph Health Centre recognized the legacy of its founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph, during the official blessing ceremony of the new Our Lady of Mercy Patient Care Wing.

Memory Lane Celebrates Sisters’ Legacy at Providence

On Nov. 30, 2011, Providence Healthcare paid tribute to their founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto. They held a reception and unveiling of Memory Lane, a hall on the second floor dedicated to telling the story of the House of Providence and how it evolved into Providence Healthcare. The reception was followed by several speeches and then all were invited for a first viewing of this hall made possible by BMO Financial Group. What follows are some highlights of the event.

Karen From Honduras: A Goodbye to Karen

Sister Patricia Dowling shares a story from Honduras:
In Honduras, the percentage of people living in extreme poverty is very high. And in this group there are many mentally challenged persons living with their families. These are the people I visit in and around the town of Choluteca where we live in a l'Arche community.

Christmas at Morrow Park

Christmas at Morrow Park really means the vigil mass, celebrated in the early evening of Dec. 24.

A Christmas I will never forget

There's many a December evening when, at the end of a frazzled day, we Sisters sit back with a cup of hot chocolate and take time to remember Christmases past.

Christmas in Haiti

Needless to say, there's no snow! Yet you will hear: "I’m dreaming of a white Christmas" playing in city supermarkets. Outside you will see huge round Santa’s perched on the corners of some buildings looking out of place, replacing the Haitian version of Papa Noël who has long white hair and beard and a long gown.

Still, the crèche is at the centre of the season and unites us all in all nations around the birth of our Savior.

Christmas in Thompson
At Christmas, the Halleluia chorus will ring in our hearts because our former pastor is coming to celebrate Christmas with us.

Thompson, the third largest city of Manitoba, is a nine hour bus ride north of Winnipeg. Approximately half of our population is composed of First Nations people. Currently we have no resident priest. We celebrate on Sundays with our lay presiders, and once a month with a missionary priest who comes for Eucharist and to leave consecrated hosts.

Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board Recognizes Religious Orders with Catholic Award of Merit

On Tuesday, Sept. 27, the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board honoured seven Religious Orders and Diocesan Priests with the board’s Catholic Award of Merit. These orders were instrumental in the development of Catholic education in Dufferin-Peel.

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