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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.

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."

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.

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 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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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