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Sr. Catherine McDonough: 50 Years in Ministry

A native of Toronto, Sister Catherine McDonough attended elementary and high school in the Toronto area and was taught by both Sisters of St. Joseph and Loretto Sisters.  She became a Sister of St. Joseph in 1959 and has since served her years in ministry at Morrow Park, St. Michael’s Hospital and Marycrest Home for the Aged in Peterborough.

Whom shall I send? A question for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations

This talk is adapted from a reflection that Sr. Dorothy Schweitzer gave at the Newman chapel in Toronto on Feb. 7, 2010, on the occasion of Consecrated Life weekend.

The prophet Isaiah tells us, "I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send, And who will go for us?' And I said, 'Here I am; send me!'"

Each of us has been called by God, and sent by God. Each of us! We are all called, each in his or her own way, to witness to God's love and forgiveness to all we meet.

Easter Letter from Haiti

Sr. Lorraine Malo writes from Haiti where she has been since early February of this year, interpreting for doctors, helping in clothing distribution and supporting families in their losses.

A Series of Lenten Reflections: The Fifth Sunday in Lent
... At the festival were some Greeks. These approached Philip... "Sir, we would like to see Jesus...." Jesus replied to them: "Now the hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.... A wheat grain...if it dies, it will yield a rich harvest... — John 12

All preaching is a response to this request. We come to listen because we want to "see" Jesus, to know him and to believe. This is what people really ask of the Church. This is why we read our bible, meditate, serve the poor.

Sister Penny’s Response for Receiving the Award for the Value: Sanctity of Life

Thank you for the honour of receiving the award for the value of Sanctity of Life: that every life is a sacred gift and has meaning and value.

How fortunate and blessed am I to be in the Adult Day Program with our Club Members who are among the most vulnerable in our society.
I learn from them the importance of the here and now — the gift of the present moment.

I learn to enjoy the simple things of life:

Sister June Dwyer: Woman of Distinction

"My life and ministries up till now have prepared me for this latest ministry with women and children," said Sister June Dwyer.

Sister June was born and received her early education in Quebec. As a young woman she moved to Toronto where she received her RN from St. Michael's School of Nursing. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay and, later, her Master of Arts in Ministry and Spirituality from Regis College, Toronto. What had she accomplished with this formidable background?

2010 Associates' Assembly Day at Morrow Park

On Saturday, March 6, 2010, some 65 Sisters and CSJ Associates gathered at Morrow Park where Father Terry Gallagher SFM, pictured at right, aided by a panel of his friends, opened to them the world of interfaith worship and spirituality.

Catherine of Siena: Saint and Rebel

St. Catherine of Siena was many things: a visionary, a force of compassion, a rebel, a woman who helped reunite the church. Sister Jacqueline de Verteuil describes how St. Catherine became all this and more through surrendering to her faith in God.

"I believe in the communion of saints." This is the creedal statement we say at our Eucharistic Celebrations each week. We profess our faith in our Church, which includes the saints in heaven who are an active part of the Universal Church. But who are these saints? What were they like? What can we learn from them?

Haiti Diary: Grief & Gratitude - Part 2

Sister Mary Alban Bouchard CSJ was in Haiti during the 2010 earthquake. Continuing from her first set of Haiti reflections for the Lenten season, she now shares with us her final diary entries during that time.

Day 8
Tuesday Jan. 19

Sisters Join the Toronto Bridge Walk

The Sisters of St. Joseph were present for Toronto's Join Me On The Bridge event, a walk across the Prince Edward Viaduct bridge on Bloor Street. The walk recognized the need for equality and peace for women. Sisters Cecelia Tallack, Georgette Gregory, Betty Lou Knox and Jacqueline de Verteuil (pictured left to right) attended the March 8 event.

Haiti Diary: Grief & Gratitude - Part 1

During this season of Lent, Sister Mary Alban Bouchard shares her diary entries for the 11 days following Haiti’s earthquake. Sister Mary Alban writes of her grief and gratitude during that tumultuous time.

Day 1
Tuesday, Jan. 12

Lilavois Diocesan Conference Centre, Port-au-Prince

Sister Marie Tremblay: 70 years in ministry

Sister Marie Tremblay entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St Joseph from her home in North Vancouver B.C. seventy years ago. Her ministry as a sister began in the field of education. At first, she taught in the elementary schools in St Catharines and Toronto and then moved on to secondary school teaching for 29 years in Prince Rupert, Chilliwack, and Vancouver B.C. and in Ontario, in Barrie and Toronto. She earned her B.A. degree at UBC through summer school extension courses, and her M.A. in English from the University of Toronto in 1971 while living at St Joseph's College.

Michael Power/St. Joseph Reaches out to Haiti

On Jan. 12, 2010, life for the people of Haiti was completely transformed. We have all been touched and affected by the pictures, the cry for help and the desperation that has become daily life for the Haitians. This great suffering resonates with us and we quickly inquire as to what it is we can do to help alleviate some of this pain.

The Woman

March 8, 2010 marks International Women's Day, a fitting one for Sister Jane Wilcox's poem.

A wandering woman, light filtering through her darkness
steps timidly toward the dawning horizon.
Landscape rugged, her heart amassed with trouble -
walks and runs the sacred dimensions of earth.

The violent creative destruction
the woman has known
And yet her dreams of energy unfolds…
Radiant beauty struggling to emerge.
She embraces the sufferings of the Universe
In her own person.

Sister Penny McDonald: 50 years in ministry

This year, Sister Penny McDonald is celebrating the golden anniversary of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St Joseph. She came to the novitiate from Edmonton where she was a cheerleader for the Edmonton Eskimos. She was also a recent graduate of St Joseph's High School in Rosetown, Saskatchewan.

Sister Mary Dailey: 70 years in ministry

"I entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1939 and graduated from the St. Michael's Hospital School of Nursing in 1946.  I ministered as a registered nurse in all of our health care institutions: St. Michael's, St. Joseph's, Our Lady of Mercy, St. Joseph's Hospital in Winnipeg and the Infirmary at Morrow Park for a number of years. For a period of time, I was the operating room administrator at St. Michael's Hospital.  I took the Medical Record Librarian course at St. Michael's Hospital and served as a medical record librarian at Our Lady of Mercy Hospital and St.

Sister Terry Dalla: 50 years in ministry

Every human life is proof of God's wondrous action in and through a person, and Sister Terry Dalla's life is no exception. What was behind her call to religious life as a CSJ, and behind her tremendous effectiveness as chaplain to countless numbers of sick and dying people in three great medical centers? We discover the answer in Sister Terry's own words.

Sister Margaret McGrath: 70 years in ministry

Margaret McGrath entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in September 1939, the week that Canada entered World War II. For the first years her ministry was as a teacher then principal in the Catholic Schools of St. Catharines, East Kildonan MB, Prince Rupert BC, Mississauga and Thorold. One lesson she learned from her students was provided by a youngster who, when he saw that he had five x's on his spelling test, blurted out, "But Sister, I only got five wrong, twenty words were right." From then on she has focused on affirming positive results.

Celebration of Consecrated Life

On Feb. 2, 2010, the Church celebrates the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life. The purpose of this day is "to help the entire Church to esteem even more greatly the witness of those persons who have chosen to follow Christ by means of the practice of the evangelical counsels." (Pope John Paul ll)

Prayer Vigils for the People of Haiti

On Jan. 12, 2010, the people of Haiti experienced a 7.0-magnitude earthquake. As a result they experienced unspeakable suffering, deaths and devastation. Our hearts and lives cried out in pain and sorrow as the whole world witnessed this nation of sorrow and expressed a desire to be with them in solidarity.

On Jan. 19, a group of concerned friends gathered at the Peace Garden at Toronto's City Hall for a prayer vigil for the people of Haiti.

Olympic Torch Relay 2009

Sister Jacqueline de Verteuil discovered that Evelyn Kelly, a graduate of her Diploma in Ministry Program, was among those chosen to carry the Olympic Torch. Here is what Evelyn has to say about her part in the Torch Relay:

"My feet have not hit the ground yet as I cannot believe that I am one of only 12,000 people in all of Canada to hold this torch. This is a very surreal moment.

Sr. Bernadette Naughton: 70 Years in Ministry

Sr. Bernadette's principal ministry throughout her religious life was in health care. She was a registered nurse in acute care hospitals for 21 years and later a hospital administrator for 18 years in long term care facilities in Toronto and Winnipeg. Throughout these years, she studied part time at U. of T. taking post graduate courses in various aspects of nursing and later hospital administration.

Joy Requires Tending

At this time of uncertainty, possible war, economic instability, sexual violence and scandals in our institutions, including in our Church, it is not surprising that we experience ourselves as more fearful, less hope-filled and perhaps even wondering where God is in all of this. Is it possible for us to experience joy, for Jesus' dream of complete joy (Jn.15:11) to be a reality for us even now?

January 18: World Day of Migrants and Refugees

Sisters Mary Mettler CSJ and Rita Marie McLean CSJ share their thoughts and a prayer for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees.

Jan. 18 is the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, dedicated to raising awareness for newcomers. Sisters Mary Mettler and Rita Marie McLean are two of the many women and men religious who participate in this Becoming Neighbours ministry which offers newcomers guidance, spiritual support and practical assistance.

Sister did much good at St. Joe's

Sister Barbara Gaudet, known to those in the Comox Valley as Sister Christine, passed away on Oct. 20, 2009. Dr. Lui Carvalho has written this tribute.

Sister Christine was executive director at St. Joseph’s Hospital for many years. However, the title “executive director” does not fully reflect her abilities, character and spirit and I wish to take this opportunity to do so.

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