Sunday, March 18, 2018
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Memories of the Sister-Teachers

The year following their 1851 arrival in Toronto saw the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto start to respond to the need for Catholic education as well as the need for healthcare. Over the years, they established schools and taught in towns and cities in Ontario as well as in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The last Sister-teacher at the high school level left the classroom in 1999, and many of the Sisters now focus on responding to social needs in Toronto and further afield, but many Sisters still remember their teaching days...

Meeting Sisters in Ministry in Latin America and the Caribbean

In early April of this year, I travelled to Buenos Aires, Argentina, with two young Haitian Sisters of St. Joseph and two Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Vallier from Quebec for a two-week meeting of Sisters of St. Joseph in ministry in Latin America and the Caribbean.

A Woman of Distinction for Health and Healing

Over 1400 people applauded Sister June Dwyer CSJ as she and seven other women received the YWCA’s Women of Distinction Awards at a gala evening on May 12, 2010 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

A Different House

If you think that all the houses of the Sisters of St. Joseph are more or less the same, you've never visited a tall house in Riverdale where three Sisters live.

Are you a person of faith?

Are you a person of faith? Of course you are! You believe that when you cross the street on a green light, the cars with the red light will stop, because of the laws. You believe that the earth revolves around the sun on someone else's word. You believe that love exists though you can't put it in a test tube or under a microscope, because you've seen its effects. In the same way your faith in God comes from someone else's word, the order and marvel of creation that we see and our intelligence that reasons to an uncaused cause.

Associates Renew Their Commitment and Welcome New Members

On April 18, 2010, over 60 CSJ Associates and Sisters gathered to share liturgy and lunch and celebrate the Associates’ Annual Commitment Ceremony. The morning featured an opportunity for current and new associates to join in prayers and reflections. In small groups, the associates shared with each other what their associate commitments meant to them, how the charism of the community shaped their lives and service to others, and how the associates brought light into the world.

Sister Virginia's Latest Art Exhibit

"I sold 12 pieces — many of the smaller pieces I created went — and many cards," said a pleased Sister Virginia Varley of her latest art exhibit which took place between April 15 - 18, 2010, at 44 Jakes Avenue.

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.

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