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Fontbonne Ministries Celebrates its Volunteers

Fontbonne Ministries celebrated volunteers with a May 19, 2010 gathering at Mustard Seed that combined warm hospitality, a chance to chat, some tempting sweets and a clown prone to ‘random acts of kindness' pictured at right with Administrator Leanne Kloppenborg.

Sister Margaret Myatt welcomed volunteers and quoted a relevant passage from the Sisters' constitution: "Our Congregation received the name of St. Joseph so that following his example we will be present to others with loving attention and cordial charity."

Village Mosaic Receives Gem of the Lakeshore Award

Congratulations to the sisters and volunteers at Village Mosaic who won a Gem of the Lakeshore Award on May 10. The winning team in the first year of operation are pictured above left to right: Sisters Elaine, who offers foot care; Anne Marie Marrin, Director; Marie Allen, holding the award, who teaches bridge; Conrad Lauber who coordinates programs; and Jean Gove, receptionist and euchre player; all assisted by volunteers, particularly Ursula Matthews.

WRP: Affordable Housing Champion

WRP Neighbourhood Housing was named an Affordable Housing Champion by the City of Toronto on June 3, 2010 at a meeting of the Affordable Housing Committee. WRP was one of the 21 public and private sector organizations honoured by the City for creating or having created over 3,000 affordable rental and ownership homes in 2010.

Sister Margaret Myatt CSJ, former WRP Neighbourhood Housing Board Chair, received a decorative hammer and a City scroll from Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti, Chair of the Affordable Housing committee, during a special awards breakfast. 

New Leadership Team for the Sisters New Leadership Team for the Sisters

Oh God, source of light,
We begin a new phase in the life of our Congregation
confident that you are with us.
Remembering your goodness from ages past,
We weave our future together with hope.

— From the opening prayer of the installation rite

Celebrating the Sisters’ contribution to education in Terrace, B.C.

Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto attended the 50th Anniversary of Veritas School, in Terrace, British Columbia, for a weekend of celebration that started on Friday, May 21, 2010. Pictured left to right are Sisters Mary Catherine Doyle, Pat Connaughton, Betty Lou Knox and Mary Macoretta, with Bishop Gerald Wiesner OMI at the center. Friday featured festivities and speeches, Saturday a BBQ and dance, and Sunday featured a Thanksgiving Mass and pancake breakfast

A River of Gratitude

The following is Sister Betty Lou Knox's reflection upon returning from the 50th Anniversary of Veritas School, in Terrace, British Columbia.

Sr. Anne Schenck Receives the Richard Alway Award

"For 2009, we recognize an individual who has served her religious community, the cause of Catholic education, our great city and our brothers and sisters in Christ," said Steven Williams, past president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors on May 28th at a reception in Brennan Hall. "She has served as teacher across Ontario, principal, teacher of principals, advocate and administrator." Sr. Anne is pictured above centre, holding her award granted by the University of St.

Sister Pat Dowling: Using her Gifts to Teach Others at L'Arche

Sister Pat Dowling has spent over 20 years in ministry in two L'Arche communities in Honduras. Since 2003, she's used that experience in her ongoing visits to individuals who are challenged and also to train assistants who provide care and companionship to people with intellectual disabilities. She tells how the most important lesson for all of us to learn is that the people we 'help' are teaching us and bringing their own gifts, gifts that our society has great need for.

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.

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