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Transformation: Fall Festival of the Arts

Betty Lou Knox CSJ, pictured with her painting, Carried by Mystery, displayed her work at the 8th Annual Fall Festival of Arts at Rosedale Presbyterian Church from Oct. 22 - 24, 2010. She described her experience there as "A piece of heaven in the beauty of the art and the manner in which it was displayed and the atmosphere of welcome and celebration."

Sisters of St. Joseph's service legacy lives on through Fontbonne Ministries

This article is reprinted with permission from The Catholic Register, Oct. 10, 2010.
For the past decade, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto have been responding to the social needs of their community through Fontbonne Ministries.

And on Oct. 1, the Sisters celebrated Fontbonne Ministries' 10th anniversary with an open house at Fontbonne Place, a residence that provides affordable, rent-geared-to-income housing for older, single women. 

Missioning: Sent to Serve the Lord and One Another

On Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto, along with the CSJ Associates, gathered in Morrow Park chapel to be "missioned." Each year on the feast of St. Joseph, the Sisters renew their vows of chastity, poverty and obedience; this renewal is a reminder of who they are. The annual missioning ceremony is a reminder of what they do.

Sisters Pray for the World on Parliament Hill

On Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, many Sisters, in Ottawa for a Sisters of St. Joseph of Canada Federation gathering, circled the eternal flame on Parliament Hill to pray for the world. Sister Mary Alban Bouchard led the prayer with the following words:

This is a good place for us to be today, to be together, to consider and pray together for one another, for our beloved country, for all the dear neighbour nations throughout the world and for the wonderful earth, our home. So let us begin.

Father Médaille’s 400th Anniversary Celebrated in Art

Over three hundred and fifty years ago in France, a small group of women and a Jesuit missionary, Father Médaille, seeded the beginnings of the Sisters of St. Joseph.

A watercolour created by Ana Christina Lopez CSJ tells the story of Father Jean-Pierre Médaille and the founding of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his birth on Oct. 6.

Accompanied by Sisters on my Spiritual Journey

Mary Huan, a CSJ Associate, shares her experiences on her spiritual journey.
In 1999, I realized that I needed to find a life outside home and work. After a full day's work, regular housework, and looking after my mother who needs full-time care, I was experiencing burnout.

Pope Benedict XVI Beatifies John Henry Newman

On Sept. 19, 2010, in Birmingham, England, as part of Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Journey to the United Kingdom, the Holy Father will beatify Cardinal John Henry Newman, officially recognizing him as "Blessed".

An open air Mass will be celebrated in the city where Newman lived and established the first English Oratory, an order of priests founded in the 16th Century who worked among the impoverished Catholics there.

How Does the Earth?

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto have a Shared Ministerial Commitment: "We seek to nurture community with our neighbour, especially with the homeless, the alienated, the economically poor, women at risk and our wounded earth." The following song expresses their call to everyone: "Come let us help this precious planet live!"

How does the Earth? Is it alive and thriving?
How does the Earth? Is it alive and well?
How clear the waters? How pure the rain?
How green the forest? How tall the grain?
How does the Earth?

Brother André: A Humble Healer

On Oct. 17, 2010, Brother André, a man devoted to St. Joseph, will be canonized.
In the 1880s, crowds of suffering people would gather outside Notre-Dame College in Côte-des-Neiges, Quebec. They were hoping a humble college doorman would cure them.

Toronto memories of Mother Teresa

With the recent centenary anniversary of Mother Theresa's birth in mind, we have reprinted Sr. Gwen Smith's recollection of some very special visits.

In the early 70s, Mother Teresa of Calcutta was a relative unknown. Father Tom McKillop, the founder of Youth Corps, sought leaders like Jean Vanier, John Howard Griffin and Mother Teresa, who could inspire youth to become active disciples of Jesus.

Creativity and spirituality are a part of every person's life

The following is part of a talk given by Helen Kluke CSJ, pictured right, at the opening ceremony of the Calligraphy and Art Exhibition on Aug. 21, 2010. Katherina Kwan’s calligraphy and Yvonne Chen’s art were on display, and Katherina had asked Sr. Helen, among others, to make a few opening remarks.

Katherina, I would like to take this time to thank you for allowing me to be part of your journey, and for inviting me to share this celebration of calligraphy, art and spirituality with you and your friends.

City Hall's Peace Garden: Gathering to Remember 1945 Bombing

To commemorate the 65th anniversary of the 1945 bombing of Hiroshima, the City of Toronto proclaimed Aug. 6, 2010 to be 'Hiroshima Day' and the Hiroshima Day Coalition held an event at City Hall's Peace Garden.

On the program, the Coalition had noted: "Thousands of Canadians will be joining millions around the world to remember the innocent lives that were lost in 1945 and those that continue to suffer today. We shall never forget as we remind the world that nuclear weapons must be abolished once and for all."

We prayed for many suffering people

Who can forget the weekend of June 26 and 27: the G8 and the G20?

On Sunday afternoon four of our Congregation — Sisters Mary Alban Bouchard, Mary Fatta, Jacqueline de Verteuil, pictured above, Jean Leahy, and two of Our Lady’s Missionaries — joined with other Christian groups such as Pax Christi Toronto, Christian Peacemakers and Parents for Peace. We gathered at Toronto’s St. James Cathedral at King and Church and walked behind a large banner Jean helped create showing the link fence and stating: Don’t fence me out — create a culture of peace.

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

As of June 2018, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto have a new Leadership Team. Read on to learn more about each member.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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