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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.

Additions to the Legacy Wall

A recent addition to Alumni Hall is the portrait gallery which includes the Legacy Wall, a collection of portraits of alumni and faculty of the University of St. Michael's College. On the Feast of St. Michael, Sept. 29, 2009, President Anne Anderson CSJ (Hamilton) and Principal Mark McGowan unveiled two additions to the Legacy Wall. Now Sister St. John O'Malley CSJ (Toronto) and Sister Frances Nims IBVM have joined this company, which includes Jacques Maritain, Hon. Frank O'Connor, Etienne Gilson, Morley Callaghan, Cardinal George Flahiff and Marshall McLuhan.

Associate Population Explosion in Oshawa

After many years of steady but slow growth, Holy Family Associate Group in Oshawa has had a sudden gain of four new candidates. They are pictured above from left to right: Anne Doyle, Rose Marie Metcalfe, Marion Dalby and Ginny Dolighan. Last spring Rose Marie Metcalfe arrived on the scene. September brought Ginny Dolighan and Anne Doyle; Marion Dalby joined us in October. And with them came the question: "What brought this about?"

We have come together to thank and praise

In a joyful gathering of almost 200 people, families mingled with Sisters from various congregations, WRP Board Members, City Hall staff, Habitat for Humanity Toronto members, volunteers and musicians, pictured above, at Qssis Banquet Hall in Toronto on Nov. 15, 2009. The occasion: a "Welcome and Thank You Celebration" to commemorate the completion of the WRP Neighbourhood Housing effort.

Companioning Through the Second Half of Life

While the grind of a day job can make retirement appealing, the retired face their own challenges. "Their whole lives have been raising a family or holding a job," says Sister Mary Rose Marrin of St. Mary's Parish. "Now their energies have to be redirected."

Sister Mary Rose, pictured above, far right in front, is the Parish Animator for the Ministry of Maturing Adults. Her ministry, located in Barrie, Ont., focuses on creating relationships among the retired in her parish.

Haiti After Four Hurricanes

Sister Mary Alban Bouchard was settling back into her room in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She'd just spread out some papers when she heard a roar outside her window. A moment later, her papers were strewn across the room and pictures from her walls had been smashed upon the floor.

"It was like a big hand had come in," she says, "and grabbed everything. Just unbelievably strong." Hurricane Gustav had come to town.

Gathering for Connection, Creativity and Community

On September 16, the National Communicators Network for Women Religious held their 14th annual conference, “Creativity Flows for over 100 communicators ” in Cincinnati, Ohio. NCNWR’s mission: to be a network of professional support and education for members who promote understanding of women religious, enhance their image and advance their mission.

Sisters visit WRP home

It was a glorious Saturday morning Sept. 19, 2009 as four of us made our way to the site in Scarborough to see two of the 38 new affordable homes built by the women religious of the Archdiocese of Toronto in partnership with Habitat for Humanity and with the help of many other generous people.

Sister Nida gives her life to God Sister Nida gives her life to God
It is with gratitude and joy that I say yes to God's call.

On Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, Sister Nida Fe Chavez professed her final vows of chastity, poverty and obedience at Morrow Park's chapel in Toronto. Sister Margaret Myatt, Congregational Leader, received the vows during a Eucharistic liturgy presided over by Father Michel Dumont, pastor of Our Lady Queen of the World parish where Sr. Nida is in ministry.

Sister Nida's Reflection on the Day

Sister Nida Fe Chavez made her final profession as a Sister of St. Joseph of Toronto on Aug. 15, 2009. Afterwards, she reflected on the day…

Presence, Prayer and Solidarity with Newcomers
... Help us, most gracious God, to recognize one another as neighbour. — From the Becoming Neighbours' prayer

At the fifth Annual General Meeting of Becoming Neighbours on Sept. 8, the 19 religious congregations of women and men who established, collaborated on and supported this ministry had much to celebrate. Becoming Neighbours has become a permanent ministry, offering presence, prayer and solidarity to many newcomers as they settle in Toronto.

Greening with Hildegard of Bingen

Sister Betty Lou Knox has published a book called Greening with Hildegard of Bingen: Mystic for the 21st Century. The 48-page book features Sister Betty Lou’s nature photographs and Hildegard of Bingen’s words side by side.

"In gratitude for the beauty of the earth and the joy of Hildegard’s friendship, my hope is to introduce her through reflection on her words and contemplation of the images in this book," writes Sister Betty Lou in her preface.

Hearst Diocese Returns the Blessings to Sr. Enid

On May 30, 2009, Bishop Vincent Cadieux (pictured right in the center) presented the Diocesan Merit Award to Sr. Enid Selke with Father Fernande Villeneuve, pastor of St. Patrick's Church, at hand. The following is Bichop Cadieux's address to the congregation as he presented this award:

"The Diocese of Hearst, from time to time, chooses to award The Diocesan Merit Award to one who has made a difference in the Diocese.

Erasmus of Toronto

The culmination of years of work by Mechtilde O'Mara CSJ and Edward A Phillips Jr. is in print: Collected Works of Erasmus, Volume 43: Paraphrases on the Epistles to the Corinthians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Thessalonians. Robert D. Sider is editor of the New Testament works of Erasmus.

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