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CSJ Diamond Jubilarians of 2009

On June 14, 2009, the young women who were received into the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1949 celebrated their 60th anniversary. Celebrating are, standing, left to right, Sisters Elizabeth Budicky, Anne Lemire, Marie MacNamara, Stephanie Sinkewicz, and Catherine Marie Macdonald. Seated are Sisters Helen Bradley and Mary Alban Bouchard. Not pictured are Sisters Mary Flynn and Brigid Ann Payne. Sister Irene McDonald, who died earlier this year, will celebrate in heaven.

We asked the Sisters and their friends for favourite memories, which follow...

Loretto Celebration

On Sunday, May 3, the Loretto Sisters celebrated the 400th anniversary of their foundation in 1609. St Paul's Church, in the parish to which they came in 1847, provided the magnificent backdrop for the liturgy at which Archbishop Collins was the main celebrant and homilist.

CSJ 70th Jubilarians of 2009

At the beginning of 2009, the Congregation looked forward to celebrating with three of our Sisters who would mark 70 years as Sisters of St. Joseph. However, God had other plans and one of our Jubilarians, Sr. Claire Bradley, was called home on Feb. 4 to be with her Maker. She will be celebrating her Jubilee from her place in heaven. Having allowed for the geographical adjustment, the Sisters of St. Joseph are still celebrating with all three of our 70th Jubilarians.

CSJ Golden Jubiliarians of 2009

Depicted here are our Golden Jubilarians of 2009. Sisters Jean Gove, Dorothy Grills and Georgette Gregory who entered our novitiate on July 16, 1959, the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. United in their life of love and service, their ministries over the past fifty years have gone in very different directions.

New Home for the Furniture Bank

Furniture Bank has moved to a new home at 11 Peel Avenue in Toronto. On Monday June 1st the official "Ribbon Cutting" ceremony took place followed by an all-day Housewarming and Fundraising BBQ. This larger facility will allow for more inventory and serve more people. The Sisters there, pictured l. to r., Sisters Stephanie Sinkewicz, Nataline Bondi and Anne Schenck, and Sr. Janet Speth, below right, are delighted. We asked them to describe what they do and to comment on the new building.

The Ministries of Counselling and Liturgical Service

Like many Sisters, Sister Terry Dalla has more than one ministry: she spends two days a week at Wellspring, a support center for cancer patients, then helps at Toronto Newman Centre on week-ends. She was happy to tell me more about her double life. "I make them [clients] feel as comfortable as possible, and thank them for coming."

The Ministry of Hospital Chaplaincy The Ministry of Hospital Chaplaincy

Sister Mary Carmen MacLean, left, brings a rich and varied experience to her role in hospital chaplaincy. After nursing for 18 years, she enrolled in the Canadian Association for Pastoral Practice and Education program for chaplains and others involved in pastoral care. A Specialist in Institutional Ministry, she has been in hospital chaplaincy since 1983, currently at St. Joseph's Health Centre in Toronto. Sister Mary Carmen took some time to answer questions about her ministry.

Sisters of St. Joseph Honoured with the Magis Award

Small circles of conversation in the aisles, between the pews, and in the foyer were evidence that this was a community of friends, gathering to worship in this Church. Words coming from the celebrant, readers, and homilist were welcoming, friendly, and inviting, while the full-throated hymn singing filled the sacred space.

Good Friday in the City

This year, the Good Friday walk in Toronto on April 10, 2010 was one of the best yet. Christians from many denominations met at the Church of the Holy Trinity beside Eaton Centre and then participated in a creative Stations of the Cross in downtown Toronto, linking the Good Friday story with our threatened world. There were between 250 and 300 participants this year, including many faces we had not seen in previous years.

The six young people from St. John’s produced a drama, Bake Sale for the Tar Sands.

Love justice and walk humbly with the Lord

The CSJ Associates of the Toronto Sisters of St. Joseph held their annual Assembly Day at Morrow Park on March 14, 2009.  The focus of the day was ‘Justice and Peace’ while the topic was ‘Love Justice and Walk humbly with the Lord.’ (Micah 6:8)

Day of Reflection for Lay Ministers

On Feb. 24, 2009, the Toronto Archdiocese’s Office of Lay Ministry, Chaplaincy and Parish Social Ministry held a Day of Reflection. The main speaker was Dillon J. Woods. Other speakers were invited to make short presentation through videos. Sister Jacqueline de Verteuil (pictured above, far right) was among those asked to speak about the Diploma in Ministry Program offered by St. Francis Xavier University and to bring along a display featuring her ministry. She was pleased to do both.

Niagara School Board Recognizes Its Pioneers

It was an evening of accolades and tributes. On Feb. 24, 2009, the Niagara District Catholic School Board officially dedicated each of the meeting rooms in the Education Centre to a different religious community — all were pioneers in beginning Catholic schools in the area. Eight communities, including the Holy Cross Fathers, had between three to eight representatives present. We Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto were named and asked to stand.

On the Ministry of Prayer

You will find Sister Marie Zelie Gignac in the Morrow Park chapel well before mass begins.  She told me she uses that time to say her morning Office and make her meditation. (The Divine Office is the official public prayer of the Church: hymns, psalms, readings and prayers that vary according to the liturgical season. Priests, most religious, and many of the laity use a form of morning and evening prayer that is said daily.) "But what do you do?" I asked.

Clauda Chastel: One Of The First CSJ Sisters

One way to gain a new perspective on history is to listen to the voice of someone who was there. Sister Marie McNamara has fashioned the following story in the first person and used historical texts as sourcebooks. She helps us hear the voice of Claua Chastel, one of the first Sisters of St. Joseph.

"My name is Clauda Chastel. I am an ordinary 17th century French woman. But I am also one of the first women to become a Sister of St. Joseph. Let me tell you how this came about and what it means.

Parish mission with a difference

A parish mission is generally considered to be a time of renewal for the people of the parish. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish is preparing for a mission from March 29 till April 1. But this mission will be a bit different. Instead of one speaker, Fr. Jim Hannah, the pastor, has invited Fr. Steve Vasek, OMI and Sr. Jean Fitzpatrick, SSC from Buffalo NY to assist 50 volunteers from the parish to prepare for the mission. Committees were formed and have been busy since last October.

Celebrating the Year of St. Paul

June 28, 2008 to June 29, 2009 marks the Year of St. Paul, in celebration of the 2,000th anniversary of Saint Paul's birth. In particular, we celebrate the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul on Jan. 25, recalling the conversion of Saul of Tarsus from a persecutor of Christians to Paul, the Christian we have come to know as St. Paul.

Paul's conversion, which took place on the road to Damascus, may be one of the most moving experiences recorded in the early annals of the Church. (Acts 9,1-19; 22.3-16) Following his conversion, St. Paul became the greatest missionary of his time.

Jesuits honour Sisters with Magis Award

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto will receive the Magis Award at the Third Annual Jesuit Provincial’s Dinner on April 22, 2009.

”Magis is a key word for Jesuits: it means doing more in our service of God’s people, more compassion, more effectiveness, more relevant wisdom for our difficult times,” adds Fr. Webb. “When the Jesuits established Regis College in Willowdale in 1961 and again during this past year with the move of Regis College to the Wellesley Street location the Sisters previously owned, they showed us how generous their friendship was.”

World Day for Consecrated Life

On Monday, Feb. 2, 2009, the Church celebrates World Day for Consecrated Life, to recognize and give thanks for those who have consecrated their lives to God and the Church through vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.  Some of us give public witness to our consecration by joining a religious congregation or secular institute, and others remain single and make profession to God through the local bishop.

The symbol worn by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto is a pendant, pictured at right, or a pin of the same design.

Remember Me

Since 1992, the Catholic Church has celebrated World Day of the Sick on Feb. 11, Feast of Lady of Lourdes.

On this day:

Dr. Margaret Myatt ΑΣΝ, CSJ

Sister Margaret Myatt, pictured right, received a Doctorate in Sacred Letters from Regis College at the Convocation Exercises on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008. The ceremony took place at 12:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of Hart House, University of Toronto.

True Friendship Leads to Service

This year, the CSJ Associates' annual retreat was held on the last weekend of October at Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre in Niagara Falls. Although this was later than usual, the weather was good and the drive provided an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful fall colours.

Another Chapter in St. Joseph’s History

The afternoon of Sunday, Oct. 26, both marked and celebrated one more step in the ongoing history of St. Joseph's College School. Of the many schools founded by the Sisters of St.

Honouring a Very Special Visitor

The Retired Teachers’ Association of Ontario has recently honoured Margaret Durkin of Oshawa, an Associate with the Holy Family Associate Community.

After a varied and distinguished teaching career, which brought with it many awards, Margaret Durkin retired in 1990 and immediately became active in the Retired Teachers' Association. She has held many offices but is best known for her work with the Goodwill Committee, a group that maintains contact with retired teachers living in retirement or nursing homes. Margaret's particular interest has been the ‘over 90s.’

Happy Anniversary, Furniture Bank!

There were three large cakes, one shaped like a ‘10.’  There were balloons and flowers and crowds of people and City TV’s Breakfast Television arriving early to interview Sister Anne Schenck and tape the action at the Furniture Bank. The Open House carried on till 2 p.m. with tours through the building.

At the 10th anniversary celebration on Oct. 15, after the cakes were cut and shared among volunteers and well wishers, the Executive Director, Peter Prior, presented Sister Anne with an award, which read, in part:

Morrow Park Volunteers are Terrific

A mass and luncheon marked the Volunteer Appreciation Day for Morrow Park volunteers on Sunday, Sept. 21. Using a PowerPoint presentation, guest speaker, Sr. Catherine McCarthy, pictured at right, gave volunteers an inside look at the struggles the congregation’s first four members faced when they arrived in Toronto in 1851.  

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