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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.

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...

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.

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 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)

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