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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.  

Sister Andrea Dumont: Pastoral Work In the North

Sister Andrea, pictured at right, lives and works in Thompson, Manitoba, population: 15,000, located nine hours north of Winnipeg by bus. She has been in “the hub of the north” for the past 18 years, working with a population mainly composed of First Nations and Dene and miners.  Thompson is a company town, built around INCO.

Fr. Chris Iredale celebrates 50 years as a priest

On Thursday, the July 10 Mass at Morrow Park had a "substitute" celebrant:  Fr. Chris Iredale. In the photo above, he is thanking the Sisters and others who were clapping after Sister Mary Catherine Doyle spoke a few words of congratulations and thanks to him.

Ministry with L’Arche in Honduras

After years of responsibility in the L’Arche community, Sister Pat Dowling has become more of a resource person. As is L’Arche’s practice, local people now administer the program. Now she visits families, makes herself available for advice based on her experience, helps with the formation of assistants and volunteers and prepares for the weekly radio program, which reaches out to the country people.

Celebration of a New/Old Rite

The Rite of Consecration to a Life of Virginity dates back to the fourteenth century. Revived by Vatican II, but still not well known in today's church, the rite was celebrated for Mary Huan, a CSJ associate, at Epiphany of Our Lord parish on Saturday, June 28 during a Eucharistic liturgy. Most Reverend John A. Boissonneau, Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto, presided at the liturgy and received Mary's vow. Christopher Iredale CSB and Domenico Rettura CFIC were the concelebrating priests.

Highlights of the Eucharistic Congress

Fourteen Sisters of St Joseph of Toronto, some pictured above, participated in the 49th International Eucharistic Congress from June 15 - 22, 2008. They joined 11,000 delegates from over 50 countries in Quebec City for a truly remarkable week.

Sunday June 15 was a travel day. After a long bus ride, 471 Toronto pilgrims arrived at Mont Ste. Anne, a ski resort dedicated for this week to pilgrims from the Toronto Archdiocese.

Supporting the Faith Development of Maturing Adults

Something new is happening in St. Mary's Parish in Barrie, Ontario. Within the past year, a whole cluster of programmes has begun under the heading "Ministry With Maturing Adults." Sister Mary Rose Marrin CSJ is the animator; she is pictured above in the second row, third from right, with participants from her spring "Positive Aging" group.

At the official opening, 80 participants received the programme's welcoming handout telling about:

Our Vision: Maturing Adults continue to grow into the fullness of Christian life.

Feminist Theology within the Canadian Mosaic Feminist Theology within the Canadian Mosaic

Sister Ellen Leonard describes the essay she contributed to a collection of writings on feminist theology.

Call for Government Action on Human Trafficking

The Office for Systemic Justice of the Federation of Sisters of St. Joseph of Canada has written to the premier of British Columbia on the need for strong government action to deter human trafficking at the 2010 Olympics. There is much evidence that human trafficking increases during international sporting events. Therefore, the Office for Systemic Justice calls on the B.C. government to create awareness concerning human trafficking, including its root causes such as poverty, gender inequality, unemployment and demand for exploitative sex.

Annunciation Parish Celebrates The Sisters' Contribution

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto are fondly remembered in Prince Rupert, B.C for their 76-year contribution to Catholic education in the city. An invitation was extended to the Sisters’ Leadership Team to have representation at the Annunciation Parish Centennial Celebration held from May 25 to June 1, 2008. Sisters Mary Macoretta and Bernadette Robinson, who had both served in Prince Rupert, flew from Toronto to join the festivities.

CSJ Associates’ Leadership Make History

April 13, 2008 was a special day for CSJ Sisters and Associates.  Not only was it the annual commitment day for the CSJ Associates, it was also the historic day when the leadership of the CSJ Associates was handed over from the Sisters to the Associates themselves.  The members of the new leadership team are pictured right (front, l-r: Eva Bowman, Carole Sauvé, Director, Mary Duffy; back: Ursula Matthews, Shannon-Lee Maguire, Assistant Director).

The Spirituality of Friendship

Instead of the expected rain, a bright sunny day greeted 70 CSJ Associates as they gathered for the commitment retreat on April 13, 2008 in the auditorium at St. Joseph’s Convent, Morrow Park.  Everyone looked forward eagerly to the day whose theme, The Spirituality of Friendship, would be presented by Sister Virginia Varley CSJ, gifted facilitator, leader, artist, and spiritual director (pictured at right).

Mass of Thanksgiving

Regis College will be moving into a beautiful space on the University campus at the intersection of Wellesley and Queen’s Park Crescent East, formerly owned by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto. To thank the Sisters for facilitating the agreement with the building’s new owner, the University of Toronto, Reverend Joseph Schner SJ, President of Regis, invited our congregation to assist at the liturgy and to continue the celebration at a reception in the Common Room at 29 Queen’s Park.

Catholic Social Teaching: Respecting Human Dignity

“He has risen indeed! This is the reason for our hope!” read the program cover for a “Day on Catholic Social Teaching.” On March 29, Fr. Jack Costello, S.J. (photo at right) spoke at Morrow Park at the invitation of the Office for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation.  After greeting the audience of both Sisters and Associates, Sister Anne Lemire introduced Fr. Costello, who urged us to consider Catholic social thinking rather than Catholic social teaching, since teaching is performed by the few while thinking is the domain of us all.

Good Friday Ecumenical Walk for Justice

On Friday, March 21, 2008, I attended the Good Friday Ecumenical Walk for Justice.   Entitled “Breathe in Justice,” it was focused on air. As a member of the planning Committee for the last three years, I have again seen how the Holy Spirit works to make the whole event come together.

Reflections on Leadership

For the past eight years, Sister Roberta Freeman has been Director of CSJ Associates. She is pictured below, speaking at an Associate retreat. Leadership of the Associates is passing to the Associates themselves on April 13, 2008.  Sister Mary Buckley asked Sister Roberta to reflect on her experience — their exchange follows…

How did you come to take on the position of Director of CSJ Associates?

Art Retreat Experiences

Doreen Smith CSJ shares personal experience of art retreats, and some examples of her work

Oftentimes, during my retreats or at special moments in my life, I have used art to illustrate or express how God has been present to me in prayer.

During the Art Retreat, I experienced art as prayer. My hands, paper and media became instruments of expressing God’s word. I had only to let go and let God speak through them.

Below are a few of my works.

 

 

Workshops for Peace in Haiti

Sister Mary Alban Bouchard created a series of education booklets called Building a Culture of Peace and has been at work giving the workshops with her assistants. She reports on her progress in 2007 in Haiti.

In Jérémie, working with 45 young religious-in-training from six congregations was a delight. I think the seeds will grow.

Good Friday Walk connects air quality with the cross

It’s all around us, always, and can be the breath of life — or it can hurt us or even kill us. A Good Friday “Walk for Justice” through downtown Toronto will focus on the link between the Good Friday story and the air we breathe. Air quality and air pollution are critical issues, especially here in Toronto. Jesus confronted the forces of oppression in his age, and inspires us today to do likewise

Leadership Training for CSJ Associates

Sister Grace Sauvé is one of three Sisters — the others being Sisters Virginia Varley and Marie MacNamara — who designed and implemented a leadership-training program for the CSJ Associates. On April 13, 2008, five associates ‘graduates’ from the course will take on the leadership of the associate program. Here, Sr. Grace answers a few questions about the training…

Who are the CSJ Associates?

Collaboration Enhances the Work of Holy Childhood in Vancouver

The Archdiocese of Vancouver has a long history of missionary involvement. It was our former Archbishop William Duke who, in 1933, established the Holy Childhood Association in English speaking Canada to encourage young children to take an active part in the mission activity of the Church by learning about, praying for and sharing with needy children around the world.

The Sacred Art Retreat: Praying with Art

For a number of years, Virginia Varley CSJ has brought to the Sisters of St. Joseph (and other interested persons) an eight-day retreat centered on sacred art. Here are the questions Mary Buckley CSJ asked her and her responses.

How did the art retreat come to be?

Collaboration: Nobody ever came up with a great idea all by themselves
For our country to succeed requires the combined efforts of all of us, in all walks of life. By working together we can build the country of our dreams. (Then) together let us work with other nations for peace and happiness across our continent and our globe. — Nelson Mandela

This powerful challenge of Mandela’s is a call to a certain group of people to unity of action or collaboration, so as to achieve a greater good for themselves, and ultimately for those beyond their ken.

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