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Sister Virginia Varley: New Chair of ICA

Virginia Varley, a Sister of St Joseph of Toronto since 1947, is an educator, an administrator, an artist and a spiritual director. In May of 2006 she was elected Chair of the Institute for Cultural Affairs of Canada; she had been a member of the Board since 2000.

CSJ Associates Retreat

Fifty-five CSJ Associates and Sisters arrived in Niagara Falls the evening of Sept. 8, 2006 for our annual retreat weekend at Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre. That evening, we enjoyed meeting old friends and greeting new ones at a reception in the lounge. Ann Mullan, on behalf of the Associates, presented Sister Roberta Freeman and Sister Grace Sauvé with a framed symbolic representation, done in lace, of the eleven associate groups coming together in an interconnected design.

On Becoming Transformed

Sister Sue Mosteller has written a book called Light Through the Crack. Seven stories follow individuals who suffered severe losses and who, through their pain, discovered new growth within themselves.

Sister Divinia’s First Profession

On Sept. 7, 2006, after two years of Novitiate, Sister Divinia Pedro celebrated her first profession at Morrow Park chapel with members of her congregation and her family. The rite was incorporated into a Mass celebrated by Fr. Richard Macdonald SJ. Concelebrants included Fathers Chris Iredale CSB, Scott Lewis SJ and John Weelink.

Sister Helen’s Award

On May 18, 2006, at the Aphasia Institute’s event for volunteers, Sr. Helen Kluke received a plaque in appreciation of her continued dedication and support. Sr. Helen has done the firing for the institute’s pottery program for the last four years.

The Aphasia Institute is a community-based and volunteer-driven organization that offers long-term support and education for adults with aphasia, their families, health professionals and the community.

Learn more about Sister Helen's ministry here

Sisters Install Their New Leadership Team

On June 29 in Morrow Park’s chapel, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto installed their new Leadership Team, pictured right: (front row, l-r) Sister Margaret Myatt, Congregational Leader and her council: Sisters Annette Lacroix, (back row, l-r) Mary Mettler, Thérèse Meunier and Theresa Rodgers.

Associates Assist Breakfast Club

Associate Isabel Whyte tells the story
At the Associates' Assembly Day in 1999, Sr. Margaret Feeley gave a talk about the Breakfast Club at St. Paul's School. The talk was accompanied by a video that showed the children enjoying breakfast, accompanied by workers and volunteers. Students from St. Bonaventure's School also help as part of their Confirmation program.

Taking your Soul to Work

Mimi Marrocco came to Faith Connections' Theology on Tap on June 14, 2006, and made a wonderful case for being ourselves during the 70% of our lives that we spend during our waking lives at work. Her illustration of the cost of denying that self, staying safe, was drawn from Dickens’ novel Great Expectations: Wemmick, the “post-office-mouth man” — man as machine during office hours.

Tyndale University College and Seminiary to Acquire Morrow Park

The following is a press release from the Sisters of St. Joseph and Tyndale University College & Seminary.

Commitment Day Retreat

Cathy Klopfer, a CSJ Associate, shares her experience of the CSJ Associates Commitment Day Retreat.

It was with great joy and renewed strength that on May 6, 2006, I attended our CSJ Associates Commitment Day retreat under the direction of Sister Anne Lemire and the planning committee.
  
Three new candidates, Helen Hicks, Nilda Laurino, and Dorothy Ormesher, made their first commitment. We welcomed them to the CSJ Associates with a liturgy and commitment ceremony followed by dinner.

The Congregation Celebrates Its Jubilarians

On June 11, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto celebrated all the sisters having anniversaries this year with a mass, reception and dinner at Morrow Park. Below are the sisters whose anniversaries were celebrated this year.

JPIC Meeting / Retreat / Visioning / Session

The Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Team met with the Justice Committee and the Cherish the Earth Group on Thursday evening, June 8 and all day Friday, June 9, in a pre-planned retreat and visioning session that proved to be extremely life-giving and rewarding for all the participants. The end product of their deliberations was a proposal presented to the Leadership Team suggesting a congregational focus in justice, peace and ecology for the coming year.

Living your Faith in a Challenging World

Neil MacCarthy told three funny, inspiring, stories about living your faith now to the young people overflowing the room at Theology on Tap on May 31 at the Duke of York pub. Each story beautifully illustrated his message. The response from the standing-room-only crowd showed that they got it every time.

Fontbonne Recognizes its Many Volunteers

On May 7, 2006, Fontbonne Ministries threw a party to thank the many volunteers for their help. During lunch, a guitar played softly in the background. All volunteers received a green Fontbonne mug filled with coffee beans.

Administrator Joan Breech acknowledged how important volunteers were to the fulfillment of the  mission and ministry of Mustard Seed, In Good Company and Studio on the Hill.

Awards for Sister Sheila

Awards are raining on Sr. Sheila O'Connor. In recognition of her 25 years of ministry there, Lakeridge Health gave her a beautiful clock with a plaque that reads:

"Sr. Sheila brought hope to so many. Chaplaincy."

The hospital system also presented her with a twenty-five-year service pin and a "huge cake shaped like a hockey rink - they know I love hockey," said Sr. Sheila.

Art and Sr. Virginia

Sr. Virginia Varley has been painting for over 20 years. Her recent art show and sale on May 11 - 15, 2005, was entitled Mystery Encountered. Note cards of most of her works are available. What follows are several paintings and Sr. Virginia's words:

Food for children, jobs for mothers

The following article is reprinted with the permission of the Christian Science Monitor.

CAP HAITIEN, HAITI – The sounds and smells of food being prepared drift out of a small kitchen and into a crowded room where about 20 benches overflow with mothers holding small children dressed in their Sunday best. Earlier on this Thursday, the kids ate a free breakfast of milk and boiled eggs. Lunch will soon be served: rice with fish sauce.

Keys for Sister Georgette

On May 11, 2006, at the Sherbourne Health Centre, Sister Georgette Gregory received a commemorative key to the two new health buses that were donated by the Rotary Club of Toronto. Sr. Georgette, pictured above receiving the keys from Sylvia Milne, President of Rotary Club of Toronto, was honoured on behalf of all the volunteer nurses because she has volunteered on these buses since 1997 and at one time chaired the committee that facilitates community input for the buses.

Margaret May Flynn wins Gordon Cressy Award

Margaret May Flynn received the Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award for taking a leadership role in initiatives that combined human rights and education. Whether working at a legal services clinic, volunteering or preparing a weekly newsletter for residents on her floor, Margaret contributed in important ways.

She has finished her Law course and will be articling with Amnesty International this year. She has been a Don at St. Joseph's Residence for two years and now serves as a resource person to the Dean and Dons.

Let us build the city of God

“Every political discussion is a question of vision and values,” said Councillor Joe Mihevc at Theology on Tap’s April event. “You just need to tease these out.” He urged his audience to use their faith commitment to transform the world. As a city councillor for the past 15 years, with a PhD in theology and social ethics, he is well placed to discuss this topic.

JPIC Report on World Water Day

The United Nations has designated 22 March as World Water Day to be observed worldwide. On the 2006 World Water Day, the World Water Forum, held in Mexico City, came to an end. The Forum brings together major international financial institutions, a number of multinational corporations and different governments. It receives funding from the Canadian government. Forum sponsors believe that privatizing water systems is still the best solution to the world's water dilemma.

The Spirit of Giving

“I wanted to do something more than our usual Mass on Sunday at St. Joseph’s College,” said Justin Jalea, director of the University of St. Michael’s Liturgical Choir. “ I proposed it to the choir, they agreed and we all set to work.” The result was a concert called “The Spirit of Giving” held on March 3, 2006, a benefit for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto’s mission in Haiti.

Two Residents Win Cressy Award

Two 4th year graduating students of St. Joseph’s College were awarded the Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards on March 7. On the executive of St. Mike’s Rabanus Project, Julia Lauwers, pictured above with college Dean Anne Marie Marrin CSJ to her left and Annamaria Enenajor to her right, helped promote Christianity as a cultural phenomenon by organizing presentation and planning meetings with others enrolled in the Christianity and Culture program. Annamaria sang in the college’s liturgical choir, and volunteered both for the Chaplaincy Team and the Into the Cold Program.

Sister Helena Turns 100

With Sr. Mary Catherine Doyle looking on, Sr. Margaret presents Sr. Helena with greetings from the Apostolic Nuncio in the name of the Pope, the Archbishop of Toronto, the Governor General, the Lieutenant Governor, the Premier of Ontario, the Mayor of Toronto and the President of the University of Toronto.

Women Making a Difference

When Sr. Anne Marie Marrin was called to the front desk at St. Joseph’s College on March 8, she thought it was a routine matter. She was wrong. Three representatives from the radio station Flow 93.5 FM presented her with two dozen white roses. Third year student Tara Muldoon had called the station on International Women’s Day to recognize two women, Sr. Anne Marie and Sr. Conrad Lauber, who had made a difference in her life. “Since the residence will be closing, I thought it was the perfect day and the perfect time to give them flowers, ” said Tara, pictured above between Sr.

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