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A New Haitian Hospital Opens its Doors

Sr. Lorraine Malo, a Sister of St. Joseph of Toronto who works with the organization Our Little Brothers and Sisters tells us of an exciting day…

In Port-au-Prince, on Dec. 4, 2006, the joy and excitement was palpable as everyone rejoiced for Haiti and for the organization of Our Little Brothers and Sisters!  The new pediatric hospital is really a small miracle!  It is a beautiful building, bright and spacious, with modern equipment and up-to-date programmes. 

Working for Peace in Haiti

Mary Alban Bouchard CSJ provides an update on her current work with educational programs in Haiti for Building a Culture of Peace.

Mandalas

During the month of January, the pub of the University of Toronto's Faculty Club displayed a collection of 20 mandalas created by a group of Sisters of St. Joseph. One by Virginia Varley CSJ, called Carnival of the Stars, is shown at the right.

To quote Elizabeth Rosson, the artist and retreat facilitator who led the retreat at which these mandalas were created, "Mandala is a Sanskrit word for 'circle', a symbol of wholeness, perfection, unity and eternity… a place where the invisible is made visible."

Sr. Jean DeLuca Receives Archdiocesan Medal

On Dec. 19, 2006, Sr. Jean DeLuca received the Archdiocesan Medal from Cardinal Alyoysius Ambrozic at the annual Christmas Mass and luncheon for staff at the Catholic Pastoral Centre. Sr. Jean was honoured in appreciation for her 30 years of dedicated service to the separated, divorced and widowed as director of New Beginnings. Sr. Jean, a Sister of St. Joseph, created this program in 1976.

The Church's Teachings and Catholics

On Oct. 23, 2006, Fr. Tom Rosica filled the house at Theology on Tap! Participants pondered and discussed "When The Church Teaches, Where Do I Fit In?" with respect to three current issues: same-sex marriage, Islam, and AIDS.

Sr. Kathleen Conway's Jubilee

Sr. Kathleen Conway's Jubilee was celebrated with a Mass on Nov. 12 at St. Julia church in St. Catharines. Concelebrants at the service were, l to r, Monsignor Vincent O'Donohue, Bishop Emeritus John O’Mara, Bishop James Wingle, Monsignor Wayne Kirkpatrick, and Monsignor Dominic Pizzacalla. Sr. Kathleen stands between them in the photo above.

During the service, the congregation applauded the mention by Bishop O’Mara of the 150 years of continuous committed service of the Sisters of St. Joseph in the St. Catharines area.

He Flies Though the Air

Faith Connections' Nov. 27 Theology on Tap was abuzz with images of circus stunts. Sr. Sue Mosteller shared with us reflections on her experience of living with and learning from trapeze artists.

Listening to Sr. Sue, images of scary heights, exciting flight, hopeful expectations, and dreadful falls flashed through my mind. Rodney, one of the flyers Sr. Sue met, said he was always excited about flying,

Celebration at Our Lady of Mercy

On Nov. 29, 2006, St. Joseph's Health Centre hosted an event in celebration of more than eighty years of service to the community of Our Lady of Mercy Wing. Prior to their merger in 1980, Our Lady of Mercy Hospital stood on its own, next to St. Joseph's, both in the charge of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto.

Is Water a Human Right?

On Nov. 18, 2006, CSJ Associates and Sisters gathered at Morrow Park to address the question: Is Water a Human Right? Not in Canada. The gathering was sponsored by Sister Jean Leahy and the Toronto Diocesan Council of Development and Peace, of which Sister Jean is a member.

Workshop on Non-Violent Communication

On Saturday afternoon, Nov. 25, 2006, sisters and CSJ Associates gathered at Morrow Park for a workshop conducted by Henry Wai who, for the past seven years, has been helping people change the way they communicate with others. Henry is pictured above with Sisters Jean Leahy, left, Gwen Smith, Anne Lemire, and Janet Fraser. Henry was inspired by the example of people like the Berrigan brothers, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and others who were both powerful and compassionate in their work for peace. What follow are Sr.

A New Way to Fight Homelessness

Were you on Yonge St. between Lakeshore and Bloor or near Queen’s Park on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2006? If you were you saw an unusual sight — a line of cars, at least 25, along with a couple of buses, all decorated with signs against poverty and homelessness. It was the official National Housing Day Car Rally. And Sisters Jacqueline de Verteuil, Pat Boucher and Jean Leahy participated.

Sister Bonetti’s Mission

On Sunday, Oct. 29, Sister Eugenia Bonetti, a Consolata Missionary Sister, spoke to a number of Sisters of St. Joseph and their guests at Morrow Park. Her talk was filled with information, energy and passion.

Faith Connections Celebrates its First Year

Faith Connections celebrated its first year on Sunday Oct. 29. Between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., over 70 people came through Morrow Park’s Mary Lounge to honour the day.

Our Journey of Faith and Education

The celebration of the 150th anniversary of St. James School, Colgan Ontario, situated north-west of Toronto, was held on Sept. 24, 2006. The interesting history of the school had its early beginning with a first classroom in the loft of St. James Church in the year 1856, set up by the Irish parishioners who were determined to make a strong beginning foundation for the education of their children.

By the year 1883, the government inspector made a visit to the school and a more than satisfactory report was issued for the continuation of the small school.

The Choice
The choice today is no longer between violence and non-violence. It is either non-violence or non-existence. — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Do you think Martin Luther King was correct is saying these words nearly half a century ago?
Do you there has been an increase in violence since the words were spoken?
What kinds of violence?  
What do you think are the causes of violence?
Do you think non-violence is "passivity"?

Non-Violence: Pacifism or Passivity?

What answer do you give to the question:  Does being pacific mean being passive? Let’s look at some examples:

We know Martin Luther King was pacific but certainly not passive. Not only did he act but gathered thousands to act with him in a non-violent manner to gain the human and constitutional rights of the black Americans.

Look at Ann Frank: in the midst of her doom, she chose life. She believed in the goodness of humanity and left us an inspiring written legacy. That was action.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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