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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.

Water: Sacred and Profaned

On Feb. 9, 2006, some 35 Sisters gathered for a celebration of water, and parts of the video, named in the title above, were shown.  A couple of quotes from this wonderful video will make you want to rush to see it:

“What we are trying to do is to deepen our consciousness of water, and by  doing so, hoping to effect a different and more consequent stewardship of this element of water as a purveyor of life.  It is a sacred element.  We must find the sacred in it again.”

“Water is sacred as water, and not just for some human purpose.”

An Unusual Ministry - A Horse Show in Haiti

On Dec. 11, 2005, a wonderful event took place here in Haiti in the midst of all the violence. A horse show with a difference took place at Henfrasa Horse Club. The difference was that many of the participants were handicapped children, most of them from the large orphanage of NPF (Nos Petits Freres et Soeurs).

Working for Peace

In a Mi’kmaq village in New Brunswick, William Payne falls sick while being part of a violence-reduction team sent by Christian Peacemaker Teams. He receives an herbal remedy from the chief’s sister for his flu and recovers. When he thanks Kwegsi at the band office the next day, the chief laughs and says to the young people with him, “ We never learn. For 500 years when they get sick, we give them medicine!”

How the Daily Bread Food Bank Began

Sister Marie Tremblay shares her memories of the beginning of the Daily Bread Food Bank:
At some point I said, “I have to make a statement of some kind. I can’t just be doing this.” I ended up in India in 1975. It was a very positive experience. I went to India out of solidarity with the poor. I did not go as a missionary. Not that I intended to go and save anybody, but at least to have a first-hand view of the hunger situation. So it seemed to flow naturally that I would be interested in starting a food bank here.

Christmas at Hôpital Saint Damien: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

You could feel an atmosphere of anxious waiting on Christmas morning as you walked the halls. The children, especially the older ones on the fourth floor, were filled with joy and expectancy. They couldn’t wait for Papa Noël to come.

Spiritual Spa: Feast of Light

Mustard Seed’s second Spiritual Spa attracted almost 30 people on the evening of Dec. 8, 2005. They came to pray, relax, create art, and just slow things down during an impossibly busy month. Participants chose two of the six different workshops. Here are a few visuals from this soothing and spiritual evening:

 

 

 



Sr. Gwen Smith welcomed one and all to the Spiritual Spa.

Hollywood North at the College

Hollywood North was back in production again at St. Joseph’s College this summer, flooding the streets with huge trailers and blocking neighbourhood traffic. Along with our residence programme, we hosted two movies. The first was a film entitled Four Minutes — centering on the running of the first four-minute mile.

Celebrating 95 Years of Teaching and Residency

The Dons of St. Joseph’s College, soon to be alumnae of St. Michael’s College, take a moment in the sun in the Rose Garden of the Christie Mansion, with the Dean of the College, Sister Anne Marie Marrin, and the Administrator, Sister Conrad Lauber, CSJ. The Dons, respectively from left to right, Annamaria Enenajor, Candice Manfredi, Diana Marsilio, Jacqueline Hogan, Laura Evans, Julia Lauwers, are preparing to make this year, 2005-2006, another stellar academic year — the last year as a college residence. In their Mission Statement, the Dons declare:

Art and Spirituality

Dan Donovan, professor emeritus of St. Michael’s College, wrote recently in the Catholic Register that all serious art is spiritual. That statement describes my experience as an artist. I have used art as the language of my prayer for some years, other people’s art certainly, but predominately my own.

Standing Room Only for Theology-on-Tap

Over 60 people packed the back two rooms of the Foxes Den Pub on Nov. 23 to hear Dr. Moira McQueen (photo right), bioethicist and moral theologian from St. Michael’s Faculty of Theology, speak on “Moral Decision Making.” This was the third Faith Connections event.

Contemplating the Moments of Conversion in our Lives

The Faith Connections event on Nov. 4, "Called to Conversion and Service," was an evening filled with stories, song and time to contemplate the moments of conversion that have occurred in our lives. The guest speaker, Rob Shearer, shared with us his personal journey in faith. In particular he talked about some key moments or turning points that have led him on a life of rich experience. Accompanying Rob was the wonderfully talented Julia who played guitar and sang some well-selected songs that complemented Rob's stories.

Sister Margaret Myatt CSJ awarded Doctor of Sacred Letters

Sister Margaret Myatt, General Superior of the Sisters of St. Joseph, pictured at right, became a Doctor of Sacred Letters on Nov. 5, 2005 for her service and leadership in health care and for her leadership of her congregation. She received this honorary degree from the University of St. Michael’s College at the Convocation for the Faculty of Theology at St. Basil’s Church.

Sr. Margaret Myatt Inducted into the International Jesuit Honour Society

Sr. Margaret Myatt, General Superior of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto, is one of the four new honourary member inducted into the Regis College Chapter of Alpha Sigma Nu. To celebrate its 75 years, Regis College inducted these individuals into this International Jesuit Honour Society.

“Each honouree has played an integral role in our history,” said Father Joseph Schner, SJ, presider at the Mass and President and Rector of Regis College, in his homily prior to the induction ceremony on Oct. 26 at Regis' Elliott MacGuigan Hall.

Sowing Peace in Haiti

Mary Alban Bouchard CSJ, assisted by Haitian collaborators, has completed the writing and publishing of a series of 16 booklets in the Creole language for animators of youth groups. Called “Lape Gaye,” which means “Sowing Peace,” each 16-page booklet encourages Haitian teenagers to build a culture of peace.

Sisters Receive a Spirited Tribute

St. Columbkille's Parish in Uptergrove, Ontario, had a triple celebration at the eleven o'clock Aug. 14, 2005 mass. Their reasons for rejoicing: the 150th anniversary of the parish, the 100th anniversary of the building of the church and the contributions of the Sisters of St. Joseph to their parish. The mass featured a hymn composed by a Sister of St. Joseph, Be Thou King O Lord, a reference to the Sisters by the homilist and a tribute offered by Margaret Harris, Coordinator of the Lalemant Group of Associates.

An informative and prayerful weekend blessed by God

What a wonderful attendance we CSJ Associates had Sept. 9-11, 2005 for our annual retreat at Mount Carmel in Niagara Falls (see picture at right)!

Celebrating Sisters' Contributions in Saskatchewan

Communities all over Saskatchewan were calling people home to celebrate the province's centennial. The Association of the Sisters of Saskatchewan wasn't going to let the women religious be left out. So they set up a committee chaired by Sister Theresita Kambeitz OSU. This group organized a homecoming for Sisters who had ministered in Saskatchewan or were, at present still serving in the province. They invited Sisters to attend the "Shaping a Gentle Province" conference in Saskatoon from Sept. 9 - 10, 2005, at St. Patrick's parish hall.

Nuns on the Run....for Haiti

Do you think we could do it? That was the question that started it all six years ago. The "it" was to walk from Morrow Park at 3377 Bayview Ave. to their home at 74 Wellesley St. West. The "we" refers to Sisters Teresa Garvey and Theresa Rodgers. And that was how it all began.

That first walk was just for fun. The next year the T(h)eresas decided to walk to raise funds for Haiti, and so it has been each October since.

A SAIL Gathering

Sixty-five Sisters of St. Joseph, from the Toronto, Hamilton, London, Peterborough, Pembroke and Sault Ste. Marie Congregations, gathered at the Motherhouse in North Bay on the weekend of Aug. 26 - 28. On the beautiful shores of Lake Nipissing we prayed, reflected, sang and celebrated being together. In the past few years we have done this seven times in various locations in order to get to know one another and to ponder together our common identity as Sisters of St. Joseph of Canada.

Five years of Fontbonne Ministries

Five years ago, Joan Breech (left) began her work with the Sisters of St. Joseph as administrator of Fontbonne Ministries. To celebrate, General Superior Sr. Margaret Myatt (left) surprised her on Aug. 8, 2005, with a cake, roses and a gathering of staff involved in Fontbonne over the years.

Joan reminisced about the lunch with Sr. Margaret, an occasion that resulted in her taking on this task. Thanked for all she has accomplished, Joan in turn thanked everyone for their efforts

Sisters of St. Joseph Launch A New Ministry for Young Adults

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto are pleased to announce the launch of Faith Connections: a ministry for and with young adults aged 18 to 35.

Sister Mary Regis Nelson CSJ: 1916-2005

Sister Mary Regis Nelson CSJ, was known as a good evangelizer to the people whom she had served through the Via, Veritas, Vita, a program for training lay volunteers in the missions. Sr. Mary Regis, 89, passed away March 21.

A Celebration of the Sisters of St. Joseph at the College Residence

The St. Michael's alumni called it "A Celebration of the Sisters of St. Joseph" and the mood was definitely one of celebration. In her invitation to alumni and the Sisters, Director of Alumni Affairs at the University of St. Michael's College, Kathleen Ancker, invited all to "come prepared to smile, to reminisce, to laugh and to enjoy thoroughly your afternoon with students and residents who haunted your footsteps in the past!" Since the residence will see its final year next year, the alumni saw this as a chance to remember their days at St. Joseph's College.

Associates' Commitment Day

On April 16th, we celebrated our Annual Commitment at St. Joseph's Convent. Our speaker, Sister Ann Delaney, provided an informative, spiritual day. Amy Federis sang and played guitar. Our theme was "Hearing the Call of the Shepherd" which provided us with many hours of reflection and sharing. A great day for all!

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