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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!

Sr. Ann Delaney's Reflections on the Vocation Conference

It was a wonderful experience for me to attend and participate in the Conference of The National Association of Vocation and Formation Directors. I found it to be refreshing and renewing. The preparation, organization and facilitation were beautifully carried out.

Diploma in Ministry Open House

Shown here are participants at the Open House for the St. Francis Xavier University Ministry Programs held on May 14, 2005, at St. Joseph's Morrow Park. It was hosted by the Toronto students, alumni and their Local Advisor, Jacqueline de Verteuil csj. Information was shared on the various programs and courses offered for faith and ministry formation by distance education. Mary MacInnis, Coordinator of Ministry Programs, and Administrative Assistant, Cindy MacEachern took part, as did a panel of current students and graduates who shared their learning experiences.

Sr. Leonard helps women find theological voice

Introducing herself to her first theology class in 1977, Sr. Ellen Leonard had sensed her predominantly male students at the University of St. Michael's College were uncomfortable with having a female professor.

Ten Years of Service

The Morrow Park volunteers celebrated their 10th anniversary on April 24, 2005. After Mass and a lovely lunch, Ryerson University's Act II Studio treated volunteers and resident Sisters to their production "I'm Still Here".

A number of the volunteers were among the first members who celebrated their 10th year under the direction of the program founder, Sr. Mary Carol Lemire. Receiving their 10 year pins were: Sandra Desjardin, Patricia Yule, Marie Smith, Erlinda de La Rosa, Katherine Rentschler and Sisters Divinia Pedro, Mary Carol Lemire, Leona Graham and Ruth Leddy.

The Sisters of St. Joseph mourn the loss of Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II has a special place in the hearts of the Sisters of St. Joseph. The Sisters were privileged to host the Holy Father at Morrow Park during World Youth Day 2002 from July 27 to July 29.

They join the world in mourning the passing of a spiritual leader who has, since 1978, reached out to youth and all people around the world.

A Month for Marches: Sr. Jean Leahy reports on two walks

On March 19, 2005, the second anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, several Sisters joined with thousands of others not only in Nathan Phillips Square but all around the world in protest of this war. After listening to impassioned speeches, we marched up University Avenue, past the U.S. Consulate, up to College, across to Yonge Street, down Yonge to Queen and then returned to Nathan Phillips Square where more protests to the war and calls for PEACE were heard. May this call grow stronger and stronger!

Sr. Ellen Leonard: Woman of Distinction

On International Women's Day, March 8, Sister Ellen Leonard was announced as one of the women who will receive the YWCA 2005 Women of Distinction Award in the category of Religion and Education. The award is given to women who "have made extraordinary contributions to improving the lives of other women and girls."

Celebrating the Feast Day

"As Sisters of St. Joseph, we aspire to be like our patron. We desire to be open, trusting women guided by the Holy Spirit. Gifted with a mission to nurture community and to grow in our love for God, each other and our sisters and brothers whom we call "the dear neighbour," we make every effort, along with our vowed members and our lay associates, both men and women, to build communities of healing and compassion."

She's 99 and still answers the call to serve

Sr. Helena McCarthy has received the call of religious life many times over. The 99-year-old Sister of St. Joseph received her first call when she followed in her sister's footsteps to enter the convent in 1932. But now, calls come daily, as McCarthy uses the phone to pray with friends, family and people needing a listening ear.

"People say life begins at 40. I think it begins at 90," McCarthy said of her years at her new apostolate in telephone ministry.

Sisters of St. Joseph win the Niagara Catholic Education award

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto received the Niagara Catholic Education Award of Distinction on Feb. 4, 2005 at the Bishop's Gala in Niagara Falls's Club Italia. The Niagara Catholic District School Board has inaugurated this award, given to recognize individuals and groups for their outstanding contributions to Catholic Education in the Niagara region. Representing the Sisters of St. Joseph at the awards ceremony were Sisters Margaret Myatt, Pat Conway, Loretta Rollheiser, and Kathleen Conway (pictured right).

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