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Fontbonne Ministries: A New Online Presence
Fontbonne Ministries began producing our regular  newsletter, Springs of Hope, in 2005. We wanted to use Springs of Hope to share stories from our ministries with you, our friends and supporters. Since that time, we have developed a new logo and a new set of brochures, added two ministries and have started to use social media in order to communicate news and events. 
 
We decided that it was time to update our web presence to include some features that would help us bring our ministries to life.
Village Mosaic: Celebrating Five Years
On February 12, 2014, Fontbonne Ministries' Village Mosaic celebrated five years of offering a gathering place on Lake Shore West for seniors. Back in January 2009, Sisters Anne Marie Marrin, Conrad Lauber and Elaine Guidinger arrived at 2794 Lake Shore Boulevard West. Guided by a needs survey and applying all their rich experiences and skills, they founded Village Mosaic, with the participants’ help. “The seniors guided us in the evolution of this program,” said Ministry Director Sister Conrad.
Studio on the Hill: Speaking with Clay
For Sister Helen Kluke, Ministry Director and Teacher at Studio on the Hill, pottery sessions are a unique experience for each person. “I think that we can use clay to speak from our hearts.” Studio on the Hill is part of Fontbonne Ministries.
 
In recent years, different organizations have contacted Sister Helen for retreat days and group pottery sessions at Studio on the Hill. Some groups have been for women aided by Street Haven. Recently, a group of Jesuits from Cardoner House attended.
Fontbonne Place: Joining a Community
When Margo first accepted one of Fontbonne Ministries' 18 rent-geared-to-income apartments at Fontbonne Place, she hadn’t seen her new home. “I thought it’d be a one-room apartment,” she says. She was stunned to find that the Fontbonne Place apartments for single, older women each held a bedroom, a bathroom, a kitchen and a living room. 
 
“I walked in and I was so amazed to see the sun shining in through the back and to have space to put large, cheerful pictures on the walls.
In Good Company: Companionship in Different Forms
When making her first visit to a client as an In Good Company volunteer, Sister Ann was a little nervous. But as she continued to make friendly visits, she found that the companionship she offered could come in many forms.
Faith Connections: Working With Others
“Faith Connections young-adult ministry is enriched and enlivened by combining resources,” says Vanessa Nicholas-Schmidt, Program Director. Faith Connections is a part of Fontbonne Ministries. Most Faith Connections events are held in partnership with other organizations. There’s Theology on Tap East and West with the Office of Catholic Youth (OCY), Mix and Mingle with St. Patrick’s Parish, speed dating with the Newman Centre and so much more.
 
Jonathan Nix, youth minister at the Franciscan Church of St.
Mustard Seed: A Welcoming Space
On Saturdays, Hanna (standing left) is the Coordinator for Fontbonne Ministries' Saturday Drop-In at Mustard Seed. For the last three years, she has arrived early in the morning with volunteers and staff. They prepare snacks and coffee, set up tables and get ready for visitors. By 10 a.m., the participants arrive. They sit down for muffins and hot drinks while a volunteer plays the piano. Some gather over a chess board, others read the newspapers, some work on crossword puzzles together and some just sit and talk.
Looking after spiritual needs in the golden years
Reprinted with permission from The Catholic Register, April 13, 2014 — Sr. Mary Rose Marrin is attempting to fill a ministry gap in the Archdiocese of Toronto for a demographic that is continuing to grow: those reaching their golden years. 
 
"The fact of the matter is that there are many many more older people and they are living longer," said the Sister of St. Joseph.
Urban Way of the Cross resurrected
The Catholic Register, April 4, 2014 — Faith Connections envisions the city as a living Stations of the Cross.
 
The organization, an arm of the Sisters of St. Joseph’s Fontbonne Ministries that conducts ministries directed at youth, has developed an event that relates everyday issues of urban society with the Stations.
A Tradition of Caring
Toronto Star, April 5, 2014 — Providence Healthcare's tradition of providing compassionate care hearkens back more than 150 years, when the organization was established by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto, a Roman Catholic congregation of Sisters from France.
Lent is a time of preparation
Thompson Citizen, March 28, 2014  — Lent, the season we are now living, is a time to prepare for and look forward to new life. "Lent" comes from an Anglo-Saxon word meaning spring. Being in Thompson or the Northern regions, we have to start the seeds for our spring plants indoors.
CRC: 60 Years of Witness
This year, the Canadian Religious Conference (CRC) celebrates its 60th anniversary. Based in Montreal, the CRC was founded in July 1954 during the Canadian Religious Congress and serves as a voice for and a service to leaders of religious institutes and societies of apostolic life in Canada. The leaders represent over 230 congregations for a total number of 16, 900 men and women religious in Canada (as of Dec.
Councillor talks politics to youth
The Catholic Register, March 21, 2014 — Toronto’s next municipal election happens this fall, but voter turnout is typically low among eligible youth. So Theology on Tap is hosting a night of politics and religion over drinks on March 24. The event will bring in city councillor Joe Mihevc to speak to Catholic young adults about faith and civic engagement.
Seeking Justice for Aboriginal Peoples: Associate Assembly Day
On March 8, 2014, 60 Associates and Sisters gathered for the CSJ Associate Assembly Day at 2 O’Connor Drive. Guest speaker Sister Priscilla Solomon, a Sister of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie, spoke on “Indigenous Issues, Spirituality and Current Justice.” Sister Priscilla is Ojibway which is part of the Anishinabek Nation. 
The Other Face of God
The following excerpt is taken from the introduction of The Other Face of God, written by Mary Jo Leddy, a Canadian writer, speaker, theologian, social activist and founder of Romero House. 
 
If you ask me, as if your life depended on it, do you believe in God?
Seeding a gardening program in Toronto schools
A special group of people with knowledge of gardening, eco-spirituality, architecture, planning, education, and curriculum preparation have made an impact on a local school. They call themselves the Eco-Spirituality Consulting Group.
Toronto’s 180th birthday: 180 people who made a difference
Toronto Star, March 6, 2014 — To commemorate Toronto’s 180th birthday on March 6, the Star has assembled 180 profiles of memorable people, including city and community builders, innovators, politicians, cultural leaders, artists, entertainers and athletes, business leaders and colourful personalities who left their mark on the city over the course of its history
Introducing the Village Mosaic Model
On Sunday, March 2, Sister Conrad Lauber, Ministry Director of Village Mosaic (pictured right) and Leanne Kloppenborg, Administrator, Fontbonne Ministries, were invited by Reverend Dr. Paul Shepherd, pastor of Wesley Mimico United Church to speak about Village Mosaic at their ‘Mission and Service' Sunday service.
Shifting Intersections: Religion and medicine in Toronto
The Varsity, March 3, 2014 — On Saturdays, an elevator in Mount Sinai Hospital automatically rises and falls continually through the day, stopping on every floor, one after the other. It is designed to allow accessibility to people of the Jewish faith on the Sabbath — a holy day of rest on which the use of electricity is prohibited.
High School Redux
Thompson Citizen, February 26, 2014 — Being a Catholic high school graduate wasn't high on the list of things top of mind when I moved to Manitoba in 2007.
Aging is a spiritual journey

The Prairie Messenger, February 19, 2014 — Sister Mary Rose Marrin has a message for churches and for society in general: look at aging as a spiritual journey and assist maturing adults during this passage. Issues of purpose and meaning become more urgent as people age. A ministry that supports the lifelong faith development of women and men is essential. In a world where peoples’ longevity has increased by 30 years over the last century, her message is timely.

A year to celebrate those who can awaken the world

Consecrated life is a sign in the Church and the world of the union with Christ which all Christians are invited to in Baptism. This year our congregation participated in the celebration of consecrated life, as gift and sign, in several ways within the Archdiocese.

Eastern Wins Award for 2 O’Connor Construction
Eastern Construction Company Ltd. built the new Sisters Residence at 2 O’Connor Drive. Their work on the project has earned them a 2013 Toronto Construction Association Project Achievement Award: “Best of the Best.”
Preserving a historic house
When the Sisters moved into their new home at 2 O’Connor Drive on March 12, 2013, their dwelling place incorporated the John F. Taylor house into the newly built residence. The Taylor house at 2 O’Connor Drive and Broadview Avenue is a designated heritage property registered with the City of Toronto. By restoring this house, the Sisters of St. Joseph have maintained a link to the history of the former municipality of East York.

Pope Francis and the Periphery

Canadian Religious Conference Bulletin, Winter 2014  The Church is collectively catching its breath in these extraordinary months following the election of Jorge Bergoglio to the chair of Peter. Through his genuine kindness and easy familiarity with people of every religious viewpoint and attitude, we are witnessing nothing less than a recasting of the Petrine office. The Church is embracing a servant leader who, inspired by the Poverello of Assisi, has cast aside the trappings of the papal court.

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