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Between city and nature, this residence shelters a group of Toronto nuns
The Globe and Mail, May 16, 2014 — When I visit serious works of architecture, the owners have rarely taken a vow of poverty. But every rule has an exception. The Sisters of St. Joseph, a congregation of Roman Catholic nuns in Toronto, have commissioned a new home for themselves that reaches great aesthetic heights.

Sisters making mainstream headlines
Global Sisters Report, May 16, 2014 — When the sisters leave, the good-byes are bittersweet, as they were this week in one Wisconsin town. Maybe a little meditation would help. Right, Sr. Leonardi?
 
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto recently built a new residence in their neighborhood and the review is in: The building is stunning. 

Sisters Celebrating their 70th Jubilee
Sister Mary Michael Codarini
I knew I wanted to do something for God’s service
 
I knew the Sisters of St. Joseph from my school days. Even though I had some boyfriends as a teenager, I wasn’t serious about them. In my heart I knew I wanted to do something for God’s service by reaching out to others, especially those in need.
 
As I think back over the past 70 years, I realize the wealth of experience I have had.
Associates Commitment Day - May 10, 2014
The Associates Commitment Day was a beautiful spring day with new leaves, birds and sparkling water outside 2 O'Connor Drive.
 
After Mary Huan's welcome, Eva Bowman and Karina Guerra led the morning prayer.
Nuns' residence inspires faith: Hume
Toronto Star, May 12, 2014 — If the recently opened Sisters of St. Joseph Residence is any indication, the 21st-century nunnery is less a community apart than a part of the community.
 
Though not technically a nunnery, the striking new structure at 2 O’Connor Dr. is not only a home with rooms for 58 nuns, it is an exquisite addition to the city.
Ronald's Story from Honduras
Sister Pat Dowling is a Sister of St. Joseph in ministry with L’Arche in Honduras. She tells the story of Ronald, a boy in the village of Choluteca, and how they were able to assist him over the years…
 
On arriving in Choluteca and visiting neighbours, I found Ronald, a child in the corner of a hut with a dirt floor, listening to the radio and repeating what he heard.
World Day of Prayer for Vocations
How am I, with my own unique gifts, being called to put them at the service of God’s Kingdom on this earth?
 
This Fourth Sunday after Easter, May 11, 2014, celebrates the 51st World Day of Prayer for Vocations. This is the day when all Christians are invited to reflect on their Baptismal commitment, and to pray for one another and the whole Christian Community.
Celebrating Fontbonne Ministries Volunteers
On May 4, 2014, over 80 people attended the Fontbonne Ministries Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon at St. Paul's Basilica Parish Hall. In a beautiful parish hall decorated with colourful balloons and flowers, Fontbonne Ministries volunteers gathered with staff and Sisters. Together, they enjoyed a meal and celebrated the volunteers' contributions to different Fontbonne Ministries programs.
 
During the event, Sister Thérèse Meunier voiced her gratitude to Fontbonne volunteers.
Sister Monica Downey: Celebrating her 75th Jubilee
The Sisters who taught me were the main influence on my decision to enter the Congregation
 
I grew-up in a small railway town, Nakina, in northern Ontario. It means “land of many waters.” My father was a railway man. In high school, I went to St. Joseph’s Boarding School on Wellesley Street in Toronto and loved every minute of it. That wasn’t the case for some of my friends but I have always liked order and routine.
Sisters’ Residence Receives Design Award
On May 13, Shim-Sutcliffe Architects Inc. received the 2014 Governor General’s Medal in Architecture for their design of the Residence for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto at 2 O’Connor Drive. This award was presented during a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.
 
Recipients of this award were chosen by a peer assessment committee. Their comments on the Sisters’ Residence were as follows: "This project shines for the care that was brought in creating a loving environment for the elderly.
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?
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