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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.

Spiritual Thoughts
Nickel Belt News, January 10, 2014 — A few have made wrong choices all of their lives… the good news is that you have a second chance.
 
Beginning a new year is a time for reflection. Symbolically at parties, many have seen the old man 2013 exit and the happy new babe 2014 walk on stage. In 2013 we have done our best. Though not perfect, we are good people. With our New Year’s resolutions we’ll try to smooth out some of the rougher edges of our personality, or reach out more to others.
Holy Family Associates: Advent Retreat Day
On Saturday, December 7, 2013, the Holy Family Associates hosted a retreat day at St. Mary of the People parish in Oshawa. About 20 other people from other parishes in Oshawa joined us for a day of reflection and prayer. The subject for the day — Attentive to God’s Presence — was presented by Sr. Mary Rose Marrin CSJ. 
 
Sister Mary Rose asked us to take this day out of our busy Christmas schedule to be with God in prayer and contemplation.
Agape in the Classroom
Students in an Agape program presented their creative final projects at Loretto Abbey on January 10, 2014: there were blogs, wordles (word clouds, see image), paintings, poems and videos. Agape is the Greek word for selfless unconditional love that gives without expecting anything in return.
Sister Enid’s Ministry
The Frank J. Selke Memorial Resource Centre in Kapuskasing, Ontario, offers faith education and personal growth and development through workshops, retreats and seminars.
CCO’s “Rise Up” Conference: Lord, I hear you calling my name
Between December 28, 2013, and January 1, 2014, I had the privilege of attending the Catholic Christian Outreach “Rise Up” conference in Ottawa. There were 850 university students present, representing all ten provinces and the Northwest Territories and 88 universities. I was one among 55 priests and religious from 19 different religious communities.
 
This is an annual religious conference for universities students. This year it was celebrating 25 years of ministry.
Looking Back at Christmas in the Convent
I am looking forward to our first Christmas at the new Sisters’ Residence at 2 O’Connor where we arrived on March 12, 2013, from Morrow Park. We’re still settling in. Adjustment to new places always takes time. But when I look back, I have made many major adjustments in my life.
Vocation Awareness: Finding Your Path in Life
On Friday November 22, 2013, Sisters Anne Schenck, Divinia Pedro, and Rosemary Fry, along with other members of TAVDA (Toronto Area Vocation Director's Association) took part in a Vocation Awareness Day at John Cabot High School in Mississauga.
Sharing a Journey of Faith: Associate Orientation Day
The Associate Leadership Team organized an Orientation Day on November 16, 2013 at the Sisters’ Residence, 2 O’Connor Drive.  The primary objective of this event was to present the basic historical background and information regarding the CSJ Associate Program.
Springs of Hope - Fall Newsletter 2013
The latest issue of Springs of Hope, the Fontbonne Ministries newsletter, is available. Topics in this issue include:

St. Joseph’s-on-the-Lake: A Look Back
From Along the Shore: Rediscovering Toronto's Waterfront Heritage - A short distance to the east, the Sisters of St. Joseph established St. Joseph’s-on-the-Lake Convent and Novitiate in 1918. The imperious three-story neo-Gothic structure stood near the highest point of the Bluffs, until it was torn down to make room for development in the early 1960s. 

New book commemorates century of caring at Comox hospital
Comix Valley Record, November 4, 2013 — St. Joseph's General Hospital launched its new commemorative book Friday, celebrating 100 years of service to the Comox Valley.

Associate Coordinators’ Meeting Rewarding and Prayerful
On a beautiful Friday, October 18th, 2013, 15 of us motored up to Invermara.  We had been invited by the Sisters to have our Fall Coordinator's Meeting at their beautiful summer home. One of the reasons this was decided was to enable us to get to know each other better and to find God in our fellow Associates. It turned out to be a wonderful experience.

Theology at a bar near you
The Catholic Register, October 24, 2013  Faith Connections is expanding its Theology on Tap series to meet the growing needs of the young and faithful in the Toronto area.
St. Joseph’s turns 150
The Catholic Register, October 12, 2013 — One of Toronto’s oldest Catholic schools, St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School, is celebrating a century and a half of shaping the lives of the children of Leslieville in the city’s east end.
Catholic Charities ‘energized by hope’ in serving needy
The Catholic Register, October 10, 2013 — Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Toronto capped off its centenary celebrations with a special Sunday afternoon Mass at St. Paul’s Basilica.

St. Joseph’s Elementary celebrates 150 Years
St. Joseph's Catholic Elementary School in Toronto celebrated a major milestone the weekend of October 18 and 19, 2013. Established in 1863, the school celebrated its 150th anniversary. Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto taught at the school for many years.
Congregation’s Work Recognized by Catholic Charities
On Oct. 6, 2013, a Mass celebrating the 100th anniversary of Catholic Charities took place at St. Paul’s Basilica. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto received a plaque with the following text:

Associate Retreat: In Cloud and Fire – Faith Alive!
At Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre in Mississauga at the Associates’ Sept. 20-22, 2013, retreat, Sister Grace Sauvé blessed us with deep and inspiring guides to living the life to which we are called, both as Christians and especially as CSJ Associates.

Activist Sister strove for peace, justice
Western Catholic Reporter, Oct. 7, 2013 — Sister Mary Alban Bouchard has been called a prophet in our midst and a courageous woman who dedicated her life to the cause of peace and social justice.
 
The Sister of St. Joseph of Toronto, who spent time in Edmonton in the early 1980s, walked, fasted, prayed, wrote and spoke against the development of nuclear weapons and spent more than two decades helping the poorest of the poor of Haiti.
 
Bouchard died peacefully Sept.
Becoming Neighbours’ AGM: Help in Living in a New Culture
The eighth Annual General Meeting of Becoming Neighbours had everything: prayer, a panel, music, presentations, reports on programs, mingling together and celebrating the collaboration of members of women and men religious congregations and their associates as they respond to the unmet needs of immigrants and refugees. This is a ministry to which the Sisters of St.
Village Mosaic Crafters Create a Mosaic
Since the opening of Village Mosaic in early 2009, Sister Conrad Lauber had hoped for an actual mosaic for this Fontbonne Ministries centre. Her idea was to use stained glass. 
 
One day Andrea, our Program Coordinator, found an old frame from a door mirror and thought it would make a good frame for Sister Conrad’s mosaic. She also envisioned it within the community room — just above the kitchen pass-through.
Good-humoured nun Sister Mary Alban Bouchard devoted her life to peace
Toronto Star, Sept. 16, 2013 — For Sister Mary Alban Bouchard, on a 1978 trip to New York for a UN special session on disarmament, it was meeting the Hibakusha — the survivors of the American atomic bombs dropped on Japan — that made her a fierce proponent for peace.
 
As she would recall in 2001, “I realized more and more the importance of what was happening with the arms race and the division of the world, and the great danger that was being created by the arms race.
Sister Mary Alban Receives Teacher of Peace Award
Pax Christi Toronto presented Sister Mary Alban Bouchard CSJ with its first ever Teacher of Peace Award on August 28, 2013 at the new Sisters of St. Joseph Residence in Toronto.
 
This award was presented in recognition of Sister Mary Alban's lifetime achievement of dedicated commitment to world leadership in both Canada and Haiti for the cause of Peace on Earth. 

Associates Outreach to Abused Women
At Christmas, the Galilee Associate Community made a donation to Interval House.
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