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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.
Associates’ Efforts Assist Youth Refuge
On Saturday, July 27, 2013 the CSJ Holy Family Associate Community in Oshawa along with the St. Joseph the Worker youth group held a very successful car wash and  bake sale for “The Refuge,” a homeless drop- in centre for youth ranging from 0 to 25 years. The Refuge is a Christian centre that survives by donations and the grace of God.
 
The day was beautiful, warm and exciting.  Without a doubt, the event was blessed.  Cars continued to stream through with generous donations.
Annual CSJ Associate Federation Meeting
From May 25 to 28, 2013, the directors and representatives of the Associates/Companions of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Ontario met at the Villa St. Joseph in Cobourg, a lovely retreat centre on Lake Ontario. 

A Ritual of Hope for a World in Crisis
On World Ocean Day, June 8, 2013, over 60 people responded to the invitation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto to join their celebration Come, Holy Spirit: A Ritual of Hope for a Planet in Crisis on World Ocean Day at the Mary Ward Centre in Toronto.
Annual Holy Childhood Events
Mission Day Mass
Around 600 students representing various schools in the Archdiocese of Vancouver gather for the annual Holy Childhood Mission Day Mass organized each year by Sr. Mary Ellen Burns and her coworker, Doreen Dominguez. This is an Archdiocesan event which takes place each year and the locations vary from year to year as we try to move around the Archdiocese.
 
The Mass is always held during Holy Childhood Week — the first week of May.
Faith in the Midst of Adversity
Sister Mary Carol Lemire was part of a panel speaking on the topic of Faith in the Face of Adversity on June 10, 2013, at an event organized by ELLICSR: Health, Wellness & Cancer Survivorship Centre, at Toronto General Hospital. She offered the Christian perspective, while four other panellists contributed the Buddhist, Indigenous, Muslim and Jewish perspectives.

NPH says goodbye to a good friend: Sister Lorraine Malo
At this moment in which today vanishes forever close my eyes and I will meet again your wonders as you light up my night with a new brightness.
 
May the darkness which wraps me round, soothe my feeble faith, and be balm for my heart and soul carrying me to the new dawn... if there is another dawn for me.
 
And when, finally, there be for me no other earthly day, bless me with Your love, and Your peace.
In solidarity with our oceans
Catholic Register, June 6, 2013 — The Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto are celebrating World Ocean Day to raise awareness about the environmental damage being done to our oceans. On June 8, the UN-designated day, the sisters were to host “Come, Holy Spirit: A Ritual of Hope for a Planet in Crisis on World Ocean Day” at the Mary Ward Centre at Loretto College Residence, part of the University of St.
Jubilarians 2013: Looking Back Over 70 Years
Sister Jean De Luca 
I was born in Toronto and grew up in St. Patrick’s parish. My years of ministry as a Sister of St. Joseph were either directly or indirectly related to education. For many years, I was a teacher at the elementary, secondary and later at the post-secondary levels. During a five year period, I was involved in addiction research programmes in Toronto and Ottawa. This included individual and family counselling.
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