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Furniture Bank Celebrates its 15th Anniversary
An Open House... A Wonderful Home Coming
On Wednesday, March 13, staff and board members warmly welcomed invited guests to tour the Furniture Bank’s new warehouse facilities — its very first permanent home at 25 Connell Court in Etobicoke. It is an incredible story of an inspiration that began in 1996 when Sister Anne Schenck CSJ visited a Somalian mother with four young children living in an empty apartment with only two small cooking pots.
Sisters Contribute Hospital Beds for Pakistan
On the morning of March 14, 2013, a dozen GlobalMedic volunteers, members of GlobalMedic’s Rapid Response Team, gathered at Morrow Park, 3377 Bayview Avenue. They were there to collect a gift of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto: 40 hospital beds, metal tables and desks and medical supplies like wheelchairs, lifts, mattresses and walkers. 

Nuns Move Into Heaven on Earth

Toronto Star, March 15, 2013 — Designed by Shim-Sutcliffe, 2 O’Connor Dr. is part hospital, part assisted-care facility for the Sisters of St. Joseph. The striking new structure snakes along the edge of the Don Valley ravine at the juncture of Broadview Ave. and O’Connor Dr.

CSJ Associate Assembly Day

For the CSJ Associates and the Sisters in attendance, Saturday, February 16 was a particularly significant day for two reasons.  Not only was it our Annual Associate Assembly Day but it was also the last Associate event to be held at Morrow Park.  Sr. Linda Gregg, our presenter (pictured right), chose a timely and inspiring theme:  Garden Pathway of God’s Gospel on Earth.

Three Sisters Carry On an Over-300-Year Tradition

Recently, I travelled to Haiti to monitor our ministry projects there, but more importantly, I went to be there for a very special event with the Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Vallier with whom I have lived for many years. Three of their young Sisters were completing 10 years of formation and making their perpetual profession as Sisters of St. Joseph. As we celebrated together, we shared many memories of events that happened during those years. 

Candles and Cake at Village Mosaic

Village Mosaic recently held a double celebration: Valentine’s Day along with the fourth anniversary of their centre. February 14, 2013, was cause for candles, cake and crooning.

Celebrating Religious Life

On January 27, 2013, Sisters Dorothy Schweitzer, Terry Dalla and Jacqueline de Verteuil, pictured at right, as well as Sr. Rosemary Fry  participated in Newman Centre’s celebration of Consecrated Life with a display illustrating the Sisters of St. Joseph’s ministries. Many other men and women religious participated in this lively event.

Faith in the City

On Friday, Jan. 24, 2013, 250 people of various faiths — Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh, First Nations spirituality, and others — came together with several City Councillors and staff in the City of Toronto’s Council Chambers for Faith in the City

CSJ Haiti Newsletter 2013

The annual CSJ Haiti Newsletter is now available, containing news, updates, recollections and thanks from Sister Mary Alban Bouchard, Sister Lorraine Malo and Sister Rosemary Fry.

Click here to download the Haiti newsletter PDF.

Click here for more articles on the Sisters of St. Joseph in Haiti.

Morrow Park's Mass of Thanksgiving Celebrates 52 Years

The invitation to family and friends stated: "As we prepare to move after 52 years at Morrow Park, the Sisters of St. Joseph invite you to join us for a Mass and Reception on Sunday, November 25..." And guests poured in, welcomed by Sisters who guided them up to the chapel through a corridor lined with banners showing images of Morrow Park and the activities there over the yearsThe "Eucharistic Liturgy of Thanksgiving" began at 2 pm with a welcome from Congregational Leader Sr.

Sr. St. John O'Malley CSJ with students in 1925 Celebrating 100 Years of Women's Education at St. Michael's

Women were first admitted to St. Michael's College in 1911 - 12, a century ago. By the 15th anniversary of their arrival, as Laura Sabia pointed out in her talk to a gathering of SMC alumnae for a Whitsuntide Conference (a series of early 60s conferences meant to balance the longstanding Michaelmas Conference for male-alumni), women students registered in the Faculty of Arts and Science through St. Michael's College already outnumbered the men. That ratio has continued to the present time. But co-education did not come easily to St. Michael's.

Springs of Hope - Fall Newsletter 2012

The latest issue of Springs of Hope, the Fontbonne Ministries newsletter, is available. Topics in this issue include:

  • Supporting the Sisters in their Ministries
  • Walking With the Sisters
  • A Chance to Touch Someone's Life
  • Cooking and Companionship
  • A Bit of Everything
  • Tending the Community Garden
  • Self Discovery in Pottery
  • Achievements in Gardening and Pottery
  • Appreciating Donors and the Wonder of Women
 
Sr. Georgette Gregory speaks. Sr. Georgette Tells the Story of the Mobile Dental Clinic's History

"The Mobile Dental Clinic is a 40-foot customized coach that is fully accessible and is equipped with two dental stations, a sterilization centre and a reception area. The clinic is staffed by a dentist, registered dental hygienist and a certified dental assistant. The bus will travel throughout Toronto visiting neighbourhoods and community agencies Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Celebrating 60 Years of Catholic Education in Thorold
Sisters Patricia Conway and Sister Margaret McGrath remember their time in Thorold with joy.
On the feast of St. Charles Borromeo, St. Charles Catholic Elementary School in Thorold, Ontario, celebrated its 60th anniversary commemoration.
Dr. Daisy Radigan and Sr. Janet Fraser pose before the screen in Georgina on Oct Understanding our Place in the World
Leah Watkiss, JPIC Program Director, shares her experience at a screening of Journey of the Universe.
On a cold and rainy October evening, Sister Janet Fraser and I made our way to the town of Georgina on Lake Simcoe to attend a screening of the EMMY award-winning documentary Journey of the Universe: An Epic Story of Cosmic, Earth, and Human Transformation followed by a discussion led by eco-ministry expert Dr.
Sister Roberta Freeman receives her award. Sr. Roberta Freeman Receives the Ontario Senior Achievement Award

On Oct 5th 2012, Sr. Roberta Freeman CSJ received the Ontario Senior Achievement Awards at Queen's Park for her community service in Toronto. Her name was submitted by Nancy Hawkes, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development of St. Elizabeth Health Care, for her contribution during her years on their Board and as a founding member of their foundation.

Sister Conrad Lauber, Monsignor Paul Dwyer Catholic Secondary School's second pr Oshawa school celebrates 50 years of Catholic education

Generations of students and teachers gathered recently to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Monsignor Paul Dwyer Catholic High School in Oshawa.

Sisters view one of the displays at Paul Dwyer High School. Paul Dwyer Celebrates Anniversary by Honoring the Sisters
On Sept. 8, 2012, a bright Sunday afternoon, at 2 pm, Monsignor Paul Dwyer Catholic High School in Oshawa kicked off its 50th Anniversary Celebrations with a Mass and Reception to honour the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto. Fifteen Sisters served as administrators and teachers at the school during the period of 1965 to 1991.
 
Sr. Anne Schenck remembered how the Sisters of St.
Energy Efficient Sisters Model Ecological Living for the 21st Century

In 1997, a group of 10 Sisters used Workshop in a Box - Ecological Living for the 21st Century. Three of them, Sisters Janet Fraser, Peggy Bach and Mary Fatta, all pictured at left, decided to use what they had learned to live in an ecologically friendly house. One of their objectives was to conserve energy.

They conducted an energy audit in their house. As a result, they decided to use Bullfrog power, a system which produces green, clean energy feeding it to the grid on behalf of its customers.

Sister Conrad Awarded Diamond Jubilee Medal

On June 21, 2012, Sister Conrad Lauber, was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal by Laurel Broten, MPP Etobicoke-Lakeshore, in a presentation that took place at Village Mosaic at 2794 Lake Shore Blvd. West. Sr. Conrad is a Sister of St. Joseph and Laurel Broten thanked the Sisters for “bringing a gathering place to the Lakeshore.” She spoke of Sr. Conrad as an "unsung hero" and wished to present the medal here in place with the seniors.

Ursula Matthews Awarded Jubilee Medal

On April 27, 2012, Ursula Matthews, Co-Director of the CSJ Associates, was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal in a presentation that took place at the Captain Bellenden Hutcheson VC Armory in Etobicoke. She is pictured here on the right with Conrad Lauber CSJ on the left.

Catherine and Steve re-united with their daughter, Patricia. World Refugee Day: June 20, 2012

United Nations' World Refugee Day honours the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict and violence.

Sister Margaret Myatt, centre, with Ellen Leonard CSJ and Jack Lynch SFM Becoming Neighbours: Annual Margaret Myatt CSJ Recognition Award

At the AGM of Becoming Neighbours on May 9, 2012, a new annual award was announced: the "Becoming Neighbours Annual Margaret Myatt CSJ Recognition Award."  The award was named in honour of Sr. Margaret who first envisioned this ministry which could be carried out collaboratively by local congregations. In 2003, the Sisters of St. Joseph Leadership Team invited 19 congregations of women and men religious in the city to come together in this Becoming Neighbours ministry that assists newcomers to Canada.

Supporting Lay People in their Faith Studies

Sister Jacqueline de Verteuil is the local consultant/advisor to students registered in the Diploma in Ministry Program (DIMP) offered by St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. At the right, she is pictured at the university’s 2011 graduation with the two DIMP graduating students in gowns. Pictured are, left to right, Dan Archie Cummings; Mary MacInnis, Coordinator of Ministry Programs; Catherine Kaloutsky, Bishop Brian Dunn, and Sr. Jacqueline.

Art on the Park

Between April 25 and 28, 2012, Sisters Virginia Varley and Betty Lou Knox and Loral Dean exhibited their latest works at Regis College, today a Jesuit graduate faculty of theology at the University of Toronto. Paintings were beautifully displayed in this historic building previously owned by the family of William Christie, of cookie fame. In 1926, the Sisters of St. Joseph acquired the property and it became St. Joseph's College.

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