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An Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto.

Meet The New Associates of 2013

On April 20, 2013, three Associate candidates made their first commitment at 2 O'Connor Drive during the annual retreat day.

Eva Bowman


"I started working at St. Michael's Hospital and that's how I came to know the Sisters. The Sisters of St. Joseph were a part of the hospital. Sister Helena saw me one day and asked how I was. I told her I was worried, that my contract was ending soon and I really needed a full-time job. 'God will provide,' she said. 'Let's pray.' She held my hand and we prayed. And lo and behold, three months later, I got the full time job."

Eva remembers the next invitation. Ursula, a co-worker, invited her to attend a CSJ Associates' meeting.

Brian Farrell


Brian Farrell has an 18-year association with the Associates. It all started, Brian recounts, with a course on being a palliative care volunteer at Providence Centre, then operated by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto. Once the program was finished, he became the first volunteer on the palliative unit. He remained for11 years. He was impressed with the Sisters:

"It was in the care that the Sisters gave the patients and residents — they saw each individual as someone special. They knew everyone's name."

Laura Brown


Laura Brown came to know of the Sisters of St. Joseph through the retreats, seminars and talks that used to take place at St. Joseph's Centre. When she was telling her friend Winnie how much she admired the Sisters, her friend asked if she would like to become an associate. She describes what happened this way:

I went to an orientation meeting. They reviewed what the expectations would be: the yearly retreat, the 10 meetings a year, the yearly commitment and the social event. It wasn't difficult for me to commit — I was very taken with the program.

Mary Duffy

I have been an associate with the Lalemant Group in Orillia since 1999. The reason I keep coming back is the spirit of friendship and sharing that is in the group.

My first meeting with the Sisters of St Joseph was at Invermara during the 1950's, when I was one of the school children in our area receiving catechism summer school classes taught by the Sisters of St. Joseph. From 1963 to 1966, 1 attended St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing in Toronto. Our class was the last three-year course taught by the Sisters.


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