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A Sister of St. Joseph of Toronto.

Sister Pat Conway

Sister Pat Conway
It was evident that they were happy women.

Just recently a young woman came to see me to talk about the Sisters of St. Joseph. She is from the Niagara Peninsula but is attending college in Northern Ontario where she is acquainted with the Sisters of St. Joseph. Before the conversation went too far she said that she would like to hear "my story." Much of what follows is what I told her.

Sister Nida Fe Chavez

Sister Nida Fe Chavez
When I fell in love with God, I also fell in love with the people around me and all God’s creation.

My roots are in Manila, Philippines, where I grew up with my younger Sister and three brothers. Both my parents originated in Cuenca, Batangas, and it was there that I enjoyed school breaks with my grandparents, relatives and cousins who lived at the foot of a mountain.

Sister Mary Sibbald

Sister Mary Sibbald
I am constantly aware that the Holy Spirit has been active in my life during my years of teaching, doing parish ministry and working with people who are homeless.

I was born in Ireland and came to Canada in 1962. During my years in Teacher Training College, I got to know the Sisters of Mercy. Several students who graduated with me entered religious communities. Although I respected their choice, I myself never contemplated such an action at that time.

Sister Mary Macoretta

Sister Mary Macoretta
God guided me through the people he placed on my path.

I came from the town of Thorold. My parents owned a grocery store. I attended Holy Rosary School, where I was taught by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto. What I most remember about these Sisters is their kindness, honesty, creativity and humanity.

Sister Mary Carol Lemire

Sister Mary Carol Lemire
Above all, I am most grateful to God for God's fidelity to me.

I was born in Toronto. At St. Joseph's College School, staffed by Sisters of St. Joseph, it would have been difficult to be immune to the inspiration of the Sisters' dedicated lives. I loved my Grade 1 teacher, Sister Mary Alban Hennessey, and often remained after school to help her. My mother tells me I had voiced my desire, even then, to be a Sister. Sister St. Ivan, my Grade 8 teacher, was another strong influence.

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