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A Sister of St. Joseph of Toronto.

Sister Mary Carmen MacLean

Sister Mary Carmen MacLean
The growth I value most is in my relationship with my Lord and God.

Born on the east coast of Canada, Cape Breton was my home for 18 years. I was brought up in a large family of five boys and three girls on a farm near the Bras d'Or Lakes. Our parents made sure that we had chores to do around the home and the farm. This helped us to learn about responsibility at an early age.

Sister Mary Buckley

Sister Mary Buckley
God continues to share moments with me — sometimes among others and sometimes just the two of us...

I am one of a very rare species: a fourth generation Torontonian. My great-grandparents arrived in Canada in the mid-1800s and settled in Toronto in what was then Cabbagetown. When my parents married, my father moved one block up, my mother one block over. We were all members of St. Paul's parish, Toronto's oldest.

Sister Marie Howorth

Sister Marie Howorth
Over the years, my relationship with God has deepened.

I grew up in Toronto in a Catholic family with six children. I attended St. Joseph's School on Leslie St. In Grade 8, I was chosen to crown Our Lady in our school's outdoor procession. Then I attended St. Joseph's College School. In Grade 13, I was on the student council. I was impressed by many of my teachers, who were Sisters of St. Joseph.

Sister Janet Speth

Sister Janet Speth
When I met the Sisters of St. Joseph, their spirit attracted me: diversity in unity, reconciliation, going where the needs were not being met.

I grew up in Sudbury in Northern Ontario. I developed both love for the Roman Catholic faith tradition and a keen mind for questioning everything, including religion. At 8-years-old, I yearned for a heart like God's — big enough to accept differences and opposing ideas.

Sister Janet Fraser

Sister Janet Fraser
The seeds for this latest ministry were sown at age five.

I lived in St. Monica's Parish, Toronto. Family and parish were always a community affair. Joining another community seemed not so different!

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