Ministry for Social Justice, Peace, and Care of Earth
In our apostolic endeavours, we collaborate with others in a common effort to create a society transformed by the values of the gospel by which the dignity and freedom of every person is experienced and affirmed.” (Constitution 45 from the Constitution of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Toronto, revised 2011)
What it is
Social justice, peace, and care of Earth are intrinsic values in the work of the Sisters. It refers to our efforts to build a world where life may flourish abundantly.
History: The Dear Neighbour
At the heart of our mission of reconciliation and unity is a deep concern for wholeness and right relationships. Always attentive to needs that are not being met we bring a listening heart for those voices that are silenced and not heard.
“The Church in the World”
Three hundred years ago, when the seeds of the Congregation were first sown, our founding Sisters’ purpose was to minister to the most serious needs of their neighbours in the city, especially the poor. Since then, our concept of “the neighbour” has grown increasingly to include First Nations communities, people with developmental disabilities, people in less developed countries, and more. This discernment drove our contributions to areas such as education, healthcare, and pastoral care. When scientific discoveries revealed the interconnectedness of the universe, our awareness of the sacredness of all creation was heightened. Today, our love of neighbour focuses on the homeless, the alienated, the economically poor, women at risk, and our wounded earth. In a spirit of unity and diversity we collaborate with others to foster a consciousness that, as equal recipients of God’s active and inclusive love, we are all one.