New Leadership Team for the Sisters
Oh God, source of light,
We begin a new phase in the life of our Congregation
confident that you are with us.
Remembering your goodness from ages past,
We weave our future together with hope.
— From the opening prayer of the installation rite
On May 26, in the Morrow Park chapel, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto installed their new Leadership Team in a simple ceremony that began with an opening prayer, part of which is seen above. Chosen by the Sisters to lead them for the next four years were, pictured above left to right: Sisters Annette Lacroix, Jean Gove, Thérèse Meunier (Congregational Leader), Theresa Rodgers and Patricia Boucher.
Sister Annette Lacroix
A native of Penetang, Ontario, Sister Annette Lacroix's ministry has focused on management and administration in health care. This ministry has taken her as far west as Comox, B.C., and to Providence Centre, (now Providence Healthcare) in east Toronto.
More recently at St. Augustine's Seminary in Toronto, she served for 14 years as bursar and business manager, sharing in the mission of the seminary to train and ordain men for the priesthood. For the last four years she has served as assistant congregational leader and general treasurer on the CSJ Leadership Team.
Sister Jean Gove
A native of Toronto, Sister Jean Gove has ministered in education as a high school teacher in Toronto, on the CSJ Congregational Formation Team, then as dean of St. Joseph's College Residence. She served as assistant registrar at St. Michael's College in the University of Toronto while continuing her studies.
In 1990 she received her Ph.D. in English Language and Literature. That same year she was elected to the CSJ Leadership Team and appointed general treasurer, a position she held for two terms. Her most recent ministry was in financial management with the Pontifical Mission Societies and lately with seniors as a volunteer with the Sisters' newly established ministry, Village Mosaic.
Sister Thérèse Meunier, Congregational Leader
Sister Thérèse Meunier was born and raised in Toronto. After entering the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto, she was involved in the ministry of education at the elementary level. She also worked for many years with students with special needs.
Following her years of teaching, she founded and became director of Faith Connections, a new ministry for and with young adults. Faith Connections engages people between the ages of 18 to 39 in activities that generate spiritual growth and community-building. In 2002, she became part of the CSJ Leadership Team and has served as general councillor for two successive terms.
Sister Theresa Rodgers
A native of Toronto, Sister Theresa Rodgers' first ministry was education. She taught at the high school level for many years, and has served as department head and also as vice-principal at a Toronto high school.
She has been active in the area of social justice, having assisted at the Furniture Bank, St. Paul's Food Bank, Catholic New Times and on the Sisters' Justice Ecology Team. She also serves as a CSJ Associates coordinator. For the last four years, she has taken on the ministry of leadership as general secretary on the CSJ Leadership Team.
Sister Patricia Boucher
A native of Vancouver, B.C., Sister Patricia Boucher's first ministry was in education, where she served as teacher and then principal.
She went on to engage in pastoral ministry in remote communities: in the Queen Charlotte Islands, B.C., in Stewart, B.C. and in Mackenzie, B.C. Upon her return to Toronto in 1997, she became vocation director for the congregation. She also served on the CSJ Leadership Team for two consecutive terms. In 2007, she took on a pastoral ministry with First Nations at Fort. St. James B.C.