Feb. 2: World Day for Consecrated Life
In 1997, Pope John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. In the Catholic Church, the consecrated life is lived by members of religious institutions like priests, brothers, and sisters. The Holy Father asked that we take a moment to give thanks for those who have taken vows of chastity, poverty and obedience.
As a religious community of women, the Sisters of St. Joseph dedicate their lives to a mission, or goal, which states, "The love of Christ gathers us together to live in communion with all. As a community of women we are sent to serve those in need in simplicity and compassion."
Peoples' gratitude for the Sisters' dedication to their mission has been expressed at different times and in different ways. A sampling of quotes follow:
"Your inclusive community outreach unites a diversity of people regardless of culture, gender and faith and provides a safe, caring environment, encourages social opportunities and nurtures the spirit." — from the City of Toronto's scroll at the opening of Village Mosaic, Fontbonne Ministries
"I had been in a housing list for quite some time, and had been told I still had a long wait ahead… My rent kept going up every year, while the building steadily got worse, and the living conditions were becoming unsafe to live in…A call came from Fontbonne Ministries asking if I would still be interested in Fontbonne Place…I was so very grateful to be accepted here." — a tenant at Fontbonne Place
"It was the pictures, the smiles and the mission of nurturing community." — a Mustard Seed volunteer, who found the CSJ website and decided to come on board
"As I look back to all these years, I am filled with deep gratitude that our Lord has blessed me to be a CSJ Associate, and to be nurtured, guided and inspired by the Sisters of St. Joseph and by my fellow associates." — Mary Huan, Galilee Associate Community
by Gisela Côté