A New Leadership Team is Chosen
"We ask that you call us forth and affirm us in our effort to respond to the spirit in our life, mission, and ministry. We ask that you foster initiatives and ensure the implementation of our Chapter directives. We want you to call us to deep fidelity and zeal for the kingdom of God." — The congregation’s request of the new Leadership Team at the Installation Ceremony
On June 22, 2014, in the chapel of their O’Connor Residence, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto installed their new Leadership Team. Chosen by the Sisters to lead them for the next four years were, pictured above left to right: Sisters Ann Delaney, Pat Boucher, Thérèse Meunier, Mary Anne McCarthy, and Nida Fe Chavez. The team was chosen at the recent Chapter gathering of the Sisters in April 2014. The Chapter had as its symbol a sailboat and as its guiding message “Winds of Grace.”
Sister Ann was born in Dublin, Ireland. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph and became a critical care nurse and worked for many years in the Emergency Department at St. Joseph’s Health Center in Toronto.
Sister Ann was engaged in the ministry of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius at various retreat centers as well as in an inner city Jesuit parish. In 2002, Sister Ann initiated a program called Delphine’s Table which continues as an outreach to immigrant women. In 2014 Sister Ann celebrated her golden Jubilee as a Sister of St. Joseph.
Sister Patricia Boucher, Assistant Congregational Leader, General Secretary
A native of Vancouver, B.C., Sister Patricia'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 then served on the CSJ Leadership Team for two consecutive terms. In 2007, she took on pastoral ministry with First Nations and others at Fort St. James B.C. In 2010, she became part of the Leadership Team and is now in her second term.
Sister Thérèse Meunier, Congregational Leader
Sister Thérèse was born and raised in Toronto. After entering the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto, she became involved in the ministry of education at the elementary level. She worked for many years with students with special needs.
Following her years of teaching, she founded and became director of Faith Connections, a new CSJ ministry for and with young adults which engages them in activities that generate spiritual growth and community-building. In 2002, she became part of the CSJ Leadership Team and served as general councillor for two successive terms. This is her second term as Congregational Leader.
Sister Mary Anne McCarthy, General Councillor
Sister Mary Anne also hails from Toronto. Her first ministry was in education. She taught at Paul Dwyer High School, Oshawa, Ontario and then at Michael Power/St. Joseph’s High School, Toronto Ontario.
Her next ministry was in administration as Dean of Women at St. Joseph’s College Residence, Toronto. She was then called to leadership as General Councillor on the Congregational Leadership Team from 1994-2002. In 2003, she became Director, Mission and Values, at Providence Healthcare in Toronto.
Sister Nida Fe Chavez, General Treasurer
Born in Manila, Philippines, Sr. Nida’s first career in Canada was in banking. She entered the congregation in 2002, making her final profession in 2009.
She served in parish ministry as a pastoral associate at Our Lady Queen of the World in Richmond Hill from 2006 to 2012. In 2013, she took on the role of pastoral associate at St. Paul’s Basilica Parish in Toronto.
By Gisela Côté
Photos by Conrad Lauber CSJ