Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto Welcome Syrian Families
In response to the Pope’s Year of Mercy objectives and the Sisters’ ongoing commitment to addressing social and community needs, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto are sponsoring two Syrian families who will make their way to Toronto within the next few months.
“We are delighted to receive these two families from Syria,” says Sister Thérèse Meunier, Congregational Leader, Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto and Chair, CSJ Project Hope. “All of our Sisters and many of our staff and community partners have come together to donate funds, goods and volunteer their time toward making these families feel welcome and settled.”
Recently, Pope Francis beseeched Catholics and others to welcome newcomers into their homes, communities and parishes. In a message about the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis said: “Migrants are our brothers and sisters in search of a better life, far away from poverty, hunger, exploitation and the unjust distribution of the planet’s resources which are meant to be equitably shared by all. Don’t we all want a better, more decent and prosperous life to share with our loved ones?”
The CSJ congregation has formed a committee which meets regularly to discuss the families’ short-term and long-term needs. “We anticipate that the families will have various challenges. We look forward to meeting them in person and assisting as they adjust to life in Canada,” say Sister Patricia Boucher and Vickie McNally, CSJ Project Hope Co-Chairs.
Since 1851, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto have identified and met social needs by setting up life-changing ministries. These include imprints in education, health care and community outreach. Welcoming newcomers to Canada and planning for their well-being fits squarely within this focus.
By Lisa Tabachnick