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November 22: Celebrating Mother St. John Fontbonne

Jeanne Marie Fontbonne was born in 1759 in the town of Bas-en-Basset, France. Her biography, Woman of Vision Compassion Unity, describes her as a woman of indescribable charm coupled with good sense and leadership. The Sisters of St. Joseph remember her as Mother St. John Fontbonne, the second foundress of their congregation.

Event: Scattering Seeds - A Public Lecture, October 14

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto invite you to Scattering Seeds, a public lecture by Professor Elizabeth Smyth. She will speak on the post-Vatican II response of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto as seen in the life of Sister Mary Alban Bouchard CSJ — teacher, author, peace and social justice activist, missionary to Haiti.

Year of Consecrated Life Profile: Sister Nida Fe Chavez

Sister Nida Fe Chavez is featured in a profile on the Archdiocese of Toronto website. In this profile, Sister Nida speaks about her call to religious life, why she was attracted to the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph and her different roles and ministries. 

Please click here to read the profile on

House of Providence served Toronto poor of all faiths

The Bulletin, October 2014  By the 1850s, Toronto’s meagre social and charitable services were becoming almost unmanageable. This was the era of mass immigration, and thanks in part to the railroad, the city was flooded with newly arrived Europeans looking for a better life.

St. Joe’s Sisters on new stamp

The Catholic Register, July 28, 2014 — Canada Post’s new release of stamps by prominent photographers includes a well-known shot by Michel Lambeth of two Sisters of St. Joseph and a man who helped the sisters in Toronto. The stamp, titled St. Joseph’s Convent School, is one of 35 being released in phases over a five-year period, with seven being introduced this year alone.

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