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.
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.
When I entered I believed that my vocation was truly God’s call and gift and I have an even greater conviction of that today
It’s a bit amazing to me that I am a Jubilarian as the past 25 years seem to have flown by. Upon reflection, I remember these years as graced-filled, challenging and life-giving. Back in the mid-1980’s, after many happy years in the hospitality field, I felt a persistent longing for a deeper relationship with God. As I moved over time with the stirrings in my heart, I found myself discerning a religious vocation.
I remember how very moved I was with the joyful spirit of the Sisters of St. Joseph
During the hot summer of August 1957, I was a 14-year-old Irish immigrant who had just left all my peers. In Grade 9 at St. Joseph’s College School, I was feeling completely “new.” But I remember how very moved I was with the joyful spirit of the Sisters of St. Joseph and the kind way with which they interacted with one another. At St. Michael’s Hospital, I witnessed the Sisters of St.
Sister Peggy Bach
I read a book entitled And Nora Said Yes
When asked why I entered, my answer was, I read a book entitled And Nora Said Yes. Until that time (I was in Grade 11 at St. Patrick’s, Vancouver), I had no attraction to religious life. After reading it, I remarked, “That would be a beautiful life in community.” My teacher, Sr. Marie Christine, suggested very tentatively that I might have a vocation to religious life.