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Celebrating the Sisters’ contribution to education in Terrace, B.C.

Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto attended the 50th Anniversary of Veritas School, in Terrace, British Columbia, for a weekend of celebration that started on Friday, May 21, 2010. Pictured left to right are Sisters Mary Catherine Doyle, Pat Connaughton, Betty Lou Knox and Mary Macoretta, with Bishop Gerald Wiesner OMI at the center. Friday featured festivities and speeches, Saturday a BBQ and dance, and Sunday featured a Thanksgiving Mass and pancake breakfast

Memories of the Sister-Teachers

The year following their 1851 arrival in Toronto saw the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto start to respond to the need for Catholic education as well as the need for healthcare. Over the years, they established schools and taught in towns and cities in Ontario as well as in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The last Sister-teacher at the high school level left the classroom in 1999, and many of the Sisters now focus on responding to social needs in Toronto and further afield, but many Sisters still remember their teaching days...

Catherine of Siena: Saint and Rebel

St. Catherine of Siena was many things: a visionary, a force of compassion, a rebel, a woman who helped reunite the church. Sister Jacqueline de Verteuil describes how St. Catherine became all this and more through surrendering to her faith in God.

"I believe in the communion of saints." This is the creedal statement we say at our Eucharistic Celebrations each week. We profess our faith in our Church, which includes the saints in heaven who are an active part of the Universal Church. But who are these saints? What were they like? What can we learn from them?

CSJ Diamond Jubilarians of 2009

On June 14, 2009, the young women who were received into the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1949 celebrated their 60th anniversary. Celebrating are, standing, left to right, Sisters Elizabeth Budicky, Anne Lemire, Marie MacNamara, Stephanie Sinkewicz, and Catherine Marie Macdonald. Seated are Sisters Helen Bradley and Mary Alban Bouchard. Not pictured are Sisters Mary Flynn and Brigid Ann Payne. Sister Irene McDonald, who died earlier this year, will celebrate in heaven.

We asked the Sisters and their friends for favourite memories, which follow...

CSJ 70th Jubilarians of 2009

At the beginning of 2009, the Congregation looked forward to celebrating with three of our Sisters who would mark 70 years as Sisters of St. Joseph. However, God had other plans and one of our Jubilarians, Sr. Claire Bradley, was called home on Feb. 4 to be with her Maker. She will be celebrating her Jubilee from her place in heaven. Having allowed for the geographical adjustment, the Sisters of St. Joseph are still celebrating with all three of our 70th Jubilarians.

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