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160 Years Later...

One hundred and sixty year ago, October 7, 1851, the Sisters of St. Joseph arrived in Toronto. And this October, fittingly on Thanksgiving weekend, many Sisters and CSJ Associates gathered in the Morrow Park chapel to give thanks, to remember and to celebrate.

100 Years of Women’s Education at St. Michael’s College: Library and Online Exhibit

On Sept. 27, 2011, three institutional archives, the University of St. Michael's College, the Sisters of Loretto and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto, partnered to mark the 100th anniversary of women's education at St. Michael's. Originally, women were not admitted to St. Michael's College. The Sisters of St. Joseph and the Loretto Sisters, however, were committed to offering young women an education, and in 1911, they opened two women's colleges: St. Joseph's College and Loretto College. They were the first to offer women a university education under Catholic auspices through St.

Missions at Home and Abroad

Father Médaille looked for a missionary spirit in the hearts of the women who joined the Sisters of St. Joseph in the seventeenth century. In his Maxims, he encouraged others to "... embrace by desire the salvation and holiness of the whole world with a spirit full of generous courage which will move you to want to do everything, to suffer everything, and to undertake everything for the advancement of the glory of God."  (Maxims of the Little Institute, # 7.)

A Legacy Of Health Care

Father Médaille wrote that God had inspired the foundation of the Congregation "precisely for the relief of the sick poor." In Toronto’s early days, the Sisters cared for the sick at home and in the fever sheds.

Nourishing Body and Soul

Dating back to the 17th century, the founding constitutions of the Sisters of St. Joseph urge them to assess the needs of communities in which they live and find ways to help their most underrepresented and needy neighbours. The Sisters opened the House of Providence in 1857 to fulfill this responsibility at a time when social services in Toronto were virtually non-existent and the city’s elderly, terminally ill, poor and disabled residents had few options for care.

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