Monday, November 30, 2015
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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.

Unveiling a Monument to Sisters in Saskatchewan

On October 1, Sisters Penny McDonald and Mary Doreen Smith joined over 350 people at the Wascana Centre park in Regina, Saskatchewan. In an audience that included more than 180 religious Sisters, they witnessed the unveiling of Called to Serve, a monument commemorating religious women in Saskatchewan.

Providence Healthcare reimagines palliative care

The Catholic Register   If death is a part of life then we shouldn’t die alone any more than we should live in isolation. Our deaths should be as surrounded by family, love and compassion as the lives we lived. Those values would be the ones lived by the Sisters of St. Joseph 160 years ago when Providence began as a kind of soup kitchen, hostel and clinic for the destitute of a growing, chaotic young city. 

Sisters of St. Joseph and Shim-Sutcliffe Architects win Toronto and Region Conservation Authority Award

East York Mirror, Dec. 1, 2014  - Officially completed in March 2013, the Sisters of the St. Joseph residence, a green development, won the Living City Award category of Healthy rivers and Shorelines earlier this month.

An Honorary Degree for Dr. Ellen Leonard CSJ

On November 8 at St. Basil’s Church, Dr. Ellen Leonard CSJ received the degree of Doctor of Sacred Letters, honoris causa. She was given a standing ovation at the Convocation ceremony for the Faculty of Theology and the Continuing Education Division of the University of St. Michael’s College (USMC). Professor Anne Anderson CSJ, President and Vice-Chancellor of USMC, described the purpose of this honorary degree in a letter as a way to recognize Sr. Ellen’s “many years and invaluable presence and participation both on campus at St. Michael’s and the Faculty of Theology and to the most generous donation of her time to the greater Toronto community.”
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