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The CSJ Associates Annual Retreat was held this year the weekend of Sept. 7 – 9, 2007, at Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre in Niagara Falls, Ontario.  We opened with dinner at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, and the retreat officially started at 8 p.m.

Sr. Mechtilde O’Mara, CSJ, pictured at left, was the guest speaker.  She began the retreat by explaining to us the great LOVE of God that brought forth God’s work of creation and by illustrating the beauty of this creation through a PowerPoint presentation.

Bearers of Tradition

Betty Lou Knox CSJ shares her experience at a gathering of religious Sisters from all around the world.

This year’s month-long program for all congregations of Sisters of St. Joseph, hosted by the Sisters of St. Joseph in Concordia, Kansas, was attended by 28 Sisters. Three Sisters were from India, one of whom is on the Chambery Council in Rome, another a councillor in Lyons and the third belongs to the province of Lyons and lives in India. Argentina and Canada each had one representative. We gathered on June 27.

Sharing the Good News

Paintings, newspaper clippings, pottery, photos, artwork, websites, including a viewing of the new Faith Connections website, all were gathered and on display on June 16. The occasion: a celebration entitled “How do we share the Good News of our time?” Held in the communication office and the archives at Morrow Park, the event drew almost 90 guests, who were warmly welcomed by Sisters and associates. A display celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Associates included articles on and pictures of the many associate groups.

Associates celebrate 25 years

On June 2, 2007, the Feast of the Holy Trinity, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto and the Associates gathered together in the chapel at Morrow Park to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the CSJ Associates. The celebration started with a liturgy by Father Chris Iredale and a reflective homily by Sister Grace Sauvé. After the mass, a reception followed in the dining room. The dedicated kitchen staff of Morrow Park prepared the sumptuous dinner.

Dealing with media muggings

As part of Faith Connection’s Media Month, Joe Sinasac and Sara Loftson held a workshop and discussion on dealing with media on May 29, 2007 at the Pastoral Center on 1155 Yonge Street. Joe is editor of The Catholic Register and Sara is the paper’s youth editor.

Joe outlined how certain stories can be reported factually and then gradually, if they push peoples’ hot buttons, these stories get picked up by others and turned into opinion pieces that can distort the facts. Also, headlines can twist a story and send out a more inflammatory message than the story calls for.

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