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Missioning Sunday

On Sunday, Sept. 7, 2003, at the community Eucharist in the Motherhouse chapel, 190 Sisters were "missioned" by Sr. Margaret Myatt, their elected leader.

According to their 350-year tradition, members of the community are "sent forth" to live out their religious commitments to God, society and community. Through the years, the format of this "missioning" has changed to best reflect contemporary insights. This year the service even included a missioning song.

Sr. Margaret addressed the community in these words:

Women's Drop-In Centre Reopens

Five months ago, few of us had heard of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). In time we became aware that strong action was necessary to fight its outbreak.

Because we are located in the West Annex Building of St. Michael's Hospital on Shuter Street and access to the hospital was restricted due to the SARS directives, the Women's Drop-In Centre was closed for five months.

One Year Anniversary of WYD's Papal Visit

Last year at this time, the Sisters of St. Joseph had a very honoured guest. On Saturday, July 27, 2002, Pope John Paul II arrived at St. Joseph Morrow Park, the motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto, by helicopter from Strawberry Island. The occasion: the 17th World Youth Day. The world then came to the motherhouse.

Dignitaries arrived at Morrow Park for individual meetings. They included Canada's Prime Minister, Jean Chrétien, the Governor General of Canada, Adrienne Clarkson, Ontario's Premier, Ernie Eves, and Toronto's Mayor Mel Lastman.

Commemorative Tree Planted

On the bright, sunny, afternoon of June 17, 2003, a brief but significant ceremony marked the planting of a sturdy young maple tree on the lawn at Morrow Park to commemorate Sister Winnifred O'Mara, who died in June 2002. Planned and led by sisters Eva and Priscilla Solomon, Sisters of St. Joseph of the Sault Ste Marie Congregation, the ritual led us to see the hole as representing the void left by Winnifred's death; this we filled with our private memories of her life.

CSJ Associates Picnic

One picture is worth a thousand words, isn't it? Welcome to our CSJ Associates' Annual Picnic on June 28, 2003 at Morrow Park. Here are two pictures that tell the whole story, one of Sister Roberta Freeman cutting the cake, the other of CSJ Associates and Sisters gathered around the table.

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