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Sisters and Religious Leaders Demand End to Child Poverty

In Toronto, on Sept. 15, 2003, Sister Margaret Myatt, General Superior of the Sisters of St. Joseph, represented the Catholic position at CACP's press conference on the topic of child poverty. She deplored that child poverty and lack of adequate housing still exist while neither issue is a prime agenda item on any party's election platform. Meanwhile, 40,000 children are still waiting for affordable housing.

Another year at St. Joseph's College

Preparations to receive the 75 new students and all the returning students have kept everyone busy at St. Joseph's College, especially the Dons. A Don is a senior resident appointed by the Dean to look after the wellbeing of the girls on her floor. This covers everything including building spirit, enforcing the code of conduct, assisting with personal or university matters and showing leadership.

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.

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