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Publications & Art

Art on the Park

Sister Virginia Varley with her art.

Between May 5 − 8, over 250 people viewed the creations of seven artists who have been painting together for the last eight years, a group that includes Sisters Virginia Varley and Betty Lou Knox.

Sister Virginia explained the benefits of working together this way, "The advantage of painting together is that we are guaranteed a day of painting a week and during the sessions we pick up the energy of the others who are painting. We have a sense of an art community and fondly see ourselves as The Toronto Group of Seven."

Sr. Ellen Leonard Co-edits a Book for Joanne McWilliam

"Joanne McWilliam taught me at St. Michael's in my doctoral studies. As a woman in theology and religious studies she mentored many graduate students. I am grateful for her inspiration and friendship over many years," said Sister Ellen of her relationship with Joanne. Sister Ellen co-edited the book From Logos to Christos: Essays on Christology in Honour of Joanne McWilliam with Kate Merriman. "The editing was a work of love," she said.

Transformation: Fall Festival of the Arts

Betty Lou Knox CSJ, pictured with her painting, Carried by Mystery, displayed her work at the 8th Annual Fall Festival of Arts at Rosedale Presbyterian Church from Oct. 22 - 24, 2010. She described her experience there as "A piece of heaven in the beauty of the art and the manner in which it was displayed and the atmosphere of welcome and celebration."

Father Médaille’s 400th Anniversary Celebrated in Art

Over three hundred and fifty years ago in France, a small group of women and a Jesuit missionary, Father Médaille, seeded the beginnings of the Sisters of St. Joseph.

A watercolour created by Ana Christina Lopez CSJ tells the story of Father Jean-Pierre Médaille and the founding of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his birth on Oct. 6.

How Does the Earth?

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto have a Shared Ministerial Commitment: "We seek to nurture community with our neighbour, especially with the homeless, the alienated, the economically poor, women at risk and our wounded earth." The following song expresses their call to everyone: "Come let us help this precious planet live!"

How does the Earth? Is it alive and thriving?
How does the Earth? Is it alive and well?
How clear the waters? How pure the rain?
How green the forest? How tall the grain?
How does the Earth?

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