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In Good Company

The Art of Friendly Visiting

On Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, a group of 14 women and men gathered at Mustard Seed on 791 Queen Street East. Their goal: to learn about the particularities of friendly visiting in homes of people who, through age or disability, have limited ability to interact and socialize with others.

Participants included volunteers from several different parishes, from the In Good Company program and from other agencies. Also present were people interested in exploring friendly visiting.

Sisters of St. Joseph's service legacy lives on through Fontbonne Ministries

This article is reprinted with permission from The Catholic Register, Oct. 10, 2010.
For the past decade, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto have been responding to the social needs of their community through Fontbonne Ministries.

And on Oct. 1, the Sisters celebrated Fontbonne Ministries' 10th anniversary with an open house at Fontbonne Place, a residence that provides affordable, rent-geared-to-income housing for older, single women. 

Fontbonne Ministries Celebrates its Volunteers

Fontbonne Ministries celebrated volunteers with a May 19, 2010 gathering at Mustard Seed that combined warm hospitality, a chance to chat, some tempting sweets and a clown prone to ‘random acts of kindness' pictured at right with Administrator Leanne Kloppenborg.

Sister Margaret Myatt welcomed volunteers and quoted a relevant passage from the Sisters' constitution: "Our Congregation received the name of St. Joseph so that following his example we will be present to others with loving attention and cordial charity."

Fontbonne Recognizes its Many Volunteers

On May 7, 2006, Fontbonne Ministries threw a party to thank the many volunteers for their help. During lunch, a guitar played softly in the background. All volunteers received a green Fontbonne mug filled with coffee beans.

Administrator Joan Breech acknowledged how important volunteers were to the fulfillment of the  mission and ministry of Mustard Seed, In Good Company and Studio on the Hill.

Five years of Fontbonne Ministries

Five years ago, Joan Breech (left) began her work with the Sisters of St. Joseph as administrator of Fontbonne Ministries. To celebrate, General Superior Sr. Margaret Myatt (left) surprised her on Aug. 8, 2005, with a cake, roses and a gathering of staff involved in Fontbonne over the years.

Joan reminisced about the lunch with Sr. Margaret, an occasion that resulted in her taking on this task. Thanked for all she has accomplished, Joan in turn thanked everyone for their efforts

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