Sunday, January 24, 2021
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Our Shared Ministerial Commitment commits us “to nurture community with our neighbour, especially with the homeless, the alienated, the economically poor, women at risk and our wounded earth.” This commitment has led our Sisters to establish many social and pastoral ministries.

Today, our ministries have evolved from larger institutions to new forms of ministry that relate more closely to the dear neighbor in a personal way. As well, we have initiated creative collaborations with others that have resulted in, among others, much-needed affordable housing and assistance to newcomers to Canada. In our over 160-years of service in Canada, one thing remains constant: we continue to serve wherever there is a need.

Social Outreach Ministries

Fontbonne Ministries, Sisters of St. Joseph, Toronto


  • Faith Connections
    Young adults (18-39) are invited to engage in opportunities that generate spiritual growth and community building.
  • Fontbonne Place
    Affordable rent-geared-to-income housing to older, single women.
  • In Good Company
    A friendly visiting program responding to individuals seeking emotional, spiritual and social support.
  • Mustard Seed
    Programs in south Riverdale that develop life skills and creativity in an accepting environment.
  • Studio on the Hill
    Opportunities to work with clay in a safe non-stressful environment.
  • Village Mosaic
    A welcoming space in south Etobicoke offering hospitality and community building.

Ministry for Social Justice, Peace, and Care of Earth

This ministry seeks to bring forward a world transformed  

Social Service Ministries

Sisters have established organizations like Furniture Bank and St. Michael’s Homes and help many other social service organizations today

Building community far and near

Sisters nurture community in Canada and abroad

  • Ministries in Haiti and Honduras
  • Becoming Neighbours
  • Raising awareness of missions

Pastoral/Spiritual Ministries

Art Ministry

Offering art as a language for spirituality

Education and formation in different settings

This includes:

  • The ministry of education and scholarship
  • Orientation, recognition and ongoing mission and values work in a health care setting
  • Lay Ministry - support for adult learning to enable parish assistance

Parish ministry

Assistance with all manner of parish programs as pastoral assistants, program animators, outreach program directors, visitors, religious education teachers and lectors…


Prayer in the life of the Sisters of St. Joseph

Spiritual care

Spiritual Direction: companionship on an individual’s spiritual journey

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