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Statement Re: Closing the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children & Youth

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto have sent the following email to Ontario's Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs.

National Housing Day: November 22

In 1998, the homeless advocacy group, Toronto Disaster Relief Committee, declared that homelessness was a national disaster. The State of Emergency Declaration was formally released in October 1998. This raised immediate support from individuals, community agencies, faith groups, labour unions and similar such voices.

Statement by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto Regarding the Repeal of Bill 148
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto express concern with the Ontario Government’s decision to repeal Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act. 

Sister Gwen Smith on Food Security
Since 1992, the United Nations has recognized October 17 as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, a day to reflect upon poverty and promote awareness of how it affects others. 

CSJ Associate Retreat
Our CSJ Associate Retreat weekend began Friday evening on September 21, 2018 at Queen of Apostles Retreat Centre, Mississauga. The theme of the weekend was “The Place of Silence in Our Spiritual Life” and was presented by Sister Mary Mettler, CSJ.
Reflection & Prayer for International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
In a resolution in December 1994, the United Nations’ General Assembly decided that the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples shall be observed on August 9 every year. 

Visit the Blue Community Website

The Blue Community website for the Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Canada is online and illustrates the Sisters’ commitment to clean drinking water as a human right. Click here to see its resources and views on water conservation and protection. Please also consider sharing the site on Facebook and Twitter.

The Spirituality of Aging

Sister Mary Rose Marrin was inspired to start a Ministry with Maturing Adults in 2007. For Seniors' Month, the Archdiocese of Toronto's blog featured Sister Mary Rose's insights on aging and spiritual growth. Please click here to read it.

World Refugee Day (UN): Stand With Refugees
June 20 is a day when the whole world commemorates the resilience and strength of refugees. Currently, there are more than 65.5 million forcibly displaced people around the world. 

First Commitment at Invermara
We welcome our new Associate in the Lalemant Community, Barbara Ethier, who made her first commitment at Invermara on May 30. Members of the Lalemant group and four Sisters of St. Joseph were also in attendance.

Faith Connections Ministry Update
The past few months at Faith Connections have been nothing short of exciting and memorable. We organized five Speak Up sessions which took place from September to November last year in preparation for this year’s Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment. 

Springs of Hope: This is Us

The latest edition of Springs of Hope is now available. This issue, titled "This is Us," explores how each of the six Fontbonne Ministries offer inclusion and the chance for people to share their gifts. 

CSJ Associates’ Commitment Day
On Saturday, April 14, the CSJ Associates celebrated their yearly commitment at the Sisters’ residence. Despite the inclement weather, 32 Associates and six Sisters were present. We welcomed two guests: Sister Rosemary McGinn and Sister Trudy Zunti.

Earth Day 2018: A World Without Plastic Pollution
Since 1970, Earth Day has been celebrated around the world on April 22.
World Day of Prayer for Vocations
We would like to share Pope Francis’ prayer for this special day on April 22.

Video: Becoming a Blue Community

Today, March 22, is World Water Day. To commemorate this date, the Federation of Sisters of St. Joseph of Canada produced a short video illustrating the crisis facing our planet and our commitment to clean drinking water as a human right. We are the first group of religious communities to be designated a Blue Community and urge others to join us.

CSJ Associates’ Annual Assembly Day 2018
On March 3, 2018, 48 Associates and Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto gathered at 2 O’Connor Drive for the CSJ Associates’ Annual Assembly Day. 

International Women’s Day
Mary Filice, a CSJ Associate, has written a reflection for this important date to touch on its history and significance.

Twenty Years of Furniture Bank

Congratulations, Sr. Anne Schenck, CSJ on the 20th anniversary of Furniture Bank. Sr. Anne founded the charity in 1998 in order to provide people in need with furnishings and household items.

Feast Day of St. Josephine Bakhita: Prayer and Resources
February 8 is the feast day of Saint Josephine Bakhita, a Canossian Sister who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in Sudan but eventually won her freedom. Consequently, February 8 is also the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking.

Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Canada Becomes a Blue Community: Working Towards Making Clean Water a Human Right
On December 10, UN Human Rights Day, the Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Canada will become the first group of religious communities in Canada to be designated a "Blue Community" which supports the right to safe drinking water.

National Housing Day – November 22

In 1998, the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee declared homelessness to be a national disaster by means of a “State of Emergency Declaration.” This formal statement was immediately endorsed by various individuals, community agencies, faith groups, labour unions and government entities.

Celebrating Our 2017 Jubilarians

Each year, the Sisters celebrate their Jubilarians: Sisters who have reached significant anniversaries in their years of religious life. Some of the Sisters who celebrated this year:

Reflections on World Food Day and the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
This fall, Sisters and staff have participated in events and written reflections in order to honour World Food Day which is observed on October 16 and the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, observed on October 17. 

Reflecting on the Great Lakes Water Walk
To bless the waters of our Lake Ontario watershed, the walk along the Toronto Waterfront Trail on September 24, was led by Anishinabek Nation Grandmother Josephine Mandamin, elder Shirley Williams and other women knowledge holders. Traditionally, women are the carriers of water.

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