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Entries in Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada (4)


Fun for All

Picture a rainy October morning, a lively grade 4/5 class from neighbouring St. Kateri Elementary School and a group of eager elderly Sisters of St. Joseph huddled around card tables.  Here was the perfect recipe for fun! The children came armed with a myriad of games tucked under their arms to share with the Sisters. The large recreation room became a sea of little dark heads mingled with gray-haired Sisters laughing and sharing fun over Parcheesi, Old Fish and Banana Bag to describe a few of the favorite games. Eager excitement permeated the room as the bright-eyed players squared off, each hoping to win a game or two.  At some tables there were two children and two Sisters. Three sharp boys and one keen Sister sat at other tables. Little girls laughed excitedly as a 99-year-old Sister engaged them in a lively exchange. A few Sisters were able just to watch but children drew them to the point where they were part of the activity. Their teacher quietly observed the action from her conversation space among the Sisters.

It was interesting to note how all the activities were learning opportunities for the students: reading game rules, keeping score, interacting with others, and taking turns helping each other and a host of social skills.  These young people excelled at all of them.

A poignant highlight occurred when thoughtful Evan brought a large photo of his great, great aunt, a Sister of St. Joseph who was pictured holding Evan’s father and sister in her arms when they were babies.  The photo was taken in 1972 just prior to Sister’s missioning to our convent in Yellowknife as school principal.  She died in 1993, long before Evan was born. The Sisters rejoiced in seeing a picture of their friend and colleague.

Time flew quickly.  Finally, snacks were served, hugs exchanged and promises made to return for another get-together.  What a lovely opportunity it was to be young and old united in joy.

Sister Jean Moylan, CSJ


Sisters will be gathering . . . . .

It is just around the corner....Sisters will be gathering...we can feel the excitement in the air. Chapter 2016 for the Congregation of the Sisters of St Joseph in Canada is about to begin! 

A Chapter gathering in the life of any religious congregation is a time to look ahead to see where the Spirit is guiding the group.  Where is God calling us forward? To what do we continue to commit ourselves? The theme for this year's Chapter is: 'We are not finished yet...and neither is God' and this is the lens through which we will contemplatively dialogue through the week of Sept 11-16. 

In light of the many crises facing the world today, we also are moving forward with living with a spiritual and practical focus on enhancing, engaging and supporting crucial relationships with Earth.

Towards the end of the week, we will elect a new Congregational Leadership Circle to lead us through the next four years. Over 100 Sisters of St Joseph from Hamilton, London, Pembroke, Peterborough and beyond will participate in this important gathering with a representative group of our Associates/Companions present for part of the time.

We will also celebrate and thank the five generous Sisters who have led us through these first four years as a new congregation. They are an inspiration to us all and we will continue to hold Veronica, Loretta, Jean, Anne and Joan with grateful hearts.

Your prayers are greatly appreciated during this special time in the life of our new congregation.

Nancy Sullivan, CSJ



Poverty Research Centre to Change the Conversation in London

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - April 7, 2014 London, ON - A new collaborative initiative, the London Poverty Research Centre, is set to begin its work in changing the conversation regarding poverty in the London community. Details will be released at a media conference on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014, 11:00 a.m. at King’s University College in the Andy & Helen Spriet Learning Commons, Darryl J. King Student Life Centre, 266 Epworth Ave, London.

Senior officials from the Sisters of St. Joseph, the London Food Bank, volunteer members of the Centre’s Task Force along with funders and partners including the London Community Foundation and King’s University College will provide details on the new Centre.

On December 2nd, 2013, the London Community Foundation announced funding in the amount of $250,355 to support the creation of The Poverty Research Centre. The Centre is a joint venture of the Sisters of St. Joseph and the London Food Bank and is guided by a volunteer Task Force. Its bold vision is to see an end to poverty in London.

"Of course, the Centre cannot achieve this vision on its own," says Sister Sue Wilson of the Sisters of St. Joseph. "However, we believe the centre can play a key role by providing all Londoners with an accessible pool of relevant research, analysis and promising practices that can create real change in our city."

"It will take all of us to make a collective impact on the issues associated with poverty in London," says Jane Roy, Co-Executive Director of the London Food Bank.

Also attending the media conference will be secondary school students from Social Justice Clubs along with King’s students and faculty who will engage in research for the Centre.

Parking available in lot P1 on north side of Epworth.

Media Contacts:

Poverty Research Centre Task Force
Ross Fair  rfair9@rogers.com  Cell: 519-495-9614

King’s University College
Jane Antoniak jane.antoniak@kings.uwo.ca 
ph: 519-433-3491 x4384; Cell: 519-719-9366




What inspires people to join in the common cause for a life-giving future?

What can inspire billions of people with very different worldviews to join in the common cause of a just and healthy, beautiful, and life-giving future?

Happening, right now, there is a fresh way of identifying who and what we are and why we are here in this universe as humans. This is a way that makes sense both scientifically and spiritually.

What is this new way or perspective? It is an evolutionary awareness that affects everything that exists within and around us from the personal to the cosmic.

David Sloan Wilson, evolutionary biologist and a pioneer in the evolution of religion, writes, “I look forward to the day when evolutionary theory becomes part of the basic training for all people who study and run our governments and economics”.

It is not only government and economic leaders but also all those who influence others in any capacity who are now becoming involved in this evolutionary (or integral) approach. Would you like to:

  • Deal differently with polarization?
  • Engage conflict in new ways?
  • Learn to live differently?


Becoming Agents of Evolutionary Change’

The Symposium, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada, in partnership with King’s University College will be held July 4-6, 2014 at King’s, UWO, 266 Epworth Avenue, London ON. This event is planned to include a wide variety of participants such as teachers, school principals, chaplains, social workers, spiritual directors, Associates/Companions, community leaders etc.

The Keynote speaker, Carter Phipps, is author of the book Evolutionaries: Unlocking the Spiritual and Cultural Potential of Science’s Greatest Idea. He is also a journalist and leading voice in the emerging “evolutionary worldview” which combines the insights of Integral Philosophy, evolutionary science, developmental psychology, the social sciences, and evolutionary spirituality.

Our other presenter is Sue Wilson, csj. Sue is the Director of the Office for Systemic Justice for the Canadian Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph where she is involved in research, advocacy, education and activism on a variety of justice issues. She has a Ph.D. in moral theology with a focus on social ethics.

To view a brochure, to register and to find out about accommodation possibilities please visit the Symposium 2014 webpage at http://www.etouches.com/ehome/79110.To follow us on Facebook connect at https://www.facebook.com/summersymposium2014.

We look forward to meeting and having you participate in this exciting new venture!

Mary Vandersteen, csj & Ann Steadman, Associate




Copyright 2013. Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada.