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170 Years of Service

A Collection of Essays on our History and Mission

The seven essays in this volume trace the roots of the Sisters of St. Joseph from their biblical and medieval foremothers, through the Congregation’s activities in the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

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Who We Are

We, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto, are a Roman Catholic congregation of women founded in France around 1650. We have been in Toronto since 1851.

As a religious community, we are brought together by the love of Christ. We are called by God, the Gospel and the Church to serve those in need in simplicity and compassion and to pursue social justice and equality for all. We are committed to nurture community with those who are homeless, alienated or poor, women at risk, and our wounded earth. We continue our long tradition of meeting unmet needs with life-giving ministries.

Our ministries serve seniors, young adults, newcomers to Canada and those who are alienated and economically disadvantaged. We care for all creation with a special emphasis on clean drinking water as a human right. We invite others to collaborate with us in our mission and ministry and participate in our spirituality.

Social Justice
Social Justice
Education, advocacy, prayer and action.
Care of Earth
Care of Earth
Embracing the call to defend and protect God's earth.
Young Adults
Young Adults
Spiritual growth and community building.
Spiritual Direction
Spiritual Direction
Discerning God’s action in your life.
Social Justice
Social Justice
Education, advocacy, prayer and action.
Care of Earth
Care of Earth
Embracing the call to defend and protect God's earth.
Young Adults
Young Adults
Spiritual growth and community building.
Spiritual Direction
Spiritual Direction
Discerning God’s action in your life.

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News, Events & Reflections

The book launch for our historical publication.

To unite with one another, we must love one another.

Journey for Justice Newsletter

Our quarterly social justice newsletter shares exicting initiatives that, we hope, will inspire you to join us in working for a world transformed by Gospel values of peace, justice, and creation care. 

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Sister Virginia's Artbook

Sister Virginia Varley is a Sister of St. Joseph of Toronto and a self-described abstract artist.

In her new book, Alive Through Play: Challenged by Art Mediums, Sister Virginia shares “some of the deep reflection on my own paintings and the layers of newly found realities that have emerged for me.” The book features 48 of her paintings with Sister Virginia's comments on each piece.

Because “painting is a spiritual work for me,” this book is both a beautiful showcase of her art and, through her reflections, an invitation for the reader to stop and contemplate one’s own life experience.

In her introduction, Sister Virginia says that “this is a book not for reading but one to be dipped into and pondered.”

Alive Through Play is available for a one-time donation of $30 to Fontbonne Ministries. Shipping is included. Contributions in excess of $30 are eligible for a tax receipt.

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In Memoriam

We remember with gratitude the lives and contributions of:

She was a down to earth, homey person who loved being with people and telling stories.

She will be sadly missed by her family, friends and Sisters in Community.

She will be sadly missed.

Support Our Work

We invite you to join our mission of caring for the economically poor and for all of creation. The donation button below enables you to make a secure online gift.
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