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170 years ago on October 7, 1851, four Sisters of St. Joseph arrived in Toronto to establish the first Canadian foundation. As part of our 170th celebrations, we hoped to organize a walking tour of St. Michael's Cemetery. The cemetery is a historical site that connects us to the first Sisters and the Congregation’s early history in Toronto.

Due to the COVID restrictions, this idea pivoted into a short presentation in which Sisters Penny McDonald and Kristine Fernandes, along with Sabrina Chiefari, offer a unique insight into our CSJ history.

We share this video with you for the year of our 170th anniversary.



Historical Map: Plan of the City of Toronto, Canada West 1857, J. Ellis, Lithographer and Fleming, Rideout and Schreiber, Publishers, Series 88, Item 13, City of Toronto Archives



Out of deep respect for those who have cared for these lands since time immemorial, we are committed to tread lightly on the land, protect water as sacred, and affirm our desire for right relations with all Indigenous Peoples. - From our CSJ Land Acknowledgement

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