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Faith Connections

Spiritual Growth and Community Building for Young Adults from 2005 - 2021

Saying Farewell and Looking Forward

Dear Friends of Faith Connections,

We hope that you have been having a safe and pleasant Summer, especially as we slowly and prudently put COVID restrictions behind us.

In 2005, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto established Faith Connections to connect with and minister to young adults. Since then, this ministry has welcomed hundreds of individuals to events and programming. Faith Connections strove to create inclusive places for young adults searching for ways to grow spiritually, deepen their faith, and build community.

Though many young adults still have the need to meet in fellowship, Faith Connections’ part in their journey will be coming to an end.

This is a decision that we have come to after extensive consideration, discernment, and prayer.

For the last 16 years, this ministry has worked to realize our Congregation’s Oneness with God, Creation & Neighbour through education, collaborative campaigns, and advocacy. We are proud of the work behind us, and look forward to ministering to youth, young adults and beyond through new initiatives from our Ministry for Social Justice, Peace, and Creation Care and in collaboration with the Vocations Office and our new Vocation Animator.

Faith Connections will officially close with a finale celebration in October 2021. More details about this “Theology on Tap”-style event will be announced closer to the date.

Our Faith Connections Interim Program Director, Sabrina Chiefari, has accepted a new role with us as CSJ Ministries’ Creation Care Animator.

We will continue to host events like Hike & Prayer and Christ & Culture, and we look forward to seeing them evolve into open-to-anyone programs in the near future.

We look forward to accompanying young adults in new ways and especially hope to offer opportunities to explore and discern where one’s calling may lie.

Sister Georgette Gregory, Congregational Leader & Sabrina Chiefari, Interim Program Director

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For Current Young Adult Programming

Please consider visiting the Office of Catholic Youth online.

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Creativity of Love Podcast (July - August 2020)

What does a “creativity of love” look like for a Canadian young adult? How can we “prepare a better time in these days”, when the reality of COVID-19 compresses our individual lives, and amplifies our collective struggles? During the Summer of 2020, we chose to take some time to listen to some unique perspectives and ask how we can be beside each other, in love, patience, and action.

 

From The Blog (2020 - 2021)

We’re just about halfway through 2021 but, for many of us, the passage of time has been warped by the rigors of living through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has made us acutely aware of two basic human impulses: the fear of death and our need for community. 

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