Our Collaborative Ministries are shared projects established in partnership with other organizations. This is part of our Shared Ministerial Commitment to nurture community with our neighbour, especially with the homeless, the alienated, the economically poor, women at risk and our wounded Earth.
Collaborative Network to End Exploitation
The Collaborative Network to End Exploitation is a community working to raise awareness about the spectrum of exploitation of human beings. Our goal is to inspire action for structural and societal change to prevent trafficking and mistreatment. It is a project of our Ministry for Social Justice, and Creation Care.
You can learn more below and check out our Migrant Workers Exercise, an experiential workshop where participants are led through some of the experiences of exploitation migrant workers face in Canada. Request the workshop for your parish, school, organization.
Joint Ecological Ministry
Joint Ecological Ministry (JEM) is a collaboration of religious communities and partners using their resources to promote caring for Creation and living within planetary limits. Formed in 2014, the group gathers representatives of religious congregations for events that focus on collective action for climate change. Topics explored include fossil fuel divestment, shareholder engagement, green/alternate investments, the Paris climate talks, government fossil fuel subsidies, decolonization, and roles of religious communities in the ethical recovery.
Migrants and Refugees
In 2003, we began a series of unique collaborations to aid newcomers to Canada. These include:
In 2003 a group of nineteen women and men religious congregations came together to assist immigrants and refugees as friends, guides and mentors during their initial adjustment to the country. They established a joint apostolic ministry, the first such effort in the city of Toronto. Becoming Neighbours is under the direction of Father Peter McKenna SCJ. Please visit the Becoming Neighbours website below for more information.
CSJ Project Hope
From 2015 - 2021, we worked with our staff and volunteers to reach out with compassion in response to the plight of refugees.
We sought to make a difference in the lives of those fleeing their homeland by providing a place of welcome and safety. This was in keeping with item 45 of the Sisters' Constitutions: "We respond in collaboration with others… to create a society transformed by the values of the Gospel by which the dignity and freedom of every person is experienced and affirmed."
We worked in collaboration with the Office for Refugees, Archdiocese of Toronto and others.
Ignatian Spirituality Project
We began collaborating with Ignatian Spirituality Project (ISP) in March 2021 as a way to continue to serve those in need in simplicity and compassion.
ISP invites people recovering from homelessness and addiction to encounter God’s love, hope and healing through spiritual companionship that transforms lives. It began in Chicago over 20 years ago and in now active in 29 cities in the US, Ireland and Toronto.
ISP Toronto started in 2016 as the first ISP Canada office. It provides:
- Weekend retreats form men and women hosted by the Sisters of St. Joseph at Villa St. Joseph in Cobourg and facilitated by volunteer retreat teams
- Ongoing spiritual accompaniment to retreat alumni (currently held online)
ISP Canada collaborates with the US Network to support the development of ISP across Canada.