Faith Connections is a ministry of The Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto — women of action responding to the call to help others. They strive to be in union with God and their neighbour.
The love of Christ gathers us together to live in communion with all. As a community of women we are sent to serve those in need in simplicity and compassion. ~ Mission Statement, Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto.
In 1836 six Sisters of St. Joseph were sent to America in response to the request of the Bishop of St. Louis, Missouri, for a group of women to care for the deaf. Before long they were asked to send Sisters to Canada.
On October 7, 1851, four Sisters of St. Joseph arrived in Toronto to take responsibility for an orphanage. Over the next few years God continued to call the Sisters to respond to the needs of the poor, the sick, the prisoners, the homeless and the immigrants. The Sisters opened a home for the care of the elderly and the poor (known today as Providence Healthcare) and hospitals to care for the sick (St. Michael’s Hosptial and St. Joseph’s Health Care). They also established schools including St. Joseph’s College School and St. Joseph's Morrow Park.
In 2000, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto established Fontbonne Ministries to address current social needs. Named after Sister Delphine Fontbonne, one of the four Sisters who came to Toronto in 1851, the ministries continue the Sisters’ tradition of nurturing community and assisting with the food, shelter, education and health care needs of their neighbours. Faith Connections was founded by the Sisters in 2005, and became a part of their Fontbonne Ministries in 2010.
You can read more about the history of the Sisters of St. Joseph on their website.
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