Experiencing God in Silence and Solitude

"Be still, and know that I am God." Psalm 46 teaches that we hear God speaking to us when we experience loneliness, poverty, and silence.

At our April Theology on Tap, Philo Lim from the Madonna House Apostolate in Combermere, Ontario, provided us with reflections on the concept of Poustinia, an experience where participants separate themselves from the daily work schedule of the community and commit to solitude, poverty, and prayer in silence for one day. They are secluded in simple cabins deep in the woods or on hillsides overlooking rivers and valleys.

Join in the Dance!

It was Ash Wednesday.  I and 24 other young adults were sitting in a circle.  We didn't know each other, but we had all made the following commitment for Lent:

  1. Spend 15 minutes in prayer daily;
  2. Meet one-on-one with a “spiritual companion” for three one-hour sessions; and
  3. Gather again as a group after Lent.

We had different reasons for saying “Yes!” to “The Busy Person's Retreat” organized by Faith Connections, Regis College, and the Toronto Area Vocation Directors.  But we had one thing in common - we needed more of God.

Faith Connections has a new team!

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The congregational leadership team of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto is pleased to announce that Sr. Mechtilde O'Mara will be the new Ministry Director of Faith Connections.

The leadership team is grateful to Sr. Thérèse Meunier for her work with this ministry. From 2002-2005 Sr. Thérèse worked with the congregation to develop a ministry for young adults. From this, Faith Connections emerged. Sr. Thérèse served as the Director of Faith Connections from its founding in 2005 through to April 2010.

As part of restructuring and sustainability, Faith Connections will now become part of Fontbonne Ministries, Sisters of St. Joseph, Toronto.