• The Task (a poem for Holy Week)

    Thank you to Sr. Mary Alban Bouchard, CSJ, who shared the following poem with me.  It is a powerful reflection for Holy Week. I wonder how I would feel if I was “faced with or forced to” diverge from the path like Simon.  Yet … if only I have the courage to cease the opportunities presented to me they might bear great fruits.

    May each of you have a blessed and inspirational holy week,
    Vanessa Nicholas-Schmidt

  • Building a Better World

    Sr. Mechtilde O'Mara, CSJ

    On Monday, March 9, Sister Mechtilde O'Mara, CSJ, gave a lecture entitled "Building a Better World, One Neighbourhood at a Time." Sr. Mechtilde discussed the good works of the Sisters of St. Joseph over the past centuries and explored what it means to be a neighbour.

  • In Search of Becoming Human

    Our February 9th Theology on Tap opened with Nathan’s insight: tonight’s title, “Becoming Human,” implies we are not yet human and that a search to become human exists.
  • Trying to find time for Lenten reflection?

  • The World Day of Social Justice - Friday March 20th – Please Join in Prayer

    Friday March 20 is The World Day of Social Justice and we invite you to join us in prayer.

    We are providing a link below to a prayer service. The prayer was developed using the principles of Catholic Social Teaching. We invite you to stand in solidarity with a global community working for justice. Please pray this service on your own / with family & friends / with colleagues or school groups / etc.

    The prayer in PDF format:
    http://jpicformation.wikispaces.com/file/view/SocialJusticePrayer.pdf

    The prayer in Microsoft Word format:

  • Green Living in the City

    At our Theology on Tap on January 12, Brigitte Shim of Shim-Sutcliffe Architects -- an internationally recognized and lauded architect and professor -- shared her insights on how “green living” can be achieved in the city. Her thoughtful and matter-of-fact style made this challenge seem realistic and achievable.
  • Young adult trip to Le Puy-en-Velay, France - sign up now!

    Become a Neighbour; Peace Depends on it

    A young adult gathering in Le Puy-en-Velay, France
    from August 2 to 12, 2009

    A number of young adults from different countries are invited to meet one another so that together they may search out ways of building a future that is more peaceful. more just and more human for all peoples.

    The theme of this gathering is: Become a Neighbour; Peace Depends on it

  • Pack your bags and go!

    At our November 17 Theology on Tap, Gillian Kantor and David Kantor discussed how they left their secure jobs in Toronto and, in a leap of faith, became full-time volunteers for World Youth Day 2008 in Australia. Almost as soon as they heard the call to help in Australia, David and Gillian were faced with fear and doubt. But they overcame those fears, did tremendously valuable volunteer work, and learned a great deal about trust and simplicity.

    The Kantors first concern was their jobs. Would David have to give up his successful career as an Environmental Engineer?

  • Employment opportunity: Assistant Director for Education

    The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace is seeking an assistant director for education, to be located in Toronto, beginning December 2008. Ideally, they are interested in finding someone with a background in Theology. Command of French and English is required; Spanish is an asset. Good knowledge of the Church and six years of related experience are required. Salary will be in the high 50s or low 60s.

    Further info is at http://www.devp.org/devpme/eng/jobs/jobopenings-eng.html

  • Discerning Our Role in God's Plan

    Fr Santo Arrigo

    Redemptorist Father Santo Arrigo spoke about discerning our role in God's plan at Faith Connections' Theology on Tap on October 20, 2008.

    In Baptism, he tells us, we are called to live through action. Discerning the right work is an ongoing process that requires us to continuously listen with our hearts throughout our entire life. Sometimes, we may feel frustrated, but this hunger for meaning is necessary before we can feel satisfied. We can never stop trusting that there is a greater role for us.

    We must welcome God into the decision making process of our work.