• Volunteer with Faith Connections!

    Faith Connections is looking for volunteers and we’d love your help! If you are interested in helping support young adults, please contact Vanessa at faithconnections@csj-to.ca or 416-222-1426 ext 276.

    Opportunities include but are not limited to:

    • Theology on Tap Team – join our wonderful ToT Team. The commitment would be one Monday evening a month from 6:45pm to 9:15pm as well as attending an orientation session.
    • Photographer – do you enjoy taking pictures? We’d love your help at our events!
  • Artists Against Consumerism

    Today is our third event of June Justice Month.  This month has been a wonderful chance to reflect on and explore the issues of justice.

    Tonight we will reflect, pray, and dialogue about consumerism.  I invite all of you to join us in discussion (by posting comments/your thoughts to this blog) and prayer:


    Reflecting on the Juxtapositions of Consumerism

    Lord we take a moment to put ourselves in your presence …

  • Artists Against Consumerism

    This evening Faith Connections will host its third event of June Justice Month - Artists Against Consumerism.  This month has been a wonderful chance to reflect on and explore the issues of justice.

    This evening will be an opportunity to reflect, pray, and dialgoue about consumerism.  I invite all of you to join us in prayer ...

  • We Are All Artists

    Kate Marshall Flaherty, poet, and instructor of yoga, meditation and the written word began her talk on “Writing as a Spiritual Practice” with this message at Theology on Tap on May 11, 2009. She was referring to the art of writing which she explained can be in many forms such as poetry, journaling, letters, and email communication. This makes writing accessible to everyone! Further, she believes writing can be beneficial for everyone! Simply put, writing is “a way of expressing the heart” which makes it a cathartic, healing and therapeutic experience.
  • June Justice Month

    Join Faith Connections throughout the month of June to jump into justice! Our events include:

    June Justice Month Kick Off, June 3

    Hike and Prayer: Ecology and Community, June 13

    Artists Against Consumerism, June 16

    Planting Seeds of Hope: A Peace and Mediation Workshop, June 25

  • How Faith and Law Intersect

    At our April Theology on Tap, Judge David Price of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice spoke on the topic “Faith and Law: Do They Intersect?” Here, two Faith Connections young adult vounteers reflect on his talk:

    Judge Price’s reflections on dispute resolution resonated with me. Judge Price asked us to consider dispute resolution as a bottom-up process in which the parties first attempt to find a solution between themselves, then with the assistance of lawyers, then through mediation, and finally, if all else fails, through the formal court system.

  • Social Justice Way of the Cross

    On March 28, Faith Connections organized a Social Justice Way of the Cross. We met on the steps of St. Patrick’s Church, Toronto, and from there we walked and prayed at different stops in the city.

    If you are interested in walking the same Way of the Cross, you can find the booklet containing the map and the prayers we used attached below in PDF format:

  • 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.