• Synods on our Minds — The First Theology on Tap Central and the Speak Up! Listening Sessions

    The lived experience of church for many people is very local.

    Most often, this consists of going to the nearby parish for Mass on Sunday and other holy days, and maybe the occasional trip to the confessional. Some also give their time to volunteer with parish groups. In living this localized experience, we may not always be totally aware what is going on in the wider, universal Church, in particular at the realm of the Pope, bishops and cardinals; nor are we always entirely cognizant of how their activities connect with our involvement the mystical Body of Christ.

  • Young adults looking for larger welcome mat

    The Catholic Register writes, "Faith Connections, a young adult ministry run by the Congregations of the Sisters of St. Joseph Toronto, and the archdioceses’s Office of Catholic Youth, are organizing the listening sessions in preparation for a report that the archdiocese will submit to the Vatican in preparation for the Synod on Young People in October 2018..."

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  • Young adults encounter Christ through Shakespeare

    Vanessa Chan writes in The Catholic Register:

    "What do Shakespeare and Christ have in common? On the surface, not a lot. But dig a little deeper and the common ground start to become clear, as one group of young adults has discovered through Faith Connections’ Christ and Culture program. As part of the program, the group attended an outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at Toronto’s High Park Amphitheatre on Aug. 2."

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  • Experts weigh in on future of the Church in Canada

    Michael Swan of The Catholic Register interviewed Kat Kuzar, our Program Director, for a feature article on the future of the Catholic Church in Canada.

    “It will be really young and very vibrant — and it will be different, too. The focus right now is shifting. I can see that shift and it’s very significant.”

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  • Bean Seeds

    Mike Walker, a theologian of disability at the University of Toronto and a member of the Student Christian Movement of Canada, writes about our Easter retreat:

    I appreciated several things about the retreat, especially the in-depth conversations, our day-long focus on non-violence, and our bean plants, which we received at the end of the day as gifts from one of our presenters.

  • Faith, Justice, Do-It-Yourself

    Eugenia Lui, a young adult who attended our Easter season retreat, writes about her experience:

    As a Catholic who recently went back to church after an absence for more than 10 years, I was looking for something significant to 'jump start' my faith again, so when I saw the Faith Connections' retreat being advertised, I signed up for it right away. I was quite nervous as I was attending myself and I've never been to anything religious outside of regular Sunday mass before. However, I felt at home the moment I walked into the Cardinal Flahiff Basilian Centre where the retreat was held on Saturday, April 22nd, which was coincidentally Earth Day.

  • Welcoming Kataryna, our new Program Director

    Sister Mechtilde O’Mara, Ministry Director, and Leanne Kloppenborg, Administrator, are delighted to welcome Kataryna Kuzar as our new Program Director for Faith Connections. She brings her enthusiasm for young adult ministry, as well as her administrative and event planning experience, to our work. We look forward to a wonderful collaboration.

  • SLHour: Portraits of Faith

    Salt + Light Media says, "Do you think young people are not in Church? Think again, This week we speak with Sr. Mechtilde O’Mara, CSJ and Vanessa Nicholas-Schmidt of Faith Connections, about young portraits of faith..."

  • A Farewell to Vanessa

    Dear Friends of Faith Connections,

    Vanessa Nicholas-Schmidt, the Program Director of Faith Connections, has accepted a position as the Manager of Mission and Values at Providence Healthcare beginning March 20, 2017. Though we are saddened at her leaving, Vanessa goes with our blessing and our prayers for her and her family as she navigates this transition. The presence and collaboration of our volunteers is even more necessary in the days ahead.

    We at Faith Connections will miss our valued colleague and dear friend as we reflect on the many gifts she has brought to this ministry: intelligence, joy, creativity, theological expertise, organizational and administrative skills. And that is just the beginning of the list!

  • Understanding the Joy of Love

    The first Theology on Tap of 2017, held at the Duke of York, was packed. The crowd of young adults were eager to hear Fr. Tom Rosica’s reflections on Amoris Laetitia – “Understanding the Joy of Love” (2016). This is the Pope’s Pastoral Letter which came out of the 2014-2015 Synod of Bishops. Fr. Tom gave a quick summary of the origins of synods (a word which comes from Latin meaning to “walk together”). Since Vatican II (1960s) these synods have taken place every 4 years with cardinals, bishops, lay people and consecrated coming together to reflect on the life of the church worldwide. At the most recent synod, the focus was on the family: marriage, children, elderly, divorce, infertility, etc.