• Greetings from Héctor


    My name is Héctor Acero Ferrer and I am delighted to be joining the Faith Connections team as Interim Program Director. My sincere gratitude goes to The Sisters of Saint Joseph of Toronto for this opportunity to work in ministry with youth and young adults across the GTA.

  • A Farewell from Kelly

    Dear Faith Connections Community,

    Though I was greatly looking forward to serving all of you as Program Director of Faith Connections until March 2013, I could not pass up an opportunity that has come up for me. I will be headed to the West Coast to build a youth and young adult office for the Diocese of Victoria! I’m very excited about this opportunity.

  • Prayer Formation and Leadership Opportunity

    Burning Bush: Prayer Companion Teams – East and West

    Let’s Hike & Pray Together! Jesus often hiked up mountainsides to be in prayer with the Father. Prayer hikes provide opportunities to practice spiritual disciplines such as prayer and meditation and to foster an awareness of, an appreciation for, and stewardship of God’s creation. This means that in order to better profit from Hike & Prayer activities we need to learn to become more of aware of God's presence and His gifts to us.

    Faith Connections would like to provide the opportunity for Young Adults to plan and present Hike & Prayer events, and to learn to do so by creating an intentional prayer community that will foster faith formation. The mission of the team is to help other Young Adults to benefit from the Hike & Prayer events by preparing and guiding the walks. Each team of 4-8 people will meet twice a month to learn about their faith, different prayer styles, and to plan Hike & Prayer events that will help others have heartfelt experiences of God's love for them as they hike.

  • Volunteer Opportunities!

    Would you like to volunteer with Faith Connections for 2012-2013? We would love to have you! Volunteers can help on one of our teams —

    • Photographers — do you enjoy taking pictures? We could really use your help! Experience is an asset, but you don't need to be a pro.
    • Writers — if you have creative writing skills, we'd love it if you could help with event reports, articles, or prayers!
    • Theology on Tap — do you like meeting friends for deep discussions in a casual atmosphere? Join our team! We could use help with greeting/hospitality, set-up/clean-up, and audio-visual equipment.
    • Hike & Prayer — do you want to get outdoors and active? Help us plan our hikes!
  • A New Arrival!

    Congratulations, Vanessa and Michael! The new proud parents welcomed baby Liam last week!

    William Joseph Nicholas-Schmidt was born on Tuesday April 24, 2012 at 11:38am, weighing 8lbs 15ozs.

    Vanessa will be away on Maternity leave until March 2013.

    Filling in for Vanessa, during her absence, is a familiar face… Kelly Bourke! (Kelly took care of Faith Connections while Vanessa was on study leave in 2010/2011)

  • Rising above personal misery

    On April 23 2012, Holocaust survivor Vera Schiff talked about her personal experiences in the Theresienstadt concentration camp and what it meant to "Spiritually Resist" the dehumanizing conditions of a Nazi concentration camp.
  • Spiritual resistance in a concentration camp

    The Catholic Register writes, "Most 16-year-olds worry about getting good grades and maintaining friendships. Vera Schiff’s main concern was to stay alive. Schiff shared her story to an audience of young adults at an April 23 Faith Connections’ Theology on Tap event where she discussed her spiritual resistance in a concentration camp. Between 1942 and 1945, she was held at the Theresienstadt camp in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, where she endured many hardships but found ways to maintain her humanity."

    Click here for the full article.

  • Nourishing body and spirit with healthy foods

    Vanessa Santilli of The Catholic Register writes, "Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you that you have from God and you are not your own, Faith Connections program director Vanessa Nicholas-Schmidt told participants at the Keeping the Temple Healthy event April 14."

    Click here for the full article.

  • Opposite of poverty is not wealth, but justice

    He was inspired by Millard Fuller, a self-made millionaire who gave it all up to start a Christian commune in 1976, which became today's Habitat for Humanity. Christian principles continue to drive Habitat for Humanity's work today.
  • Bringing retreat reflection to the everyday

    Vanessa Santilli of The Catholic Register writes, "Finding it hard to fit prayer time into a hectic schedule, one of the sisters told me it might be helpful to get creative in my prayer life in order to better understand how God is speaking to me. So, along with the regular Hail Marys and Our Fathers, I started reading random Bible passages and keeping a journal to better open the lines of communication. When I heard about Lenten Listening: A Busy Person’s Retreat, I jumped at the opportunity."

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