• Finding consolation in desolation

    The Faith Connections Hike and Prayer on November 9, 2013 looked at the desolation and the consolation that we can find in the environment: desolation in the contamination of nature and consolation in the beauty. The hike took us through a cemetery and then onto the Beltline Trail to the Evergreen Brick Works. What struck me throughout the hike was how we can find moments of consolation among the desolation.

  • Living our faith in the corporate world

    On Monday November 25th we had 85 people join us at Faith Connections’ Theology on Tap. Michelle Henry, corporate lawyer, spoke about "Living Your Faith in the Corporate World" and her talk generated rich discussion.

  • Why should I share my faith?

    On November 11th, 110 young adults gathered at West 50 Pourhouse and Grille in Mississauga for the launch of “Theology on Tap West.” The evening was hosted by Faith Connections, the Office of Catholic Youth, and young adult volunteers from regional parishes.

    In his talk, “In Today’s World, Why Should I Share My Faith?,” Bishop John A. Boissonneau posited questions centered around three themes: religious faith, contemporary culture, and evangelization.

  • Interested in networking with other Catholic professionals?

    After the November 25 Theology on Tap session on "Living Your Faith in the Corporate World", Adam Padzik will be holding a 30-minute focus group for those interested in providing feedback and opinions on the formation of a brand new networking group: The Young Canadian Catholic Professionals.

  • Friendship with the Poor

    On October 28, Paul Robson, Jesuit theology student at Regis College, spoke to an audience of young adults at Theology on Tap about being a missionary working with Bhutanese refugees in Nepal. His work as an English teacher in the refugee camp was an important part of the Jesuit formation process. Through his exposure to a different culture and the opportunity to be a leader, Paul grew in his ability to give more of himself.

  • Canticle of the Creatures

    The Faith Connections Hike and Prayer on October 5, 2013, focused on St. Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of the Creatures. The hike took us through two distinct landscapes: urban Toronto and natural Riverdale Park. As we walked along the edge of the park, we had a view of the trees in the park and, in the distance, the buildings of the downtown core.

  • From Gangland to Promised Land: An Evening at Theology on Tap

    I have to admit that when I first heard the topic of John Pridmore’s talk for the September 30th Faith Connections’ Theology on Tap, I was both intrigued and intimidated. Intrigued because I had never heard someone give a personal witness about such a dark topic, and intimidated because I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to relate to his story. I had no need to worry; although John’s story is very different from my own, there is a current running between them both: God’s love. John explained that part of his conversion was coming to understand that he is loved by God.
  • Being Disciples of the New Evangelization

    On May 27, Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, spoke to a full audience of young adults at Theology on Tap about "The New Evangelization and the Year of Faith: The Challenges of the Contemporary Church." His Eminence explained seven facets of what it means to be a disciple of the Lord in the context of the New Evangelization: Call, Relationship, Variety, Conversion, Community, Vision, and Mission.

  • A Farewell and a Return

    My deepest gratitude to everyone for these wonderful months at Faith Connections. It was a great opportunity to interact with young adults and work in a ministry that is dear to my heart. I hope to remain in touch as I will remain a Faith Connections volunteer. I look forward to seeing you in the near future.

    Héctor Acero Ferrer

    It has been a blessed year indeed! My son, Liam, is quickly approaching his first birthday and it has been a privilege to spend his first year at home with him.

    Now, as a strong extrovert who loves Faith Connections, I’m excited to be back! I am looking forward to connecting with all of you. If you are a young adult looking for resources on your faith journey (volunteer opportunities, a spiritual director, fellowship groups) please do not hesitate to contact me. If you run a young adult ministry and have ideas for collaborating, I look forward to chatting.

    See you all soon,
    Vanessa Nicholas-Schmidt

  • Habemus Papam, habemus domum

    It has been an exciting week for Faith Connections! It was with great enthusiasm that we followed the conclave and the election of Pope Francis. We join with the Holy Father in welcoming a renewed focus on the poor, peace and creation as suggested by his name and his recent public appearances. We thought you might be interested in seeing a couple of interviews that our Interim Program Director, Héctor Acero Ferrer (as a Masters student at Regis College) had with CTV News during the conclave and as a part of a panel after the election.