• O come let us adore...

    Wishing you all the grace, hope and joy of this holy season.

    We look forward to connecting with you in the new year!

     
    Happy Advent and merry Christmas,
    Sr. Mechtilde, Kataryna, Rob, Jean, Leanne

  • Fake News, Faith in News, and Your Part in the News Cycle

    Last year’s U.S. presidential election saw the emergence of an intriguing phenomenon: fake news.

    While false stories are not new in the history of politics and news reporting, the fabrications that emerged from mysterious sources during the course of the electoral process gained significant attention due to the viral power of social media and the polarizing nature of the major-party candidates. With the help of Dr. Joyce Smith, associate professor of journalism at Ryerson University, the November 27 Theology on Tap in downtown Toronto unpacked a very pertinent question: of the myriad information we come across, what is true, and how can we draw on our Catholic faith to help us navigate the landscape?

  • Young people, Faith and Discernment

    On October 22nd, Salt + Light TV aired a special program on the topic of the 2018 synod on “Youth, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment”. Faith Connections participated in the panel along with many other young adults all throughout Canada. You can watch it here!

  • 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..."

    Read more.

  • 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."

    Click here to read the full article.

  • 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.”

    Click here to read more.

  • 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.