At the last Theology on Tap of our 2015/2016 programming year, a large crowd gathered at the Duke of York Pub to hear Bishop Crosby speak: ‘Called & Gifted: Following Christ.’ His Excellency is currently the president of the Canadian Conference of Bishops. A Missionary Oblate of Mary Immaculate, Bishop Crosby was appointed as Bishop of Hamilton in 2010.
One of the young adults present at our Hike and Prayer: Journey Through the Doors of Mercy shares her experience through a photo collage.
At our Faith Connections team meeting this week, we reflected on the following words of wisdom from Pope Francis:
As Christians we have the responsibility to be missionaries of the Gospel. "When we receive good news or have a good experience it is natural that we wish to communicate it to others. … The joy we feel inspires us to do so. It should be the same when we encounter the Lord.
As I arrived at Theology on Tap West I did not know what to expect. What would a social mixer for us young adult Catholics look like? What unfolded before me was a beautiful sight: people interacting and mixing with one another in a friendly and open manner.
Over 100 young adults partook in an engaging discussion on social media @ Faith Connections' Theology on Tap: Examen Your Social Media. Blessed with 2 guest speakers, Andrea Scapinello and John O’Brien SJ applied St. Ignatius’ Examen Prayer to our social medial use.
Steven Travale of The Catholic Register writes,
Marshall McLuhan, a communications philosopher and former professor at the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto, once stated that “we make our tools, and then our tools make us.”
The upcoming Theology on Tap event on Jan. 25 will discuss Examen Your Social Media. The event will use the Ignatian spiritual practice to equip young adults with valuable tools to use in their daily social media interactions.
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The New Light has dawned!
Open Doors! Go Forth!
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, Vanessa, Rob, Jean, Leanne
On December 5th 2015, over 40 young adults gathered in the hall of St. Peter's parish in downtown Toronto for the annual Faith Connections Advent retreat. This year's theme was "An Examen of God's Coming Presence In Your Life." Andrea Scapinello, coordinator of Jesuit Volunteers Canada, introduced the group to Ignatian spirituality through the experiences and prayers of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus.
Faith Connections hosted a Young Adult Ministry Networking Evening on November 18, 2015. This event was for those who minister to young adults (both directly and indirectly). Those in attendance were an ecumenical group who serve in parishes, campus ministries, school boards, religious communities, and faith-based charities. With opportunities for speed networking, a talk on “ministry of presence,” and wine & cheese, it was a fun and enriching evening.
As Vanessa returns from maternity leave, please join us in bidding a fond farewell to our Interim Program Director, John-Paul. Below they both share their thoughts on the past year, and the journey ahead...
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