• God's Coming Presence

    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.

  • Ministry of Presence

    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.

  • Farewell John-Paul! Welcome back, Vanessa!

    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...

  • Faith and Finances

    Quentin Schesnuk, Manager of Planned Giving and Personal Gifts for the Archdiocese of Toronto, spoke about how Catholics should handle their finances on March 23, 2015 at the Duke of York Pub.

    Mr. Schesnuk began by asking us to reject the cult of celebrity that causes great confusion and disunity in our lives. How do we escape from this confusion?

  • Lenten retreat takes aim at busy youth

    Jean Ko Din of The Catholic Register writes,

    Everyone needs spiritual direction at some point in their life, said Sr. Mechtilde O’Mara.

    So during the Lenten season, Faith Connections is organizing “a busy’s person’s retreat” called Lenten Listening. The retreat is a six-week program that provides young adults in the Archdiocese of Toronto the opportunity to meet with a spiritual companion to accompany them along their Lenten journey.

  • Merry Christmas!

    "Be faithful to the grace of the Holy Spirit, listening attentively, obeying promptly and entirely."
    — Fr. Jean-Pierre Médaille SJ, Maxims of Perfection #58.

    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, John-Paul, Rob, Jean, Leanne

  • Welcome Nate!

    Nathanael Francis Nicholas-Schmidt was born on Monday November 24th, weighing 7lbs 11ozs.

    Thank you for all your prayers and well wishes,
    Vanessa, Michael, Liam, and Nate

  • A new phase of our journey...

    As Vanessa prepares to go on maternity leave, please join us in welcoming our new Interim Program Director, John-Paul. Below they both share their thoughts on the year ahead...

  • Recovering respect for those in politics

    Should we consider all politicians to be untrustworthy? Should we be cynical of politics as a whole? At the October 23rd Theology on Tap East at the Bear Pub in Pickering, Bishop McGrattan tackled these and other misconceptions in his address about the importance of voting preceding the October 27th municipal election.

  • Serving God in Guyana

    Ashley is a young adult volunteer lay missionary with Scarboro Missions. Faith Connections had the privilege to meet Ashley while she was in formation here in Toronto this summer. We thought some of you may like to hear about Ashley’s experience thus far on mission. She writes:

    Zebras with their black and white stripes all have a distinct unique pattern about themselves, sort of like a fingerprint that sets them apart from the others. When a baby zebra is born, it walks around the mother several times to imprint the pattern of stripes into its mind so that when the herd starts to move, the baby zebra will be able to recognize its mother. Therefore, the longer the baby spends with the mother, the easier it will be to recognize her in different circumstances.