• 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.

  • Sexuality is a Gift

    On September 22, Faith Connections’ Theology on Tap hosted Dr. Moira McQueen from the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute and Denis Costello from Catholic Family Services of Toronto as they jointly explored the Church’s teaching on pornography.

  • God's Time

    With food and beautiful weather, young adults and religious alike enjoyed the casual backyard BBQ atmosphere of Mix and Mingle, an opportunity for young adults to chat with members of various orders about the order’s work and their charism.

  • Living Joy

    "I have never felt so blessed" shared one of our young adult pilgrims after he had received a departure blessing from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto at their home at 2 O'Connor. The second weekend in August, Faith Connections and the Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Canada organized a pilgrimage to London, Ontario for young adults (18-39 years). Within the theme of “Living Joy”, the 22 participants experienced the history, charism, spirituality and ministries of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Ontario.