• 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.

  • Authentic Freedom

    Dr. Josephine Lombardi spoke eloquently about sexuality and Theology of the Body established by Saint John Paul II at Theology on Tap East on June 25. She shared with us many different ways in our lives that lead to authentic freedom which is truly knowing God. This is what Christ wants for us all. God wants us to be perfect in our wholeness as we are all created in God's image and likeness. God wants us to be the best version of ourselves.

  • Celebrating Summer

    I have to admit that I have never been a big fan of summer. I’m one of those crazy people who typically prefer cooler weather; humidity and I just don’t mix. I would take spring or fall over summer almost any day. However, after the intensity of the winter, I am relishing the warmth of the sun, and the simplicity of being outside without fives extra layers of clothes. I didn’t realize just how grateful I was for this until Faith Connections' "Celebrating Summer" Hike and Prayer at Edwards Gardens on July 5.