• Advent: Wake up! Begin again!

    When the Faith Connections team gathered this afternoon to plan our upcoming programs, we reflected and prayed about the words of Pope Francis and Mary, the mother of God.

    “You must not resign yourselves to the monotony of everyday life, but rather cultivate broad-ranging plans, go beyond the ordinary; do not allow yourselves to be robbed of your youthful enthusiasm! It would also be a mistake to allow yourselves to be imprisoned by the weak and uniform thought, that which conforms, or indeed by a globalization understood as uniformity.” — Pope Francis, Nov 30, 2013

  • Advocating for the Truth

    Michelle Henry, partner at the Toronto corporate law firm Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, spoke to a packed house at Theology on Tap on November 25, 2013.

    Michelle’s talk — "Living Your Faith in the Corporate World" — focused on how to balance the needs of our economic world and career with our spiritual needs.

  • Inviting God on your journey

    "Discernment of God's will is never a simple and easy task. Prayer is key and vital." These were the words of Bishop Vincent Nguyen to over 100 young adults gathered for the launch of Theology on Tap East held on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 in Scarborough.

  • Finding consolation in desolation

    The Faith Connections Hike and Prayer on November 9, 2013 looked at the desolation and the consolation that we can find in the environment: desolation in the contamination of nature and consolation in the beauty. The hike took us through a cemetery and then onto the Beltline Trail to the Evergreen Brick Works. What struck me throughout the hike was how we can find moments of consolation among the desolation.

  • Living our faith in the corporate world

    On Monday November 25th we had 85 people join us at Faith Connections’ Theology on Tap. Michelle Henry, corporate lawyer, spoke about "Living Your Faith in the Corporate World" and her talk generated rich discussion.

  • Why should I share my faith?

    On November 11th, 110 young adults gathered at West 50 Pourhouse and Grille in Mississauga for the launch of “Theology on Tap West.” The evening was hosted by Faith Connections, the Office of Catholic Youth, and young adult volunteers from regional parishes.

    In his talk, “In Today’s World, Why Should I Share My Faith?,” Bishop John A. Boissonneau posited questions centered around three themes: religious faith, contemporary culture, and evangelization.

  • Interested in networking with other Catholic professionals?

    After the November 25 Theology on Tap session on "Living Your Faith in the Corporate World", Adam Padzik will be holding a 30-minute focus group for those interested in providing feedback and opinions on the formation of a brand new networking group: The Young Canadian Catholic Professionals.

  • Friendship with the Poor

    On October 28, Paul Robson, Jesuit theology student at Regis College, spoke to an audience of young adults at Theology on Tap about being a missionary working with Bhutanese refugees in Nepal. His work as an English teacher in the refugee camp was an important part of the Jesuit formation process. Through his exposure to a different culture and the opportunity to be a leader, Paul grew in his ability to give more of himself.

  • Canticle of the Creatures

    The Faith Connections Hike and Prayer on October 5, 2013, focused on St. Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of the Creatures. The hike took us through two distinct landscapes: urban Toronto and natural Riverdale Park. As we walked along the edge of the park, we had a view of the trees in the park and, in the distance, the buildings of the downtown core.

  • From Gangland to Promised Land: An Evening at Theology on Tap

    I have to admit that when I first heard the topic of John Pridmore’s talk for the September 30th Faith Connections’ Theology on Tap, I was both intrigued and intimidated. Intrigued because I had never heard someone give a personal witness about such a dark topic, and intimidated because I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to relate to his story. I had no need to worry; although John’s story is very different from my own, there is a current running between them both: God’s love. John explained that part of his conversion was coming to understand that he is loved by God.