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ABOUT US

OUR STORY

Fontbonne Ministries, Sisters of St. Joseph, Toronto was founded in 2000 to carry on the Sisters of St. Joseph’s tradition of caring for our neighbours.

Since their beginnings in France in 1648, the Sisters of St. Joseph have offered food and shelter to those in need. When Sister Delphine Fontbonne and three other Sisters arrived in Toronto in 1851, they continued this legacy of compassion.

Named after Sister Delphine, programs address one or more of today’s pressing societal needs: affordable housing, outreach for those who are isolated, activities that build community in a large urban setting, opportunities to connect with others and grow spiritually, and the chance to be creative in an accepting environment.

The goal of each program is to meet the specific needs of their local communities while working with other organizations to offer services and opportunities that might not otherwise be available. Everyone is welcome without distinction.

OUR MISSION & VALUES

Fontbonne Ministries, Sisters of St. Joseph, Toronto, offers diverse programs that are welcoming and inclusive. The charity was founded in 2000 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto, a community of women who, through their compassionate presence, respond to various needs. Fontbonne Ministries continues, with the Sisters, their mission of reflecting the love of God and neighbour.

  • We respect each person as a unique expression of God’s love and invite each one to discover her/his giftedness.
  • Attentive to changing societal needs, we commit to being a catalyst for change and to providing prophetic leadership.
  • We foster a climate of mutual support and collaboration for the fulfillment of human potential.
  • We value a quality of presence that is compassionate, hospitable and nourishes body, mind and spirit.
  • Valuing the gift of our natural resources, we commit to ecologically sustainable choices.

1851: Sisters Arrive in Toronto

On October 7, 1851, Mother Delphine Fontbonne and three other Sisters arrived in Toronto. They took charge of an already established orphanage at 100 Nelson Street (now Jarvis). The city was filled with Irish immigrants who had fled the ravages of famine at home, and the Sisters attended to the needs of orphans, widows and people who were sick and dying.

2000: Fontbonne Ministries Founded

Fontbonne Ministries is established by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto to be a sustainable expression of their mission of reflecting the love of God and neighbour. Mustard Seed, an outreach ministry, begins operation at 753 Queen Street East.

2002: In Good Company Launched

In Good Company is launched, providing a coordinated visiting program in the Greater Toronto Area for individuals seeking emotional, spiritual and social support.

2002: Fontbonne Place Opens

After construction in 2002, Fontbonne Place officially opens at 791 Queen Street East. Fontbonne Place has 18 apartments with rent-geared-to-income residences for older single women.

2006: Faith Connections Established

Faith Connections is established, encouraging young adults (18 – 39) to participate in opportunities to foster spiritual growth and community. Faith Connections joins Fontbonne Ministries in 2010.

2008: Studio on the Hill Joins Fontbonne

Studio on the Hill joins Fontbonne Ministries. Established in 1996 under the direction of Sister Helen Kluke, located in East York, the studio offers students of all ages a peaceful environment to create with clay.

2009: Village Mosiac Opens

Village Mosaic opens on February 18, 2009 in South Etobicoke. Development of this ministry for seniors began in 2007. This ministry offers older adults hospitality and the opportunity to build community.

LEADERSHIP GROUP

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Leanne Kloppenborg
Director, Mission &Values and Volunteers
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Sr. Helen Kluke, CSJ
Director and Teacher
Studio on the Hill
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Sr. Conrad Lauber, CSJ
Ministry Counsellor
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Andrea Linton
Program Director
Village Mosaic
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Sabrina Chiefari
Program Director
Faith Connections
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AnnMarie Marcolin
Program Director
Mustard Seed
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Cheryl Denomy
Development & Community Relations Officer
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Ben Vozzolo
Executive Director

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Sr. Georgette Gregory, CSJ
Board Chair & President
Sr. Mary Anne McCarthy, CSJ
Board Vice Chair
Sr. Nida Fe Chavez, CSJ
Board Treasurer
Sr. Anne Marie Marrin, CSJ
Board Secretary
Joan Breech, CPA
Board Director
Sr. Anne Purcell, CSJ
Board Director
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